Mile High Blues promotes and reinvests in the Colorado dance scene by inspiring Colorado dancers and members of the national community to come together and engage in a friendly, welcoming, and equitable education of Blues dance history, culture, music, movement, and connection, while developing strong and long lasting relationships with Blues dance and its community.
Blues is an umbrella term for an improvised family of individual, partnered, and group dance forms done to Blues music and structures. It is based on a series of dance styles created in America between the 1800’s and mid 1900’s, parallel with blues music. Rooted in African movement, Blues places high value on rhythm and a strong emphasis on solo movement. The dance has experienced a significant evolution within the last 10-15 years.
While there are now a wide range of Blues dances, each with unique dynamics, aesthetics, rhythms, attitudes, and step patterns, they share numerous characteristics that allow individuals to stylistically and creatively express the music. These include: asymmetry in the body; grounded and earth-focused movement; a balanced and flexible posture; dancing behind the beat; pulse; polyrhythms; ‘every day’ found movement; bent limbs and torso; movement in all parts of the body; call and response; lead and follow; and emotion.