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Red, White, & Blues - Blues on the B-Side's Anniversary Celebration

12:00pm, Saturday, July 01, 2017

A full day of blues classes and dancing to celebrate the one year anniversary of Blues on the B-Side!

Brought and taught to you by Christopher Gauntt and the ATOMIC Blues Team.

Part 1: Saturday Afternoon Workshop (12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

This workshop will start with the fundamentals, and then review the various substyles of blues dancing that we were teaching throughout April, May, and June. Great for beginners and intermediate dancers, or advanced dancers looking to practice and expand their blues dancing vocabulary.

No partner needed!


Class Schedule

  • 12:00 PM  Registration / Check-in
  • 12:15 PM  Blues Fundamentals: Learn and/or practice the four core principles of blues dancing: frame, grounding, pulse, and lag. This is essential vocabulary that you will be using throughout the day.
  • 1:00 PM   Jazz Blues Sampler: You'll be traveling the floor as we dance to torch-singer and New Orleans jazz blues music. Primarily close embrace with smoother movements danced to slower tempos, the style evolved riffing on contemporary ballroom dance styles back in the day.
  • 1:45 PM  Lunch / Pizza Party / Raffle: Hang out and chow down, with an open discussion about blues and social dancing. In addition, as part of our anniversary celebration, two randomly selected workshop attendees will be given free passes for the evening classes and dance later that night!
  • 2:30 PM   Jukin' Blues Sampler: This popular, angular style of blues dancing has all kinds of styling variations and fits with a wide range of tempos and blues musical subgenres like rock blues, country blues, Chicago blues, etc.
  • 3:15 PM   Struttin' Blues Sampler: Often called the parallel to swing's Balboa, Struttin' is an up-tempo blues dance with its own unique flavor and style. Burn the floor and your quads!

The whole workshop is $50 or 5 punches from your Punch Card if you pre-register by 6/30/17. Or $60 at the door. Register in person or online now!


Punch Cards can only be used if you pre-register.
Apologies, but Groupon, LivingSocial, and Savelocal deals are not valid for workshops.

Part 2: Private Lessons (4:45 PM - 7:00 PM)

We will be offering three 45-minute time slots at 4:45 PM, 5:30 PM, and 6:15 PM for private lessons from one of the ATOMIC Blues Team members, subject to availability. Each private lesson can be have 1 - 4 people and are booked and paid for separately from the afternoon workshop, evening classes, and dance. For more information and to schedule a private lesson, call ATOMIC Ballroom (949) 250-3332.


Part 3: Evening Group Classes (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)

7:00 PM Solo Blues / Hound Dog Routine: This class will focus on body isolations and solo dancing that we fold into a blues dance routine created by Dexter Santos called "The Hound Dog", danced to the song of the same name by Big Momma Thornton. It's easy to learn, but challenging to master.

7:45 PM Connection through Musicality: This class focuses on learning more about how to listen to blues music, and how it will inspire you to move and connect with your partner or solo dancing.  Although applied to blues, these techniques transfer well to any social dance form.

For the evening classes, we are having a two-for-one special, so you can take one or both evening classes for the same price! The cost is normally $16 per class, or one punch per class off your ATOMIC Punch Card. Check in and pay for it at the front desk.

Part 4: Blues on the B-Side Anniversary Dance! (8:30 PM - ???)

Our one year anniversary dance begins at 8:30 PM and will go until 12:30 AM at the earliest, and possibly later*.  Plus, we'll have several surprises sprinkled throughout the night.

Paying for the evening classes gets you in for free. Otherwise it is $10 at the door, or one punch off your ATOMIC Punch Card.

We have an amazing DJ line up for the night!

  • 8:30 PM Cierra Tunquist
  • 10:30 PM Jacob "Junk Man" Canon
  • 12:30 AM mystery DJ*

* This assumes folks are still wanting to dance and they haven't kicked us out yet.  Note, that the mystery DJ will probably be Christopher Gauntt, but who knows?


So come out, learn stuff, dance, bring friends, make new ones, and join us for our Blues on the B-Side one year anniversary celebration!


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