bluesSHOUT! 2016

Welcome to bluesSHOUT! 2016!


bluesSHOUT! is an annual celebration of Blues Dance, striving to bring you the best of the blues dance world every year through classes, competitions, and dances. bluesSHOUT! instructors are the very top of the industry and are in demand nationally and globally. Competitions cater to the diverse palates of amateurs and professionals alike, and aim to inspire both the competitors and spectators to achieve their most creative, authentic, and expressive dancing. You can expect the very best bands and musicians from Chicago and beyond, providing three nights of live blues music, and keeping the floor packed all night long.


Chicago has been a blues music hub for almost a century. The Chicago sound was perfected here by local greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Champion Jack Dupree, Etta James, and so many more. The blues is not only an irreplaceable part of Chicago's past, but also adds a thriving pulse to its present, with live blues music happening every night throughout the city. In addition, the annual Chicago Blues Festival continues to attract thousands of blues enthusiasts from all over the world for three full days of free live blues. The Chicago blues dance scene is extremely excited to welcome bluesSHOUT! attendees to our city!

News and Updates

April 16, 2016: See you in classes! ChiArts venue page updated with map of the school!
April 5, 2016: Lunchtime Yoga now available with Megan Adair! See Facebook Event for details.
April 4, 2016: Registration closes April 8th!
Jan 19, 2016: Registration opens January 21st!
Jan 17, 2016: Performance Submissions Due February 26th!