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Blues Geek

Cost

Housing

Volunteers

Classes

Panels

Dances

Competitions

Venues

Policies

Coordinators


What is Blues Geek?

Q: What is the Blues Geek concept and philosophy?

A: Blues Geek is a workshop weekend designed to explore blues music, dancing, and the modern culture in a way few have seen before. Blues Geek serves as an intensive hands-on blues weekend offering a variety of dance classes and live music. Truly what makes Blues Geek unique among blues dance events is its focus on exploring blues in modern culture. Whether you are taking a dance class or attending one of the many academic and community-building panels, the weekend is aimed at helping dancers grow and become more aware of the historical past of the dance and music, and more in tune with where the community as a whole is going. This year, we are excited to focus on blues idioms. Not sure what that means? That's fine! We have an entire weekend to tell you about them.

Q: When can I register?

A: Online registration opens Monday, October 30 at 7:00pm CST. It will remain open through Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Q: How can I submit panel presentation ideas?

A: To be announced. 

Q: How can I determine what track level to take?

A: This year we are offering four track levels: beginner, intermediate 1, intermediate 2, and advanced. Not sure where you land? Check out our handy dandy chart: (Check back soon!)

Q: Will there be competitions?

A: Yes! Competitions will be blues idiom focused. More info here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/competitions/ 


Cost

Q: HOw much is full weekend admission?

A: Starting from $80.00, the full weekend pass includes admission to all classes, panels, and dances. Register here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/workshops/

Q: How much is a weekend dance pass?

A: $70.00 - The weekend dance pass includes admission to all dances. (Classes and panels NOT included.) Register here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/workshops/

Q: Are there Payment plans available?

A: Yes, we offer payment plans for registration. 

Q: Will there be a la carte pricing?

A: Yes. Pricing to be announced.

Q: How much to sign up for competitions?

A: $5.00 per competition. Sign up here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/workshops/

Q: i won a pass for blues Geek at another event - what do i do?

A: If you have not already done so, email info@bluesdancenashville.org with the subject line "Pass Won."

Q: Will there be swag?

A: Hahaha. Yes. Yes there will. Check back later for details!


housing

Q: How can i sign up to be housed by a local dancer?

A: Fill out the housing form here: (Check again soon!)

Q: how does housing work?

A: Those wishing to be housed with a local dancer must fill out the housing form in its entirety (). Housing applicants are taken on a first come basis and according to how many spaces are available. You will be contacted with your housing assignment before the event. 

Q: Is there other housing available?

A: Yes, to be announced soon.

Q: who is the housing coordinator?

A: Karen Rummery 

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volunteers

Q: how can i sign up to volunteer?

A: Fill out the volunteer form here:  (Check again soon!)

Q: how does volunteering work?

A: Those wishing to volunteer must fill out the volunteer form in its entirety (). Volunteers are taken on a first come basis, as needed. Volunteers are required to have paid registration in full and will be reimbursed $10.00 per hour worked up to the full amount paid for registration. Volunteers will report to the Volunteer Coordinator. 

Q: who is the volunteer coordinator?

A: Sally Adams

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Classes

Q: who are the instructors?

A: We are SO excited to announce this year's line up of instructors. Read about them here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/instructors/

Q: How can I determine what track level to take?

A: This year we are offering four track levels: beginner, intermediate 1, intermediate 2, and advanced. Not sure where you land? Check out our handy dandy chart:  (Check again soon!)

Q: will there be class auditions?

A: There are class auditions for the advanced track. All other tracks rely on the dancer to place themselves. (See our handy dandy chart: ). Our instructors will also be keeping an eye out to help you find where you will best learn. 

Q: Can I move between levels?

A: Because of the schedule and curriculum, we are only allowing movement between levels with prior approval by instructors. Level checking will be enforced via color-coded wristbands.

Q: What is the Class schedule?

A: To be announced. 

Q: Where are the classes (venue)?

A: To be announced. 

We are working to have the panel schedule conflict minimally with the class schedule.


panels

Q: What are the panels we keep talking about?

A: Blues Geek panels are aimed at providing the community an opportunity to talk about the important topics they want to hear about. Attendees are able to listen, ask questions of the presenters, and take back important information and details to their local scenes. 

Q: How do i submit an idea for a panel?

A: To be announced.

Q: What is the Panel schedule?

A: To be announced. 

We are working to have the panel schedule conflict minimally with the class schedule.

Q: Where are the panels taking place (venue)?

A: To be announced. 

The panels and classes will be at the same venue.


Dances

Q: Where are the dances happening (venue)?

A: To be announced.

Q: What bands will be playing?

A: We have some great band selections this year! Keep up with the bandannouncements on the Musicians page: https://www.bluesgeek.com/musicians/

Q: What dJs will be spinning?

A: We have some great DJs with us this year! Keep up with the band and DJ announcements on the DJ page: 


Competitions

Q: What kind of competitions are available?

A: Keep up with our competitions announcements here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/competitions/

Q: What does it cost to sign up for competitions?

A: $5.00 per competition. 

Q: When/where can i sign up for competitions?

A: You can sign up for competitions online starting Monday, October 30 at 7:00 pm CST. Register for comps here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/workshops/competition-fee

Q: What is the competition schedule for the weekend?

A: To be announced. 


venues

Q: Where are classes?

A: To be announced. 

We are working to have the panel schedule conflict minimally with the class schedule.

Q: where are panels?

A: To be announced. 

We are working to have the panel schedule conflict minimally with the class schedule.

Q: where are the dances?

A: To be announced. 


Policies

Q: do you have a safe space policy/code of conduct?

A: Yes. You can read it here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/code-of-conduct-safe-space-policy/

If there is a problem, you can communicate with us in the following ways:

TALK to us. Officers, Safe Space Coordinators, and Volunteers are trained to help. Our Safe Space Coordinators are SALLY ADAMS and all BDN Officers.

CALL. Safe Space Hotline: 615-905-6847

EMAIL. Safe Space email / Google Hangout: carebearstare.bdn@gmail.com

Q: Do you have a refund policy?

A: Yes. You can read it here: https://www.bluesgeek.com/refund-policy/


Coordinators and other important people

Q: who is Housing coordinator?

A: Karen Rummery

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Q: who is Volunteer coordinator?

A: Sally Adams

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Q: who is safe space coordinator?

A: Sally Adams

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Q: who is mc?

A: To be announced. 

Q: who are the organizers?

A: Kenneth Shipp, Heather Adkins, Amanda Adams, Lenny Sharlett, and Amy Bond. 

Kenneth                     Heather                       Amanda                       Lenny                    Amy

Kenneth                     Heather                       Amanda                       Lenny                    Amy