Flouer Evelyn Blues Weekend, Feb 26-28, 2016

 Join us for a very special weekend workshop for the Seattle Dance Community!

 Please welcome special guest & director of New York's premier Blues Dance Program

Flouer Evelyn

for a fabulous

Seattle Blues Workshop & Dance Weekend!

Feb 26-28, 2016 (Fri-Sun)

Flouer is deeply dedicated to building community through Blues dancing, and believes that people physically moving and learning together can lead to powerful experiences.  She is the director of "Blues Dance New York", through which she hosts a weekly blues dance called "Friday Night Blues NYC" and holds monthly workshops and classes with various local and national instructors.  With over 17 years of training in various forms of partner dance, having performed and competed throughout Europe, North and South America, and having acquired her MFA in Dance, Flouer presents a very contextual, wholistic approach to Blues.  In her classes, this approach often translates into encouraging individual artistry while paying close attention to connection, technique, and historical references.

Flouer can be found teaching full time in New York City and running her dance events -- "FNBlues", "Nocturne Blues", "Melting Pot", & "Motley Hue".

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For class Descriptions, Locations, Registration, Pricing, Videos, and more, be sure to scroll down to the sections below this one


Friday, Feb 26th  (7:45pm-midnight, at Om Culture)

WHAT:   Prior to our "Fabulous Friday Dance" at Om Culture, Flouer will teach an "Intro to Blues Texturing" lesson from 7:45-8:30pm (all levels, no partner needed, all are welcome).  She will then co-DJ the mixed variety dance and late night blues & fusion sets, introducing us to even more wonderful music for our listening and dancing pleasure!


  • 7:35pm:  Door's open
  • 7:45-8:30pm:   Flouer will teach an "Intro to Blues Texturing" lesson -- Textures are simple ways to take what you already know and make it even more interesting and fabulous by altering your tempos, rhythms, accents, or levels.  And, of course, these skills can be applied to any dance you know!  :)
  • 8:30-midnight: (or later, if folks are willing):  Dance to a wonderful mix of swing, salsa, blues, ballroom, waltz, foxtrot, NC2S, WCS, and more, with Flouer and Ari co-DJ-ing!  The focus will be on blues-based variety dance music from 8:30-10:30, with more emphasis on late night blues & fusion after 10:30pm.  Flouer will also be available for individual questions throughout the evening!


  • Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific Street, Seattle, WA (In the Wallingford neighborhood, just SW of Gasworks Park). Plentiful free parking on N Northlake Way (just across the Brook-Gilman Trail). .


  • $15 for lesson AND dance
  • $10 for lesson only OR dance only 
  • $5 after 10:30pm 
  • Cash or check at the door only please.  No pre-registration needed.  Everyone welcome!  No partner necessary


Two fabulous 2-Hour Sessions on Sat & Sun (from 10am-Noon, and 2-4pm) at China Harbor (doors open at 9:45am)

Saturday, Feb 27th

     THEME: "Building from the Ground Up Through A History of Blue

SESSION 1:  "History of Blues Music & Movement"   (All-Levels)   A two-hour, 200-year journey through time with blues music & movement.  In each session, we'll talk about the different kinds of blues music out there, and give you some very concrete ways to identify, appreciate, and dance to the wide variety of music you'll hear today.

A)  10-11:00am   "History of Blues, Part I" (from 'Delta' to 'Jouk')

B)  11-12:00pm   "History of Blues, Part II" (from 'Rent' to 'Modern')  


---  LUNCH  (12:00 - 2:00pm)  --- 

Workshop participants will enjoy a 25% discount on any menu entrée item if you  decide to eat at China Harbor

SESSION 2: "Blues Musicality & Expression"    (All-Levels)

A)   2-3:00pm   'Groovin' vs Movin':   There are 3 ways we have historically used spatial relationships on the dance floor.  This class will help you be clear about the directions you take and how to navigate the dance floor.  

B)   3-4:00pm   "Improvisational Connection":   This class will push you out of your normal dance box!  We will focus on blues connection from a kinesthetic and creative point of view, broadening our ideas of what we can use to create connection.

Sunday, Feb 28th


THEME: "Striking out in new directions"

SESSION 3:  "Blues for Social Partner Dancers"      (All Levels)

A)   10-11:00am   "Ballroomin' Basics & Styling:  Ballroomin' is the jazzy side of blues dance.  It is a traveling dance generally done to slow big band music.  This class will teach you the basics and some styling tips.

