Weekend Class Schedule with Justin Riley
Sunday: 11:30am-6:30pm with a 60 min break from 3:00-4:00pm
11:30am: Connection, Connection, Connection: You, Your Partner, and The Music
Okay, be honest, why do you dance blues? It’s about the connection. This class is about you, your partner, the music, and the mechanics that bring them all together. Whether it’s your first night dancing or the end of your first decade, this class will help develop and refine the very thing that returns us to partner dancing time and time again: connection.
12:45pm: Filling the Empty
One of Blues Dancing's most distinguishing characteristics is its appreciation of the small, the in-between, the quiet. We'll learn to use breath, micro isolations, dynamic tone, and a true reveling in silence to fully utilize those hard-hitting breaks, those gushy between-the-beat moments, and the infinity of time and space we have between even the simplest of weigh-shifts.
2:00pm: Exploring Open Connection
I know we all love hugs, but holding hands has its perks. This class will focus on the often neglected, under-appreciated, and super important (though perhaps admittedly somewhat inferior) open blues connection and the variety of moves that can only be done from open.
3:00pm-4:00pm: FOOD BREAK!!
4:15pm: Partnered Electronica: Blow. It. Up!
Glitch Hop, Dub Step, House, Gypsy Beat, Wobble-Core, Electro-Circ, Downtempo, Electropop, and Candy-Stomping cray-cray!!! What!? Learn to dance to new-wave electronica, and do it well. We'll take movements and isolations from popping, locking, and micro to compose a polyrhythmic cacophony of synesthetic bliss. Explode!
5:30pm Making Dancing a Conversation
Let’s redefine the conventional idea of lead-dominated dancing! We want to give follows the confidence, freedom, and skills necessary to properly bring varying degrees of input into their dance. The class is designed to transform typical, lead-driven, monologues into dynamic conversations. Conversations with give and take, listening and assertion, that build and deconstruct to a point where issues of lead and follow dissolve into connection and communication. This class goes beyond the theoretical and focuses on the variations in frame, tone, and muscle engagement that bring these concepts into reality.