Valentine's Blues

Blues In Warsaw

About

We have a great pleasure to invite you all to Warsaw for the 3rd edition of the Valentine’s Blues Festival. The motto and the new leading idea of the event will be ‘the slow dance’ as it will combine together Blues and slow Lindy Hop giving you an opportunity to learn one or both of them during one weekend.

Especially for you we invited a great couple of international teachers that you may recognize from numerous performances and competitions, such as the European Swing Dance Championships finals!

Our goal is to offer blues dancers some new techniques and fancy moves while lindyhoppers – basing on blues basics – could leverage a brand new approach to musicality, smooth up their body movement and learn how to create a dialogue between them and their partners.

Registration opens soon!

Teachers

Cédric Clerc and Caroline Faivre

Since they met in 2012, Caroline Faivre and Cédric Clerc have decided to join their competences in order to develop their qualities of dancers and teachers. As well as very active on the local swing scene in Strasbourg (Lindy Spot), they also go beyond borders and further and further away to dance, teach and perform.

You will be able to appreciate their dynamic classes, a delicate blend of Cédric’s humor and Caroline’s poetry. Both are keen on transmitting their ideas through a very progressive pedagogy. One that approaches technique in a very precise and detailed manner, and also teaches movements combining basics, surprises, musicality and grace.

Whereas Cédric reminds you of the big principles of musicality, Caroline invites you to explore sensations, emotions and personal expression.

Konrad Pruśniewski and Agnieszka Pluwak

Agnieszka has found Blues to be a perfect form of dance expression for her as a dance that reflects her dancing story: it has African roots, some tango impact and a spell of jazz elegance. She started dancing at the age of 7 with ballroom, to then turn to African and modern jazz dances. She loves inspirations from all kinds of styles and Blues seems to cover that. Agnieszka has been teaching a variety of classes in Germany and Spain and now tries to build a Blues scene in Warsaw with her partner, Konrad Pruśniewski. “The beauty of Blues is in its indefiniteness…. There are no steps, choreographies… a magnet attraction of two poles resulting in a piece of intimate creation between prolific, open dancers, willing to experiment while discovering different layers of rhythm and music”.

Konrad as a curious person tried a variety of different activities. From primary school he had been learning Japanese martial arts which as a result led him from soft to a bit harder styles. When in 2013 by coincidence he discovered lindy hop, boxing gloves had been abandoned permanently. Since then dance turned his world up-side-down and revealed different ways of enjoying life. Hard work led him to fast progress and also several achievements in contests. Creativity and curiosity directed him into Blues in which he found complementation of dancing and also deeper connection and feeling. Dancing with Agnieszka opened new tracks and started a new chapter in their lives. Creating and building new, not known and not scheduled or imposed form out of expression in each dance is the thing most valuable for Konrad. During mentioned process you never know what will be revealed. It just might be ordinary fun but also it could become a masterpiece understandable and visible only for two.

Levels

Blues Beginners/Beginners +

This level is for you if:
You are at the beginning of or you would like to start your blues adventure. If you’d like to work on the basics and expand your dance vocabulary, this group is for you. Please notice that it is also pointed for persons who do not participate in regular classes.

Blues Intermediate/Advanced

Sign up for this group if:
you can dance to both fast and slow music, change rhythms easily, you participate regularly in local dances and have done some international workshops and/or festivals. You are comfortable both in close embrace, hand-to-hand position and without any connection. You are mastering music interpretation, learn some styling,expand your dance vocabulary with new techniques and styles, since you have a solid technical base to do it.

Slow Lindy Intermediate

Slow Lindy Intermediate
This level is for people who already know the Lindy Hop basics such as 6 and 8 count, swingout and its basic variations, lindy circle, tuck turn, promenade, side by side and tandem charleston simple variations and are aware of basic leading/following rules. THIS LEVEL IS NOT FOR BEGGINERS (at least 6 months of intensive classes and social dance).

Slow Lindy Intermediate+/Advanced

The intermediate/advanced level is aimed to more experienced dancers who take part in regular classes and travel to international swing festivals. Dancers should know more complex and technically demanding movements while playing with acceleration and decrease of energy. If you are improvising and playing around with music while you do not like to stick to one pattern this group is for you!

