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
This piece centers on the jazz-blues of New York, inspired by many New York dancers & dances, ranging from the social to the showy. Through this piece, we seek to embody the value of individual style so inherent to black dance, as well as honor the rich history of queer culture in Harlem that intertwined with blues and jazz culture. Growing out of last year's choreography that explored the joys of subtlety in social blues dancing, this year The B-Sides challenge ourselves and the community to also explore the performative end of blues dance.

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
Bobby Green
Al Minns
Sandra Gibson
Josephine Baker
The Berry Brothers
Song: "Jeeps Blues" by Duke Ellington Orchestra

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
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

Rocksteady

- 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. 
Check out this Youtube Playlist for more references.  

- 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

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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
This piece is about struttin' your  stuff and shakin' what you got because it feels good and because a desirable person is watching.
- Song by Howlin' Wolf

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.