Sunday, March 26: Fusion Blues, The Art of Slow Dancing
Swedish Cultural Center 1920 Dexter Ave N, 3:30–5:30pm
Love those slow songs but weary of the high school hug/drape version? In our Blues Fusion workshop, we explore musicality as the source of our dancing! Like any artist, we’ll teach you to use music like the colors on a palette and connection like the canvas to make every blues dance a unique creation between you and your partner. Starting with basic rhythms, we’ll slowly work you up to listening to the tone and lyrics of many different kinds of songs. We’ll also take moves from other dances, adapt them to Fusion Blues.
Sunday, March 26: Intro Zydeco
Swedish Cultural Center 1920 Dexter Ave N, 6–8pm
We’ll begin with the basics of both open and closed position for the hot SW Louisiana two-step dance called Zydeco and then build on, adding moves and styling. The music is hard-driving and playful roots music with elements of Cajun, Blues, Rock ‘n Roll and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The dance creates beautiful connection and yet allows for inspired individual play and freedom. There’s a good reason it’s popular from coast to coast! Prerequisite: None.
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