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“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.” -Martha Graham

Calling all (aspiring) dancers! Let's get together and blues dance in and around Los Angeles.

• Most venues include a complimentary blues dance lesson and several hours of social dancing

• All levels welcome

• No partner required

NEW TO BLUES/SOCIAL DANCING? Here are some suggestions:

Preparing for the Dance

Bring:

• Cash (some dances are cash only and/or there might be coin-only parking meters)

• Smooth soled shoes (it’s best to have as little rubber on the sole for turning and spinning purposes – we suggest no flip flops or high heels as well)

• Extra shirts (bodies are moving, so venues can get warm and this is in case you perspire a lot)

• Hand rag (” “”)

• Mints

Do:

• Apply deodorant

• Plan to arrive to the lesson ON-TIME, if not slightly early (this is considerate not only to the teacher, but the other students as well)

Don’t:

• Eat garlic

• Wear cologne/perfume

At the Dance

Asking people to dance:

• Ask people to dance, including the instructor!It is polite to first make eye contact, smile and then ask verbally

• Don’t present your hand as a way of asking, even if it also includes a verbal inquiryIt is ok to (s)he says “No”

Being asked to dance

It is good practice to say “Yes” when someone asks you to dance, but you always have the choice to say “Yes” or “No”

Typically if someone asks you to dance and you say “No”, it is polite to a) sit that song out and b) ask that person to dance later that evening*

*This is in the circumstance(s) you say no because you need to go to the bathroom, get water, fresh air, etc. If you are saying “No” because that person makes you uncomfortable, unsafe, etc this does not apply. Most venues have a code of conduct (http://dosomethingblue.com/code-of-conduct/) in place, so, in the best way you feel comfortable, you should share your concerns.

Dance Etiquette & Safety

Most venues do not allow aerials (both legs of the follow leave the floor) – these are dangerous not only to those around you, but also your dance partner

Don’t lead or, for follows, initiate big dips (follow’s head and upper torso are parallel or more to the floor) – you, your partner or those around you could get hurtBlues connection points are: upper back, shoulders/upper arm and hands.

Do not place or hold your dance partner by/on any other body part (including but not limited to hips: thighs, head, legs)

Don’t force your follow into any position

Don’t yank your follow into a turn(s)If someone is hurting you or making you feel unsafe or uncomfortable you can say something to them, tell a staff member and/or find out how to submit an anonymous concern

Don’t teach on the dance floor (it’s just a big no-no, especially when unsolicited)

Don’t accept teaching on the dance floor (kindly ask them to refrain)It shouldn’t be assumed that you can soliciting feedback from someone before or after dancing with them

If there is something we forgot, let us know! We hope to see you on the dance floor soon!

Upcoming events (1)

Blues Dancing in Pasadena w/ LIVE MUSIC - January 2019

Looking for a fun night out? This is it! Since this is a special anniversary night there's not only going to be amazing DJ'd blues music and top notch drop-in dance lesson, but also LIVE MUSIC from Sista Jean and CB, amazing door prizes, a photo booth, and more — and it only costs $15* to get in!! All ages and dance levels welcome. No need to bring a dance partner .. everyone asks each other to dance so it's a great way to meet new people! Of course, that's not to say you can't bring a date and have an enjoyable night out on the town together. ***This event is cross-posted so the RSVP numbers here are not the only MeetUp attendees coming out ;) ❗ There's some great information to help you get prepared if it's your first time social and/or blues dancing at http://dosomethingblue.com/faq/#bluesnewbie Cool! What is do Something Blue? Great question. do Something Blue is a blues dance held the last Friday of the month (except where noted on www.dosomethingblue.com). ⏲️ WHEN Blues Dance Class 8:30pm-9:15pm (included in cover) Blues Dance: DJ'd Music 9:15pm-10:30pm and 11:30pm-1am Live Music from Sister Jean & CJ 10:30-11:30pm 🎟️ DOOR PRIZES Passes to do Something Blue, Third Saturday Swing, and Lindy Groove's Monthly Blues Lesson Series will be given out to some lucky winners**. **You must collect a ticket at check in and place it in the bucket for the event pass you'd like to be eligible to win. Must be present to to collect your prize. Drawing will be at/around 10:15pm. 💰 COVER $15 for this special engagement (Cash or Credit/Debit) *This is the cash discount price. Full price (using Credit) for entry is $16. No Bills Larger Than $20 Accepted. ✔️ CODE OF CONDUCT All attendees are expected to respect and abide by our Code of Conduct. It is displayed at the front desk nights of the dance and is always available online at http://dosomethingblue.com/code-of-conduct/ If you feel that anyone is disrespecting the Code of Conduct, please bring this to Tracy's attention (if you can't find her/don't know her, ask the person at the front desk to locate her for you). 🚗 PARKING Parking information is available at http://dosomethingblue.com/location/ http://www.dosomethingblue.com/birthmonth Don't hesitate to ask questions below. See you on the dance floor! If you'd like even more information, check out the website at www.dosomethingblue.com or visit the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2201936043380709/

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