The Big Blues is the first international Blues dance festival in Crete and aims to consolidate and become a meeting point of Blues lovers from all around the world, for their summer vacation!
We invite you to Chania (Crete) to share in our love during six hours of quality lessons across three levels from four great international teachers.
Enjoy relaxed dances in picturesque locations, music from six special international musicians in three nights of Blues parties and side events connecting us with the territory!
The greatest students are formed by the greatest teachers:
learn from the best!
Vicci and Adamo
Adamo and Vicci started their blues dancing journey together in London, where they nurtured and grew the blues dance scene, setting up two weekly blue dance events – Sin City Blues and Stompin’ the Blues – plus Blues at The Ritzy, a monthly live music event. They created Europe's first blues dance performance troupe, The Down and Outs, and are co-organizers of Espanish Blues Festival in Madrid.
Adamo and Vicci have an incredible chemistry on the dance floor, bringing intensity, elegance and musicality to the dance.
Their passion for blues is evident in their inspiring classes, giving dynamic and energetic lessons with a focus on creativity, communication and connection within the partnership, developing a relationship with the music, and encouraging dancers to find their own blues voice.
Both trained teachers, Vicci and Adamo love to create new and intuitive ways to communicate technical concepts to their students. Their lessons are interactive and interdisciplinary involving drawing, discussions, giant elastic bands and even chopsticks!!!
They believe your body is a musical instrument and your dancing is the music you play, and will help you to discover the way your body moves in a whole new light.
By watching them dance, or joining their classes you will learn to really ‘feel’ the blues!
Alba and Gas
Alba started swing dancing because the swing people were exactly the crowd she was looking for in a new city, with time the dancing on the dance floor led her to ecstasy, and she was really hooked when jazz music found a big space in her heart. There was no way back then!
She started teaching locally in Leeds in 2008 and in London for swing patrol in 2010.
Dancing grew on her and she held the dream to have enough time to train and develop her dancing at the level she wished, to become a full time teacher and an organizer in her hometown Madrid. In November 2012 she decided to fulfill her dream, quit her job and move back to Madrid, where she opened a swing school (Big Mama Swing), alongside a top international lead, Gastón Fernández.
Shortly thereafter, she started receiving invitations to teach with increasing frequency at many international events.
She is eager to share her passion for dance that has taken over her life with everybody.
Gastón “Gas” Fernández is a professional dancer and dance instructor, based in Madrid, Spain. He specializes in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, authentic jazz, Balboa, Blues and Tango. As a former gymnast he is known in the swing dance community for his powerful acrobatics and aerials, while his background in Tango gives his blues style drama and strength, grounded in a sensitive connection with his partner. Gastón’s passion for swing has taken him around the world, teaching from New york to Melbourne, he has taught in some of the best swing and blues camps in the world.
Gastón is devoted to promoting and fostering swing dance and culture in Argentina, Latin America and Spain. He has directed two stage productions featuring live jazz and vintage dance in Buenos Aires. He also runs South America’s first and largest annual swing dance festival, LHAIF (Lindy Hop Argentina International Festival) each year in Buenos Aires and the first Blues event in South America, “Careless weekend”.
He has been a major proponent of Blues dance in Buenos Aires and is now is teaching Blues internationally. With intense partner connection, Gas fuses Blues with Tango technique, though always striving to stay grounded in the essence of the Blues.
Gastón is also an avid jazz music collector and a popular DJ. He has DJ’d for swing and blues dancers around the world.
What is an advanced dancer?
A beginner dancer after a few years!
PARTIES & MUSICIANS
PARTIES & MUSICIANS
The Blues is danced in three:
You, me and the music!
Hailing from London, UK, Dan Nash is one of the finest purveyors of traditional blues music on the circuit. His authentic interpretations of the blues standard songbook have continued to astound audiences from the deep south of Mississippi across the Atlantic to his native UK and throughout mainland Europe.
With a versatile guitar style which can cover the whole blues genre from Ragtime to Delta and Chicago Blues, Dan accompanies his music with a voice imbued with passion and soul.
