BluesMuse Schedule

17 December 2013

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Schedule
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Time GSB – Library GSB – Auditorium Ruba Club GSB – Ratskeller
08:30PM
to
12:00AM
Friday Main Dance Hangout Space
Cost: $20 (Included in Full Weekend & Dance Pass)
Music: DJ’ed Music from our fantastic DJs
Description: We’ll be introducing ourselves to old friends and new aquaintances as we dance the rest of the day away to fantastic DJ’ed Music!
Description: The Ratskeller is a cozy space to take a break and stash your things while the dancing happens upstairs. Thirsty? Come get a hot or cold beverage and #StayHydrated!
11:00PM – 02:00AM Grilled Cheese Truck!
Bring Cash!
Description: We’ll be having a late night appearance of a Grilled Cheese Food Truck! The Grill Cheese Philly will be parked in the front part of the side lot right next the German Society Building. Please note, this isn’t provided by Muse so please bring cash to satisfy all those late night cravings!
12:00AM – 03:30AM Friday Late Night Dance Hangout Space
Cost: $15 (Included in Full Weekend & Dance Pass)
Music: DJ’ed Music from our fantastic DJs
Description: After we’ve wrapped up the Jill Competition, you’ve signed in for the weekend, and you’ve had numerous amazing dances.. it’s time for more! How late can you dance? Have you danced with everyone in attendance? Just how awesome can this night be?
Description: The Ratskeller is a cozy space to take a break and stash your things while the dancing happens upstairs. Thirsty? Come get a hot or cold beverage and #StayHydrated!
12:15AM (ish) Jill Competition Finals
Description: The Jills have been selected and it’s time for them to show how they embody the spirit of Blues Muse: Follower Expression and Leader Receptivity at it’s best. We’ll have our lead teachers and a special guest dancing with each of these lovely follows to demonstrate their conversational give-and-take prowess in blues dancing in fromt of a panel of our Follow Teachers (plus a special guest) and there will also be a section for them to solo and show off their quality of movement and musicality choices on their own. It’ll be an amazing show skill to amaze and delight!
Time GSB – Library GSB – Auditorium Ruba Club GSB – RatSkeller
10:45AM
to
11:00AM
Morning Yoga
Red LaBonte
Masters Auditions
Description: Morning Yoga to get all your muscles loose and prep your body for a day of awesome classes!
Description: The masters classes are for very high level dancers. These are dancers who not only have many years of dancing under their belts, but who also regularly place in the top track of other auditioned blues events like BluesShout. This track will be limited to roughly the top 12 leaders and 12 followers at the event, by audition. When there are no masters classes, masters-level students will join level 4.
11:00AM
to
11:45AM
Morning Yoga
Red LaBonte
Advanced Auditions
Description: Morning Yoga to get all your muscles loose and prep your body for a day of awesome classes!
Description: This is also a very high-level track. These are the people who are scene leaders, who are constantly taking workshops (and very likely teaching them), and who have a very strong practice ethic. A dancer in level 4 will have a strong sense of themself as a dancer, and has excellent technique. They understand Jukin and Ballroomin, and have an excellent grasp of solo vocabulary and movement. This track will be limited to roughly 15 leaders and 15 followers, by audition.
11:45AM
to
12:45PM
The Battle
(Elective)

Dan Repsch
The Battle
(Elective)

Jenny Sowden
Breakaway
(Elective)

Julie Brown & Shawn Hershey
Beginner Massage
(Elective)

Red LaBonte
Teacher: Dan Repsch
Level: Elective
Description: The Blues Muse Battle is a beloved tradition! Learn a choreography, then, at the stroke of midnight at the Saturday night dance (give or take dancer-standard-time), battle the other team!
Teacher: Jenny Sowden
Level: Elective
Description: The Blues Muse Battle is a beloved tradition! Learn a choreography, then, at the stroke of midnight at the Saturday night dance (give or take dancer-standard-time), battle the other team!
Teacher: Julie Brown & Shawn Hershey
Level: Elective
Description: In blues dancing, we don’t always have to be touching our partner to have a fun, conversational dance. In this class, come play around with breakaway (when we let go of our partner and dance solo, together)! We’ll do some fun ways to break away and come back to our partner, as well as fun tactics, games, and ideas for dancing in breakaway. (It’s best if you already have some solo moves under your belt to get the most out of this class!)
Teacher: Red LaBonte
Level: Elective
Description: Red has been kind enough to help Blues Muse dancers take care of themselves, and we’ve asked her to come back and keep helping us! She’ll teach you how to massage. What better way to start off the weekend?
12:55PM
to
01:55PM
The Side Pass Class
(Level 1)

