Class Schedule for Brickyard Blues

While there may be slight alterations to the classes, this schedule represents the focus and intent for the weekend.

Color key for experience required with a particular the class subject:

Since an individual may have extensive experience in one area, but minimal experience in another, classes are keyed to represent the background needed on the particular class topic. For example, someone may be an extremely advanced Struttin' dancer, but have almost no experience in Texas Shuffle. The color coding of this schedule will help them sort accordingly.

* Extensive Experience Expected classes will move at a fast pace. These classes are designed for Advanced+/Masters level dancers. Instructors may direct students not at this level to take an alternate course during this period.

Saturday Classes

Ambient Plus Studio: 520 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 | Annotated Map

Timeframe Area A Area B Area C Area D Timeframe
10:15 am - 10:40 am
10:45 am - 11:45 am 10:45 am - 11:45 am
11:55 am - 12:55 pm 11:55 am - 12:55 pm
1:00 pm - 2:25 pm Lunch on your own
2:35 pm - 3:20 pm 2:35 pm - 3:20 pm
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Sunday Classes

Ambient Plus Studio: 520 Northside Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30310 | Annotated Map

Timeframe Area A Area B Area C Area D Timeframe
10:15 am - 10:40 am
10:45 am - 11:45 am 10:45 am - 11:45 am
11:55 am - 12:55 pm 11:55 am - 12:55 pm
1:05 pm - 1:20 pm Pickup catered BBQ Lunch (pre-ordered) or grab takeout if you want to hear the talk
1:20 pm - 2:25 pm Lunch Talk
2:35 pm - 3:20 pm 2:35 pm - 3:20 pm
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Class Descriptions

Note: You can click on many classes within the schedule above to get a description. (vibrant = clickable, subdued = not clickable)


Body Awareness & Floorcraft

Instructors: Grey

Ever had your nose broken during a social dance? No? Grey Has. Learn how to prevent this and other disasters with better awareness. We’ll address common concerns, turning falling into art, and how to not break your partners face!


Body Care

Instructors: Amanda

We already know you love to learn dance. Now learn how to care for your body and keep those dancing shoes in use. This class will break down how the dances we love effect the body and teach self care techniques to keep it healthy.


Chicago Triple Foundations

Instructors: Kenny and Julie


Committing to an Idiom

Instructors: Ruth and Mike

Staying in one idiom for a whole song while social dancing is a fantastic way to develop your dancing. Creativity, movement, connection, musicality, commitment, and more will all benefit.


Dance Idioms in the Wild

Instructors: Julie and Ruth

What happens when you start applying blues-idiom dances on the social floor? How do you agree on which dance to do with your partner? What if you want to do a particular idiom that your partner isn’t doing? What if your partner isn’t leading/following the blues-idiom dance the way that you like to follow/lead it?

In this class, we’ll explore options for connection and movement to help “make it work” on the dance floor in all these situations.


Delta Shapes

Instructors: Kenneth and Krystal

Shaping and breaking lines is a critical part of dancing blues, especially in the South and with Jukin' Blues music. We'll show you how to get your body moving in new ways by exploring the variety of Jukin' shapes.


Endpoints: Precision & Timing

Instructors: Krystal and Adam

Jukin' is all about personal expression with a partner, and in this class, we'll dive into the techniques and mechanics that make leaders' intentions and follows' follow-through clear and precise. We'll make sure that we're sending and receiving the signals we think we are and explore how to tighten those up!


Exploring Latin Rhythms in Blues

Instructors: Grey and Emily

Latin rhythms have shown up in blues music for ages and dancing to them adds some fun flavor and complexity. We will go over some common rhythms you’ll hear and how to play with them in your dancing.


Fishtail: Challenge

Instructors: Ruth and Mike

You thought you knew the limits of the Fishtail? Think again. Texture, shape, pulse, hips galore, traveling to places you’ve never been before. In this fast-paced class we’ll go over a bunch of Fishtail variations you can throw in while dancing solo or with a partner. We’ll also teach some unusual ways of partnering Fishtail that cause heads to turn and partners to smile.


Funk That Ass

Instructors: Grey and Julie

Juking dances were started in the jook joint. It was a party with live music and to really let loose. Shake off the week, get funky, and come to shake your ass.


