Class Information

All classes have been sorted by Instructor, then by time provided.


Brenda Russell

Friday

3:00pm - 4:15pm (Dancing to the Band/Vocabulary, All levels)
Blues Classics
Come get ready for Kevin Selfe and The Tornados by learning the classic Blues movements that go with the Grooves played by Bar Blues Bands.


Saturday

11:00am - 12:15pm (Musicality, All levels)
Rhythms of Blues Dance
We'll use classic Blues vernacular to explore the various rhythms present in Blues music and dance. By identifying our options we can expand our rhythmicality and fun.

3:15pm - 4:30pm (Dips/Tricks, Int/Adv - BYO Partner Recommended)
Blues Dips and Tricks
We'll explore concepts to begin to create more dynamic physical play in partnering, with lots of ideas and demonstrations of cool dips and tricks, as well as the technique that allows them to happen organically.

4:45pm - 6pm (Group Dances, All Levels)
Bringing the Party
Blues Dance has a rich history as an American Folk dance. Come learn some of the party dances that exist in our culture to Bring the Party from a competitive singles scene to a thriving community event.


Sunday

12:00pm - 1:15pm (Mechanics/Vocabulary, Int/Adv)
Partnering Magic
This class will cover the secrets to magical lead/follow connection and maneuvering, as well as teach you a few badass moves.

4:15pm - 5:30pm (Conceptual/Practical, All Levels)
Choreographer's Workshop
Hopefully we've inspired you this weekend. A step by step how to create your own choreography. Choreography is a great way to develop aspects of your dancing that translate onto the social floor, expand movement possibilities, develop your ability to transition well, express your creative side, show dance possibilities that aren't appropriate for the social floor. Come back next year and show us what you've been up to!



Catherine Palmier

Friday

6:00pm - 7:15pm (Vocabulary, All Levels)
African Choreo
Play with movements and music of Mali to expand your dance vocabulary.


Saturday

11:00am - 12:15pm (Conditioning, All Levels)
Dancers' Drill
In this class participants will explore a series of drills that can be used to warm up, for conditioning, and to prepare the body before shows and competitions. The drills will be presented as dance phrases to make sure that it can be enjoyed and remembered.

12:30pm - 1:45pm (Turns, All Levels)
Beyond Turns
Explore different ways to turn and pivot and embellish your turn with spirals.


Sunday

12:00pm - 1:15pm (Vocabulary, Int/Adv)
African Choreo
Play with movements and music of Guinea to expand your dance vocabulary.

1:30pm - 2:45pm (Pulse, All Levels)
Pulse During Isolation and Undulation
Pulse, pulse, pulse we can't get enough of it! So come play with your pulse.

4:15pm - 5:30pm (Solo, All Levels)
Solo Movement
This class will really focus on quality of movements and body mechanic, and repetitions.



Mike and Dan Legenthal

Friday

3:00pm - 4:15pm (Rhythm, All levels)
Cool Rhythms for Hot Dancing
You know that blues is rhythmically driven. So why is so much of your dancing just a series of 2-beat steps? Let's show some love to other beats- and some sweet syncopations!

4:30pm - 5:45pm (Musicality, Int/Advanced)
"Dynamicality"
Blues musicians are masters of repetition. But they also make clever choices that lead to a wider range of changes and dynamics than you might not notice at a casual listen. We're going to explore choices- both musical and movement-based in nature- that can push the dynamic range of your dancing, and make you more musical in the process!


Saturday

11:00am to 12:15pm (Close Embrace, Int/Adv)
Four-Legged Grilled Cheese
Close embrace can be tricky, but it can also be absolutely magical. We want to give you the ability to move as though you are one with your partner. We’re going to celebrate the arts of leading and following, and try to reframe the way we use our bodies to get that gorgeous close embrace connection.

12:30pm - 1:45pm (Dancing to the Band, All Levels)
The Twilight Zone
Blues music influenced, and was influenced by, many other styles of music. Blues musicians today continue with that tradition, and artists like Maria Muldaur are comfortable playing everything from jazzy, small-combo pieces, to gritty electric guitar-driven juke-joint tunes, and everything in between. We especially love songs that live in that in between space. Welcome... to the twilight zone.


