Rose City Blues

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Rose City Blues INSTRUCTORS

Meet your 2018 Rose City Blues instructor team!

 
 
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Brenda Russell

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.

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catherine palmier

Catherine was born and raised in Paris. Her first taste and experience with dance was in her household where she saw her parents from Guadeloupe, West Indies, dance Zouk, Compas, Biguine, and Gwo Ka.  She also had the chance to live in Guadeloupe for a year, in which she deeply experienced and understood the partner dances of the Caribbean. After a year in Guadeloupe, Catherine developed a keen and curious eye for movements.  While in nursing school, she studied West African dance in Paris.

She studied under Norma Claire, whom Catherine calls her mentor, and whose pedagogy enabled her to explore every part of her body in order to combine physical sensations and observations.  With this powerful tool, Catherine continued her training in African dance with Elsa Wolliaston, Hawa Kouyaté, Koffi Koko, Moustapha Bangouroura, Mouminatou Camara, and traveled to Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Guinée to polish her art.  Catherine also spent five years at a professional dance school in Paris where she studied Modern, Jazz, contemporary, and anatomy.


 
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Damon Stone

Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him at the tender age of six by his grandmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, he went on and eventually studied a numerous dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the history and styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them with a special focus on the Southern styles from the Mississippi Delta region. He has studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance across the United States learning from a number of the original dancers. He is largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues idiom dance and has been interviewed as a dance historian in documentary and for radio. Damon has been a featured instructor at camps, festivals, and workshops across five continents.

Visit http://damonstone.dance for more info.

 
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Kelsey Stone

Kelsey brings her lifetime of dance training, a passion for vernacular dance, and a sharp eye for technique to the Blues dance world. She has brought her joy and knowledge of blues idiom dances to some of the most high-profile events in the US, including but not limited to: bluesSHOUT!, The Experiment, and Nocturne Blues--serving as faculty, mentor, competition coordinator, and judge.

Kelsey's critical eye and love of deep technique are tempered by her love of "dad jokes," getting lost in the music, and embracing of the ridiculous. She shows her appreciation of African American culture by speaking of the history of Blues idiom dance and taking her craft seriously, but never herself. She believes every mistake is an opportunity to learn, every class an opportunity to challenge, and every dance an opportunity to pay respect to those who came before.

 

More Teachers to be announced!

Class Schedule

-Coming soon!-

Friday


7:30pm-9:00pm

Fundamentals In-Depth (All Levels)



Saturday


11:00am-12:00pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Warm Ups & Body Awareness

11:00am-12:00pm - The Porch

Instructor - Fundamentals (Beginner)

12:30pm-1:30pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Lunch & Lecture (All Levels)

1:45pm-3:00pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

1:45pm-3:00pm - The Porch

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

1:45pm-3:00pm - The Juke Joint

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

3:15pm-4:15pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Lecture (All Levels)

4:30pm-5:45pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

4:30pm-5:45pm - The Porch

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

4:30pm-5:45pm - The Juke Joint

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

7:30pm-8:30pm - The Ballroom

After Dinner Practica (All Levels)

Sunday


11:00am-12:00pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Warm Ups & Body Awareness

11:00am-12:00pm - The Porch

Instructor - Fundamentals (Beginner)

12:30pm-1:30pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Lunch & Lecture (All Levels)

1:45pm-3:00pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

1:45pm-3:00pm - The Porch

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

1:45pm-3:00pm - The Juke Joint

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

3:15pm-4:15pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Lecture (All Levels)

4:30pm-5:45pm - The Ballroom

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

4:30pm-5:45pm - The Porch

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

4:30pm-5:45pm - The Juke Joint

Instructor - Class Title (Lvl)

7:30pm-8:30pm - The Ballroom

After Dinner Practica (All Levels)