Grounding

Instructors: Ruth and Mike

"Grounding" is a word we use a lot in blues, but how do you make movement in every part of your body both look and feel grounded? We will develop body awareness to help you discover your own grounding. Through that you can deepen your blues aesthetic, gain more power, communicate more effectively with your partner, and find more interesting movements.


Harlem Slow Drag

Instructors: Ruth and Mike

Bring the cuddle of Slow Drag, with more complex body action that will open new musical possibilities in your dancing.


I Will Cut You

Instructors: Kenneth, Mike and Grey

Don't know the first thing about cuttin'? We'll explain the origins of this competitive tradition in the black community, how it works in blues, and how you can cut your partners and friends.


Intense Compression & Relaxation in Close Embrace

Instructors: Julie and Adam

Close Embrace isn’t a static connection. There’s a wide variety of just how close an embrace can feel. Here, we’ll explore the extremes of and expand our range, from dancing with very high compression together, to high independence while staying so close to our partner.


Lag & Relaxation

Instructors: Krystal and Adam

Lag is fundamental to Blues and Blues Dancing. But staying behind the beat doesn't mean that you're making a strong effort to do so. Let's work together to find a melty, laggy feeling through relaxation of our bodies, and develop this chill that we can feel across all blues dance idioms!


Let's Get Musical

Instructors: Kenneth

With assistance from Atlanta's wonderful local musicians, we'll help you get closer to the music, the phrasing of blues, key features to explore in your favorite tunes, and how we can create a greater communal aspect as we dance.


Level Up Your Movement

Instructors: Mike

Want to take your Blues movement to the next level? This is the class for you. Mike will give layers of difficulty starting at fundamentals and going as advanced as the top students can handle, plus maybe a little more. Whatever your level, this class will challenge you.


Lost in Translation

Instructors: Krystal and Adam

We all want to get better at observational learning! In this class, we’ll work with you to develop the skill of watch and learn through a LOT of practice. After breaking you in with an intense no-breakdown “See, then do” session, we’ll answer questions in the end of class about specific movements and how you can get better at learning by watching and repeating.


Observe the F*cks in My Garden

Instructors: Julie and Ruth

Sometimes worrying about getting things right can get in the way of dancing. Come find out what Ruth & Julie care about in a partner dance and what they think you should toss right out of the garden.


Piedmont Idiom

Instructors: Grey

Piedmont dances as an idiom has a rich history! We’ll be going over the basics and history so that you can comfortably dance to Piedmont blues music with ease.


Pushing Your Musicality

Instructors: Julie and Kenneth

After you've grasped the basic beats, instruments, and macro expressions in a blues song, where can you go from there? We'll help you discover more areas to explore and how to compose a stronger dance as a result.


Solo Movement & Vocabulary

Instructors: Grey

Don’t like solo dancing? This class will change your mind. We’ll be learning vocab, confidence, and how to bring that into your partner dancing. Bring your note books!


Struttin' Foundations

Instructors: Krystal and Adam

By now, you've likely seen or danced this wonderful Jukin' idiom: the follow leaning to their lead, jogging together to chunky guitar blues. Whether you've danced this Memphis-based idiom or not, we'll get you partnered up and struttin' your stuff in no time! We'll introduce the lean-to connection that makes this dance work, and help you build a firm foundation with footwork beyond the basic jog, including the classic 'wrong-footing' unique to this dance.


Struttin' Stylings (Moderate Experience)

Instructors: Kenneth and Julie


Struttin' Stylings (Extensive Experience)

Instructors: Krystal and Adam

So you've got your Struttin' feet underneath you? Then it's time to develop some dynamic partnered movement! Here, we'll use the lean-to connection to create and manipulate momentum in the partnership and use it to create cool swoopy shapes and dazzling footwork. This class is ALL about vocabulary development, so bring your solid foundation with you!


Texas Shuffle Foundations

Instructors: Ruth and Mike

Learn the basics of this dance. This class is rewarding and challenging for dancers of all experience levels wanting to add Texas Shuffle to their blues dance library, or wanting to deepen their basics.


What Are You Communicating?

Instructors: Krystal and Adam

What data are you transmitting to your partner at any given time? What are you feeling in return? Let's take some time to feel out how tone, connection points, and lag affects our partnership and how much nuance we can communicate within our partnership!


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