Registration Open Today at 6PM CST

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Mo’ Better Blues 2017 kicks off registration today with a flash sale. The first 20 people will get their passes to one of the biggest blues events in the Southeast for only $55 bucks!!

Registration is being hosted on Open Dance: Open today at 6PM CST!!!

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Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a talented and powerful group of instructors:

Mike Legenthal, Dan Legenthal, Krystal Wilkerson, Adam Wilkerson, Julie Brown, Tim O’Neill, Ross Blythe, Sarah Lokay, Shawn Hershey     Laura Chieko

blues-geek-logo-final-01Come experience 3 Track Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, and the launch of BluesGeek, our new community driven initiative.

Some of the best musicians and DJs from the nation and the Southeast under one roof for your dancing pleasure.

BROTHER YUSEF, Al Holbrook Band
DJS: Brad nathanson, Dave warner, Emily nybo, chris spear, canada pennett

 

What’s Going On In October?

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Jukin’ Blues begins this Thursday, Oct 6th!! Join Myriam and Kenneth for a new month long series based on this southern originating blues style. Make sure to stay afterwards for Thursday Night Blues, the best blues social night in TN. More details here

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Brand new Back Porch Blues kicks off Oct 8th!! Harlequin Jazz Band helps us kick off our new monthly dance, Back Porch Blues. This weekend, we have a Mixer at 730PM, beginner lesson at 830PM, and the band gets going at 9PM. For more details, check our monthly event page.

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Site update for Mo’ Better Blues 2017!! Our pages will get updated this Sunday.  You will be able to find all event details in one place and our Open Dance registration link. You can find the MBB17 main page here.

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Get Grounded and Spooky at TNB: Hollow Blues!! It’s time to dress up in our best Halloween costumes and get down. The Dan Nash Band joins us from across the pond to give us their Delta Blues style. TNB will get started 30 mins earlier at 7PM and the band will go on at 8PM. We will be giving out a prize for the best costume at the second band break. For more details, check out the TNB page!!

FREE Class on September 1st!!

Our signature class “What Is Blues Dancing?” kicks off this Thursday!! Join us as head instructor Kenneth Shipp shares how the blues dance grew along side the music, why we are revived and reliving it today, and how you can get involved.

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This class is completely FREE and so is our social dance afterwards!!

Class: 730PM Dance 830-1030PM

Global Education Center 4822 Charlotte Pike Nashville, TN 37209

We will have refreshments available and alcohol is permitted (BYOB, please drink responsibly)

If you want to register early as we are expecting a full house, feel free to sign up through our Event Brite page here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-blues-dancing-tickets-26437593554

Ruth and Mike This Weekend!!

Our workshop has finally arrived!! Ruth and Mike join us in Nashville to teach the blues once again. Take advantage of this incredibly cheap opportunity to learn from a phenomenally talented duo!!

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Join us this Friday for a DJ dance starting at 10PM and jump into our classes this weekend!! $5 Admission (Free with the workshop cost)

If we’ve piqued your interest, you should know it’s only  $40 for the workshop. This will get you into all the dances and 4 classes!! Check out the registration link here.

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Saturday Night, Juke Joint Revival returns to give us their unique country inspired blues. It’s only $10 (Free with the workshop cost)

We’ll see you Friday night!!

What’s Coming Up?

Check out all the events heading this way:

Thursday Night Blues- July 28th

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Thursday Night Blues feat. Chelsea Reed and The Fair Weather Five

Chelsea  Reed and The Fair Weather Five kickoff the return of TNB with live music to our weekly social dance. Join us at 7PM for another class of Blues University with teachers, Megan and Kenneth. At 8PM, the dance kicks off 3 hours of music for what will be a amazing night of dancing. More details here

Thursday Night Blues will be back to it’s normal time of 730PM to 1030PM August 4th

Second Saturday Blues feat. Mo’Pie- August 13th

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Second Saturday Blues feat. Mo’Pie

It’s the best live blues night in TN!! Join us for award winning band phenoms, Mo’Pie, as they join us from Bowling Green, KY. It’s only $10 for our monthly live music night. More details here

Ruth and Mike Workshop- August 19th-21st

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Ruth and Mike Workshop- August 19th-21st

International instructors, Ruth Evelyn and Mike Grosser join us here in Nashville for a short weekend workshop. Two dances, 4 classes are only $40. Registration is open now. For more details, check it out here.

