We are excited to invite you to the 2nd edition of our

Bluesin’ Prague Festival

September 26–29 2024, Prague, Czech Republic

hours of blues dance classes

hours of social dancing

international teachers

parties with live music

days of blues (and a bit of fusion) dancing

MEMORIES FROM OUR BLUESIN‘ PRAGUE WEEKEND 2023

TEACHERS

Mike Sonder & Jamica Zion

Mike: One of the star teachers on the international blues dance scene. Mike strives to create a learning environment that is fun, challenging, and inclusive. The goal is for each individual student to find their next step forward and enjoy that process of growth. Mike loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time. Mike has taught dance in 21 countries and counting. He currently teaches Lindy Hop, Air Steps, Solo Jazz, and many different Blues styles.

Jamica: Currently living the nomadic life, Jamica Zion takes pride in being a groovy solo dancer, a dynamic follow, and growing lead. Jamica aims for range, not just in connection and style, but across genres too! Since starting Jazz and Blues dances 15 years ago, she’s collected multiple titles from contests across top US events including Lindy Focus, Camp Jitterbug, Beantown, and Camp Hollywood. As a solo artist, Jamica has prioritized performance over contests so instead of a collection of solo wins, she has a diverse and abundant performance portfolio (check some out on YouTube)! Jamica’s approach towards sharing dance with others includes a critical understanding and appreciation of its history and culture, while simultaneously ushering students to build their own styles and meaningful connections to it. Jamica’s unique blend of experiences, teacher training, and knowledge allows Jamica to deliver inclusive and culturally responsible classes that are creative, thought provoking, and original!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIscVcn93YY

 

MUSICIANS

Jakub Zomer Blues Trio

(Thursday September 26)

Jakub Zomer is the only exception to the festival music bands theme „The Female Voice Power“. We just couldn’t resist, Jakub is the Ray Charles of Prague! Jakub is a great keyboard player and one of the best jazz musicians in the Czech Republic. Among other things, he is a key player in Miss Mikey May’s Organ Grinders project and (not only) with this project you could see him on the stages of international blues and swing dance festivals. On Thursday, he will open the Bluesin‘ Prague festival with his own Jakub Zomer Blues Trio. For that, Jakub will swap hammonds for smooth piano keys and his velvety voice, which will be accompanied by a virtuoso but precise rhythm section. This trio will create a super tasty blend of jazzy and energetic, as well as emotive and soulful songs for your feet and heart. You really can’t miss the pre-party this time!!!!

https://youtu.be/M9qO-563SNs?si=YsS6zqsKbSID-knx
https://youtu.be/iu563pAmhgg?si=rvv12EfgGCtaWD3o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3UNXiqz1Zg

 

Géri & The Lizards

(Friday September 27)

Géri & The Lizards are stewing in the sun. They’re contemplating about the heat. Heat you will feel underneath your grooving feet and on your glistening skin, while you‘ll be immersed into their world of blues. It‘s Beneš, Micenko, Hajtmánek & Schnyder on the Shreds-Slap-Sticks & Sho-bees!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owpntOVPZPA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYNyGALH2AI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anOfRTtLmaI

 

Miss Mikey May and the Organ Grinders

(Saturday September 28)

Miss Mikey May is a powerful, soulful vocalist with a background in theatre, cabaret, burlesque, and social dancing. The Organ Grinders is her Hammond-organ focused Swing and Blues project, featuring some of Czech Republic’s top Jazz and Blues musicians. Their music explores (and sometimes crosses!) the outer limits of Swing and Blues music in a dancer-friendly package, and if you’ve seen them perform at dance events throughout Europe then you’ll know you’ll have a groovy great time!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4E2Rqhh3MY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGayeY3Lim8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8lNTvw0Nko

 

 

Fehero Rocher

(Sunday September 29)

For this concert, a quartet of great blues-based Prague musicians will return to their roots and play a set of unadulterated blues and jazz ballads from the 30s/40s in their own captivating version, where intimacy and rawness are in blissful harmony.
Sisa Fehér – vocals, Antonín Dlapa – guitar, Miloš Klápště – double bass, Jan Chalupa – drums

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26NxqjcM7d0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BNDdJJt1qg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbCaofwUvHI

 

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PASSES / PRICES

 

Build your own festival pass by combining modules to get exactly what you want! You can combine Party Pass with classes (you can have from 0 to 10 hours of classes in total) depending on your schedule, budget, energy… You can choose from following modules:

 

module length schedule price CZK price EUR
Partnered Blues Class – Beginners/Intermediate (Module A) 3 hours Saturday 11:00-13:15
Sunday 17:00-18:00
1500 CZK 60€
Partnered Blues Class – Advanced (Module B) 3 hours Saturday 16:15-17:15
Sunday 12:00-14:15
1500 CZK 60€
Solo Blues Class – Open Level (Module C) 2 hours Friday 16:00-17:00 Mike
Friday 17:15-18:15 Jamica
800 CZK 32€
Solo Blues Class – Open Level (Module D) 2 hours Saturday 15:00-16:00 Mike
Sunday 15:45-16:45 Jamica
800 CZK 32€
Party Pass (Module E)

4 parties

25 hours in total

Thursday 20:00-02:00
Friday 20:00-02:00
Saturday 20:00-03:00
Sunday 20:00-02:00

full price 1400 CZK

discount 100 CZK for every hour of classes

full price 56€

discount 4€ for every hour of classes

The more lessons you take the less you pay for your Party Pass – for every hour of lessons you get 100 CZK / 4 EUR discount.

