Blues Dance Foundational Syllabus

Designed for 1 hour drop-in lessons

Target: beginning to intermediate students


1. STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

1.1 Explicit Weight Changes
1.2 Moving from the Emotive Core
1.3 Driving, rather than stepping


2. AESTHETIC ELEMENTS

2.1 Blues Heart-beat
2.2 Pulsing vs Weight Changes
2.3 Traditional: Juking, Pendulum
2.4 Borrowed: Jazz breaks, Pops


3. Physical Connection

3.1 Open Connection; tonal range
3.2 Closed Frame; shape, torso movement
3.3 Close Embrace; finding your core