What Is Blues Dancing?
Wikipedia says that “Blues dancing is a family of historical dances that developed alongside and were danced to blues music, or the contemporary dances that are danced in that aesthetic”.
Originating in the bars (or “Juke Joints”) of the American South, Blues dance has evolved with subtle differences from country to country, creating the variations we know today and growing with popularity all the time.
So what is Blues dancing? That's not so simple to answer but we'll try. You could put the dancing into two main "camps", Traditional ("Trad") Blues and Fusion. Trad Blues has a long history and is closely tied to the blues music that was originated by African Americans in the deep south of the United States around the end of the 19th century, leading to genres such as Delta, Chicago, Piedmont and New Orleans Blues. Fusion Blues is more contemporary and is an elaborate fusion of ideas from other dances (like tango, waltz, foxtrot and the hustle, to name a few), as well as taking inspiration from more modern genres of music too.
Expressive and individualistic, Blues dancing can be done solo as well as with a partner. Here is a great clip of a competition event, with nothing choreographed !!