I'm a Woman

- Andi Hansen and Sarah Lokay
This piece is about Sarah and Andi's individual dance journeys, finding strength and inspiration in each other, and bringing their all to the dance.
- Song by Koko Taylor

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


- Flouer Evelyn
This is a piece exploring the range of the blues idiom dance "Rocksteady". The origin of the Rocksteady is a music genre coming from Jamaica around 1966, between the ska & reggae movements.  It is characterized by its "offbeat rhythm" that accents the "&'s" instead of the 1, 2, 3, 4's.  The dancing that developed from it had movements that angularly swung the hips forward and back, and side to side (softer & more varied than ska). The movement was popularized and incorporated into blues during the late 60s & 70s, notably by the funk scene, & later into hip hop during the 80s. 
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- 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

- Grey Armstrong Ruffin

Grey is known for be a quirky, musical, and emotional dancer. As a child, he was never able to stop moving and became obsessed with Blues dancing after discovering it. His love of blues comes from his relationship with his grandfather, and the reconnection Grey feels to his heritage while dancing the blues. This piece is dedicated to his grandfather, and is a piece of mourning for him.

- Song by Eric Bibb