San Francisco (March 23rd/24th) Alt-Blues/Fusion Workshops w/ Justin Riley
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:30 PM - Sunday, March 24, 2013 at 6:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, CA
Saturday from 1:30pm until 6:30pm
Sunday from Noon until 6pm.
All classes will be held at the Dancehouse
1275 Connecticut Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Friday Night Pre Party at Friday Night Blues. Justin will be teaching both classes before the dance as well as DJing during a couple sets during the dance!
SATURDAY, MARCH 16th
1:30pm: 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.
2:30pm: 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.
3:30-4:30: Short Break! Grab some food.
4:30pm Finally, A Follow Intensive Class (for everyone!)
Follows, are you tired of just being a “prop” in class? We all are. In this class we’ll dig deep into the fundamentals of a follow’s posture, frame, connection, and mentality. We will look at more advanced ways to elegantly assert yourself and help influence the dance. This is also a great class for primary leads who want to learn to follow but rarely get a chance because leads are always in such high demand.
5:30pm Breaking The Rules: A Creativity and Moves Class (advanced)
As masters of poetic movement, we have perfected the syntax of our art. But as many great writers like James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway have shown us, masters get to break the rules: alternate frames, leads revolving around follows, inter-partnership play, asynchronous movement, split weight. Where the beginners are barred, the masters get to play!
Saturday Night Party at Mission Fusion: Justin will be DJing and teaching the class at Mission Fusion. Check them out on Mission Fusion Facebook an join us!
SUNDAY, MARCH 17th: All Day Dancing to Electronica!
12:00pm Dancing to Electronica: A How-To Guide
Electronic music often is faster, more dynamic and more highly syncopated than blues, swing, or tango. While these elements are interesting and engaging, they are also hard to dance to. This class will develop tools and techniques for dancng to electronic musid: isolations, dynamic tone, a moving pulse, and movement layering.
1:15pm Partnered Electronica: Blow. It. Up!
Glitch Hop, Dub Step, House, Downtempo, Lovestep, Wobble-Core, Electro-Circ, Electro, NuJazz, Eurobeat, Electropop, and Candy-Stomping cray-cray!!! What!? Learn to dance to and listen to new-wave electronica, and do it well. We'll take an in-depth look at the dynamic musical structure of new electronic genres, and then take movements and isolations from popping, locking, and micro to compose a polyrhythmic cacophony of synesthetic bliss. Explode!
2:30-4:00pm Food Break!
4:00pm Synesthesia: Making Your Dancing Psychedelic
Synesthesia: "definition: [sin-uhs-thee-zhuh] sensory confusion, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color." Its 5am at the Sunday late-night, the days of sleep deprivation have taken their toll on your mental state, and suddenly something cracks. You begin to see the music; trebles turn yellow and sunburst while the baselines melt into earthy browns. Next comes touch; you begin to feel sound. The high staccato notes of the piano tickle and isolate high in your chest, the clarinet's playful meandering become a rolling wave in your stomach, and the image of your partner's ecstatic smile tastes of a salted mango Lassie… you have arrived in the world of dancer synesthesia!
5:00pm Cultural Innovation, Adaptation and Application: Traditional Movements to Electronica
Culture doesn't just manifest. It borrows, adapts, and innovates: synthesizing past into the present. We can see these sorts of dynamics in the electronic music scene with the emergence of generes like Electro-Swing, Tango Electronica, Tribal-Bass, Balkan-Beat, and many others. In this class we will take hold of these dynamics by applying movements we alreday know from blues, jazz, and tango to electonic music. "Now everyone Fish Tail..." **Wobble-Wobble-Wobble**