Sunday

12:00pm - 1:15pm (History/Musicality, All levels)
Historical Elements of Blues
Really digging on musicality and dancing authentically means taking time to listen to music intentionally. Blues music has a variety of influences, from the stages of vaudeville to the moans of the Delta. Part history class, part musicality class, this class will address historical components of Blues music history that should shape our dancing.

1:30pm - 2:45pm (Social Cues/Embraces, All Levels)
Psychic Mindpowers
Once upon a time, Mike realized that when she wanted to have cuddly dances, all the leads magically slipped into cuddle mode! Intrigued, she investigated, and found that it wasn’t magic- it was mind powers… and of course, body language. Leaders and followers alike, come learn how to lay down (and pick up) subtle cues so that you can get your partnership on the same page.



Rachel Stirling and Andrew Smith

Friday

4:30pm - 5:45pm (Conceptual/Partnering, Int/Adv)
Conversational Dancing
Blues allows for a lot of self-expression, so how do we both express in a conversation without derailing each other? Here we will discover how to create a dialogue within the lead-follow structure that allows both partners to contribute equally. We will explore tricksy questions such as, “Can a follow create movement without becoming the lead?” Come join us for some dynamic back-and-forth with your partner to inspire movement and play.

6:00pm - 7:15pm (Conditioning/Technique, All Levels)
Hang in the Balance
Finding our balance is critical for all forms of dance, and Blues is no exception. Here we will learn how to improve our balance, discover its impact in solo and partnered movement, and experiment with it in fun ways to create new movement.


Saturday

12:30pm - 1:45pm (Connection/Momentum, Int/Adv - BYO Partner Recommended)
More-mentum for More Winning
You understand the basics of momentum, now what? 1. Take our class on using momentum with uncommon connection points to create new shapes and dynamics. 2. … 3. PROFIT! This class is for advanced dancers or Bring Your Own Partner.

Saturday

3:15-4:30 (Inspiration, All Levels)
Lose Yourself to Dance
Get up and throw down: here we look at how to unleash your creative spirit and leave it all on the dance floor - first solo, then with a partner. Check your ego at the door, open your heart, and share with the world how you Dance; it’s time to bring it.


Sunday

1:30pm - 2:45pm (Conceptual/Creative, All Levels)
Tell Me A Story
A fundamental part of the human experience, we look at how to create story through movement, both solo and partnered. Be prepared to push your comfort level in expression, to get silly and serious and try things out without knowing where they will go. We can’t promise you’ll be the next J.K. Rowling of the dance floor, but you’ll certainly have a lot of fun out there.

4:15pm - 5:30pm (Dancing to the Band, All Levels)
Groove Me
Get ready to groove that body with a class of soulful and funky blues. Never get lost again when the beat gets janky and learn how to wow your partner when a smooth slow jam comes on. We’ll show you how to find a natural body movement that fits perfectly to the music of tonight’s performer LaRhonda Steele.



Drew Robinson

Saturday

3:15pm - 4:30pm
TBA

8:30pm - 9:15pm
Introductory lesson
This is your newbie-friendly introduction. Come learn the basics from one of the teachers that first taught Portland how to groove.



Jae Wilson

Friday

8:15pm - 9:00pm
Introductory lesson
This is your newbie-friendly introduction. Jae Wilson brings himself all the way back from the UK to teach you the basics while being both loud and wiggly.


Sunday

8:15pm - 9:00pm
Introductory lesson
This is your newbie-friendly introduction. Jae Wilson will remain loud and wiggly. We promise.



Private Lessons

Our amazing instructors are all available to teach private lessons. To schedule, please contact them directly.

Brenda Russell

brenda@DanceMode.com

Catherine Palmier

cwpalmier@gmail.com

Mike Lenenthal

immaculateconnection@gmail.com

Dan Legenthal 

argylerockstar@gmail.com

Andrew Smith

andrew@andrewsmithdance.com

Rachel Stirling

redstirling@gmail.com

Drew Robinson

teacherdrew@gmail.com

Jae Wilson

 jaewilson07@gmail.com