Joe DeMers is a champion Blues and Lindy Hop instructor from Denver, CO. He has toured the world teaching and performing from South Korea to France, Canada, Israel and all over the US. He loves to dance and is proud to be a dancer, performer, competitor, and instructor. In 2008, he was awarded the Spirit of Lindy Hop award at Camp Jitterbug. In 2013 and 2014, he won the title of International Blues Dance Champion. He is a leading ambassador for Drag Blues, a contemporary Blues dance fusing Ballroomin', Strut, and Slow Drag. While based on vintage traveling Blues dances, Drag Blues has a more defined technique and incorporates Swing moves and movements.nnJoe is also a proponent of Frame Matching and the creator of ΔpTed and the Hierarchy of Creating Partner Connections, frameworks for analyzing and teaching partner-dance connection. He is the co-organizer of Mile High Blues, one of the top Blues events in the US. Additionally, he is the 2015 National Dance Teacher of the Year, teaching middle school dance in Denver Public Schools as his day job. For more information on him, or Frame Matching and ΔpTed, check out his website at joeandnelle.com. Watch his free How to Dance Drag Blues instructional videos on youtube: http://youtu.be/tuIt9ooDKXE. You can see his latest Contemporary Blue routine: http://youtu.be/ySJGx4SIBsE.
Connection, Instruction, Lindy Hop, Blues
tDR Values Taught
Dance is a joyous occasion. We learn to love ourselves and our ideas, and to share them with the world. I believe in celebrating the individual and their contributions to the creation and exploration of dance. Dance brings so much joy into people's lives.