Blues in the Bridge – 29 July 2017

With Brenda Russell

A Weekend Blues Event here in the heart of historic Cambridge.

Back by popular demand… A Full Day’s Blues Dance Workshop with special guest teacher Brenda Russell all the way from Portland USA!
Open to All Levels.
  • 2 Night of Live Blues Music!
  • A Friday Night Pre-Party and a Saturday Night Blues Party till the wee hours!!!
And to really soak up what Cambridge is good for…
  • A Sunday Blues Picnic by the River!  (with an indoor alternative should the weather turn out to be inclement).

Brenda Russell’s Blues Bio:

Brenda Russell grew up in a culturally diverse home, where her and her family danced to the sounds of vinyl-played blues, R&B, soul, funk as well as the Latin rhythms of disco. As dance became her profession, she began to specialise in African American cultural jazz and blues dances from the last hundred years.
For the last fifteen years, she has travelled the world teaching and training blues dancers. Despite continuing to fiercely study and honour the early pioneers of blues and jazz music and dance, she works with live musicians so as to allow her dancing to adapt to current music and to connect herself and her students directly to the sounds of the instruments.
Brenda Russell’s strength is her personal relationship with the original cultural blues dances danced in bars and in homes. She has dedicated her life to bringing these dances to students and breaking them down in a way that is accessible, even for those without a dance background. She also helps her students find the dancer with-in themselves through her additional experience as a movement educator.
Despite being a renowned Balboa, Latin, Charleston and Lindy Hop teacher, Brenda remains connected to the blues community, where she continues to strive to develop curriculum and events that raise the community’s level of technique while staying true to the original movement, spirit, and roots of these cultural dances.



Friday 28th July 2017

Live Blues Pre-party – 20:00 – 00:00 The Blue Room at The Cambridge Union’s 1815 Bar.
9 A, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB

Saturday 29th July 2017

Workshop Times: 10:30 – 17:30 (please arrive for a prompt start, lunch and tea breaks will be scheduled – there are plenty of food options nearby or feel free to bring your own)

Workshop Location: Romsey Mill Centre, Hemingford Rd, Cambridge CB1 3BZ

Live Blues Sat Night Party: 20:00 – 03:00 Upstairs Hall at: St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Sunday 30th July 2017

Picnic – weather permitting, location TBA (Please check our Facebook event page with regards to updates on location and timings).

Price per person: £50 (CLH members) or £55 (non-CLH members)

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Please also read our booking terms and conditions here.


Bookings open 6pm on Tuesday 27th June,  after that time…

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You must book and pay in advance for this workshop. Please use the booking form to request a place. You will receive confirmation of a place, or notification that you are on the waiting list, within a few days.
As we are limited on numbers, you must pay within one week of receiving confirmation of a place, otherwise your place will be made available to people on the waiting list. No booking amendments within 48 hours of the event date.

Payment can be made by bank transfer  – details will be provided when you register, please ensure you include the payment reference given so we can track your payment.