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Week Four – Swingin’ The Blues: Shuffle rhythm created the swing groove, and Blues yet again forged a new art form that mutated decade by decade from the 20’s through the 60’s

Students attending this month’s series should come ready to take what they are personally looking for from the classes. Brenda is a wealth of knowledge regarding culture, music and dances, is able to break down movement into individual dimensions, and demonstrates an incomparable level of partnering skill. Don’t come expecting to take it all, come prepared to take some gems from this treasure trove, as well as get a lot of dance practice in. Being able to put one foot in front of the other, literally, would be quite useful as well.

Bio: Brenda is fulfilling her childhood dream as a professional dancer and instructor. She studies African American street dances from the turn of the century to the present. Brenda travels around the world teaching and training with various coaches and historians. Her strength is breaking down the dances in a way that is accessible for anyone, even if they don’t have a dance background. She strives to help her students find the dancer with-in themselves, taking inspiration from dancers of the past. Brenda is working with the Blues dance community during this time of growth to develop curriculum and events that raise the community’s level of dancing. Her hope is to provide structure for duplicable material, while keeping the inherent character and nature of the dance.