Jenny Sowden & Dan Repsch
Lead-Follow-Lead
(Level 2 & 3)

Mike & Dan Legenthal
My go, Your go!
(Level 4)

Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Researching the Blues
(Elective)

Julie Brown
Teacher: Jenny Sowden & Dan Repsch
Level: Level 1
Description: Side pass: a type of movement where the partners change places in space. There are so many ways to do this! We will cover the technique for ease, the variety for creativity, and the surprises for fun.
Teacher: Mike & Dan Legenthal
Level: Level 2 & 3
Description: Great connection is all about teamwork. We’re going to teach you concrete tools to help you be a more responsive, collaborative dancer, and help you make your creative risks successful, musical moments!
Teacher: Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Level: Level 4 (by [Advanced] Auditions Saturday Morning only)
Description: This class is all about taking it in turns… you will explore the variety of ways that we like to play with the concept of ‘call and response’ in our dancing with a mix of set ‘moves’ and creative ‘games’! Have fun taking the lime light, highlighting your partner, and understanding how to mix between these ideas as you dance.
Teacher: Julie Brown
Level: Elective
Description: In this class, we’ll look at a sampling of cool and relevant video clips, excerpts from books, and other resources Julie has come across when researching blues dance. In addition to that sweet information, you’ll also come away with ideas for how you could research blues dancing–the aesthetics, the moves, and the cultural & historical contexts.
02:05PM
to
02:55PM
Jack & Jill Pre-lims Lunch
Cost: $5
Jack and Jill Pre-lims will be happening at this time frame in the German Society Library. Only Full Weekend Pass Holders and Saturday Class Pass Holders will be able to compete. Please check the Competitions page for more details and registration!
02:55PM
to
03:35PM
Lunch
03:35P M
to
04:35PM
Open-Position Ouija Dance
(Level 2)

Julie Brown & Shawn Hershey
Applied Gradients+Styles
(Level 4)

Jenny Sowden & Dan Repsch
The Blues Conversation
(Level 3)

Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Blues Muse: What Are This?
(Level 1)

Mike & Dan Legenthal
Teacher: Julie Brown & Shawn Hershey
Level: Level 2
Description: In this class, we focus on subtle lead-follow in open position and momentum moves, and using that as a basis for followers added their voice and shaping the dance in those contexts. Followers will find techniques and stylings that work wonderfully in open position & momentum moves (while feeling comfortable and natural), and leaders will enhance both their specific leading skills and their
Teacher: Jenny Sowden & Dan Repsch
Level: Level 4 (by [Advanced] Auditions Saturday Morning only)
Description: Let’s further explore the concept of lead-follow Gradients and Styles. We’ll start with specific contexts and examples and find how these ideas can change your social dance. With this refined awareness, we’ll then challenge you to let these ideas affect how you create and respond to unexpected social dance situations.
Teacher: Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Level: Level 3
Description: “The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.” (William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830) Listen to the music. Listen to your partner. Have a two-way communication between lead and follow and dance together with clarity and care. Get on the floor and create art.
Teacher: Mike & Dan Legenthal
Level: Level 1
Description: As you take classes to help you be musical and be true to blues dancing, you’re going to hear a lot of terms about the music you’re dancing to, like Shuffle, Delta, 12- bar, Chicago, Latin, and more. You do *not* need a background in music to understand these terms, you just need a little time, your ears, your brain… and maybe a little help from us! This class will prepare you for many of your future
04:45PM
to
05:45PM
Masters Class
(Masters)

Julie, Shawn, Mike, & Dan L.
The Pulse – Keeping the Blues Alive!
(Elective – Solo)

Vicci Moore
Solo Vocab
(Elective – Solo)

Adamo Ciarallo
Empathy and Environment
(Elective – DJ)

