About BluesSHOUT! Classes

Workshop Schedule


Levels & Auditions

As part of the registration process, you will need to indicate your desired class level. Levels will be assigned by audition; however, to cut down on the time for auditions, we’d like to get some assignments made beforehand. Our instructors will review your requested level before the event. If a majority of the instructors are familiar with your dancing and feel that you fit into the level you have selected, you will not need to audition. If the majority of the instructors are not familiar with your dancing, or have some questions about the level you requested, you will have the opportunity to audition for that level. All registrants will be notified of level placement or audition status before the workshops, so you will know whether attendance at auditions is necessary or not.

Class Levels

Note You are welcome to attend any class at your assigned level or below, as well as classes labeled “Everyone”.
Level 1 Bootcamp is a chance to jump start your learning! Get some personalized attention in a fast track to getting down your basic blues dance skills. You should come to Level 1 Bootcamp if you are new to Blues dancing. Even if you are not new to dancing (in general or some other style), if you are new to Blues, this level is for you. You are still learning the Blues aesthetic and learning the basic steps of various blues dances. Zero to one year Blues dance experience.
You have been studying Blues dancing (workshops, drop-in lessons, private lessons, camps) for a minimum of a year. You understand what creates the Blues aesthetic but are still developing your ability to maintain a relaxed, athletic posture, grounded pulse, and lag between yourself and your partner. You dance in place as well as traveling. You are usually able to identify Blues music when you hear it. You are working on growing your solo Blues dancing vocabulary.
You have been studying Blues dancing for at least two to three years and are able to demonstrate and maintain all Level 1 and Level 2 skills in your Blues dancing. You are capable of body articulation without disrupting the Blues aesthetic. You are capable of leading or being led in three or more turns without losing your balance while traveling. You understand the difference between different blues dance styles technically and musically, and are comfortable dancing Blues as slow as 80 BPM and as fast as 145 BPM. Your solo Blues dancing vocabulary is large enough that you can dance an entire song comfortably.
You have been studying Blues dancing for a minimum of three years and are able to demonstrate and maintain all Level 1, 2, and 3 skills in your Blues dancing. You are capable of creating and maintaining polyrhythms while you dance, and express yourself artistically to various forms of Blues music without disrupting your partner in his or her artistic expression or losing the Blues aesthetic. You can identify music that is unmistakably Blues. You're good at learning routines and you enjoy tearing apart the fundamentals. You are comfortable dancing Blues as slow as 60 BPM and as fast as 160 BPM. You are equally comfortable dancing partnered, solo, or transitioning between the two to any number of styles of Blues music.
You have been studying Blues dancing for at least four to five years and are able to demonstrate and maintain all Level 1-4 skills in your Blues dancing. You can critically assess your own movement quality, and have developed a unique personal style. You likely compete, perform, and/or teach Blues dance on a local, regional, or national level. You can point out what elements in a non-Blues song still support the Blues aesthetic or which elements make a song unsuitable for Blues dancing. You are equally comfortable dancing to music of any Blues genre, at any speed, in a solo or partnered fashion.
These classes are designed to have something of value for everyone from the rank beginner to the seasoned expert. The content is layered so that beginners can pick up the most important elements, while advanced dancers can practice the more nuanced elements of the dance.

About the Auditions

Auditions will occur on Saturday morning. You will be auditioning for placement in the level you requested during registration, and you will be evaluated by at least two instructors. You’ll be dancing with the instructors, and they will be evaluating you based on the descriptions of the class levels. Please be familiar with those descriptions and be sure to use the moves, patterns and technique you need to demonstrate that you possess the skills described for that level. If you miss auditions, the highest level you can be placed in is level 2, regardless of what level you requested.


Topic Descriptions

(B) Blues Aesthetic & Technique

These classes go into great detail about how to do things correctly. There will be a lot of explaining, but also time to practice. Classes may move slowly so that you can be sure to get things right. Questions aren't just encouraged, they are expected!

(M) Musicality

These classes will be diverse, with one thing in common - the focus on allowing the music to inspire your movement. Expect the classes to move more quickly so that the instructors can cover all the material and give you plenty of time to practice. If you are a quick learner, expect to have some extra time to explore your own "musical" additions to the movement as well.

(S) Social Dancing

These classes will cover aspects of partnering, styling, and improvisation to help you be as creative as possible. It's also a great chance to perfect your fundamentals so that you can free yourself to explore other aspects of your dancing. For those dancers who learn more quickly, you will have the opportunity to explore what it's like to dance your very best.

(P) Performance & Competition

You can expect the focus of these classes to be on how your dancing looks, and how to bring your best dancing to the stage. You'll be expected to be at a level of dance where you would be comfortable dancing or performing in front of others, even if it’s just in class.

(L) Lecture and Seminar Classes

These classes are meant to bring variety and depth to your dance education. We highly encourage you to branch out from your usual partnered class experience and learn something out of the box!