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Portland, OR

The Portland Blues and Jazz Dance Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Portland, Oregon. PB&J is designed to balance the organizational load of running a dance venue and community Blues events among multiple leaders, as well as give the community a wide range of people to work with. A lateral and consensus-driven organizational structure encourages participation from the community by making organizers accessible, integrated, and individually empowered to affect change.  We exist to create a safe, sustainable, and vibrant Blues and Jazz dance community through the free exchange of ideas, utilization of community knowledge, and promotion by example. PB&J seeks to reignite public interest in partnered dancing and grow Blues as a dance form through the exploration of various styles of movement and promotion of both solo and partnered social dancing.  This organization was created and is run by dancers. We love blues music and we want you to love it too. Come dance with us!

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At Barefoot you'll see everything from Traditional Blues dancing to "Fusion dancing", which is the combination of two or more dance styles danced to non-traditional music. For example, Blues can be mixed with Tango and danced to world-fusion electronica. You may also see people dancing "micro Blues," which is done in close embrace with slight body movements and isolations. Even though Barefoot is a structured, weekly event, it still remains a creative dance community at its heart. All dance levels are welcome and no prior dance experience is required.


-This venue is wheelchair accessible-

Check out our Events Calendar for more details!

PB&J holds this weekly dance at Tango Berretin: