Next SwouZy Blues - May 27, 2024 (Memorial Day)

Save The Date(s)!

Next SwouZy Blues is Memorial Day (5/27/2024)

SwouZy Blues is a Swing Dance Fusion Social Event intended to diversify and expand the music to which we dance and the dancing styles of the TriState (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky) Regional Swing Dance Community. The event features instructional classes, social dancing and general camaraderie. The name comes from the the four foundational music genres for the event: Swing (Sw), Soul (ou), Zydeco (Zy), and, of course, Blues!

Monday, May 27, 2024
@ Hoffner Lodge
4120 Hamilton Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45223

Both Classes: $15

One Class: $10

Dance Only: $5

Whole Shebang: $20

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5:30-6:30pm Beg/Int Blues

Instructors: Delaan Sumler and Bryan Sykes

6:45-7:45pm Int/Adv Lindy Hop

Instructors: Shelby L Johnson and Delaan Sumler

8:00-11:00pm Dance Party w/ DJs Brad and Shelby 

Dance Party

A three hour dance featuring music in a variety of groovable genres mixed and matched by our talented DJs Shelby and Brad! 

About the Instructors (Click to Expand)

Bryan Sykes, has been a leader in Cincinnati and the broader region for many years. A music aficionado, Bryan loves to bring dancers together with musicians and has done just that as the driving force behind Blues Dance Cincinnati. A technically gifted social dancer with an acute awareness of partnering as well as an excellent teacher, Bryan has taught workshops at a broad array of events around the Eastern United States. We are very excited that he will be teaching our Intermediate to Advanced Blues class with Rachel Payne.  

Delaan Sumler is a staple of the Cincinnati swing dance community, also having traveled to various other communities in the tri-state area, teaching, dancing, and learning from some of the best! A dancer since 2018, co-owner of Supermurganati, and SwouZy Blues veteran, she will be teaching Beginner to Intermediate Blues with Bryan Sykes and Intermediate to Advanced Lindy Hop with Shelby L Johnson! She loves answering questions and helping other dancers grow, so if you see her, say hello! 

Shelby L Johnson is a dance instructor, DJ and lecturer based in Columbus, Ohio. Beginning his career in 2011, he grew up dancing and listening to a wide array of music, including hip hop, R&B, Funk, Electronic, various styles of jazz, and, due to the local Latin scene, Salsa. So when he started dancing Lindy Hop in Orlando, Florida, he already had a knack for solo movement and musicality. A superior sense of partnering soon followed. Over the years, Shelby has developed a wealth of knowledge not just of lindy hop and jazz dance steps, but connected the dots between the cultural customs and traditions of these and other dances to those of current Black dances and spaces. Shelby isn’t just a keeper of classic steps and choreographies, but also of stories of how these jazz dances came to be and how they evolved over time, along with the music and events that shaped them. In 2021, Shelby became a board member for Collective Voices for Change, which Supermurganati has also collaborated with.  

Brad Rusoff is a Columbus native who has a rich background in a variety of dance styles, and a passion for dancing and teaching Blues Fusion! Beginning his dance career in 2016, he has traveled to and been a part of many different dance communities across the United States, picking up many skills and ample experience along the way. This month, he makes his way back to SwouZy Blues to DJ the first set of the night!

About the Classes (Click to Expand)

5:30-6:30pm Swinging the Blues; Beg/Int Blues

Instructors: Bryan Sykes and Delaan Sumler

Get your groove going early with some fun bluesy swing and swingin blues material!

6:45-7:45pm A Groove In Lindy Flat; Int/Adv Lindy Hop

Instructors: Shelby L Johnson and Delaan Sumler

Join us for a lesson in mindful partnering and open discussions about the conversational aspects of partnered dancing!

WHAT is Zydeco? You ask.

Here is a playlist (17 videos - all but 1 less than 10 minutes) I gathered on YouTube to help answer that question. The first video is the most informative. I highly recommend.