April 2014 Week 4

Series Lesson: w/ Jonathan Janis

African Groove Steps: Finding your Grounding in the Dance
We will be practicing some turns and basic African groove dance skills, including the rock, spine undulations, grind, boogie and shuffle. Using Franklin Method imagery and embodiment, we’re going to spend time working on the foot, spine and pelvis. We are proud to introduce local musicians Andre & Dante Zapata, who will be joining us playing Guitar and Drums. Don’t miss the next evolution of dance classes: grooving out to live music performed just for us!

Jonathan’s Bio
Jonathan enjoys teaching and studying dances from the African diaspora like tango, lindy hop, blues, African, as well as modern and ballet. He is a Franklin Method certified educator, and constantly uses imagery and biomechanics to improve dance performance. His passion lies in personal and communal growth through healthy movement; the re-integration of dance, art, and music; and the cultural journey to reclaim our African influences and heritage.

Andre’s Bio
Andre Zapata is an active musician in the Portland, Oregon area. Accomplished on both guitar and electric bass, he has performed and recorded genres including classic soul, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, blues, and pop. Andre began playing live by sitting in at blues jams and open mics at the age of 15. Now, ten years later, he is creating his own distinct musical voice, drawing from the wide range of sounds that inspire him.

Dante’s Bio
Dante Zapata is a well known performing artist in his home town of McMinnville, OR. He has been a performing musician for more than seven years. Playing acoustic guitar and singing is one of Dante’s specialties and he has preformed at many wine bars, private parties, and down town events. Along with playing guitar and singing, he has also mastered drums and percussion is several different styles including rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and funk. Not only is creating music one of Dante’s passions, but he also is an experienced dancer in many different styles. Creativity and tastefulness are with no doubt Dante’s main focus with music and dancing.


Drop In

Rachel Stirling


DJs

Mo Dagan & Gideon Syfrett


April 2014 Week 3

Series Lesson: w/ Jonathan Janis

African Groove Steps: Finding your Grounding in the Dance
We will be practicing some turns and basic African groove dance skills, including the rock, spine undulations, grind, boogie and shuffle. Using Franklin Method imagery and embodiment, we’re going to spend time working on the foot, spine and pelvis. We are proud to introduce local musicians Andre & Dante Zapata, who will be joining us playing Guitar and Drums. Don’t miss the next evolution of dance classes: grooving out to live music performed just for us!

Jonathan’s Bio
Jonathan enjoys teaching and studying dances from the African diaspora like tango, lindy hop, blues, African, as well as modern and ballet. He is a Franklin Method certified educator, and constantly uses imagery and biomechanics to improve dance performance. His passion lies in personal and communal growth through healthy movement; the re-integration of dance, art, and music; and the cultural journey to reclaim our African influences and heritage.

Andre’s Bio
Andre Zapata is an active musician in the Portland, Oregon area. Accomplished on both guitar and electric bass, he has performed and recorded genres including classic soul, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, blues, and pop. Andre began playing live by sitting in at blues jams and open mics at the age of 15. Now, ten years later, he is creating his own distinct musical voice, drawing from the wide range of sounds that inspire him.

Dante’s Bio
Dante Zapata is a well known performing artist in his home town of McMinnville, OR. He has been a performing musician for more than seven years. Playing acoustic guitar and singing is one of Dante’s specialties and he has preformed at many wine bars, private parties, and down town events. Along with playing guitar and singing, he has also mastered drums and percussion is several different styles including rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and funk. Not only is creating music one of Dante’s passions, but he also is an experienced dancer in many different styles. Creativity and tastefulness are with no doubt Dante’s main focus with music and dancing.


