The bluesSHOUT! name was inspired by the Ring Shout, an historical African American spiritual circle dance that was full of joy, camaraderie, improvisation, and creative expression through movement.
We are happy to continue to call Chicago home for bluesSHOUT! for the fifth 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!
We have seen idiom dances in our competitions for years, and we are looking forward to more of the same. Lots of dancers have done Struttin' and Savoy Walk on our competition floor, to wild applause. We will not be giving idiom expectations in our competitions this year. We leave it in the hands of the competitor to choose the best fit for the music. Our knowledge as a community is expanding so quickly, that we're sure it's going to be our most impressive year yet!