The Blues Cafe: Bluesin on Broadway

Dec 19 2017, 6:40 am

The Blues Cafe is a monthly Blues and Fusion Social Dance that takes place on the 3rd Friday of each month at Ache Brasil Studio on 341 East Broadway from 10:00 PM until 3:00 AM. For only $8 you will experience an hour of Blues dance lessons. After 11:00 PM Vancouver’s hottest blues/Fusion DJ’s arrive to provide you the best mix of blues and fusion tunes.

The rest of the night is what you make of it, but trust me, the music and ambiance of The Blues Cafe will make dancing irresistible. It’s a really great way to meet new people who simply have a passion for music and having an excellent time. You’ll unknowingly switch partners more times then you can keep track of. The Blues Cafe made its debut last Friday at its new location on 341 East Broadway.

Starting at 10:00 PM you’ll find yourself in a friendly environment learning the basics of blues dancing. The Blues style of dancing is similar to jazz and swing with subtle notes of the intensity associated with the tango.


At 11:00, the lights are turned out, transforming The Blues Cafe into a surreal image of swishing and swaying silhouettes.

The Blues CafeThe Blues Cafe

Vincent Wong and Alyx LeBeau , the organizer and co-organizer of The Blues Cafe, explained that the Blues style of dancing is very intimate. The secret is to let go of your inhibitions and let the music dilute any insecurities.

The Blues CafeThe Blues Cafe

I found the Blues dance to radiate contradictory emotions that align with the style of music. The dance expresses desire, inhibition, intensity, and vulnerability. Blues is very sensual, yet there are times of sadness and abrupt peaks of ecstatic joy. Joy is expressed with dizzying spins and as the pairs clasp back together there is a fleeting moment of anger, which then quickly subsides into sadness and melancholy. The dance is literally an emotional roller coaster ride. Most of all, it is very beautiful and therapeutic. Not only does it make you connect with the music and your dance partner, it also allows you to connect with yourself and your body. Blues eases you into living in the moment and accepting and expressing your emotions. All you have to do is let the music saturate your whole being. Come on down to The Blues Cafe and experience a night of Bluesin on Broadway.

The Blues Cafe

When: the 3rd Friday of every month (Dec. 21, 2012, Jan. 18, 2013…)
Lessons: 10:00PM-11:00PM

Where: Ache Brasil Studio 341 East Broadway (1 block East of Kingsway/main)

How: $8 for entry. Please be sure to wear soft soled shoes since the floors of the studio are very sensitive. If you are unsure, socks are your best option. Socks are also sold at the door for $2.

Check out The Blues Cafe Facebook page for updates and upcoming events