Northwest Jazz and Blues Immersion

June 28th - July 7th 2018

A five day, deep immersion into the culture of Jazz, Blues and Movement in the Pacific Northwest, leading up to the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, one of the Nation's largest live blues music festival.


Spend the first five days exploring the music, dance and culture of the Pacific Northwest while expanding your knowledge of movement and dance. Learn traditional and historic dance forms and receive individual movement based training from instructor Brenda Jean Russell while being personally escorted through NW dance life. 


Then boogie on with four additional days of live blues, dance and competitions at the Waterfront Blues Festival Wednesday July 4th - Saturday July 7th
**NEW: Individual Day Passes Now Available**

Can't make it for the whole 4 days but still want to participate in the immersion? No problem! Sign up for individual day passes through PayPal. Just make a note of which days you'll be attending and registrant's name.

$125 One Day Pass:
$225 Two Day Pass:
$325 Three Day Pass:
Thursday, June 28th 
6-8pm Meet and Greet Happy Hour TBA
8-11pm Just Friends at Blue Diamond
Friday, June 29th 
10am-2pm Hike-Enlightened qi-gong, mind/body, packed lunch in Washington side of the gorge.
4pm-7pm Rest, recharge, get ready for the evening
Saturday, June 30th- Sunday July 1st
9am Lacey Washington Jazz Fest with Brenda Russell
11pm Drive back to Portland
Brenda will be teaching mini lessons and education throughout the festival and delving into the historic dances from which Jazz and Blues dance emerged. Students will receive both group, and one on one instruction in such dances as One Step, Two Step, Waltz, and more forming a foundation of understanding of traditional Blues and Jazz culture and movement. 
Sunday July 1st
11am Brunch
1:00-2:15pm Bar Blues Dance Lesson
2:30-3:45pm Bar Blues Dance Lesson
4:00-5:30pm Bar Blues Dance Lesson
6-9pm Blue Diamond Blues Jam
9-11pm Clyde's Prime Rib Jazz Jam
Monday July 2nd
11am-12:15pm Blues Dance Training
12:30-2:00pm Blues Dance Training
2:15-3:30pm Blues Dance Training
3:30-5pm Meal/Rest Break
5-6:15pm Spirit Alive! Movement Session
6:30-7:30pm Re-Charge Qi-Gong
7:30-9:00pm African Dance Class w/ Nii Ardey
9:00-11:00pm Local Bar Dance Outing Laurelthirst Public House Gypsy Jazz
Tuesday July 3rd
Rest, Explore Portland, Private Sessions
Dance at Clyde's Prime Rib Blues Band 8-11pm
Wednesday July 4th - Saturday July 7th
Portland Blues Experience, Waterfront Blues Festival- Tickets Sold Separately
Full Dance programming, lessons, and competitions July 4-5
Friday July 6th Zydeco and Festival Bands
PSU Farmer's Market meet-up and dance 10-2pm July 7th
Dance Cruise Saturday July 7th
Nightly after parties at Vitalidad Movement Arts Center

  • 4 days individual and group, dance & movement instruction
  • Transportation to and entry to the Lacey Washington Jazz Fest
  • Guided excursions to explore NW blues and jazz live music and culture