Sean Morse (Seattle, WA)
Sean Hunting Morse came to play blues music first as a lindy hopper, then as a blues dancer. Being a dancer first, Sean “gets it” when it comes to what dancers need to feel comfortable on the dance floor. Every event Sean plays is a true collaboration between performer and dancer. His improvisation is laced with wit, musicality, and always laughter, and his emceeing follows suit. Every show is one-of-a-kind, blending inspiration from the venue, the mood, and, most importantly, the dancers themselves. Those of us fortunate enough to be at LA’s past DDR Party can attest to that!
Calling all musicians!
Sean wants to have a Blues Jam Session!
So bring your instruments!
Moses Lei (San Francisco, CA)
Moses Lei is a fiddle player based out of San Francisco and will be returning for his third year performing on the cruise. He and his trusty violin Deanne have traveled the world bringing music to dancers and audiences, most recently in Taipei, Chiang Mai, Beijing and Denver.
Damon Stone (St. Paul, MN)
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 score of different 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 four continents.
Joy Arico, (Rochester, NY)
In 25 years of dancing Joy has loved cheerleading, West Coast Swing, Country Two-Step, Lindy Hop, as well as Balboa and Blues. Her exuberant love of dance is matched only by her attentiveness to technique and detail. Her number one goal in teaching is to share theLOVE of dance. Music should be the ultimate driving force of dance and she is focused on sharing ways to enhance the natural body response to music. Joy recently moved back to Rochester from New York City. She has danced, competed and taught in virtually every major dance city in the United States.
Jared Clemens (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jared started dancing to the Blues back in 2006, in his hometown of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He has been teaching Blues and Lindy Hop lessons in Pittsburgh for 6 years along with his travels to teach and DJ in Athens OH, Albany NY, Cleveland OH, Virginia Beach, and Erie PA and more. Jared loves “Blues” in its purest form and has been studying blues and Jazz vocabulary and movements for 8 years. His class’ primary objective is to get his students to dance musically, to really understand blues aesthetics, and to show them how to use their own personality, to absolutely own each and every dance!
1 hour / $50 (couple or individual, same price)
1 hour /$70 (2 or more people)
Student discounts upon request
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