"Blues is the most profound, the most essential expression of jazz. It is the American folk statement by the blacks about their lives here. Blues can be considered a cornerstone of jazz music. Emotions which are going out of this music, are decidedly of an African heritage, but the dancers were not aware of it."
- Mura Dehn [The Spirit Moves]
Since I have seen Al Minns dancing male shake blues, it has blown my mind. I thought: that is the celebration of the African heritage American social dancing could have. I've been watching it carefully for more than 5 years trying to "adapt" this animal-like style into my dancing, so when I found out about the Vintage Routine
nomination at the Savoy Cup 2017
, I had no doubts: I will do Male Shake Blues.
Anyway, working on every detail of the Master's movement had led me to something deeper and less superficial that just physical aspect: to the feeling itself. At the same time, it was constantly bringing me to the rethinking of gender and race in dance, differences in cultures but oneness in passion.
Creating the special Space with your Art, moving like an Animal - these are, to my point of view, ones of the most important and deep skills for a dancer.
Vintage video - "Male Shake Blues" routine by Al Minns in Mura Dehn's "The Spirit Moves", interpreted by Alina Sokulska at the "Vintage Routine" nomination at Savoy Cup 2017.
Video - Savoy Cup
April 2, 2017