Dan performs often with a duo and with his own band. However, his solo act is one which has endeared the Blues dance community in the UK and Europe since 2010. With the core of his performance driven by his vocals and echoed by his guitar, Dan’s solo act is an intimate and intense experience between the artist and his audience.
Stefano “Slidin’ Wolf” Ronchi is an Italian blues guitar player and singer living in Berlin. His way of composing and arranging is grounded in old black folklore music from the 20’s and 30’s, from Delta Blues and Piedmont Blues, through old Spirituals, stomp and “swamp” sounds. He looks at the tradition with his personal, modern and respectful attitude. He is constantly touring around the World, playing in blues clubs, Festival, and blues dance events as solo artist or collaborating with other great musicians and bands. He has been constantly touring for the last 3 years, non-stop..from New York to Beijing, from London to Moscow..anywhere people need to dance their blues away! In 2017 he joined an European tour with Tony Coleman, who has been drummer for many blues legends as Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, Ruth Brown, and for the king of the Blues himself: B.B. King, for more than 20 years. His latest recordings received enthusiastic reviews from all around Europe and by the international blues dancing scene. In 2019, the record “Soul Mining”, produced by RBB Kulturadio Berlin, has been nominated in Germany for “Album of the Year”, next to giants of the blues scene as John Mayall, Watermelon Slim, Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout.
He also works at mixing and mastering records of other international artists in the blues and soul scene.
I Shot a Man
The "I Shot a Man" project was born in a hot summer, in 2014. Such a bad idea came from Domenico De Fazio, with his slides and his old guitars. Electric guitars, resophonic guitars, acoustic guitars. Kidnapped from a jazz school, Blue Bongiorno plays drums, spoons, stools and washboards. Lost in a film about blues roots, Manuel Peluso sings loud and plays sick fingerpicking tunes on the acoustic guitar. Their music looks back at the origins of the blues, starting from a lost spiritual in a cotton field, walking by those bottlenecks on the acoustic guitars, towards the saturated, hot tubes of the amplifiers, when the blues was giving birth to rock & roll, and everyone was starting to dance. Four years ago they started playing without a bass, and have never really looked for it since.
Today, they still believe that their sound is just made of voice, drums, acoustic and electric guitar.
It forces them to find new arrangements, to rethink the rhythm as a dialogue between percussion and a 100-year-old fingerpicking style. After all, in the best clubs, on the stages of several blues festivals, the audiences loved it. They feel like the blues have always been with them. Somehow, they have always been at home in the stories of the greatest bluesmen and women. With the loves they chased, the bets they lost, the house they can't pay for. They were lazy and lonely on a rainy night and just wanted to grab the guitar and wake everyone up.
The passion for the blues deeply connects Andrea Bo’ Rasco (vocals and harmonicas) and Nicolò “Nic” Piccinni (bass and guitar). After more than a decade of live music in several formations (Night Riders Blues Gang, Sense of Blues, Juke Joint, Le Conclusioni d’Aprile) and in collaboration or opening acts for great blues artists (Slam Allen, Andrea Scagliarini, Luigi Tempera, Delores Scott, Eugenio Finardi and many more), Bo’ and Nic started this Hot Shots project, an open band that gathers musician from their hometown, Torino, and that puts on shows in various forms and styles: acoustic to electric, from Chicago to Texas blues, from Buddy Guy to Ben Harper.
Andrea Bo’ Rasco is a musician, a natural-born frontman and a passionate student of afroamerican music. His great technical skills with the harmonica and a fine musical sensitivity allowed him to spread through the years his blues soul in many musical projects (such as Night Riders Blues Gang, Inside Outside, Fratelli Tabasco). Nicolò “Nic” Piccinni is a musician, actor and filmaker.
As a bass player he took part in several musical formations, travelling through genres, from blues to folk music, from progressive to funk (Night Riders Blues Gang, Ordinary People, Dresda Baruch, Due Venti Contro). As a songwriter he released in 2016 “Fuori dal Giro”, his first album.