Let’s Talk About Blues Idioms

Hey, let’s talk about idioms for a moment…
 
Look, I get it. You may be nervous or worried about what seems like a pretty big wave sweeping over the community right now in competitions, classes, and event focus. That’s totally understandable and I figured why not go over a few of the questions I’ve gotten in emails or other spots to hopefully alleviate any fears…
 
Why are we focusing on idioms?
 
I would argue many in the community have been focused on this for a while and it’s just now caught on. It’s certainly how I was originally taught, but I’ll concede many didn’t know or emphasis it. Nothing to freak out over, but that’s why it’s really cool we get to dive into these now. Here at BluesGeek, we believe focusing back on the blues idioms will help sharpen your toolbox. Knowing which dance fits the right musical style can improve your social dancing and lead to stronger choices when you “freestyle”.
 
Why is that thing I learned a few years ago different now? Do I need throw everything out?
 
It’s entirely possible you learned the right thing with the wrong name or used the umbrella terms (Jookin’ or Ballroomin’) instead. Or maybe you actually learned something else that’s not blues. Don’t take it as an offense and no one is telling you to throw out everything you’ve learned. Just use this opportunity to challenge your dancing, see where you can grow, and take this step forward with us together.
What’s the purpose of having idiom specific comps? What were the comp we did before?
Idiom specific comps are aimed to reinforce the idea that these individual dances and not simply movements by themselves. The comps preceding this would be what we call “freestyle” or dancing in the aesthetic. We are not making a value judgment on either style. With Idiom specific, we can demonstrate a basic as historically accurate as possible while freestyle lets us add onto that framework. When we say your toolbox will be sharpened, it’s because we believe focusing on idioms will help you make better aesthetic choices when you do freestyle comps again.
Do you think the scene is ready for idiom comps this soon?
Ehh…there’s never going to be a perfect time. However, with that said, we have balanced what idioms you are expected to know. Right now, competitors are only throwing down on ones that have been danced in the scene at large, dependent on level (Novice, Open, Advanced).

Summer With Blues Dance Nashville!!

What’s happening this summer with BDN?

You may have noticed we’ve added a bunch of events to the BDN calendar. It’s all part of our commitment to get better connected with our Nashville community and spread our love of dancing. Can’t make every single thing? Don’t worry about it, there will be plenty of events for you get your blues on this summer!!

What Is Blues Dancing? Every Thursday this summer, join our instructors as we discuss “blues-idiom dance”, the movements and styles that make up the core of our dance. From June to July, we’ll cover a new style and technique in the beginner class and more concepts in the Intermediate class.

Summer Donation Drive– Starting in June, we’ll be pushing for our new donation forms and info. Look for the release of our fundraiser goals so you can see what we’ve done in the community so far and what we still want to accomplish.

Back Porch Blues– Our monthly dance keeps going with a great slate of artists throughout the summer!!

May 13th- Al Hill Band

June 3rd- Harlequin Jazz Band

July 8th- Devan Jones and the Uptown Stomp

August 12th- Devon Gilfillan

Southbound Blues Exchange 2017– At the end of August, join Blues Dance Nashville for our enormous blues party with all your favorite blues artists from St. Louis, Portland, Philadelphia, and our local Nashville favorites!!

Musician’s Corner– Nashville’s historic Centennial Park is your summer home for free music and we’ll be joining them for a few shows when some of your favorite blues and soul artists take the stage. Here are the acts we’re supporting so far (though everyone is awesome, so you should totally go to the other dates as well!!

Nights Out to Bourbon St.– Join us every first and third Tuesday in the month as we jam to the tunes of Whitey Johnson at BSB.

Secret Shows- We have some errr…really cool things we can’t talk about yet, but when they are ready to announce, you had best be ready to dance!! More details on these events as they get confirmed.

What Is Blues Dancing!! Find Out Sept 1st

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We provide opportunities to learn about this amazing dance every week but we wanted to create a unique moment for the community to come experience our group and the history behind the dance. Join with us as we step back in time and explain how Blues Dancing came to be, how we dance it now and how you can get involved in this wonderful community!! We are throwing a FREE event for you so this a great chance to see what you’ve been missed and bring your friends to discover it too!!

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/355300278135226/

Check Out What’s Coming Up!!

The next few months are huge for Blues Dance Nashville!!

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Come join us every Thursday at the Global Education Center for TNB (Thursday Night Blues) This month, Megan Adair and Lenny Sharlet lead the class in the Ballroomin style of blues.

March 17th is our St. Patrick’s day dance with guest DJ Brad Nathanson

March 24th: Normal TNB

March 31st This 5th TNB of March will be a Soul night, with a lesson in Soul dancing by Heather Adkins with a mix of blues and soul played at the dance afterwards.

April 7th: Starting in April, Kenneth Shipp and Camille Maynard will teach a month on Struttin Blues.

Lesson @ 730PM: Come join our instructors as they cover a new blues style every month. Admission is $10 and gets you into the class and the dance afterwards

Dance @ 830-1030PM: Come join our awesome BDN DJs for a great night of dancing each week!! Free if you take the class, or $5 admission.

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Second Saturday Blues returns Saturday, April 9th!!

Come join us for the sounds of Al DeLuca Band and dance the night away!! Admission is $10

Mixer: 730-830PM Come join the BDN community for a fun meet and greet before the dance starts.

Drop-In Lesson: 830-900PM A great way to brush up before the dance or learn a few skills to have a fun night

Main Dance: 900PM-12Midnight Al DeLuca Band will be playing excellent blues for your dancing pleasure!!

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Southbound Blues Exchange is right around the corner!! Come join us in Nashville May 6th to 8th for a weekend packed with excellent music from The Fried Bananas, a whole slew of guest DJs and plenty more. Go check it out here!!

https://bluesdancenashville.org/events/southbound-blues-exchange-2016/