B)   11-12:00pm   "Classic Ballroomin' Moves:  Building on your knowledge of the basics, in this class you will learn some classic Ballroomin' moves that will make you feel like you are floating on the dance floor.

   --- LUNCH  (12:00 - 2:00pm) ---

Workshop participants will enjoy a 25% discount on any menu entrée item if you  decide to eat at China Harbor

SESSION 4:  "Blues Outside of the Box"   (All Levels)

A)   2-3:00pm   "Getting Funky - Musical Breaks & Easy Isolations:  Isolations are an easy way to add your own personality to your dance without disrupting the flow of your partner.  We'll get down with our bad selves and then we'll talk about how to easily fit them to the music.

B)   3-4:00pm   "Fancy Feet, Heels & Toes":  Let's show off just how fancy our feet can be by seeing how many fun & funky things we can do by using our heels and toes.  These can be challenging- but are a great addition to your solo & partner dancing!

**Please note: Flouer will also be available for private lessons over the weekend (please see definitions section below)



  • FRI EVENING: Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA

    This dance has a separate admission from the weekend workshops (No pre-registration needed; Pay cash or check at the door; See costs below).  There is plentiful free street parking next to the building and on N. Northlake Way

  • SAT & SUN - ALL WORKSHOPS:  China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N., Seattle, WA  

    There is plenty of free parking in the lot just outside the front door.  China Harbor is an active restaurant and bar.  All workshop participants will receive 25% off of their entrée items if you decide to eat at the restaurant before, between, or after classes.



Registration opens 15 minutes before class at all locations. Come early to sign in, change shoes, stretch, warm up, etc.


BY DATES (or first 20 registrants)

SINGLE SESSION  (2-Hrs) (Sat or Sun, Morning or Afternoon) 

DAY PASS  (Both 2-Hr Sessions, Sat or Sun)

FULL WEEKEND  (All four 2-Hr Sessions, Sat & Sun)

PRE-REG: (Feb 1st -- Feb 22nd) 


AT THE DOOR: (Feb 23rd - Day of Event)


STUDENT PRICING:     (Must Be Under Age 25, with Student ID.  See Definitions Section Below)




$20 (save $15)

 55 (save $15)


$60 (save $10)

$40 (save $30)

 $100 (save $40)


$110 (save $30)


$70 (save $70)

FRIDAY NIGHT, LESSON & DANCE with Flouer @ Om Culture: (Not included with weekend pass; Pay with cash or check at the door, no pre-registration needed)  


$15 Lesson AND Dance

$10 Lesson Only OR Dance Only

THE FIRST CLASS OF ANY SESSION   (since the classes in each session build on each other, you will need to take the 1st class to participate in the 2nd)  


$20 for 1st class of any session (on space available basis only)


 To honor the early-bird pricing, payment must be made within 5 days of registration. This can be done online using a credit card or PayPal, in person, or by mailing a check (please see full details on the PAYMENT page)

Pre-registration is highly encouraged to maintain lead/follow balance.  


"Single Session" = A single session consists of two 1-hour classes, and the 15 minute guided practice immediately following the second class  [Total: 2.25 hours]

"Day Pass" = A day pass includes all four morning and afternoon classes (2 sessions) and the 15 minute guided practice immediately following each session, on either Sat or Sun.  Each session is 2.25 hours [Total: 4.5 hours]

"Full Weekend" = A full weekend pass includes all eight Sat & Sun afternoon classes (4 sessions) and the 15 minute guided practice immediately following each session, on both Sat & Sun.  Each session is 2.25 hours [Total: 9 hours]


A la Carte Costs for Individual Evening Dances

Friday EveningLessons AND Dance at Om Culture = $15, Lesson only OR Dance only = $10


Private Lessons with Flouer

Flouer will be available for private lessons all day Friday, and on Sat or Sun when she's not at the workshops or dances. The charge for private lessons is $75/hr if you are registered for any part of the Workshop Weekend, or $85/hr if you are not.  Please contact arilevitt@rolluptherug.com to set up lesson times. Lessons will be held at a private residence/studio in the Eastlake area of Seattle (just off I-5 & 520), unless other arrangements are made with Flouer.



Students must be under age 25 and must present student ID at check in/registration prior to class