February Blues Dance Workshop Series: Blues Dance History

What is blues dance? Let’s trace the roots of how today’s scene came to be, take time for education, and pay homage to the blues musicians, dancers and communities that came before us.  Because knowing where blues dance comes from and how it was made is just as important as knowing how to do it. 

All month in February, Alissa Perman – joined by guest instructor Aimee Eddins for class #1 only! – will be teaching a survey course on blues history. She’ll give you the skills to identify several key styles of blues music and to dance the styles of blues dance that go with them. You’ll also come away with a general perspective on how and where blues has evolved over the last 100+ years, some key players in history, qualities that tie all blues together, and how those factors lend context to our current scene. Considering this series’ special historical focus, classes will be about 60% dance instruction and 40% participatory conversation.

Dates: Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25
Time: 8 p.m.

Location:
Glen Echo Park, Arcade Building, Room 301
7200 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812

Cost & Registration: $48 for the whole series, or drop in for $15 per class. Includes free admission into the blues dance in the Back Room afterwards. Click this link to register in advance for the whole series.

All Levels Welcome. Read on for class descriptions

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LIVE MUSIC THURSDAY: Full Power Blues

Join us on the first Thursday, February 4th with a great local live band. We’re welcoming Full Power Blues, who rocked it at Red Hot Blues ‘n BBQ last year, for a full night of blues dancing to live music.

The Band has played many yearly Festivals in the Washington Metropolitan area such the Silver Spring Blues Festival, the College Park Blues Festival and most notably the Annual D.C. Blues Society Festival at Federal facility Carter-Baron Amphitheater. The band was honored in December 2014 to play on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Cost: $12
Beginner Lesson: 8:15pm – 9:00pm
Live Music: 9:00pm – 12:00am

January Blues Dance Workshop Series: Fast Blues!

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You know when a song comes on and you want to dance, but that beat just seems so fast? Want to dance to *every* song that a blues band plays, not just the slower ones, and still have energy left over afterwards? We’re here to help!

Marshall Douglas and Heather Lynn Brady are teaming up to teach a series on fast blues! Learn how to keep your posture even when things speed up, how to pull ideas from historic genres of fast blues, and how to dance all night while you do it.

Level: All levels welcome.

Dates: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28

Time: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: $48 for the whole series, or drop in for $15 per class. Includes free admission into the blues dance in the Back Room afterwards.

Location:
Glen Echo Park, Arcade Building, Room 301
7200 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812

Register on Glen Echo’s Website Here

RSVP on Facebook to tell your friends you are going (this does not replace registration)

Read on for class descriptions…

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Competition Results!

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Newcomer Pro-Am (results listed Newcomer & Instructor):
1st ~ Brian Le & Megan Taylor Morrison
2nd ~ Jillian Carnrick & Ruby Red
3rd ~ Elizabeth Essex & Ted Maddry

Strictly Blues:
1st ~ Aaron Brown & Katie Belsky
2nd ~ Brian Richards & Laura Chieko
3rd ~ Andrew Smith & Flouer Evelyn

Mixed Open+Invitational Jack and Jill (results listed Open & Invitational):
1st ~ Kate Feldman & Brian Richards
2nd ~ Mary Ingram & Chris Carey
3rd ~ Jeff Segal & Joy Arico

Solo Riffin':
1st ~ Elizabeth Tuazon
2nd ~ Shoshi Krieger

Winners receive Prize Passes from the following events:
bluesSHOUT! (Chicago, IL) ~ April 14-16, 2016
North Star Blues (Minneapolis, MN) ~ Sept 16-18, 2016
Steel City Blues (Pittsburgh PA) ~ March 4-6, 2016
Nocturne Blues (New York, NY) ~ July 2016
Mile High Blues (Denver, CO) ~ June 24-26, 2016
Winter Blues (Greenville, SC) ~ Jan 29-31, 2016
Sweet Molasses (Boston, MA) ~ July 2016
Rose City Blues (Portland, OR) ~ Nov 6-8, 2016
Blues Yourself (Boston, MA) ~ Sept 9-11 2016
Snowbound (Rochester, NY) ~ Dec 4-6, 2015
Red Hot Blues ‘n BBQ (Washington, DC) ~ May 2016

BamBLOOZled 2015 is almost here!

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We’re only a couple of days away from the workshop weekend that started it all here in D.C.’s blues dance scene. As you pack your things and get psyched for all the awesomeness we have in store for you this weekend, here are some last-minute to-dos, important bits of information, and reminders:

1. Registration closes tomorrow night (Thursday) at 11:59 p.m.! If you have not registered yet, get on that. We’ve sold out of our Tier 1 passes, but we still have a few Tier 2 and 3 passes left. Here’s the link. Indulge yourself this weekend and join us.

2. If you registered and signed up for housing (as hosts or hostees), those assignments have gone out! If you have not received your housing assignment, please contact us ASAP to get that sorted out.

3. It’s finally ready for you to peruse with excitement: the class schedule. Check out the phenomenal, inventive, exciting workshops our instructors have put together for you, and start planning your ultimate choose-your-own-adventure dance weekend. We’ve still got a few tweaks and surprises, so check back throughout the weekend.

4. One of the many great things we offer at our events: amazing food. This year, in addition to the delicious full meals being cooked up at our late-night dances (risotto! polenta with tomato sauce! mashed potato bar! champagne!), we’d like to deliver lunch to you during the lunch break on Saturday and Sunday workshop days. We know that our venue is pretty far away from many lunch options, so if you fill out this form (also linked to on our BamBLOOZled food page) with your food order, we will deliver it to you and you can pay for it when you receive it. There will also be physical non-Internet copies of this form available that you can fill out as well.

