September 2014 Week 1

Series Lesson: w/ Ally Yancey

It’s the first week of the month, so the series is free!

Breaking Out of the “Dance Rut”: Aesthetics, Musicality, Variation, and Brain Space
Many of us have experienced the distressing sensation that our dancing “isn’t going anywhere.” Whether it’s because it seems like we aren’t getting better, aren’t learning, aren’t inspired, or are just no longer having fun, hitting this proverbial plateau sucks. This series will focus on tools and techniques that can help reinvigorate your relationship with dance, encourage different angles from which to approach dance, and perhaps even prevent feeling stuck in the first place. We will consider the physical—flourishes, stylization, musicality, and movement variation—as well as the mental—attitude, risk taking, and motivation.

See the Facebook event for more details.


Drop In

Ally Yancey


DJs

Rachel Stirling
Gideon Syfrett


August 2014 Week 4

Live Music: Rae Gordon

Dawn your dapperest duds and get ready for another dose of amazing live music at Tuesday Blues featuring Rae Gordon!


Series Lesson: Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment

Class Description:
Blues Dances are a collection of historic African-American Social Dances. These dances precede most of the modern day social dances. Learning them can inform your current view of social dance, giving you insights and ideas for creativity and improvisation.

This week will be R&B Groove Blues w/ the Zapata Bros.

Bio:
For years, in her personal and teaching practice, Brenda Russell has sought the highest levels of dance and healing arts. Her search has taken her through communities of social and ballroom dance, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, martial arts, massage, energy work, Chinese healing, and more.

Facebook Event:
Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment


Drop In

Brenda Russell


DJ breaks

Matt Mickle


August 2014 Week 3

Series Lesson: Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment

Class Description:
Blues Dances are a collection of historic African-American Social Dances. These dances precede most of the modern day social dances. Learning them can inform your current view of social dance, giving you insights and ideas for creativity and improvisation.

This week will be Jazz Blues.

Bio:
For years, in her personal and teaching practice, Brenda Russell has sought the highest levels of dance and healing arts. Her search has taken her through communities of social and ballroom dance, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, martial arts, massage, energy work, Chinese healing, and more.

Facebook Event:
Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment


Drop In

Rachel Stirling


DJs

Jae Wilson
Alex Estrada


August 2014 Week 2

Series Lesson: Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment

Class Description:
Blues Dances are a collection of historic African-American Social Dances. These dances precede most of the modern day social dances. Learning them can inform your current view of social dance, giving you insights and ideas for creativity and improvisation.

This week will be Delta/Chicago Style Blues. Kevin Selfe will provide live accompaniment.

Bio:
For years, in her personal and teaching practice, Brenda Russell has sought the highest levels of dance and healing arts. Her search has taken her through communities of social and ballroom dance, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, martial arts, massage, energy work, Chinese healing, and more.

Facebook Event:
Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment


Drop In

Drew Robinson


DJs

Brenda Russell
Dylan McCann


August 2014 Week 1

Series Lesson: Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment

It’s the first week of the month, so the series is free!

Class Description:
Blues Dances are a collection of historic African-American Social Dances. These dances precede most of the modern day social dances. Learning them can inform your current view of social dance, giving you insights and ideas for creativity and improvisation.

The first week will be Piedmont Blues. Jacob Miller will provide live accompaniment.

Bio:
For years, in her personal and teaching practice, Brenda Russell has sought the highest levels of dance and healing arts. Her search has taken her through communities of social and ballroom dance, yoga, qi gong, tai chi, martial arts, massage, energy work, Chinese healing, and more.

Facebook Event:
Brenda Russell w/ Live Accompaniment


Drop In

Jae Wilson


DJs

Ryan Limbaugh
Trinidad Perez


July 2014 Week 5

Live Music: DK Stewart

Join us for another fantastic night of live music featuring DK Stewart, Portland’s own blues piano virtuoso!


Blues Clinic
We will have several instructors to offer personalized feedback:

  • Kayce
  • Kelly Ann
  • Gideon
  • Zosha
  • Zia
  • Leana
  • Ally
  • Athena

This is one of the best ways to improve your dance!


