On Sunday August 11th, Halifax's Blues Professor Jill Grant will be hosting an interactive lecture teaching us all about the history of swing and blues music. In the lesson, we'll learn all about the elements of each dance that we can use for ourselves.
Starts at 7:30pm with social dancing happening afterwards.
The evolution of blues, jazz, and swing dancing: Common roots, different branches
If you have ever wondered where the blues, jazz, or swing dances you love came from, or how they are related to each other, join us for a brief talk and guided dance practice on the topic, led by Jill Grant.
Did you know, for instance…?
That this family of dances to syncopated music had its roots in West African music and celebrations.
That dancing was central to the expression of culture for American Blacks who were repressed first through slavery and later by segregation and discrimination.
That swing dances developed as African American dancers adapted some of their favorite jazz blues dances to fast music.
Come and learn more!
11 August 2019 - 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Haliente studio, 1678 Barrington Street, Halifax
7:30 – talk
8:00 – Guided dance practice: blues and swing together on the Savoy dance floor
8:30 -10:30 - Social dancing with a mix of traditional blues / jazz / swing music = our regular monthly blues social dance
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