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Blues

Blues is sensuous and intimate dance, when the whole world is narrowed to a dance partner and music. Not necessarily sad, but always touches the strings of the soul.

Blues dance

Usually by the word "blues" people reminiscing music and presenting noir films and smoked-up bars of Memphis or Detroit at the 30s. A few knows about the fact that to this music there are both couple and solo dance.

Blues as music and as dance is almost impossible to separate, they constantly went hand in hand. Today, unfortunately, you cannot say much about how people danced Blues in the "swing era". Like the other swing dances Blues took a lot from ritual African dances, which generation after generation lost its sacredness among the black population of the United States.

Without a doubt, the Blues as a dance has a great influence of polka and waltz. In slavery times African Americans deprived of the opportunity for normal communication and the departure of rites parodied the dances of the masters, thereby giving vent to the senses. In length of time it grew into many of the swing dances including the Blues.

In length of time certain types of subspecies or trends appeared in the Blues, such as Fishtail, Slow drag, Snake hips, Black Bottom, Mooche and others. All of them were united by several signs: grounded position of dancers, rhythmic movements, some lag, dance between bits of music and a huge improvisation part.

With the arrival of the “Swing Revival” of the late 80's - early 90's many dancers became interested in blues dances and tried to restore lost knowledge. Alas, unlike Lindy hop or Boogie-Woogie, the Blues always remained a more folk dance rather than a pop and practically did not act in film. And to this day the dance has to be restored and created bit by bit, borrowing the components of other dances suitable for esthetics and movements.

Blues is a dance of deep emotional experience of music and reflexion of your feelings. In a couple this is also a very close and confidential conversation between partners, their joint creation and improvisation. And although blues is not always sad music, it is rarely danced even at moderate speeds, not to mention fast ones.