DEXTER’S LABORATORY: BLUES EDITION
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It’s been much too long but Dexter Santos is finally returning to Toronto February 23-25, 2018!!!
There will be class-ing! There will be a special ‘4th Friday Edition Blues Dance! There will be house partying! There will be MORE!
4th Friday Blues Dance – 805 Studio, 805 Dovercourt Rd
9PM – MOVIN’ AND GROOVIN’ TO THE BLUES! (with Dexter)
This class will explore Blues solo movement techniques and aesthetic. We’ll explore the idea of moving and shaping the pulse in your body to give it expression based on the style and feeling of the music. We’ll also cover some Blues dance vocabulary and identify how the Blues aesthetic gives your movement that “bluesy” feeling!
10PM – Boogie Down with our Awesomesauce DJs
10AM – Dexter’s Advanced Blues Challenge! – 805 Studio, 805 Dovercourt Rd
THE MOVEMENT, SHAPE, AND FEELING OF THE PULSE
This all-levels class will touch on vocabulary, musicality, and isolation technique but primarily focuses on using the aesthetic of the pulse and how to change its movement, shape, and feeling in your dance. This class is designed to make you think about your dancing starting with a simple base movement and adding “variants” to change its expression.
THE ROLLING PULSE: Polycentric & Polyrhythmic Movement
As an expression of the rhythm, the pulse moves around in different centers in the body, in response to what is present in the music. This class will explore ways to apply the polycentric and polyrhythmic aesthetic as well as effectively maintaining and coordinating it with our overall movement. We’ll also cover how to apply textures and accents to have our pulse relate to what we hear in the music.
*These two classes, while both having the Pulse as a topic, will deal with separate applications. One while cover polyrhythms and polycentric movement while the other explores using the pulse to create and shape movement without relying on vocabulary.
Dexter’s Blues Classes – 805 Studio, 805 Dovercourt Rd
1-2:30PM – BALLROOMIN’ PATTERNS AND TURNS
The style of Blues Ballroomin’ is based from the Harlem dancers’ interpretation of ballroom dancing. Coupled with the raw athleticism of Lindy Hop and their own vernacular dance, these Harlem dancers created their own style of Blues dancing to Big Band Blues. This class will push your dancing further by adding new step patterns and turns to add more flourish and style and get you traveling across the floor!
3-4:30PM – BALLROOMIN’ STYLING AND MUSICALITY
Ballroom’ requires an understanding of the style of jazz music played to the feeling of the Blues. How does it differ from dancing Jook Joint style and what are the changes we make in our movement? We’ll cover some history, technique, musicality and stylistic choices that will enhance your knowledge and skill in Ballroomin’
10PM-Late o’clock – House Partay!! (Address available at event)
More of Dexter’s Classes – 805 Studio, 805 Dovercourt Rd
1-2:30PM – STRUTTIN’
Struttin’ is one of the more rare traveling Memphis-style juke joint dances originating in the 40s and is great for being able to dance at both medium to very fast tempos. We’ll cover the fundamentals and get into some of fun footwork patterns and improvisations. Learn the dance that all the cool kids are dancing to these days!
3-4:30PM – PIEDMONT BLUES (Triple Step Blues)
This is not your basic swing step nor a cha-cha. Come learn how to relax and groove with triple-steps to fast and slow, down home, good-time party music of Piedmont Blues and songs with a similar feel. You’ll get a new perspective on how much can be done in Blues with this simple dance.
Stay tuned… Even more details are on the way SUPER SOON!
More Dexter Details
When Dexter Santos discovered Blues dancing in 2005, he found himself immediately drawn to the rhythms and sounds of the Blues. Something about the music – it’s emotional depth and range, the varied subjects and stories, the gut-wrenching and the hip-shaking, the gritty and the smooth – gave Dexter’s dancing new inspiration and direction. With a background in Ballroom dancing and Lindy Hop, Dexter has studied and collaborated with the best Blues dance teachers and dancers making him one of the most sought-after and admired teachers in the national and international scene.
As a teacher, Dexter aims to inspire dancers of all levels with the possibilities that Blues dancing has to offer while preserving its roots, identity, and art form. Dexter travels across the US and around the world spreading his passion and joy for Blues dancing through his fun, inspiring, and challenging classes. A particular class favorite often referred to as the “Shim Sham of Blues,” the Hound Dog routine (a solo Blues choreography danced to Big Mama Thornton’s song of the same title) has been taught to and performed with dancers in four continents.
Dexter has taught at nationally and internationally renowned exchanges and workshops such as bluesSHOUT (Chicago, IL), Austin Blues Party (Austin, TX), Down Home Blues Festival (San Francisco, CA), BamBLOOZled (Washington, D.C.), Rain City Blues (Seattle, WA), Steel City Blues Festival (Pittsburgh, PA), Mile High Blues Festival (Denver, CO), BamBLOOZled (Washington, DC), Toronto Blues Battle (Toronto, ON, Canada), Fallin’ In Blues (Grenoble, France), Korea Blues Camp (Seoul, So. Korea), Drag The Blues (Barcelona, Spain), Blues Baby Blues (London), and Black Swan Blues (Perth, WA, Australia) among many others.
When he’s not teaching or performing, you’ll find Dexter ‘cutting his teeth’ and refining his skills on the competition floor. Since the very first bluesSHOUT in St. Louis in 2007, Dexter has won first place in numerous Blues dancing competitions around the country and has won the title of Ballroomin’ Blues champion at bluesSHOUT 3 times (2007, 2008, and 2010). In an unprecedented feat, Dexter won all four partnered competitions at bluesSHOUT 2010 in Austin: Open Jack & Jill, Strictly Jook Joint, Strictly Ballroomin’, and Champions Division. For more information about Dexter, visit his website at dextersantos.com.
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