Blues dancing developed in the United States in the early 1900s as a reaction to blues music. It’s an offshoot of swing dancing and involves lots of improvisation and leading/following. It’s a ton of fun, and the Steel City Blues Festival is a great way to get out and try it for yourself.
Dance the Blues Away at the Blues Festival in Pittsburgh
Festival dates are March 17-19 at CMU University Center and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.
Take part in competitions during the festival and test your skills against other blues dancers. The Newcomer Jack ‘n Jill contest is informal – just show up to the dance floor to participate. You must register for the Open Jack ‘n Jill and the Solo Riffin’ Contest in order to participate in either.
Attend the workshop for beginners, or learn something new to enhance and expand your blues dancing repertoire. There will also be blues dancing clinics with personal feedback from top instructors.
Swing to the Blues with Miss Freddye’s Blues Band and More
Along with contests and learning opportunities, come to the festival to have fun and let loose. There will be dancing and blues music during all three days of the event.
Miss Freddye’s Blues Band will perform at the Evening Dance on March 17th at 10 p.m.
Cash Box Kings will perform at the Evening Dance on March 18th starting at 9 p.m.
Mitch Littler will perform at the Late Night Dance on the 18th starting at 12:30 a.m. Late Night and Evening dances will be held all three days of the festival, so you’ll definitely get a chance to dance until dawn.
If you’ll be attending this festival for blues and dancing, book your stay at Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square and get the most out of your trip.