A THANK YOU NOTE AND REFLECTION FOR 2017

Another year has come and gone. A year filled with so much traveling, dancing, learning, and above all, teaching. A year enriched with friends and community all around the world, all in the name and love of Blues. But as much fun there is to be had in my travels, there were also some challenges that needed addressing in the communities I’ve worked with: the rift between Swing and Blues dance communities, the negative perception of Blues and biases against it, approaches to the intimate connection in dance and its social implications, the appeal and trends in teaching Blues that may be harmful to and detracting from its history and culture, the misrepresentation and appropriation of Blues at