‘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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Sam Kavanagh is the founder and conductor of The Lalala Choir, whose work stems from the philosophy that 'Music is for Everyone'. Sam's approach to music-making is about actively engaging audiences, and creating new music through collaboration and improvisation. A long time fan of Jazz and Blues, he is looking forward to bringing some Delta sound to the pop-up Fair City Blues Choir!
Sometimes, on a blues night in Gothenburg, Sweden, it happens that the DJ stops playing, but nobody wants to go home ... That is when Mattias Gustavsson (piano) and Kristin Ladström (voice) take the stage to play some slow, intense, acoustic blues songs by candlelight, just before the night of dancing is over. They never decided to start a duo — they just started playing together, and didn't stop, and after a little while, felt that the Gentle Sorrows would be a good name for what they do. Mattias' rhythmical, sensitive piano playing blends perfectly with Kristin's smooth, rich vocals, and their repertoire consists of the classics of female blues as well as some newer favorites. Both of them being avid blues dancers themselves, you can be sure that their songs will get you in the mood to dance.
The organisers are beyond excited to host The Gentle Sorrows' maiden gig in Dublin!
You might remember them from the first ever Fair City Blues festival! We are thrilled to welcome back Dublin's very own Chicago blues royalty:
Ed Deane began playing electric guitar with Dublin legends Blues House. That was before he kick-started the London boogie scene with Bees Make Honey when Ian Dury sat at the bar taking notes. He's also played with Nick Lowe, Graham Parker and Dana Gillespie.
Noel Bridgeman was laying down the perfect beat in Skid Row when Philip Lynott was a singer without a bass guitar. Noel is the guv’nor as testified by the cast of superstars who won’t tour unless he’s behind the kit. Artists he’s worked with include Van Morrison, The Waterboys and Mary Black.
John Querney plays the earthquake bass that shook the foundations of the million gin joints, where he performed with the bands like the Business and Red Peters and the Floating Dublin Blues Band.
Another first-timer at our festival, also hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden (must be something in the water over there...) is the master of acoustic guitar and a Delta blues magician. Christoffer’s music will touch your heart and shake your soul. He captivates the audiences with his presence and raw sound. Prepare to be mesmerised as he brings your favourite old Mississippi blues record to life, transcending time. We are delighted to have him play for our lovely attendees at (what is promising to be) one hell of a Saturday night party!
We have brought together amazing DJs from Ireland and around the world to keep you dancing all weekend! Read more about our DJs at faircityblues.com/resources/FCB-2017-DJ-Bios.pdf.
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
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!
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 have some discount codes for people attending the event:
Hazelbrook House B&B (includes breakfast)
- 20% off using code BLUES20 online, by phone, or in an email
- available for dates between 23rd March to 27th March 2017
- P: +353-1-8365003 | E: email@example.com | W: www.hazelbrookhouse.ie
Celtic Lodge Guesthouse (includes breakfast)
- 5% discount using code faircityblues
- available for dates between 20/03/17 & 31/03/17
- 10% discount - mention Fair City Blues when booking
Click here for a provisional schedule.