Rachel Stirling is head DJ for the weekend. Rachel fell in love with blues music upon finding the dance over ten years ago. She’s got a passion for the wide variety of blues music from Piedmont finger-pickin’, gritty swamp, funky boogaloo, to entrancing hill country. Above all though, it’s gotta be real and have soul. She finds inspiration from the incredible live music she has access to in Portland and across the US. Just know, you’re guaranteed to hear tunes that have some ass and make you want to shake it. For more info check out http://www.redstirling.com.
As is often the case in small scenes, Laney started DJing out of necessity – somebody had to play some music! Since then, she has come to greatly enjoy the process of acquiring, vetting, and playing music for blues dancers. She loves playing a wide variety of styles, from sweet jazz-blues to gritty juke joint tunes to soul-influenced ballads, and she has a soft spot for any song that brings the party. She has DJed extensively in her home scene of Minneapolis, as well as at Steel City Blues, Sweet Molasses Blues, Red Hot BBQ & Blues, CUBE, Nocturne Blues & Sweet Molasses Blues.
Sarah Elise is a dedicated Blues dancer who has a graduate degree in educational pedagogy, and brings her dynamic classroom experience and style to teaching dance. She began teaching blues frequently in her home scene of Boston, and now regularly teaches in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Sarah Elise has taught at local dances and events around the country, including New York City, Philadelphia, Minneapolis Albany, Fort Collins, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seattle, and Phoenix. Her grounded, gritty style has brought her national recognition, earning her first place as an Advanced Follow, Open Lead, and Solo in the Idiom competitions at Blues Geek 2018, 1st in the Advanced M&M at Mile High 2018, 1st in the Rose City Blues Strictly ’17 with Ari Hausman-Cohen, 2nd as a lead with Leia Chang in the BluesSHOUT! ’18 Open Strictly, 2nd in the J&J at Blues Muse ’16, and 3rd in the Strictly at Austin Blues Party ’18 with Rachel Stirling.