Prices and registration

Registration will start at 8 PM on 3rd of January. Please read the descriptions carefully before registration.

Party Pass

€12

  • 3 nights of parties

Slow Lindy Pass

€30

  • 3 nights of parties
  • 2,5h of Slow Lindy classes

Blues Pass

€50

  • 3 nights of parties
  • 5h of Blues classes

Full Pass

€65

  • 3 nights of parties
  • 5h of Blues classes
  • 2,5h of Slow Lindy classes

Schedule

Classes are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, only. At the morning we will start the day with slow lindy track and after a break we will continue with blues track. Please be advised that our schedule may be changed.

Saturday:

10:00 – 13:00 – Slow Lindy (2 x 80 minutes) – intermediate level
13:00 – 14:00 – body isolation classes
14:00 – 15:00 – Lunch break
15:00 – 18:00 – Blues (both groups)

Sunday:

11:00 – 14:00 – Slow Lindy (2 x 80 minutes) – advanced level
14:00 – 15:00 – Lunch break
15:00 – 18:00 – Blues (both groups)

There will be three parties: on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
More info coming soon.

Music

The Blue Drags

Witek „Little Boogie Slim” Bielski
Multi-instrumentalist and blues singer. He began studying music when he was six. His first and main instrument is the piano. He holds a Master in Music degree from the University of Sussex, UK. In 2006, he met Antek “Kurson” Kurek, a harmonica player with whom he started a duo called Chicago Blues Revue (now: Bielski & Kurek). They have had regular gigs at Tygmont, a well-known jazz club in Warsaw, and took part in numerous festivals and competitions in the USA – International Blues Challenge – and Poland: Jesień z Bluesem, Lauba Pełno Bluesa, Jimiway Blues Festiwal, to name just a few. Witek was also invited to play with many artists from Poland and abroad, such as Howard Levy, Greg Zlap, Sebi Lee, Marek Wojtowicz andJ. J. Band.

Website: http://witekbielski.com/

Sławek „HarpSlav” Nowodworski
English translator by profession, harmonica player “by passion”. He learnt the secrets of this insignificant-looking instrument first on his own and then from Sławek Wierzcholski (leader of the legendary Polish blues band Nocna Zmiana Bluesa) and Bartosz Łęczycki, a world-class harmonica virtuoso, as well as at various blues workshops. In 2002, he won first prize at the Bydgoszcz Harmonica Meeting Festival. In a duo with Łukasz Jemioła, he appeared at various festivals such as Harmonica Bridge in Toruń or Chatka Blues Festival in Lublin. In 2006, he had a guest appearance at the concert of a French harmonica virtuoso – Jean Jacques Milteau – at the Lublin Philharmonic. In the years 2011-2012, he took part in Magda Piskorczyk Masterclass workshops conducted by a leading Polish blues-gospel singer in Poland and crowned with the recording of an album under the same title. HarpSlav’s harmonica can be heard in recordings of several artists such as Łukasz Jemioła or Ania Rusowicz. On Tuesdays, he regularly plays at Harenda Blues Session, a weekly meeting of the best blues musicians from Warsaw and other parts of the world.

Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/harmoactive


photo: stw24.pl

Venues

Workshops

All classes will be held in The Cuban Place dance studio.

It’s a nice, cosy dance school with mirrors along the wall which will help you with mastering your movement.

The vanue can be easily and quickly reached from the City Center.

The Cuban Place
ul. Białobrzeska 32

Parties

BARdzo Bardzo

Try to not have a bluesy mood in our Friday venue! Bardzo Bardzo bar will welcome you with a fancy interior, good drinks and nice, wooden dancefloor. It is located in the center of Warsaw, 10 minutes by foot from the central station and the Palace of Culture and Science.

Let’s have a good start of our Valentine’s Blues 2017 in Bardzo Bardzo!

BARdzo Bardzo
Friday Party
ul. Nowogrodzka 11

Dom Zabawy i Kultury DZiK

DZiK (in English: the Boar) is the most beloved venue for local dancers in Warsaw as most of our Sunday socials are happening in this extraordinary place.

Come and experience the beauty of this 20s villa by yourself at the Valentine’s Blues Sunday Party!

Dom Zabawy i Kultury DZiK
Sunday Party
ul. Belwederska 44a

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