Exhibitions

We like competitions, but sometimes comps just don’t line up with our event goals. To that end, in 2019 we are introducing IDIOM EXHIBITIONS.

Submit exhibition auditions here: https://airtable.com/shrED3BAoYVExS1uc
Due May 1

 
 
Kenny and Heather shenanigans. We do love cookies!

Kenny and Heather shenanigans. We do love cookies!

What are idiom exhibitions?

Great question! Idiom Exhibitions are live performances of the blues-idiom family of dances. Student participants will dance their favorite idioms in front of their fellow weekend students to showcase how wonderful and versatile idioms really are.

 
Kenny and Heather dance between cookies.

Kenny and Heather dance between cookies.

Application process

  1. Partner up or dance solo. Everyone is welcome! From beginners to masters, we all love idioms. (There are no “levels” for exhibitions. We will be selecting a wide range of experience so everyone can see and value different ideas, expressions, and experience in the respective dances.)

  2. Submit a short 1-minute video featuring you dancing your favorite idiom here: https://airtable.com/shrED3BAoYVExS1uc. Participants can submit up to 3 times (3 different idioms) and may be selected to showcase all three nights. Exhibitions cost $7.00 to audition. DUE MAY 1

  3. For every exhibition you are chosen for, your name will be entered to win passes to fantastic events around the country!

Idiom Exhibitions available:

  • Texas Shuffle

  • Chicago Triple

  • Piedmont Triple

  • Slow Drag

  • Jukin’ Party Dances (This showcase will be together, simply pick one movement that you want to dance)

    • Fishtail

    • Mooche

    • Grind

    • Four Corners

  • Funky Butt

  • Struttin’

  • Savoy Walk

  • The Strut

  • The Stride

 
Kenny and Heather occasionally break from eating cookies and dancing to organize things.Photo by Conway Li.

Kenny and Heather occasionally break from eating cookies and dancing to organize things.Photo by Conway Li.

Selection process

Our event staff will review each video submission and make determinations based off the following factors:

  • Blues Aesthetic- Are you grounded? Are you utilizing lag? Are you maintaining an athletic posture and relaxed throughout the dance? Demonstrating pulse through your body?

  • Idiom Aesthetic- Are you consistently utilizing elements necessary for your chosen idiom? Are you dancing to the music in a way that matches your chosen idiom? Are you utilizing proper technique for the idiom?

  • Partnership- Are you clearly dancing your roles as either lead or follow? How well do you move together in space? Are you connected well and communicating different ideas across the connection regardless of role?

 
Heather on a sugar high. Photo by Brad Nathanson.

Heather on a sugar high. Photo by Brad Nathanson.

Now you may be asking…

…will there ever be competitions at BluesGeek again?

Since the beginning, we have been eager to embrace change and find the functions that work best for our event. After developing the takeaway moments we wanted for the 2019 students, removing competitions was in the best interest of the participants.

That said, there may be comps at future iterations of Geek. Each year, we re-evaluate and set our priorities as we develop the event. If you really love competitions and want to compete in 2019 however, we highly encourage you to check back later for details on our all-competition weekend, The Throwdown.