Who is BluesBootCamp aimed at?
has ever harboured a burning desire to dance this smooth beautiful dance AND is willing to put in the
effort required to make that desire a reality. You will never need to fear the blues room at a dance weekender again!
Is BluesBootCamp for me?
To help answer
this we have given you a little checklist to consider:
Willingness to drop your inhibitions! Blues is a close intimate dance and you will need to relax and place trust in your instructors and fellow students.
and Concentration. We will cover A LOT of
ground on this day and Simon and Kirsty teach clearly, patiently but very efficiently. There is no padding or waffle. You
will be on your feet a long time so obviously need to be fit and healthy. You also need to be able to concentrate
and focus on the techniques and concepts.
experience of Blues. The course is designed for
total beginners. Of course improvers are welcome and will still benefit from revising their technique with
such fantastic teachers. With respect, even competent, confident blues dancers will not have experienced most of the
techniques and moves that Simon will teach.
You do not need to book with a partner
although if you can do it does help balance lead and follows. We will rotate classes throughout and much of the
teaching in fact splits leads and follows anyway.
but can sometimes be helpful
partner dance experience. You do not NEED
to have experience of other dance styles to enjoy and become confident in Blues. Many people successfully start
their partner dance journey with Blues and never dance another style.
many social dancers of other styles enjoy the fresh challenge Blues provides. If you have danced other styles before
you may find it helpful at the start. Some general concepts (like frame, posture, connection, lead +follow) are
similar and some steps may even look familiar. However you must be prepared to start with an open mind and
accept that it is a different dance and you will be a beginner again.
Do I need a partner?
Do I need to be a dancer?
How will the teaching be structured?
be aimed at getting you familiar with the basic musicality, attitude and state of mind to start Blues dancing. We
will then explore a number of vintage blues moves and dance techniques. You will also importantly learn how to link
the moves and musicality together. The precise syllabus will be published in advance and handouts will reflect this.
As a final treat we will end the day in an uptempo way with a basic introduction
to Balboa. This is a beautiful swing dance style not dissimilar to tango which Simon is expert in.
Kirsty advocate rotation of partners but you can of course practice with your partner between the teaching sessions. You
also will spend a lot of time learning separately the lead and follow roles. We will recap previous learnings at all
stages and try and link relevant elements together.