Drop In

Gideon Syfrett


DJ Breaks

Gideon Syfrett


July 2014 Week 4

Series Lesson: w/ Drew Robinson

Bio:
Drew Robinson has been teaching blues dancing for 8 years. She both leads and follows at a high level having completed nationally in both roles. Her passion in blues dancing is for connection, improvisation and rhythm.

Class Description:
Drew’s July Series “Connection for Improvisation” will focus on the use of connection to create freedom for improvisation. Leads and follows will work on relaxation and openness in the body to create space for movement. This space will help to create clear transitions to encourage improvisation within a larger body of movement. The class will be tailored to meet the needs of all skill and ability levels.

Week 1: Openness in the arms/chest for leading in an open embrace
Week 2: Openness in the hips/thighs for the grind & solo action
Week 3: Lightness of the body/posture for turning
Week 4: Suppleness in the torso for leading in close embrace


Drop In

Ryan Limbaugh


DJs

Jae Wilson
Dylan McCann


July 2014 Week 2

Series Lesson: w/ Drew Robinson

Bio:
Drew Robinson has been teaching blues dancing for 8 years. She both leads and follows at a high level having completed nationally in both roles. Her passion in blues dancing is for connection, improvisation and rhythm.

Class Description:
Drew’s July Series “Connection for Improvisation” will focus on the use of connection to create freedom for improvisation. Leads and follows will work on relaxation and openness in the body to create space for movement. This space will help to create clear transitions to encourage improvisation within a larger body of movement. The class will be tailored to meet the needs of all skill and ability levels.

Week 1: Openness in the arms/chest for leading in an open embrace
Week 2: Openness in the hips/thighs for the grind & solo action
Week 3: Lightness of the body/posture for turning
Week 4: Suppleness in the torso for leading in close embrace


Drop In

Drew Robinson


DJs

TBA


July 2014 Week 1

Portland Blues Experience & Waterfront Blues Festival

Come out to the Portland Blues Experience and Waterfront Blues Festival this weekend, July 3rd-6th.


Live Music: Kevin Selfe

Join us in celebrating the kickoff of the 2nd largest annual blues festival in America!

Turning up the heat as our live act will be the incredible Mr. Kevin Selfe.


Series Lesson: w/ Drew Robinson

It’s the first week of the month, so the series is free!

Bio:
Drew Robinson has been teaching blues dancing for 8 years. She both leads and follows at a high level having completed nationally in both roles. Her passion in blues dancing is for connection, improvisation and rhythm.

Class Description:
Drew’s July Series “Connection for Improvisation” will focus on the use of connection to create freedom for improvisation. Leads and follows will work on relaxation and openness in the body to create space for movement. This space will help to create clear transitions to encourage improvisation within a larger body of movement. The class will be tailored to meet the needs of all skill and ability levels.

Week 1: Openness in the arms/chest for leading in an open embrace
Week 2: Openness in the hips/thighs for the grind & solo action
Week 3: Lightness of the body/posture for turning
Week 4: Suppleness in the torso for leading in close embrace


Drop In

Ally Yancey


DJ

Matt Mickle


June 2014 Week 4

Series Lesson: w/ Ally Yancey and Matt Mickle

Inspired by Dance
Community. Family. Job. Hobby. Lifestyle. Passion. Inspiration

These are all words that we’ve used to describe dance.

In Portland, our dance scene spans decades and generations, both in dance experience as well as age. Some of us remember the Neo-Swing era or driving all night to house parties in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, or San Francisco. “Cold Turkey” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” (all twelve versions) were anthems that we heard at every dance. Others of us remember opening night of BareFoot Blues and the critical mass that inspired long sweaty nights at Lenora’s room before air conditioning. We remember the Insomniacs, Kevin Selfe, Auditory Sculpture, Alan Hagar as musicians who kept us up dancing when our feet were ready to give out.

If you don’t remember any of these eras, we especially welcome you. We embrace you, as you are our future.

This series is about inspiration. What inspired you to dance?

In this one of a kind series, we invite any past or present board member and community members who have danced in our scene for more than 4 years to join our lessons so they can share their stories and love of dance.

In weeks 3 and 4 Ally and Matt share the intimacy of a good walk in closed embrace.


Drop In

Gretchen Metzenberg


DJs

Ryan Johnson