Drop In

Ryan Johnson


DJs

Jae Wilson & Ryan Johnson


April 2014 Week 2

Series Lesson: w/ Jonathan Janis

African Groove Steps: Finding your Grounding in the Dance
We will be practicing some turns and basic African groove dance skills, including the rock, spine undulations, grind, boogie and shuffle. Using Franklin Method imagery and embodiment, we’re going to spend time working on the foot, spine and pelvis. We are proud to introduce local musicians Andre & Dante Zapata, who will be joining us playing Guitar and Drums. Don’t miss the next evolution of dance classes: grooving out to live music performed just for us!

Jonathan’s Bio
Jonathan enjoys teaching and studying dances from the African diaspora like tango, lindy hop, blues, African, as well as modern and ballet. He is a Franklin Method certified educator, and constantly uses imagery and biomechanics to improve dance performance. His passion lies in personal and communal growth through healthy movement; the re-integration of dance, art, and music; and the cultural journey to reclaim our African influences and heritage.

Andre’s Bio
Andre Zapata is an active musician in the Portland, Oregon area. Accomplished on both guitar and electric bass, he has performed and recorded genres including classic soul, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, blues, and pop. Andre began playing live by sitting in at blues jams and open mics at the age of 15. Now, ten years later, he is creating his own distinct musical voice, drawing from the wide range of sounds that inspire him.

Dante’s Bio
Dante Zapata is a well known performing artist in his home town of McMinnville, OR. He has been a performing musician for more than seven years. Playing acoustic guitar and singing is one of Dante’s specialties and he has preformed at many wine bars, private parties, and down town events. Along with playing guitar and singing, he has also mastered drums and percussion is several different styles including rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and funk. Not only is creating music one of Dante’s passions, but he also is an experienced dancer in many different styles. Creativity and tastefulness are with no doubt Dante’s main focus with music and dancing.


Drop In

Drew Robinson


DJs

Emily Ernst & Matt Mickle


April 2014 Week 1

Series Lesson: w/ Jonathan Janis

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

African Groove Steps: Finding your Grounding in the Dance
We will be practicing some turns and basic African groove dance skills, including the rock, spine undulations, grind, boogie and shuffle. Using Franklin Method imagery and embodiment, we’re going to spend time working on the foot, spine and pelvis. We are proud to introduce local musicians Andre & Dante Zapata, who will be joining us playing Guitar and Drums. Don’t miss the next evolution of dance classes: grooving out to live music performed just for us!

Jonathan’s Bio
Jonathan enjoys teaching and studying dances from the African diaspora like tango, lindy hop, blues, African, as well as modern and ballet. He is a Franklin Method certified educator, and constantly uses imagery and biomechanics to improve dance performance. His passion lies in personal and communal growth through healthy movement; the re-integration of dance, art, and music; and the cultural journey to reclaim our African influences and heritage.

Andre’s Bio
Andre Zapata is an active musician in the Portland, Oregon area. Accomplished on both guitar and electric bass, he has performed and recorded genres including classic soul, jazz, hip-hop, gospel, blues, and pop. Andre began playing live by sitting in at blues jams and open mics at the age of 15. Now, ten years later, he is creating his own distinct musical voice, drawing from the wide range of sounds that inspire him.

Dante’s Bio
Dante Zapata is a well known performing artist in his home town of McMinnville, OR. He has been a performing musician for more than seven years. Playing acoustic guitar and singing is one of Dante’s specialties and he has preformed at many wine bars, private parties, and down town events. Along with playing guitar and singing, he has also mastered drums and percussion is several different styles including rock, jazz, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and funk. Not only is creating music one of Dante’s passions, but he also is an experienced dancer in many different styles. Creativity and tastefulness are with no doubt Dante’s main focus with music and dancing.


Drop In

Alex Wagner


DJs

Gideon Syfrett & Dustin Henwood


First Wednesday Movie Nights – Singin’ in the Rain Sing-along

Join the Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm to watch movies about Jazz and Blues music and dancing.

This month: Singin’ in the Rain Sing-along

See the Facebook event for more details.

Kevin Selfe @ The Blue Diamond, March 30

Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes are having a Jam Session at The Blue Diamond. Come listen and dance with us!

