Blues dance is a genre of jazz vernacular dance that takes elements of West African dance that were passed down by slaves in the American South and Western partnered dances (especially tango!). While it was developed to go along with blues music, the dance fits many genres of music including jazz, r&b, disco, hip hop, and modern pop. On any given night at Sugar House you’re likely to hear most, if not all, of those genres. Blues dance has been as influential on modern dance forms (such as hip hop) as blues music has been on modern American music.

Blues dances happen on the first and third Fridays of the month and feature an 8 pm drop-in beginner lesson followed by an open dance from 9 pm to midnight. The lesson is free, and the open dance is $5 (cash and credit accepted).

Dances are held at the AA Creative Corridor at 1133 S. Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48910.