CANCELLED! We decided to cancel/postpone Bremen Blues Exchange due to the current Covid-19 situation.
On March 11, we decided to postpone our Blues Exchange due to the rapidly spreading Covid-19. We will wait a little bit and find a new date. To learn more about our reasons please check this Facebook post.
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What’s a Blues Exchange?
What is Blues?
Blues dancing is an umbrella term for a family of historical and modern dances done to blues music. Rooted in African movement, blues dance places a high value on improvisation, rhythm, polyrhythm, and solo movements.
Most partner dance forms have risen from cultural groups during periods of growth and creativity. Over time, the dances developed “basic steps” or “patterns” that come from the rhythmic structures of the music they are danced to, thus providing new dancers with shortcuts into the “feeling” of a dance.
Blues dance has not divorced itself from the improvisational nature of “street” dancing, therefore, it does not give the practitioner just one basic step pattern to rely on, but a multitude of steps, patterns, intricate body movements, and systems of connection. This can make the dance both incredibly exciting, easy to begin, and difficult to get very good at.
Understanding the music and history is a very important element of learning to be a knowledgeable blues dancer. Parallel to blues music, blues dance is based on social dance styles created from African and European roots in America between the 1800’s and mid 1900’s, although it has experienced significant evolution within the last 10-15 years.
(copied from https://bluesdancenewyork.com/what-is-blues/)
Some Blues Dancing videos to give you an idea:
What’s a Dance Exchange?
The main purpose of a dance exchange is to meet nice, like-minded dancers from other places. Usually, an exchange is organized by locals and they invite people from other cities and countries. In most cases, an exchange lasts for a weekend. It’s very often an uncommercial event. While dance workshops offer a lot of dance classes, an exchange focuses more on partying and socialising. That’s why an exchange usually is less pricy than a workshop weekend.