Über Blues könnte man ziemlich viel sagen – einfach weil die Musik und der Tanz so vielfältig und zeitlos sind. Wie der Swing hat auch der Blues seinen Ursprung in afrikanischen Rhythmen und Bewegungen.
Die international bekannte Bluestänzerin und -lehrerin Grace Jones-Taylor beschreibt es wunderbar passend so (mit freundlicher Genehmigung von www.gracedances.com):
"What we call “blues dancing” is actually a collection of various regional dances that were created in tandem with blues music in the late 19th and early 20th century. Just as blues music predates swing music, blues dances predate swing dances (which means expect to see some similarities). Blues itself is a very expressive and musical dance, and incorporates concepts such as layered body movements, a grounded and earthy feel, and inspiring and being inspired by your partner. Just as blues music encompasses a variety of tempos, blues dancing can also be danced at the full BPM spectrum. Blues dancing can be done with or without a partner, depending on your preference.
Modern divisions in blues dancing: Jookin' and Ballroomin'
In modern blues dancing, most of these historical regional dances can be grouped into two large categories: Jookin’ and Ballroomin’. Jook joint blues tends to be grittier, danced more on-one-spot, and focuses heavily on layering and different body movements. It tends to be danced to what you might think of as classic blues music, like Buddy Guy or B.B. King. Ballroomin' blues, on the other hand, tends to emphasize traveling across the floor and spins. It's danced to music which falls more on the jazzy side, such as Sidney Bechet or Dr. Michael White. Of course, there are many other types of blues dancing which can come down to specific dances within these larger divisions, but Ballroomin' and Jookin' are used today across the national scene in instruction and competition."
Bei BluesKitchen könnt Ihr beides lernen und tanzen – Jookin` und Ballroomin`. Wir lieben die Vielfalt und Abwechslung.