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What is blues dancing?

It is probably safe to assume that people have always danced to Blues music in one way or another for as long as the Blues has been around…

Vintage jail dancing
Photo by Foxtongue


Blues dancing originally arose in African-American communities in the U.S. and fused vernacular African rhythms and movements with European partnered dance traditions.

After the resurgence of Swing dancing in the 1990s, Bluesdancing was picked up by many Swing dancers and in response fundamentally changed its character, moved out of the live music venues and evolved into a social dance with its own sets of dance styles, techniques and dance communities all over the world.

Today, Blues dancing has become a family of social dances that focuses on partner connection,  improvisation and natural body movement. It is easy to learn for beginners and offers experienced dancers greater freedom of expression than many other social dances. In most communities there is no expectation that gender determines whether one leads or follows and many dancers have explored both roles to some extent.

But most of all, Blues dancing is about experiencing and expressing your connection with the music, your partner and the other dancers in the room.

What does Blues Dancing look like?

Watch this brief documentary about a 2011 Blues party at Kulturbrauerei:

Or have a peek at the Berlin Blues Explosion (our big annual Blues dancing festival):

Or listen to this 4-minute introduction to Blues Dancing:

Button player playNPR (National Public Radio):
The healing power of Blues Dancing

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