I'm a Woman- Andi Hansen and Sarah Lokay
The Blues in C Sharp Minor- The Blues by Youngdon and Dawa
What is Blues? To seek hope and love through the journey of life.
- Song by the Fats Jazz Band
Rocksteady- Flouer Evelyn
- Song: "Raggedy & Dirty" by Luther Allison
Tobacco Road- Jenn Martinez
Inspiration struck from live words from Lou Rawls himself: "I speak about this place because I'm quite familiar with it. Everyone is in some sense or other."
Using this and her movement, Jenn ponders the nature of the blues by reflecting on why she's so drawn to it in the first place.
- Song by Lou Rawls
Rock Me Mama- The B Sides: Mike Legenthal, Ruth Evelyn, Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz, Julie Brown, Dan Legenthal, Mike Grosser, Vicci Moore, Adamo Ciarallo
This piece meditates on the question 'What is blues?' by exploring the social, subtle, and non-performative aspects of the genre. Rather than the dancers performing for a large audience, the audience is drawn into the world of the dancers, who dance for themselves or to/with their partner. Other themes explored in this piece are personal style, local variations, divergent styles in separate locations, and cross-pollination of ideas from dancer to dancer.
- Song by Lightnin’ Slim
Come Back Baby- Cierra Ruffin
Cierra is known for be a quirky, musical, and emotional dancer. As a child, she was never able to stop moving and became obsessed with Blues dancing after discovering it. Her love of blues comes from her relationship with her grandfather, and the reconnection Cierra feels to her heritage while dancing the blues. This piece is dedicated to her grandfather, and is a piece of mourning for him.
- Song by Eric Bibb