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All Levels Blues Workshop

A Bluesy Afternoon and Evening with Dexter Santos

12:00pm, Saturday, November 04, 2017

No partner needed!


Afternoon Classes

  • 12:00 PM - 12:15 PM  Afternoon Registration / Check-In
  • 12:15 PM - 1:10 PM   Dynamic Solo Blues Movement: Learn what the Blues aesthetic is and how to express Blues movement in your body as well as learning some vocabulary dances such as the Shake N' Bake and Grind. The goal for this class is to build on your understanding of the fundamentals and get you to create more dynamic and rhythmic movement with intention and clarity whatever your level may be.
  • 5 Minute Break
  • 1:15 PM - 2:10 PM   Connecting with Your Partner and the Music: Building a connection with your partner is very unique and exclusive, every one feels and moves differently. The same goes for how we connect personally to Blues music which is varied in its many styles and expressions. This class examines the way leads and follows connect with each other and the adjustments both have to make to move comfortably and efficiently with each other. From there we'll incorporate how to move to the music we're hearing whether it's a hard-hittin' Delta Blues song or a slow New Orleans style ditty.
  • 5 Minute Break
  • 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM   The Hound Dog Blues Routine: Dexter's Blues routine is full of hips, swagger, and cool! Incorporating Blues movement vocabulary as well as some personal Blues stylings, you'll learn a choreographed routine inspired by this 1952 twelve-bar blues hit by Big Mama Thornton. Bring your cool hats and get ready to dance to a fun and loved routine that's been taught and performed in cities around the US, Spain, England, Australia, Canada, and South Korea!

  • 3:15 PM - 6:45 PM  Break for dinner and/or private lessons with Dexter. If you are interested in arranging for private lessons with Dexter, please feel free to do so through his website

Evening Classes

  • 6:45 PM - 7:00 PM  Evening Registration / Check-in (This is only necessary if you didn't register for the afternoon classes.)
  • 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM   The Movement, Shape, and Feeling of the Pulse: This class will touch on vocabulary, musicality, and isolation technique, but primarily focuses on using the aesthetic of the pulse and how to change its movement, shape, and feeling in your dance by adding "variants" to change its expression. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced dancer, this class will make you think in new ways about your dancing.
  • 7:45 PM - 8:30 PM   Slow Dancing to Blues: Learn to take it easy and dance easy when a slow song comes on. You'll soon understand that keeping it simple is key. Learn how your frame, connection, and intention of movement coupled with simple steps is all you need to dance slow. We'll then add a bit of musicality and styling to top it off. Nice and easy does it!

Social Dance

  • 8:30 PM - 12:30 AM  Blues on the B-Side: Open social dance. Dance is included in the workshop price. If you don't take the workshop classes, you can still go to the dance for the regular door price.

Afternoon Classes
Pre-register: $50
At the door: $60

Evening Classes
Pre-register: $30
At the door: $35

Afternoon & Evening Classes
Pre-register: $80
At the door: $95


Punch Cards can only be used if you pre-register.
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