About Blues Dance Teacher

Blues Dance Teacher (BDT) fosters a supportive environment for all instructors to grow professionally, as well as provide opportunities for leadership and advancement in the Blues dance community. We provide on-going, interactive, and collaborative training to help all teachers grow into masterful dance instructors. Our participants comprise a comprehensive system of support through mentoring, peer networking, peer coaching, peer feedback, and engaging in the process of self-reflection.

BDT provides resources and instruction for Blues dance instructors to apply research-based, best-practiced pedagogical techniques in the classroom. We help participants to develop curricula and instructional exercises, classroom management techniques, and assessment strategies, so they can facilitate their students' improvement and appreciation of Blues dance. In addition to being well versed in Blues dance history, music, and movement, our participants develop an in-depth understanding of the new vocabulary and frameworks of teaching connection called Frame Matching and ΔPTED.

2-Day Blues Instructor Camps

In our two day programs, we cover the essentials for teaching Blue dance. This includes key traits in the Blues dance aesthetics and dance forms, how to properly develop blues dance lessons and exercises, to deliver those lessons with research-based instructional strategies, to manage a classroom, to apply and teach Frame Matching and ΔPTED in Blues dance connection, and to find support through an incredible network of dance instructors and peers

Teacher Training Program Levels

Blues Dance Teacher offers three different training camps at different times in the year. Participants must complete the preliminary training camp to be a recognized instructor on the BDT website.

  1. Preliminary Training Camp- 45 Hours
    • Objectives: To Equip dance instructors with the knowledge and skills to effectively teach Blues dance music, history, movement, connection (Frame Matching and ΔPTED). To develop curricula, instructional strategies, peer networks, and classroom management skills. Develop and evaluate lessons for all levels (beginner to master). Learn strategies for differentiating instruction and for assessing students. Learn to recognize weaknesses and apply appropriate verbal and/or physical corrections. Teaching privates versus group lessons. Defining your role as a dance instructor and community leader.
  2. Advanced Training Camp- 16 Hours
    • Objective: Focuses on the creativity of instruction and how to develop an all inclusive, masterful class. Learn to be a decision maker every step of your lesson. Know when to speed up, slow down, when to change objectives, and be in total control of your students' learning. Master embedding Frame Matching ΔPTED into dancing and instruction. Develop strong qualities of movement for instructing and demonstrating. Dancing the opposite role (leading and following).
  3. Professional Teacher Training- Individualized Coaching- 20 Hours Direct Instrucion/80 Hours Individual Practice
    • Objective: Synthesize, evaluate, and demonstrate abilities to utilize effective instructional strategies in teaching Blues dance, embed Frame Matching in teaching partner dance, and manage a classroom with strong routines and strong verbal imagery.
    • This Blues Dance Teacher training level is not a workshop. It consists of private lessons and individualized coaching. Most hours are completed as an independent study. Participants will submit four portfolio entries: three classroom-based with video recordings and lesson plans, and the fourth relating to his or her accomplishments outside of the classroom – within the community– and how he or she has impacted the growth of the Blues dance community. Feedback will be given on each entry and a reflection must be submitted in return. Students also maintain records of teaching (i.e. a journal) with lesson plans, reflections, and data assessment results (i.e. survey, measurable growth, etc.).
    • Professional-level instructors are welcomed to attend a preliminary/advanced training as a presenter, and/or host.

Peer Network of Support

Blues Dance Teachers helps instructors across the world to establish relationships with peers with similar teaching experience.  The advantages of peer networking are peer collaboration and observation; receiving targeted feedback, encouragement and motivation; exchanging best practices (e.g. drills and exercises); brainstorming ideas; reflecting on practice; keeping up with current trends in teaching; debating concepts; exposing new ideas; and being included in new projects. Because teaching is an inventive process, your peers will be there to support you the whole way.

About Joe DeMers

Joe DeMers is a champion Blues and Joe DeMers Blues Dance TeacherLindy Hop dancer and instructor. He is continually ranked one of the top instructors at workshop and competition weekends in which he teaches.

In addition to being part organizer of and teacher at Mile High Blues, Joe has toured the world with his partner, Nelle DeMers, teaching and performing Blues and Lindy Hop in countries such as South Korea, Japan, Canada, France, Hungary, England, and all over the United States. He is a proponent of Frame Matching and the creator of      ΔPTED, a framework for teaching partner dance connection.

Joe is also a licensed, middle school teacher of five years and has a Master's in Education. He is passionate about teaching and loves to dance. He believes that learning originates in the student and teachers are facilitators of this learning. He breaks skills and information into component parts, which are drilled to mastery in his students. He attributes his successes as a dance instructor to his concept-oriented teaching and his ability to make applicable those concepts through effective instruction and planning.

Social Demo in South Korea

Performance Video - Blues Shout