About BluesSHOUT! Classes
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!