Few examples of final prices:

Just Party Pass 4 parties = 1400 CZK / 56 EUR (early bird 1260 CZK / 50,4 EUR)
Solo Blues Class 2 hours + Party Pass 4 parties = 2000 CZK / 80 EUR (early bird 1800 CZK / 72 EUR)
Partnered Blues Class 3 hours +Party Pass 4 parties = 2600 CZK / 104 EUR (early bird 2340 CZK / 93,60 EUR)
Partnered Blues Class 3 hours + Solo Blues Class 2 hours + Party Pass 4 parties = 3200 CZK / 128 EUR (early bird 2880 CZK / 115,20 EUR)
Partnered Blues Class 3 hours + Solo Blues Class 4 hours + Party Pass 4 parties = 3800 CZK / 152 EUR (early bird 3420 CZK / 136,80 EUR)

For first 10 registrations of every module there is an early-bird 10% discount on top of it!

Notes:

Solo Blues Classes Modules C and D will have different content. Do not hesitate to take both if you are into solo dancing!
To be absolutely clear: Parties are not included in the modules A-D. Do not forget to add „party pass – module E“ into your basket if you wanna party! Of course you can attend the festival without parties, taking classes only, if you wish so.
There will be a limited number of single party tickets sold at the door of individual parties.

Private classes:

Mike is at disposal for limited amount of private classes during the festival. If you are interested, please contact him directly on his email mikesonderdance@gmail.com.

CLASS LEVELS

OPEN LEVEL

Solo classes are designed as open level. They are suitable for all dancers, from the complete beginners up to the masters. Teachers will build on basics and add more advanced layers so everybody should be happy.

BEGINNERS / INTERMEDIATE

Please check the description of advanced level. If you feel it doesn’t describe yourself, please take BEG/INT level.

ADVANCED

You have been dancing for a while, have done many blues dance courses and at least few international blues festivals. You have mastered your fundamental skills (basic moves, close and open positions), you are comfortable dancing in close embrace and (at least) experimenting with solo dancing. You already have some dance vocabulary for various blues music styles. You like challenging yourself with different blues rhythms, improvising and working on the techniques.

REGISTER HERE

Registration opened on Tuesday April 9, 2024 at 8 PM

Module B
last 4 spots for follows
last 10 spots for leads

You can see / edit your current registration here:

Short registration manual:

  1. Choose first module you want to register
  2. You can switch between CZK and EUR by clicking the arrows next to the base price. Choose the currency at the beginning, after you finish your order you can not change it any more!!!
  3. Fill in your email plus name & surname and other info
  4. If you want, click “I want to register with my partner” to make a registration for both of you at once. (If you don’t pay for both of you, your partner need to check his/her email and click there on „Complete order and pay“!)
  5. Submit your reservation
  6. If you want to add another module(s) than click “continue shopping” otherwise click “submit reservation” / „complete order“
  7. Don’t get distracted by percentage discounts in your order = the final sum is correct  – exactly according the rules we stated above 🙂 (if not, let us know)
  8. Finally click „order and pay“. Please double check, that you finish the order, otherwise you don’t get payment info.
  9. If you get on the waiting list at Partnered class, it could mean there is unbalanced amount of registrations in lead and follow roles. Don’t worry, as soon as enough people in oposite role register, your reservation will be approved.
  10. For international payments in EUR: IBAN is CZ20 2010 0000 0026 0276 2511, name of the owner of the bank account is Martin Sandera, the address is Baarova 37, Praha 4, Česká republika, ZIP Code 140 00
  11. For domestic payments in CZK: account number is 33334090/2010
  12. If the party pass discount doesn’t work as you expected / we promised, please let us know before you pay! Thanks… If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to contact us (better before you pay), thanks.

When registering to a partnered class, you can see if there is somebody on the waiting list. If you choose the dance role with a shorter (or none) waiting list, you increase your chance to get the desired partnered module. The system we are using unfortunately can not register to switch / ambidancetrous role yet.

SCHEDULE

MAP OF LOCATIONS

PRACTICAL INFO

Prague public transport: For travelling on Prague public transportation you can buy short-term tickets for 30 minutes (30 CZK) or 90 minutes (40 CZK) or whole-day tickets for 24 hours (120 CZK) or 72 hours (330 CZK). Further details here.

Contacts:
e-mail BluesDose@gmail.com
phone: +420 777 575 407 (Martin), +420 774 970 587 (Pavla)

If you are travelling to Prague and wondering about possibility of accommodation in private with local dancers try to join our facebook group Bluesin‘ Prague Festival 2024 Accommodation and let there locals know about you…