Workshop Tracks, Levels and Placement

Class Levels

Brickyard Blues offers class material across four skill levels. When registering, please select your level based on the following criteria:

Level Description
Beginner Plus

You have solid basics and are ready for more! You are comfortable in open, closed, and close embrace.

You understand connection, lag, pulse, and are starting to explore concepts like aesthetic and musicality.

Note: The Beginner Plus level is not targeted at raw newbies. If you have never taken a blues class before, and have no experience with blues dance, Brickyard Blues classes are not the best fit for you. Please attend at least one progressive beginner class series or beginner blues boot camp before signing up for the Beginner Plus track at Brickyard.

Intermediate

You are familiar with some idioms, blues aesthetic, blues vocabulary and are comfortable dancing to a variety of music.

You are solidly grounded, and understand concepts of musicality, pulse, lag.

You have taken intermediate level classes before and are excited to expand your vocabulary.

Intermediate-Advanced

You consistently apply blues aesthetic and technique, and are able to layer different rhythms or isolations.

In addition to the above definitions, you can learn and figure out how to execute new movements based on observation.

You have experience with a variety of jukin’ idioms, and have likely been traveling for weekend workshops for several years.

Advanced

You have the ability to understand, demonstrate and learn more nuanced concepts without detailed explanation.

You have experience with and can differentiate various jukin’ idioms including struttin’, slow drag, Piedmont, Chicago triple, Texas shuffle, etc. These classes will move at a faster pace.

Class Placement

There will not be a structured level test, unless registration data suggests that one is necessary. Dancers are asked to contemplate the above criteria and make a considered selection of their level.

If someone makes a large error in self-evaluation, they may be privately encouraged to switch to a different level, where they can get the most out of the weekend.

Class Tracks

While Brickyard Blues makes the distinction between four class levels, during any given class block there will only be three classes offered.

However, nobody has to sit out. "Insanity!" you say. How is that possible? This is possible because certain classes will be combined levels, or all level electives - spread out over three dedicated class spaces. This allows everyone to customize their learning experience, get to know attendees that they may not otherwise, and for the organizers to maximize space and keep the workshop affordable.

The individual classes are designed for one of a range of levels: Beginner Plus, Beginner Plus/Intermediate, Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced, Intermediate-Advanced/Advanced, Advanced, and All-Levels.

Thus, during one class block, one class might be Beginner Plus/Intermediate, one Intermediate-Advanced and the other Advanced. During another class block, one class might be Beginner, another Intermediate/Intermediate-Advanced and the last Advanced. At yet another time, the three classes might be Beginner Plus, Advanced and All-Levels. This allows students to choose from the classes offered and attend what is the best fit for their learning level, their interests, and their dance goals.

Elective Blues Dance Classes

Brickyard Blues is a Jukin' focused weekend. The elective and all-levels blues classes concentrate on concepts that will help dancers develop skills within the Jookin' umbrella of blues dances. There are no Ballroomin' classes planned at Brickyard.

One of the aims of Brickyard Blues is to celebrate the music and blues history connected to the greater Atlanta area. With that in mind, and with so many places to dance to live blues in Atlanta on any given night of the week (Northside Tavern, Blind Willie's, Darwin's and the Vista Room), we designed the weekend to fit our environment.