What is Blues

What is Blues dance?

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The history and culture of blues has roots and early origins in the USA (late 19th century), specifically in African-American culture. Addressing deep felt human experiences of loss and regret, blues music has the ability to transcend culture and over time has been embraced and appreciated by people around the world, spreading out from the USA to South America, Europe and beyond. Blues dancing, so naturally linked to the music, reflects specific characteristics of the music, including call and response, improvisation, emotional intensity, building tension and resolution. Parallel to the development of various musical styles within the genera of blues music (Chicago blues, jazz blues, delta blues, modern blues, etc.), the family of Blues dances have been developed to match (Shuffle, Slow Drag, Struttin, Ballroomin’, etc.). Using Blues dancing as a vehicle, dancers can gain a deeper understanding of culture, history, expressiveness and musical interpretation.

In the last five years, the Blues dance scene has taken root and grown significantly in Europe and, more specifically, in Vienna. At this point in time, Blues dancing is celebrated at numerous festivals, including workshops and social parties, but none of the European festivals equal the depth and quality of Bluesshout in Chicago, (USA) where competition, expert panel talks and performance play a key role in raising the bar and pushing the scene forward.
With the Blues Fever Festival and Vienna Sugar Blues Festival in Vienna (AUT), we aim to bring this rich format into the heart of Europe.

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Blues als Tanz wird zu der Bluesmusik aus 1900’ bis 1960’ getanzt. Im Tanz spiegeln sich auch die Wesenszüge der Musik selbst wider, zu denen Call and Response, Improvisation, emotionale Intensität, Spannung und Lösung gehören. Zu den verschiedenen Musikstilen innerhalb der Bluesmusik (Chicago Blues, Jazz Blues, Delta Blues, Modern Blues, etc.), entwickelten sich auch unterschiedliche Untergruppen des Bluestanzes (Shuffle, Slow Drag, Struttin’, Jukin’ und Ballroomin’). Blues tanzen hilft den Tänzer*innen im Verständnis von Geschichte, Ausdruckskraft und musikalischer Interpretation.
In den letzten fünf Jahren ist die Bluestanz Szene in Europa und auch in Wien stark gewachsen.