Welcome to Fair City Blues 2017!

‘In Dublin’s fair city’, we are buzzing with the Blues, with weekly classes and social dances! We can’t wait for you to come and dance with us.

Between 24th and 26th March, we will provide you with two full days of inspiring classes with renowned international blues dance teachers, three nights of parties with incredible DJs and amazing live music, fun times in one of the world's friendliest cities, and an oxford comma.

And we will be updating this webpage with more information as we get it!


Fair City Blues is run by a group of local dancers who are passionate about blues dancing. We’ve been involved in local dance events and have travelled widely to get our blues fix. Now we are drawing on our experiences to create something special for both local dancers and visitors from further afield.

We stand for:

  • Fair play and friendliness. We’ll be providing a warm welcome and chilled out classes and social dancing.
  • A fairly relaxing event. We like dance weekends to be eeeasy. Dublin is a small city but we will still do our best to make sure that all our venues are within walking distance or very easily accessible by public transport. We’ll also help to make sure you can easily find accommodation, food etc. with minimal hassle.
  • Fair pricing. We are doing our absolute best to keep prices as low as possible while providing a weekend packed full of awesome.


Class Picture
Photo Credit: Jelena Lihhatsova

This year we are running the classes in a different format that we hope you will enjoy. The classes will not be split up by levels! However, classes will be challenging and not suitable for absolute beginners. We advise you to have at least six months of continuous blues dance classes under your belt before the workshop.

On the Saturday all classes will be taught as 'Ambidance' - everyone in the class will learn both the leading and following parts of the material.

All participants will get to work on the same material rotating between the three teaching couples during the day.

Wait ’til you see Gordon’s group-split-mix-permutation-magic!

On Sunday morning we will have two partnered, themed classes. You can dance in your preferred role or switch during these classes. You’ll get to pick your theme preferences on the registration form.

On Sunday afternoon we will offer an hour of solo classes with three levels of difficulty. You’ll get to pick one on the day based on how much of a challenge you want!

Closing out the learning part of the weekend will be the singing and jamming classes - pick if you want to sing or dance! Social pass holders will be welcome to join the singing class.


Jenny and Dan

Daniel Repsch and Jennifer Sowden

We love Jenny and Dan and are so glad to have them back!

Dan & Jenny are full-time international dance instructors traveling to share the joy of dance. They've won many competitions around the country both separately and together in Lindy Hop and Blues. Dan & Jenny teach with a focus on musicality, fine movement detail, and play between partners.

Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels to continue learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. He is most excited to push his own dancing and to see his students break through their boundaries.

Jenny has been training in dance for 25 years and teaching for 20 years, with a BA in Dance and Theater from San Diego State University. She is trained in 34 different styles of movement including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, West African, Capoeira, Aikido, Tango, Salsa, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Blues. Her background influences her teaching and general style through musicality, variation, expression, and an understanding of body mechanics. Jenny believes the dance floor is a 'World of Yes’ where we accept and are inspired. In turn we take classes in a 'World of Intention' to expand our 'World of Yes.’

Visit www.JennyDan.com for more info.

Photo Credit: Vicci Moore
Photo Credit: JB Lamontre

Annette Kühnle and Leigh Anderson

Annette hails from Heidelberg and is one of Europe's most prominent proselytisers of blues dance as a teacher, social dancer, DJ and organiser. Her love of teaching and dancing are infectious and if you've travelled for blues, you probably already knew that. Annette is excited to be back in the Fairest of Cities and she is looking forward to helping you bring out your inner awesome!

Since discovering the blues, Leigh has succumbed hopelessly to its charms. She brings the essence of sultry, soulful blues to dance floors; teaching, DJing, organising and competing in Scotland and around Europe. Leigh’s mission in life is to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of each dance and whether you meet her in class or the social floor, she’ll make sure you leave with a swagger in your walk and a smile on your face.

Photo Credit: Devon Rowland

Ruth and Mike

Ruth and Mike love teaching dance. They work exceptionally well as a teaching partnership and are internationally renowned for their dynamic energy, precise explanations, entertainment value, and ability to make very detailed dance technique fun to learn. They are among the most sought-after instructors in the Blues dance world.

They both love carrot juice, smoky Scotch whisky, and philosophical discussions but differ on the use of the oxford comma. They have been known to fishtail in grocery stores and swing out in the aisles of moving trains. Students rave about their dynamic energy, precise explanations, entertainment value, and ability to make very detailed dance technique fun to learn.

Solo Teachers

Photo Credit: Andrew Miller

Louise Sutton

Louise dances with her heart on her sleeve and a smile on her face. With 8 years of social partner dance training under her belt, she simply loves moving to music and is passionate about building confidence in dancers at all skill levels. She has organised, performed and competed at dance events across Europe and in the US, and is so happy to be able to make her solo teaching debut in Dublin, joining the team at Fair City to get you grooving.

Photo Credit: Alexandre Light ex Machina

Marta Martinho

Marta is Dublin’s own fabulous blues and lindy hop teacher, performer and co-founder of the Downtown Blues Dance Club. Marta is a trained teacher with ten years of contemporary dance experience in her treasure chest of skills, and now she is dazzling the jazz era dance scenes with her beautiful movement. Get ready to be mesmerised by her sublime isolation moves! We are delighted to have her on the teaching team for the second year in a row!

Photo Credit: Andrew Miller

Olga Seleznova

In her Solo Blues dancing and teaching, Olga loves to play with contrasts and isolations, looking for new ways of interpreting the broad spectrum of blues rhythms in the body, and not forgetting to go back to the basics because there is always room to improve! It’s important to her that the students have fun while learning but challenging (mess-with-your-brain) exercises are just as important to encourage them to push the limits of their dance abilities.



To be announced!

Live Music

To be accounced!


Almost all of our venues are conveniently located close to the red Luas (tram) line, which serves the main bus and train stations in Dublin and many of Dublin’s hostels




Classes will be held in the DanceHouse, located on Foley Street, and also in the Lab Gallery arts hub next door to the main dance studio.


Dance House Picture





Friday and Saturday

Our Friday night venue is the Teacher's Club (36 Parnell Square West), and since we like it so much it will be our Saturday night venue too!


On Sunday we'll head to the Liquor Rooms (7 Wellington Quay) where we'll party until the wee hours!


A Full Weekend Pass will cost 120 Euro.
A limited number of social passes will be available and cost 45 Euro.
T-shirts can be ordered before the event and cost 15 Euro.

Your Visit

Fair City Blues takes its name from the song "Molly Malone" (also known as "Cockles and Mussels" or "In Dublin's Fair City"). It's not exactly your classic blues song, but it's basically the anthem of Dublin, and it's catchy!


We will try to find hosting for those looking for it, on a first come, first served basis - however we expect there will be a very limited number of spaces and encourage you to check out the nearby hostels!


Tickets go on sale on November 8th at 8pm Irish Time.

To register you must have a sign-up partner and you must each submit a registration form. You can sign up either as a Lead and Follow pair, or as a Switch and Switch pair. There will be a very limited number of individual tickets going on sale at a later date, however we strongly recommend you find a registration buddy to ensure you get a place.

You can email info@faircityblues.com for more information.