Welcome to a weekend of blues dancing and cultural exchange in beautiful Oslo, Norway!
18.-20. May 2018
Welcome to the fifth annual Moose Blues!
Moose Blues is Oslo's own blues festival, and takes place each May. Get ready for fabulous classes, late-night parties, and new (and old!) friends from all over Europe - plus the opportunity to experience Norway's culture and capital with our cultural track.
For our fifth anniversary we want to take you with us to discover the story of Norway's long and winding road to independence! We will take you to the national folk museum and on a hike through the forest. To parallel Norway's road to freedom Moose is all about freedom this year. Freedom to move, freedom to groove, and freedom to express yourself. Discover the joy of solo dancing! Hike along the route to freedom! Dance your socks off to amazing live music! You'll have the time of your life, and so will we.
Professional Dance Study & Performance
Catherine was born and raised in Paris. Her first taste and experience with dance was in her household where she saw her parents from Guadeloupe, West Indies, dance Zouk, Compas, Biguine, and Gwo Ka. She also had the chance to live in Guadeloupe for a year, in which she deeply experienced and understood the partner dances of the Caribbean and developed a keen and curious eye for movements. Catherine then studied Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, and anatomy at a professional dance school in Paris, as well as West African dance and travelled to Burkina Faso, Senegal, and Guinea to polish her art.
Daire Mac an bhaird
Daire likes his music like he likes his whiskey - aged and mellow. He was born under a bad sign in Holland and has both lived, taught and DJed blues all over Europe. A mover and a shaker in more ways than one, he is one of the founders of blues dance scene in Delft, Holland and co-organises Crash! The Delft Blues Festival every February. Daire is always researching and expanding his knowledge of blues music and dance both on and off the floor. He wants to share the joy of connection with yourself, your partner, the music, and the environment.
Since discovering the blues, Leigh has succumbed hopelessly to its charms. She brings the essence of the sultry, soulful blues to dance floors; competing, teaching and DJing in Scotland and around Europe. She also knows how to throw a mighty-fine party and is notorious for bringing together kick-ass events in her home scene, Edinburgh, including the love-fest that is The Spoonful! Leigh’s mission in life is to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of every dance, and her welcoming classes are rooted in this philosophy.
Just a man and his guitar, Christoffer has a way of taking the stage and making it his. With faultless sense for drama and suspense, he reproduces the blues, ballads and spirituals of early 20th century America. Whether plucking his strings or just clapping out a rhythm, his gritty voice will keep you spellbound, hanging on every word.
David's main instrument is the piano. He has been a professional jazz musician since 2001, playing a lot of gigs, with a very wide variety of music and musicians, both in Norway and internationally. He has experience in playing many styles, he puts his personal twist in every piece.
He has been working regularly with swing-related dance, often in collaborating with our own Bårdar Swing Club in Oslo, teasing us with some Blues notes here and there. It was about time the Moose team convinced him to play some tunes for the Blues lovers!
Svein Erik Martinsen
Norwegian guitarist and singer Svein Erik Martinsen is a versatile musician with a professional career as a frontman, sideman, composer and music teacher.
His style is inspired by jazz, blues, pop and rock greats like Wes Montgomery, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Norwegian guitar hero Robert Norman.
BluesCritic.com said about him:
"Svein Erik Martinsen squeezes his guitar quite rightly".
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