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Love to dance? Have you always wanted to learn? Join us at THE BLOCK off biltmore for Swing, Blues, Salsa, and Tango lessons and dances. You'll love the camaraderie, the exercise and the fun - plus, research shows it's great for the brain!
Check out our running dance events below:
Tuesday, Swing Asheville - always with a live band!
In June, Beginner Lindy Hop 8 count (styles change monthly).
Get ready for the Roarin' 20s! During this 30 minute lesson you will learn the basics of the 8 count lindy hop, the high energy dance that originated in Harlem in 1920s. You'll be able to get out on the dance floor and have fun dancing already after the first lesson! This is a drop-in class, so every week throughout June we will be covering the same set of basic steps, throwing each week a new variation on top. No partner is required to join. After the lesson at 8:30 we have an Open Practice with a DJ when our teachers will be available for dances and questions.
No partner required :)
Price: $10. It also covers the Open Practice and the late night dance!
8:30-9:00pm: Join us for the Open Practice! All levels are welcome, and our teachers will be available throughout the practice to dance with you!
Price: $5. It also covers the late night Blues dance!
Swing Asheville's monthly schedule: http://www.swingasheville.com
To read up on the history of Swing, visit https://www.centralhome.com/ballroomcountry/swing.htm.
Wednesday - Blues Jam with Ruby Mayfield, Jeff Rudolph, Brad Curtioff, and Jim Simmons along with surprise guests are reviving their beloved musicians' jam.
The music is fantastic and you won't be able to keep from dancing.
Blues: Blues dancing evolved in response to slower blues music. West Coast Swing is danced to Blues of a faster rhythm.
Blues music is generically referred to as slow dance music. Blues music is quite popular and many couples dance a slow, close informal shuffle when they hear the music in a restaurant or bar.
Blues dancing attempts to interpret the mood of the music and is therefore open to creativity. Many Blues dancers who also dance various types of Swing and Lindy incorporate Swing moves into Blues dancing.
Blues can also incorporate moves from Zouklove, Argentine Tango and Nuevo Tango.
For more on blues dancing, visit https://www.heritageinstitute.com/danceinfo/descriptions/blues.htm.
Thursday Night Summer Lovin' Series with Peggy Ratusz and Paula Hanke alternating each week through August.
Peggy, voted best Blues singer in Asheville 6 times, combined with Paula's fiery style create an amazing danceable experience. Mixing Blues, Motown, Funk and Disco - you'll dance the evening away with these local, dynamic divas.
Friday's Block Party with DJ JAM.
It's old school time. You'll love this local, iconic DJ's trip down memory lane with super hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Bring a partner or come solo, you are sure to have a memorable evening!
**July 19th: Don't Miss this Extraordinary Asheville treasure, Rhoda Weaver. Rhoda's vocal range will knock your socks off and have you cheering for more. 8-11pm, $5
Saturday Salsa and Latin Dancing with DJ Edi.
One of Asheville's longest running Latin nights. Start the evening with a 30-minute lesson by Emily Hamilton. Emily will have you ready for the hours of hot and spicy dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
Salsa: Salsa means sauce in Spanish and in this case the sauce can be hot and spicy!
As with many dances, the creation of the dance followed the creation of the music. New Yorkers of Cuban and Puerto Rican ancestry are credited as the pioneers of Salsa music - a music that grew out of Mambo and Cuban Son roots.
At the time of the advent of Salsa music in New York during the 1960s, Mambo dancing was already very popular and it is not surprising that as the dance developed, one of the basic steps in Salsa dancing is the Mambo basic.
Salsa soon became popular in Puerto Rica, Cuba and Columbia. In each of these countries, music allied to Salsa was already in vogue. They also had connections with the Puerto Rican, Cuban and Columbian communities in New York. Soon, each of these countries developed its own brand of Salsa music and dancing.
Simultaneously, the popularity of Salsa music and dance spread across North America and the West coast of North America developed its own brand of Salsa dancing.
De La Noche Live Tango Orchestra: Every last Sunday of the month.
If you are curious about learning the stunning footwork of Argentine Tango, join us for a 30-minute lesson starting at 8:30pm. The orchestra plays from 9-11pm. $12 pays for the lesson and the dance. No partner required. You'll need to keep coming back to master this intricate, sensual dance but the persistence is worth the effort. Or, if you prefer, come for the beautiful music and watch the talented dancers. Either way, you'll have a delightful evening.
Argentine Tango: Argentine Tango is a partner dance that developed over the last century in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires. It is very different from the Tango in International and American ballroom dancing. Argentine Tango is an interpretive, improvisational social dance that allows the dancers to develop a deep connection between themselves, the music, and the environment in which they are dancing.
There are several styles of Argentine Tango, some of which are described below, and different types of Tango danced at milongas or social dances (Note: Milonga is both - a social dance, and a type of Tango dancing). In addition, modern forms of Tango such as Tango Nuevo and Neo-Tango have also emerged and are fast becoming popular in dance cafes and halls around the world.
Once a month, we have a Sunday Blues Dance hosted by DJ Bingading. Check our calendar of events to see when. The next one is July 21 at 7:30pm. $5
As you can see, we have lots of dancing going onand happy friends returning week after week so come on over and enjoy Asheville’s premiere, friendly dance spot featuring original hardwood floors, great sound and terrific local music.
The full bar offers a unique array of area craft beers and organic wines and spirits - as well as delicious nonalcoholic creations.
Bring your friends and have a ball, y'all!