Dan Repsch
Teacher: Julie, Shawn, Mike. & Dan L.
Level: Masters (by Audition Saturday Morning only)
Description: Another beloved Blues Muse tradition!
Teacher: Vicci Moore
Level: Elective – Solo
Description: What is the pulse and why is it so important in blues dancing? This class will explore multiple different pulses, changing the pulse in response to changes in the music. Sideways, backwards, upwards, downwards, inwards, outwards… anything is possible!
Teacher: Adamo Ciarallo
Level: Elective = Solo
Description: Feel like you don’t know your fishtails from your shake-n-bakes? Shakes-n-bakes? Shakes-n-bake? Err- your fishtails from your grinds? Adamo is here to help!
Teacher: Dan Repsch
Level: Elective – DJ
Description: A song can make a crowd high or pull them harshly out of the groove. We’ll develop our awareness of the variables that can affect dancers, physical space, and the dance so that each choice is a step toward heightening the experience of the night.
05:55PM
to
08:30PM
Break!
08:30PM
to
12:00AM
Saturday Main Dance Hangout Space
Cost: $25 (Included in Full Weekend & Dance Pass)
Music: Mikey Junior!!! Plus DJs during bandbreaks.
Description: We’ll be introducing ourselves to old friends and new aquaintances as we dance the rest of the day away to fantastic DJ’ed Music!
Description: The Ratskeller is a cozy space to take a break and stash your things while the dancing happens upstairs. Thirsty? Come get a hot or cold beverage and #StayHydrated!
10:30PM (ish) Jack & Jill Competition Finals
Description: Our Jills and our Jacks have been packing the snacks and stretching their backs to limber up for Saturday Night Finals! We’ve selected a group of individuals who shine on the floor and demonstrate the expression and conversation that Muse teaches, champions, and is known for. We’ve rallied them together for an epic showcase of talent, but who will claim a placement in this competition that focuses more on the partner conversation than anything else?
12:00AM
to
03:30AM
Saturday Late Night Dance Hangout Space
Cost: $20 (Included in Full Weekend & Dance Pass)
Music: DJ’ed Music from our fantastic DJs
Description: After we’ve wrapped up the Jack & Jill Competition, you’ve signed in for the weekend, and you’ve had numerous amazing dances.. it’s time for more! How late can you dance? Have you danced with everyone in attendance? Just how awesome can this night be?
Description: The Ratskeller is a cozy space to take a break and stash your things while the dancing happens upstairs. Thirsty? Come get a hot or cold beverage and #StayHydrated!
12:00AM (ish) The Battle Performance!
Description: A long standing Blues Muse tradition, the dancers who participate in The Battle classes Saturday Morning with Dan Repsch and Jenny Sowden will have this opportunity to perform the battle in the German Society Auditorium for all attendees to see! This has been a hit year after year and we’re always excited to see what comes out in these choreographies.
Time GSB – Library GSB – Auditorium Ruba Club GSB – Ratskeller
11:00AM
to
12:00PM
Journey Through Blues
(Elective)

Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Connection Confidentail: Struttin’
(Elective)

Laney Barhaugh & Joey Shelley
Want it? Get it!
(Elective)

Dawa Jung & Youngdon Kwon
The Essentials of Dance Event Organization
(Elective)

Jesse Metcalf-Burton & Zach Williams
Teacher: Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Level: Elective
Description: Blues is all about the music. As dancers, everything we do we do because the music inspires us to do so. The bass, the percussion, the guitar, that rhythmic shuffle, that enchanting vocal… how do they make you want to move? Looking at different styles and genres of blues music through history we will explore how changes in the music affect our movement choices and how we choose to dance.
Teacher: Laney Barhaugh & Joey Shelley
Level: Elective
Description: Struttin’ uses a variety of different embrace connections – so we’re here to help with that! We’ll cover 3 different types of connection (upright/basic, lean-to, and Aframe), and really dig into making all of them comfortable. We’ve also got some styling options up our sleeves, so once you’ve found that solid feeling with your partner, you can start to really *dance*.’
Teacher: Dawa Jung & Youngdon Kwon
Level: Elective
Description: Let leaders and followers explore their own movements and build the dance by not just stealing ideas but sharing ideas from each other.
Teacher: Jesse Metcalf-Burton & Zach Williams
Level: Elective
Description: Jesse and Zach will help you navigate the essential pieces of planning and running dance events. Whether you’re looking to take on your first challenge or to hone your skills, their class will help you prepare for future events. Come discuss critical aspects of event planning including budgeting, event perception, and postevent reflection. There will also be time at the end of class for questions. There will be a lot of information floating around, so bring your favorite note-taking tool.
12:10PM
to
01:10PM
Leading for Followers
(Elective)

Jenny Sowden
Following for Leaders
(Elective)

Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Psychic Mindpowers!
(Elective)

Mike & Dan Legenthal
Practice Makes Better
(Elective)

Nicole Trissel
Teacher: Jenny Sowden
Level: Elective
Description: If you consider yourself to be primarily a follower, but you want to explore leading, this is a great class for you!
Teacher: Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Level: Elective
Description: If you consider yourself primarily a leader, but you want to explore following, this is a great class for you!
Teacher: Mike & Dan Legenthal
Level: Elective
Description: Once upon a time, Mike realized that when she wanted to have cuddly dances, all the leads magically slipped into cuddle mode! Intruiged, she investigated, and found that it wasn’t magic- it was mindpowers…. and of course, body language. Leaders and followers alike, come learn how to lay down (and pick up) subtle cues so that you can get your partnership on the same
Teacher: Nicole Trissel
Level: Elective
Description: We’ve all been there, we come to a dance weekend and take lots of classes with our friends, but don’t keep up the learning when we get back to our daily lives. In this class we’ll encourage practice habits for all by discussing both practice techniques and activities, and what it looks like to grow practice groups, and instill a culture of learning in your dance scene.
01:10PM
to
02:50PM
Lunch
02:50AM
to
03:50PM
Four Legged Grilled Cheese
(Level 3)

