Susan Olson (head DJ)
Susan loves many different kinds of blues music, but there are special places in her heart for ballroom blues, badass female singers, and funky rhythms. She has deejayed at North Star Blues, Sweet Molasses Blues, bluesSHOUT!, Blues Muse and numerous other events in addition to frequent local dances in her home scene of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Susan enjoys nothing more than keeping people out past their bedtimes dancing to amazing music and can’t wait to return to Blues Geek.
When not dancing, teaching, or djing Cortnie works as a physical therapist assistant and gets completely geeky when it comes to what she does. She’ll gladly nerd out with you about music, dance, or her job.
Cortnie hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan where she regularly DJ’s and teaches. She loves getting dancers out on the floor with her library full of tunes that’ll inspire the comfiest close embrace, get your feet movin’ and fill your soul. The only other thing she loves as much as playing those sweet tunes for you is getting to dance with you too, so please ask!
The Blues has been a part of Charlley Ward’s life for half a century. As a musician he has performed with a number of bands, traveled to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis four times and advanced to the Semi-Finals twice. Since discovering Blues Dance at a Jam Session four years ago he has immersed himself in the art, traveling to Blues exchanges up and down the East Coast.
Charlley began to DJ at his home scene, RDU Blues, three years ago. He has since been heard at The Experiment, his weekly Jam Session and Dance in Raleigh, NC, Mile High Blues in Denver and Brickyard Blues in Atlanta. He is excited to share his eclectic vision of classic and modern Blues with us!
Since 2008, Mike Legenthal has scoured the audio world in search of the best tunes she can find to inspire and challenge dancers. Her tastes range from the just-plain-old to the old-at-heart to the old souls of the music world; she jam packs her sets with people like Gaye Adegbalola, Willie Dixon, Sidney Bechet, Mikey Junior, and Margie Evans (if you’re looking up Margie Evans for the first time- you’re welcome). While her music ranges from the 1920’s to the late 2010’s, it’s all based in the heart of the blues and jazz, with rich emotional offerings and rhythmic sophistication.