Blues Bomb – Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes/Jam Session

Sun, March 30, 6-9 pm
The Blue Diamond

March 2014 Week 3

Series Lesson: w/ Rachel Stirling

Shake What Your Mama Gave You
We all strive to enjoy dancing, yet the thought of solo dancing is intimidating, especially in public! Embrace your movement! We each have our own ways of moving while dancing, be proud of this instead hiding it away. With the help of this series, shake off those fears and feel comfortable and confident in expressing yourself and the music. Feeling confident in your own movements will make dancing with a partner that much sweeter… for both of you.

Bio
It was Pittsburgh, 2003, when Rachel got her first taste of blues dancing, shortly after getting hooked on lindy hop. She fell in love with the intimate connection between your partner and the music and all that hip movement. As her blues dancing has grown, she continues to marvel at the unlimited possibilities of self-expression and movement.

When teaching dance, Rachel loves putting her degree in education to good use. Known for her incredible patience and ability to explain and demonstrate concepts in a variety of ways, she strives to get those “Aha!” moments. Rooted in strong fundamentals and clean technique, her lessons enjoy finding fun ways to sneak that focus into peoples’ dancing.


Drop In

Ally Yancey


DJs

Jae Wilson
Rachel Stirling


March 2014 Week 2

Series Lesson: w/ Rachel Stirling

Shake What Your Mama Gave You
We all strive to enjoy dancing, yet the thought of solo dancing is intimidating, especially in public! Embrace your movement! We each have our own ways of moving while dancing, be proud of this instead hiding it away. With the help of this series, shake off those fears and feel comfortable and confident in expressing yourself and the music. Feeling confident in your own movements will make dancing with a partner that much sweeter… for both of you.

Bio
It was Pittsburgh, 2003, when Rachel got her first taste of blues dancing, shortly after getting hooked on lindy hop. She fell in love with the intimate connection between your partner and the music and all that hip movement. As her blues dancing has grown, she continues to marvel at the unlimited possibilities of self-expression and movement.

When teaching dance, Rachel loves putting her degree in education to good use. Known for her incredible patience and ability to explain and demonstrate concepts in a variety of ways, she strives to get those “Aha!” moments. Rooted in strong fundamentals and clean technique, her lessons enjoy finding fun ways to sneak that focus into peoples’ dancing.


Drop In

Drew Robinson


DJs

Emily Ernst & Ryan Johnson


March 2014 Week 1

Mardi Gras
This Tuesday is Mardi Gras! We’re decorating the ballroom and there will be king cake.


Series Lesson: w/ Rachel Stirling

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

Shake What Your Mama Gave You
We all strive to enjoy dancing, yet the thought of solo dancing is intimidating, especially in public! Embrace your movement! We each have our own ways of moving while dancing, be proud of this instead hiding it away. With the help of this series, shake off those fears and feel comfortable and confident in expressing yourself and the music. Feeling confident in your own movements will make dancing with a partner that much sweeter… for both of you.

Bio
It was Pittsburgh, 2003, when Rachel got her first taste of blues dancing, shortly after getting hooked on lindy hop. She fell in love with the intimate connection between your partner and the music and all that hip movement. As her blues dancing has grown, she continues to marvel at the unlimited possibilities of self-expression and movement.

When teaching dance, Rachel loves putting her degree in education to good use. Known for her incredible patience and ability to explain and demonstrate concepts in a variety of ways, she strives to get those “Aha!” moments. Rooted in strong fundamentals and clean technique, her lessons enjoy finding fun ways to sneak that focus into peoples’ dancing.


Drop In

Ryan Johnson


DJs

Mo Dagan & Matt Mickle


PB&J First Wednesday Movie Nights – The Blues Brothers

Join the Portland Blues & Jazz Dance Society on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm to watch movies about Jazz and Blues music and dancing.

This month’s movie: The Blues Brothers

See the Facebook event for more details.