The bluesSHOUT! name was inspired by the Ring Shout, an historical African American spiritual circle dance that was full of joy, camaraderie, and creative expression through movement.

We are happy to continue to call Chicago home for bluesSHOUT! for the third year in a row. We can’t say at this point if Chicago will be home to bluesSHOUT! forever (forever ever?) but we’ll be staying for a while.

We aim to encourage our students and the general blues dancer population to push themselves to become the best they can ever be, so why would we not ask the same of our teachers and master dancers? Encouraging them to compete gives them the chance to create under pressure, just like any other competitor. This leads to greater inspiration for everyone!