Jeep's Blues- The BSides: Julie Brown, Ruth Evelyn, Mike Grosser, Dan Legenthal, Mike Legenthal, Forrest Rogers Marcovitz, with special guests Flouer Evelyn and Shawn Hershey
Selected References and Inspirations:
“Blues Legacies and Black Feminism” by Angela Davis
"The Wiz" 1978 Musical by Universal Pictures and Motown Productions
"The Spirit Moves" Documentary
"A Brief Introduction to Savoy Walk" by Damon Stone for Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club
Rattlin' Bones- Dawa Jung, Youngdon Kwon
Youngdon and Dawa are presenting a piece that reflects the complexity of emotion surrounding death and also the past. Often, you can find humor in the darkness, and humor is an important way of processing grief and loss. This piece seeks to uplift our spirits through heavy times as the past rises up to shout out.
- Song by Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Porchfront Blues- Laney Barhaugh, Julie Brown, Gerry Hundt, Ronnie Shellist, Damon Stone
This unpretentious routine is Americana at its best. In the American South, the front porch was (and still is) a place to spend time with friends and family. If you were lucky, someone brought a guitar, banjo, or harmonica and folks could enjoy music and dance. Come on over and join us for a spontaneous and casual jam with some of our best dancers and our favorite musicians.
Never Make a Move Too Soon- Ross Blythe, Cortnie Cook, Andi Hansen, Sarah Lokay
This piece is about friendship, camaraderie, and having fun together - there is joy, friendly competition, and community. The song, Never Make a Move Too Soon by BB King, starts out on a down-note, but quickly turns around, becoming about being happy despite a bad situation and prospering afterwards. We felt that was an apt reference to what we often love about blues dancing- finding joy and community, finding the silver lining in the midst of all the shit.
Instructor Demos- Instructor Demos
In the interest in celebrating idioms at SHOUT! we had our wonderful instructors provide demonstrations to inspire, motivate, and encourage others to explore:
(Idioms listed in order)
- Gut Bucket: Mike Grosser, Ruth Evelyn, Julie Brown Heidi Fite (0:23)
- Funky Butt: Mike Grosser and Julie Brown, Hiedi Fite and Chelsea Adams (2:06)
- Chicago Triple: Julie Brown and Damon Stone, Ruth Evelyn and Mike Grosser (4:26)
- Piedmont: Christi Jay Wells and Heidi Fite, Damon Stone and Mike Legenthal (6:25)
- Texas Shuffle: Damon and Kelsey Stone, Mike and Dan Legenthal (8:02)
- Sand: Dan Legenthal, Mike Grosser, Heidi Fite, Ruth Evelyn (9:58)
- Strut: Damon and Kelsey Stone, Mike and Dan Legenthal (12:10)
- Stride: Damon Stone with Mike Legenthal, Dan Legenthal with Kelsey Stone (13:58)
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
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
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
Tell Me More and Then Some- Dexter Santos and Noemi Blue
An interpretation of desires between two lovers as expressed in dance, one wanting more and the other only able to give so much.
- Song by Nina Simone
Pink Champagne- Julie Brown, Sarah Elise, Ruth Evelyn
This piece plays with themes and imagery of champagne--imagery of bubbles, liquid, and flutes. We explore champagne's dual personality: on one side refined and elegant, on the other nasty, not giving a damn. As a part of that, the choreography plays with the trope of sexy chorus-girl routines, but instead celebrates personal delight in one's own sensuality, challenging the idea of the objectifying gaze.
- Song by Joe Liggins and His Honeydrippers
Tough Truckin'- The B-Sides: Julie Brown, Ruth Evelyn, Mike Grosser, Dan Legenthal, Mike Legenthal, Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz
The B-Sides are back with another amazing group routine!
- Song by Duke Ellington
Come To Me Baby- Mike Grosser
Black Rattler- Jinho Hwang, Young Gene Park, SulHee Yi, Tae Hyeon Kim, Jung-im Park
We are excited to welcome The Mustangs from Seoul, Korea!
- Song by Carl Sonny Leyland Trio Meets Nathan James and Ben Hernandez.
My Daddy Rocks Me- Mike and Dan Legenthal
This routine is a refreshing exploration of jazz-blues, blending classic ballroomin' with a hearty dash of contemporary creativity.
- Song by Sidney Bechet
100 Days, 100 Nights- Flouer Evelyn & Sidney Schiff
Just like the song itself, this piece has influences of Latin, Gospel & Soul Blues. We are incredibly inspired by the strong spirit & movements of Tina Turner (of Ike & Tina Turner in the 60s).
Shake Your Money Maker- Ruth Evelyn & Mike Grosser
This piece draws from a few different blues styles to create a fast and energetic party vibe.
I'm Ready- The B Sides
This piece is choreographed in the style of Jukin' Blues, which was danced in tight spaces--often a crowded bar or club. We highlight the individual styles of the performers to showcase the many ways dancers can interpret music and movement within the blues vernacular. We all live and dance in Boston, often traveling around the US and abroad to teach and share our love of blues.
Group members: Dan Legenthal, Forrest Rogers-Marcovitz, Julie Brown, Mike Grosser, Mike Legenthal, Ruth Evelyn
Choreographed by Julie Brown, Ruth Evelyn & Mike Grosser
Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground- Jenn Martinez & Julie Brown
This piece, to a famously haunting yet comforting song, is an exploration of dark and light--the lightness and darkness in the song, in the world, and as exists within each of us.
Am I Wrong- John Vigil
Through his movement, John works through the timeless emotional scale of loving an unavailable woman.
Go Down Hannah- Katrina Rogers
Go Down Hannah, performed by Katrina Rogers, is an interpretation of a women's experience being forced into slavery, bondage, and back breaking labor. Originally recorded by Alan Lomax, Go Down Old Hannah is a negro work song sung by the inmates of a South Texas Prison camp in 1908. Old Hannah (the sun) represents the improbable hope for a better life and the reality of that day never coming. The song is played by the Heritage Blues Orchestra. The dance is choreographed by Joe DeMers.