Our workshops are crafted to provide a comprehensive study of core Blues dance concepts, as well as the chance for advanced dancers to learn new skills to share.

This year our key focus will be on the quality of movement within a partnership. Get ready to geek out about every moment of the dance.


Participants will have over 11 hours of structured learning, with plenty of time to hit the beach and admire the beauty of Karitane between sessions. Class material will cover a variety of Blues dance styles and idioms, with all connections (from open to close embrace) incorporated. Classes begin Friday night and finish Monday morning.

Each dancer will be placed into one of two streams. We try to make sure that you get the chance to learn with people you don’t usually work with – so don’t expect to end up with your usual partner! The streams aren’t levelled – they simply provide smaller class sizes and a more comfortable environment for experimentation and growth. Dancers in both streams will cover the same material during the retreat. There are also evening classes each night which aren’t streamed, where everyone gathers to learn together.

In 2019 we’re introducing small group peer sessions. With 4-5 members per carefully selected group, you’ll be able to choose the level (and amount) of feedback you want from some of the best dancers in the country. You also get choose what you want to try! Dedicated peer session leaders will be chosen and trained to bring out the best in each group. We can also facilitate filming so that you can continue to study once you get back home.

Teaching team

We have the privilege of hosting Vicci and Adamo, Europe’s foremost Blues dance instructors. V & A will be our key teachers throughout the weekend and each participant will have at least 7 hours of class time with these two. Get ready to extend and challenge yourself like never before!

We’ll also have five additional workshop leaders, including Shob & Andy (Melbourne) Sarah (Christchurch) and Rebecca (Dunedin).



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