Mike & Dan Legenthal
Swinging the Blues
(Level 1 & 2)

Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Elements of Rhythm
(Level 4 – Solo)

Julie Brown & Shawn Hershey
Developing an Intro Lesson
(Elective)

Jenny Sowden
Teacher: Mike & Dan Legenthal
Level: Level 3
Description: Close embrace can be tricky, but it can also be absolutely magical. We want to give you the ability to move as though you are one with your partner. We’re going to celebrate the arts of leading and following, and try to reframe the way we use our bodies to get that gorgeous close embrace connection.
Teacher: Vicci Moore & Adamo Ciarallo
Level: Level 1 & 2
Description: Swing (in this case the action, not the music!) is a fundamental component of the way we dance, and we want to share it with you! It can be used to make so many wonderful things happen in your dancing. Explore different ways to swing your body to create movements, to improve transitions between movements, to maintain flow in your own dancing, and to maintain flow between you and your partner. This class will dissect moves you thought you knew and rebuild them in a
Teacher: Julie Brown & Shawn Hershey
Level: Level 4 – Solo (by [Advanced] Auditions Saturday Morning only)
Description: This class will explore rhythmic subtlety, pushing & pulling the beat, textures, and dynamics–as a way to pull us into the music, and also into our connection with our partner.
Teacher: Jenny Sowden
Level: Elective
Description: How to develop an introduction lesson for partnered Blues dancing. You can use this class for teaching a group or teaching a friend new to the scene. Will cover things to keep in mind, how to be specific but not over load, movement ideas and some of Jenny’s go-to’s.
04:00PM
to
05:00PM
Masters Class
(Masters)

Vicci, Adamo, Jenny, & Dan R.
How to Learn from Anyone
(Level 4)

Mike & Dan Legenthal
All About Arms
(Elective – Solo)

Julie Brown
Subtle Rhythmic Transcription
(Elective)

Shawn Hershey
Teacher: Vicci, Adamo, Jenny, Dan R.
Level: Masters (by Audition Saturday Morning only)
Description: The tradition strikes back!
Teacher: Mike & Dan Legenthal
Level: Level 4 (by [Advanced] Auditions Saturday Morning only)
Description: How to Learn from Anyone. Advanced with Dan L and Mike. It is said that the best dancers can learn from anyone. But to be honest, that doesn’t happen overnight. We’ll teach you some great games and exercises to help you learn from- and offer information to- your peers.
Teacher: Julie Brown
Level: Elective = Solo
Description: Arms, those pesky appendages! They can enhance your dancing or take an otherwise-great movement and make it look awkward. Learn some general principles for making your arm movement look good, and play around with some different arm stylings to broaden your
Teacher: Shawn Hershey
Level: Elective
Description: Learn musical notation for rhythm, learn to produce complex rhythms with clapping, transcribe rhythms from songs, and subtle variations of rhythm that can’t be written.
05:00PM
to
08:30PM
Break!
05:00PM
to
09:00PM
(Optional) Attend the Blues Jam at Twisted Tail [509 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA]
08:30PM
to
12:00AM
Sunday Main Dance Hangout Space
Cost: $20 (Included in Full Weekend & Dance Pass)
Music: Chelsea Reed & the Fairweather Five!!! Plus DJs during bandbreaks.
Description: As we wrap our heads around all the awesome music, dances, food, and good times.. it’s time to cut a rug again! Well.. the German Society Building doesn’t have many rugs, but boy if they did.. PLEASE NOTE THIS ENDS AT 12AM(MIDNIGHT) – We need to bounce out earlier than the past two days to ensure the building is cleaned up and turned over to staff.
Description: The Ratskeller is a cozy space to take a break and stash your things while the dancing happens upstairs. Thirsty? Come get a hot or cold beverage and #StayHydrated!
12:00AM
to
03:00AM
Sunday Late Night Dance
Cost: $15 (Included in Full Weekend & Dance Pass)
Music: DJ’ed Music from our fantastic DJs
Description: After we’ve wrapped up the workshops, shimmied at the Blues Jam, and you’ve had numerous amazing dances.. it’s time for more! How late can you dance? Have you danced with everyone in attendance? Just how awesome can this night be?