The Blues Prom



The Blues Prom is an easy Blues sequence dance composed by W. F. Hurndall in 1923.

It is described as "simple and modern" dance "with a Tango expression."

The Position

Waltz position, Lead facing LOD.

The Dance

Part I - Slow Promenade (2 bars): Back the Follow four slow steps along LOD (1, 3, 5, 7). As the stepping foot takes weight, the heel of the other foot is raised.

Part II - Syncopated Side Steps and Tango Chassé (4 bars): Step side toward center of room (1), close with weight (and), and pause (2). Repeat (3, and, 4), turning 1/4 to the right at the end to point hands along LOD. Then step side along LOD (5), cross trailing foot through (6), step side along LOD (7), and close (8)

Part III - Side Steps and Sways (4 bars): Step side along LOD (1), close with weight (2), and repeat (3, 4). Then step side along LOD (5), tap closed (tapping toe near supporting heel) without weight (6), and repeat against LOD (7, 8).

Part III - Slow Two Step (4 bars): Two full turns of two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6, 7-and-8).

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

Blues music, at around 120 bpm.

W. F. Hurndall's "Blues Prom" was composed to accompany the dance, but it doesn't look like it was ever recorded.


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For more dance descriptions, see our three books on dancing:
The Book of Mixers: 100 Easy-Teach Dances for Getting Acquainted (2022) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge,
Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge, and
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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