Stevie Wonder sings “I like to see people fall deeply in love,” and like Mr. Wonder, I love to see people teaching and doing what they love to do. The Overstreet Dance Gallery’s Blues Dance Workshop was packed with teaching passion and a clear love for Blues Dance.
The Dance Gallery, owned and operated by Danielle and Joseph DeMers, is located in Littleton just a few blocks from Belleview and Broadway. The space is inviting and versatile. Two garage doors make up one wall of the main dance gallery, allowing ample natural light and fresh air.
As a novice, I was thankful that Day One failed to be as overwhelming as I had anticipated. The experience was definitely a jump-in-and-swim situation but the water was warm and my feet could touch the bottom. Challenging but sweet, like any exciting new experience; I learned so much.
Instructors, Rachael DeMers and Joseph DeMers (not to be confused with his wife Danielle and truly no relation) who taught our weekend of blues grooviness schooled us with the basics. We learned a little this and a little that, (I know right now the professional dancers reading this are super impressed with my vernacular) and even though I left scratching my head wondering if I could I blues dance yet, Day Two put it all together like a good mystery story reveals the killer.
On day two Rachael began by sharing a solo blues routine that is being choreographed for Pridefest. The moves were sexy and cool yet easy enough for a beginner to catch on. And though it may have been accidental, in my opinion, it was a genius teacher move, that propelled participants into their bodies and ready to dance. By the end of day two my concerns were put to rest. Rachael and Joe effortlessly strung together the turns, hip pulses and sweet blues steps and by the end of class I was confident that I had some blues dancing chops.
To hone my skills, and for you, who may like to give blues dance a spin, Overstreet hosts Blues intensives on Sundays. In addition the Mercury Cafe hosts blues dance on Tuesday nights. For a full weekend of Blues Dance instruction your next chance is June 30th. Last but not least, check out a dance flash mob video and look for Overstreet’s Joe DeMers.
As I read on the wall of the ladies room at the El Chapultepec some twenty years ago, “to be is to bop.” Get your dance on.
Overstreet Dance Gallery
5366 S. Bannock Street
Littleton, CO 80120