Blues is a folk-dance in the sense that it is created and developed by all practitioners of it. It is a way to meet and socialise! It is a dance where intimacy is a key component to both the meeting in the dance as well as to the community and the scene as a whole.
Improvisation is central. There are no actual basic steps, just movements in accordance with the music being played. As a dancer the body responds to and expresses what the music is conveying and it is rich in emotional nuances. It is about tuning in, feel, interpret, acting on and mediate – and all in dialog with your partner!
Blues is also a dance rich in culture with roots that go back all the way to the beginning of the afro-american dances in the beginning of the 20th century. Side by side to the swingjazz dances that took place in the big nightclubs the blues was danced in the intimate milieu of private afterparties in the wee hours of the night. The original blues is the fertile soil wherein the dance now has flourished into its contemporary diversity, where an open approach to the music and the connection has given rise to the phenomena of ”switching” and new styles in music and dance such as ”fusion”. Switching is growing wide in all continets where blues is happening and it is an open approach to the traditional lead-follow roles which is contributing to the further richness of the dance experience. Fusion blues is a merging of the movements of the traditional dance and all the new styles and variety of dances which are guided by the tempo of the new music created by contemporary artists. The blues of today are a reflection of the reality of our time!