New blues dance group in Memphis

A new business, NewVo Blues, has recently launched to promote blues dancing in the Memphis area. According to a press release they sent out, their focus will be to build a community of blues dancers, teachers, musicians and businesses.

The group intends to promote dancing to the blues music that Memphis is known for, and to teach people how to connect to the music through dancing. To that end, their first event will be this Friday, March 23 at 7 PM at the Blue Worm (1405 Airways), a popular local juke joint. There will be a beginner blues dance lesson from 7 to 9, followed by a home-style dinner at 9, followed by dancing with a DJ and a live band providing the music. For more info check NewVo Blues’ website.

NewVo Blues also will be planning road trips to regional blues events, such as the upcoming Juke Joint Festival on April 14 in Clarksdale, MS. They’ll be planning more classes, dances, and workshops in the months to come. You can get on their mailing list through their website, and you can also befriend them on MySpace.