5. Wondering what the details are for the rest of the weekend? Check out the full event schedule here! You’ll find crucial details like when the dances are, where they’re being held, when competitions are, and when you’ll sleep (haha maybe).

6. We’ve got some really interesting, innovative comps for you this year, from a Pro-Am to an Open & Invitational J&J combo to a solo riffin’ comp! If you find yourself so enticed by the options that you want to throw down on the competition floor instead of being inspired by watching it, you can add it to your registration online (or, if that gets glitchy and weird, sign up at the door when you get here).

7. Check out our sweet venues for this weekend! Some of them are Metro accessible, but don’t forget to check on the time of that last train or bus so you don’t wind up stranded and sad. Some of them are not easily Metro accessible (like Glen Echo, where our workshops and main dances will be held), so we highly recommend making a new friend (or joining forces with people you already know) who is willing to fill their car with your joyous dancer body.

8. In town early? Check out Back Room Blues, our weekly Thursday night blues dance at Glen Echo’s Back Room! Get times, prices, the location, and more details on the FB event here. Start your weekend early with us, because more dancing is most excellent!

We cannot wait to dance with you, learn alongside you, and splash a little warmth your way from our blues dance community.

See you so very soon,
Capital Blues

Order Your Bambloozled Shirt Today!

Ok cuties! You’ve got 24 hours left to buy one of these awesome deconstructed argyle shirts that we designed for this year’s event. We’ll send the order in on Friday, September 25, at 1pm EDT, so if you wanted one but didn’t buy one you can always go back and add it to your current registration. If you’re not registered yet – well this is a good reason to do it by 1pm tomorrow! Learn more on our new merchandise page! And buy a shirt here!

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BamBLOOZled 2015: The Champagne Treatment

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We are just under a month away from BamBLOOZled 2015! This year’s BamBLOOZled will be really special because, after a lot of thought and reflection and discussion, Capital Blues has decided to take a year off from putting this event together in 2016. It’s been seven years of busting tail to get the best live music we couldn’t quite afford, instructors from everywhere, and your favorite DJs together for one great weekend, and it was all designed to inspire and urge on the greater blues scene.

We’ll be taking a close look at our local scene and at BamBLOOZled itself to make it bigger and better than ever in 2017. So come on down to D.C. this year and give BamBLOOZled the champagne treatment (complete with what will most likely be an actual champagne toast). Let’s cheers to this special event’s history, and the possibilities for its future!

For this year’s event, we can promise incredible nationally renowned musicians; some of your favorite DJs from near and far; classes and instructors that will stretch your brain and your blues dancing; innovative competitions to amaze; delicious late-night food; wonderful friends; and an event that will leave you warm and happy. Dancing starts on Friday, October 9, and ends sometime super late on Sunday night/Monday morning, October 12.

Read on for more details.

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BamBLOOZled 2015 Registration is Open

Registration for BamBLOOZled 2015 is now open! Sign Up here!

We’ve got three lovely price tiers for you to choose from:

    • On a Budget: $105
    • Regular Price: $135
    • Benefactor: $165

As we do with all of our big events, we have put all of our tiers live at the same time and keep them all open right up until registration closes (or until the tiers fill – there is a cap of 50 spots for the lowest tier, so that we can be sure we don’t go over capacity and violate fire codes). We want dancing to be a wonderful thing that everyone can enjoy, so if you’re hard up for money, stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and keep your eye on those tiers! We will announce when we’re getting close to filling the lowest tier. And don’t forget: Please choose the price that matches the upper level of what you are able to pay for and save the lowest tiers for those who really need it. Thanks!

BamBLOOZled Registration is OPEN!

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Registration opens Today, July 1, at 7 pm Eastern Daylight Time! We are so excited to get the process started! This is the beginning of a beautiful thing, friends. BamBLOOZled will be so awesome this year.

When registration opens, you’ll be able to sign up for a full weekend pass within our tiered pricing system (all tiers are open at once, so choose wisely and within the ability of your budget!), and you’ll be able to tell us if you need housing, want volunteer hours, or have any food preferences for the delicious late-night meals we’ll provide (can you say risotto…?).

This year, we’re putting a new twist on our competitions, so that they are more fun to watch, more exciting to participate in, and more innovative overall. We’ll have a Pro-Am in place of our usual novice competition, so novices who make finals will compete with instructors; an open/invitational J&J combo; a strictly comp that encourages you to pull out *every* tool in your dancer toolbox (switching lead/follow roles! drag blues! whatever crazy blues shenanigans you can pull off with a partner!); a revamped solo comp; and space for choreography showcase performances (which is always new and different thanks to the work of dancers who put major amounts of creativity into their choreo projects). More comp surprises and info to come!

We’ll be at Glen Echo for classes again this year, and you can read all about it on our venues page. We want to make lunch as smooth as possible, given how few options there are in that area. We’ll have lunch available to preorder the night before each day of classes during the event (i.e. you’ll order Saturday lunch during the Friday night dance). We’re also in the process of making t-shirts and other sweet merch for you to enjoy, so stay tuned for more info about that.

Finally, we are cooking up a week of blues dance delight between BamBLOOZled and Blues Muse this year. Are you staying in town between the two events? Are you a local dancer who has always wanted tot see something cool done during our weekly dances? Send us any ideas you have, and keep an eye out for the full schedule soon. We’ll keep you dancing from weekend to weekend