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DISCOVER THE BLUES

Blog articles exploring the history, culture and values of blues dance.

 Blues dance is an African American vernacular dance that developed alongside blues music in the Deep South of the USA in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and is still evolving today. Like the music, blues dance is not just one style of dance, but a family of blues idiom dances.  Born from slavery, blues music and dance embody African American cultural values.  As teachers who are not from this culture we feel that it is essential for us to educate ourselves about the history, cultural values and the social context of the dance.  These blog posts are our way of sharing some of what we aree learning on our own personal journey, and we hope they inspire you to discover more about the blues.

Blues Music: The Language of the Blues

Blues Music: The Language of the Blues

INTRODUCTION This article is a collection of excerpts from one of my favourite books, ‘The Language of the Blues from Alcorub to Zuzu’ by Debra Devi. All quotes in this article are from this book, with the page numbers referenced under each subheading. I have selected...

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Angularity & Asymmetry in African American Art & Dance

Angularity & Asymmetry in African American Art & Dance

Included in this post:   Introduction: “The grammar of culture” Angularity and Asymmetry in African and African American Art Angularity and Asymmetry in African and African American Dance Different Cultural Values Introduction: The Grammar of Culture “Nowhere is...

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Blues Dance: An African American Vernacular Dance

Blues Dance: An African American Vernacular Dance

This article aims to briefly explore the meaning of ‘vernacular’ dance, referring mainly to two books: ‘Steppin on the Blues’ by Jacqui Malone and ‘Jazz Dance’ by Marshall and Jean Stearns. More books are listed at the end of the post.WHAT DOES ‘VERNACULAR’ MEAN?...

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