A dance rooted in connection
What is Micro Blues?
Micro, sometimes referred to as micro blues, is a lead and follow social dance style. The following is an ongoing academic study. Although micro has strong roots to blues, it does not fall into the category of blues idiom dances. Micro can be broken into five main key features: strong grounded close frame, concentration on breathing, connection, body isolations, and multi-layered musicality.
A further break down of technique
Micro blues utilizes a sliding blues frame from closed position to closed embrace with slight amount of counterbalance (+ or – depending upon the embrace) and three basic hand positions for the open hand: down and open, up at shoulder height of the follow, or collected on the leader’s chest and tucked in with the lead’s hand rolled around the follow’s thumb.
Breathing technique used in micro is similar to the Ujjayi breath from yoga. “Ujjayi is a diaphragmatic breath, which first fills the lower belly (activating the first and second chakras), rises to the lower rib cage (the third and fourth chakras), and finally moves into the upper chest and throat.)” Partners are encouraged to synchronize their breathing and even lead and follow breaths like moves. Body isolations and articulation is the bread and butter for micro! As long as it can be clearly lead and followed, it is gold.