 

Ruth and Mike Workshop- August 19th-21st

Ruth and Mike return to Nashville for a weekend of blues geared to improve your personal dancing and your teaching skills!! Registration is open!!

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Register here!!
https://squareup.com/store/blues-dance-nashville

Housing form:
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Saturday and Sunday class are just $40 per day. Sign up for both and save $10 bucks!! (Includes admission to the dances regardless of which one you pick)

Curious about our wonderful instructors? Check out ruthandmike.com and follow them on Facebook- Ruth and Mike

Come out on Saturday to add more skills and refinement to your blues. Our Sunday portion will be geared towards those wanting to become instructors or improve their teaching abilities!!

Saturday Classes:
What Makes It Blues? (Intermediate)
All The Connection, All The Time (Intermediate)
Turn Like A Boss (Intermediate)
Shuffle (Intermediate)

Sunday Classes:
AVK (Intermediate)
Developing & Choosing Content (Intermediate)
Classroom Management & Flow (Intermediate)
Presentation Skills (Intermediate)

We will have dances Friday and Saturday night: Our DJs will spin the tunes on Friday. Then enjoy live music to the tunes of Juke Joint Revival on Saturday!!

Come join us for Jookin Feb 4th!!

Camille Maynard and Kenneth Shipp will be leading our next class series in the month of February!!

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During this 4 week class, we’ll show you how to dance the Jookin’ style, the blues music associated it and how to apply the skills you just learned in Intro To Blues. If you want to keep growing as a dancer, or just want to brush up your skills, we have the class for you!!

Make sure to join us for the Thursday Night Blues kickoff directly afterwards!!

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Admission is $10 per class or $40 dollars: Taking the class gets you into Thursday Night Blues totally free. Check out the dance here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1541656486149287/

Support Blues Dance Nashville!!

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If you have enjoyed the events we’ve put together so far, consider a gift to BDN this year that will help us reach our goal of $2000 dollars. It will enable us to keep bringing in bands for Second Saturday Blues, ensure venues and deposits can be made for our upcoming workshop and exchange. This will continue to help us train and educate new teachers, DJs, and dancers in Nashville. Even small amounts will help, and  if you’re unable to do that, sharing this via social media or with friends goes a long way.

Check out our Go Fund Me Details here:

https://www.gofundme.com/gy5fkhww

First Second Saturday Of 2016!!

Did you love Kirabelle at the Winter Formal? Her band is coming back to start the year off right in January. Kirabelle Frabotta returns to the Blues Dance Nashville stage to give us a wonderful night of blues music so you can dance the night away.

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Beginner Lesson at 8pm
What is blues dancing? Come join us early and we’ll show you!!
This lesson is perfect if you want to get comfortable with blues dancing and have a fun time doing it.

Band starts at 9PM and ends at midnight

Admission: $10

The Global Education Center is BYOB, just make sure to drink responsibly.

Check it out on FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517728025193093/

Parking Information:

We are located at the Global Education Center: 4822 Charlotte Ave # 3, Nashville, TN 37209
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This Saturday’s dance will be in the side studio, located in the image below.

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There’s parking on the same side of the street as Global, but since there is another event also going on in the rooms next to us, we highly encourage to use the playground parking lot which has plenty of space. It’s highlighted in blues on the image below.

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Thank You Nashville

Good evening Nashville!!

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It has been a wild first year for me as your president. When I took over in January of this year,  I was still super new to blues and really had no idea how to run a scene. It took awhile to get going and with the support of my officers, instructors, DJs and most importantly our dancers, we had a very successful year. I’ve enjoyed every single dance, every moment to teach, even the candid moments off the floor getting to know everyone better. I couldn’t have been more proud representing Nashville in the other scenes I’ve traveled to this year. It’s cool to talk about our scene, where we have been and where we were. With that in mind, let’s chat about a few things…

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