Saturday 22nd June 2019
13:00 - 13:30 Registration at The Lock Keeper
13:30 - 17:30 Classes (3 hours with breaks)
18:00 Drinks and food at The Lock Keeper
20:00 Evening party at The Lock Keeper
The Lock Keeper, Canal Side, Frodsham Street, Chester, CH1 3LH
This is a traditional blues dance workshop, suitable for people who have never danced blues before, but will also have something new for more experienced dancers. The classes will be taught switch (everyone both leading and following). Between the classes and the social, there'll be a group meal at The Lock Keeper.
What is blues dancing?
Blues dancing is a family of historical African-American dances that developed alongside and were danced to blues music. Blues is a huge genre of music with lots of varied styles, and the dances share that variety. These dances came from juke joints, bars, and house parties as well as ballrooms and dance halls all over the United States. If you love blues music (no matter what kind), you’ll love blues dancing!
We are very excited to have The Terry Burgin Blues Band playing at our evening social upstairs at The Lock Keeper. Doors open 8pm, and there will be a bar (please don't bring your own drinks to the venue).
Tickets are £30 for 3 hours of classes, including the social, or £5 for the social only. Payment will be required to confirm your space at the event. We won't be offering refunds, but if you are no longer able to attend, you are welcome to sell on your ticket. To pay by bank transfer, please use the details on the sign-up form.
If you are from out of town, there is limited hosting available, which will be prioritised for people from furthest away. Otherwise, we can recommend places to stay in Chester.
Teachers - Rosie & Marshal Myhan-Keogh
Rosie comes from Yorkshire, UK. She tried many dance styles but nothing moved her like the blues. Before she found blues Rosie loved dancehall. She learnt it on someone’s front porch when living on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. When she found that blues dancing had the same African roots, she instantly fell in love. Rosie started teaching in early 2016 & set up her Manchester blues scene ‘Honey Blues’ a year later, where she’s been teaching every week since. She likes her dancing to always fit the music & wants you to be able to see what she’s hearing through her body. She loves the huge variety of music & dances within the blues genre & can’t wait to share some of these with you.
Marshal comes all the way from Nashville in the USA. He started dancing in 2010 and has been in love with it ever since. To learn as much as he could, Marshal would drive hours to go to every possible swing & blues dance he could find, often dancing 5 nights a week. A renowned DJ in the US and across Europe, Marshal has shared his love of blues & swing DJing at events such as The Spoonful & Double Shot Valencia. He’s a huge fan of the blues & jazz genres. He sees dancing as a way of actively listening to the music and connecting to it in a deep way.
Rosie & Marshal met dancing & have been dancing ever since. They love going to see live blues bands & that feeling of connection between the musicians & the dancers. Not only do they both teach, & DJ, they also organise an event called ‘Blues in the Hudd’ in Rosie’s hometown of Huddersfield. This August will be its 4th year!
They can’t wait to get everyone grooving & share the joy of blues with you all.
Cheshire Swing Cats wants everyone to feel absolutely comfortable and safe at all of our events. By attending any of our events in any capacity, you agree to treat all participants with care and respect and abide by our code of conduct. For more info, see our website, www.cheshireswingcats.com