What we're about

This meetup is organized by Elizabeth Kilrain (http://JukeJoint.ninja), the organizer for Blue Note - San Diego's monthly pure blues social dance (http://BlueNoteSD.com). We welcome suggestions for meetups from other organizers as well, but our focus will be on blues dancing (not fusion, rockabilly, zydeco, etc.) and Black history.

Our vision is to offer consistent events for the exploration and development of the blues vernacular dances in San Diego. As the name implies, our love here is the blues - all 100 years (and counting) of the rich and living history of blues music and dancing - and that is the type of music and dancing that will be offered.

There are many venues in San Diego that offer other dances with blues. We enjoy many of those dances and encourage you to go explore them and find your passion. We also believe that to really grow in love and understanding of a subject, you have to spend time immersed it. We are passionate about the blues and truly believe you will love it as well.

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First Monday Blues Lab

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The Blues Lab will be held on the first Monday of each month. $5 donation or potluck beverages/snacks. Since this is a practice space, please try to arrive on time, especially to the lesson, and remember to come with a mindset of learning and practice! Please help protect the floors! Any shoes worn must be CLEAN dance shoes or non-marking street shoes with CLEAN soles. You may also wear socks, lyrical sandals, paws, or go barefoot. Thanks! Format - 7:30pm–8:15pm: lesson with practice - 8:15pm: announcements and introductions - 8:20pm–10:00pm: open practice. Feel free to continue working on the mini-lesson idea or something else. Rotate or stay with the same partner as you prefer. Decide who will receive feedback first. Facebook Event: TBA Monthly Topics Will be announced via the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/BlueNoteSD/events/). Feel free to make suggestions on what you feel needs to be covered! What is it? The Blues Lab is an informal practice session and will be run in a way similar to a guided tango practica. Each evening will begin with a lesson (30-45 minutes) that features a breakdown of a movement or concept with practice and rotations (in the case of partnered movements). The purpose of the Blues Lab is to encourage growth in our dancing and community by deepening and broadening our understanding of blues movement and music and how to connect with one another through exchanging ideas and conscious practice. The music played will be pure blues and blues-adjacent genres (such as New Orleans jazz, blues-gospel, and blues-soul) that inspire blues dancing. Guidance You can receive guidance directly from the lesson, the TAs (who will introduce themselves at the beginning as well as during announcements), or from one another. We encourage you to reach out to us and each other for assistance. Guidelines - Before dancing with each new partner, inform him/her if you are working on something specific so s/he can pay attention to it as you dance. - Only one person should receive feedback at a time. This allows that person to just dance and not have to analyze their partner’s dancing. Switch at the next song if the other person requires feedback as well. - If you are uncomfortable with feedback from a certain person, inform them before you begin dancing. Please respect your partner’s wishes not to be critiqued by you. - Respect the purpose of the Blues Lab and the dancers. If you are not here to practice, please do not take up the time and space of those who are. - Constructive feedback is strongly encouraged. If something feels uncomfortable or hurts, please speak up! By the same token, please be respectful and refrain from speaking negatively of the person. - Please do not dominate your partner. Even if you consider yourself a more advanced dancer and were asked to provide the majority of the feedback, ask relevant questions to understand where your partner is coming from and help guide them through the movements rather than continually criticizing them. - Nobody is above improvement! Even if you are an accomplished dancer, you may still have something that needs work, or you may not be as well-versed in blues as you are in other dances. Please take all constructive criticism with an open mind!

Progressive Blues Lessons (new time and online!)

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⚠️⚠️⚠️❗️ ALERT ❗️⚠️⚠️ ⚠️ A Time To Dance has enabled online classes, so log on THIS WEDNESDAY (and all following Wednesdays) at 7:30pm to join us for class. Sign up: http://www.atimetodance.com/schedule/ Create a user name (members: use the email you provided with your contract) and password, and register for the class. You will get an email 30 min before the class starts with the link so you can jump in!

Progressive Blues Lessons (new time and online!)

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⚠️⚠️⚠️❗️ ALERT ❗️⚠️⚠️ ⚠️ A Time To Dance has enabled online classes, so log on THIS WEDNESDAY (and all following Wednesdays) at 7:30pm to join us for class. Sign up: http://www.atimetodance.com/schedule/ Create a user name (members: use the email you provided with your contract) and password, and register for the class. You will get an email 30 min before the class starts with the link so you can jump in!

Progressive Blues Lessons (new time and online!)

Online event

⚠️⚠️⚠️❗️ ALERT ❗️⚠️⚠️ ⚠️ A Time To Dance has enabled online classes, so log on THIS WEDNESDAY (and all following Wednesdays) at 7:30pm to join us for class. Sign up: http://www.atimetodance.com/schedule/ Create a user name (members: use the email you provided with your contract) and password, and register for the class. You will get an email 30 min before the class starts with the link so you can jump in!

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