Class participants this year, at Mile High Blues 2018, will curate their own learning experience while staying grounded in the music, history, and context from which Blues comes.
The intention of this structure is to support us all to stay engaged and challenged while staying present to and grounded in the context from which Blues emerges so that we can more deeply and intuitively understand and relate to the dance we love so much.
Learners at this year’s Mile High Blues will begin their educational adventure by connecting to the cultural context and history of Blues. The learning adventure will begin on Saturday with all of us coming together to learn from Reverend Robert B Jones Sr, a fabulous educator, musician, and storyteller. His opening class will set the stage musically and contextually for the subsequent dance classes. As we depart from our shared starting point, each participant will select which of the following dance classes most piques their interest. Each class period will have four dance classes to choose from – all of which will focus on a specific Blues dance aesthetic. Each of those classes will explore that aesthetic through a specific Blues idiom dance or topic, ensuring each participant is able to focus their attention and time working on material of interest to them.
On Sunday, we’ll gently ease into the day with Breakfast & Blues and an opening dance class. Before we break for lunch, we’ll again come all together with the Reverend to further explore and ground in the context, history, and story of Blues. We’ll round out the day exploring more Blues idioms and topics in the same manner as on Saturday.
See below for a preliminary workshop schedule – a visual to aid you in visioning the flow described above. For a more complete description of the Blues aesthetic categories listed in the key below, see our competition criteria. Workshop descriptions and titles will be released in a few weeks.