About Powerhouse Blues
Powerhouse Blues is a weekly social dance in Philadelphia, PA. We meet to dance the blues, an improvised social partner dance done to Blues music. With weekly lessons and social dance parties, we celebrate the living history and expressive variety of the Blues. Powerhouse Blues strives to be an inclusive and diverse community open to all regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, experience, background, or lifestyle.
We welcome dancers of all experience levels!
The PhB Committee is monitoring the Coronavirus Outbreak and will follow the City of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania's recommendations regarding large gatherings during this disease. Please follow the guidelines below:
1. Practice good health habits: Wash your hands, cover your face with your elbow when you cough or sneeze, avoid touching your face, and avoid sharing food.
2. Stay home when you are sick and avoid sick people: If you feel ill you should stay home and avoid getting others sick, a six foot radius of space is the current minimum safe distance.
3. Avoid contact with germs: This includes avoiding shaking hands and hugging. Clean your phones, and avoid touching door handles and elevator buttons.
The Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Ave.
OUR NEW HOME
A nonprofit performing arts center and artist incubator space. The Center is known and respected by artists and audiences alike for its support of the local arts community and its presentations of outstanding dance and performance. The Center also offers the community opportunities to explore their creativity through classes in the performing arts as well as performance opportunities.
Classes are held each week before our dance!
We have two classes, each geared towards dancers at different points on their dance journey. Read our descriptions and pick what feels right for you!
Q: What happens at your weekly event? How does it all work?
A: We dance every Tuesday at The Community Education Center in Philadelphia!
Our instructors teach two simultaneous classes from 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Fundamental Topics for the brand-new, pretty-new, and basic technique oriented dancers, and Extended Topics for our intermediate and advanced dancers. There is no need to sign-up ahead of time and the lesson is included in the cost of the dance. Please arrive on time to join the lesson and ask any instructor or volunteer which lesson is best for you if you are unsure.
Our social dance goes from 9:30pm to 11:30pm, we dance to DJed or live music. Check out our Facebook page for weekly event details including instructors, class topics, DJs, or live bands.
Q: Where are you located and what is parking like?
A: The Community Education Center is located at 3500 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104 in West Philly.
There is a parking lot behind the CEC we have permission to use, the entrance is on Warren St., there is also street parking in the area some of which is free and some of which is metered.
Q: What should I bring? Do I need to bring a partner?
A: You do not need to bring a partner, during classes you will rotate through partners and during the dance you are encouraged to ask people to dance!
You should, however, bring non-street shoes to dance in, a water bottle, and to beat the heat a change of clothes and/or a towel if you are prone to getting sweaty. We recommend wearing clothes you are comfortable moving in. Casual attire is perfectly acceptable though sometimes we encourage folks to dress up for live bands or special events like our Spring Fling and our Halloween dance.
Q: Someone is making me feel uncomfortable, what should I do?
A: If someone is making you uncomfortable on the dance floor, please speak to an organizer right away. Powerhouse Blues strives to be a fully inclusive space, and we have a strict no-harassment policy. We have dedicated Safe Spaces coordinators who are always available to help. Refer to our Safer Spaces page for a look at our Safe Spaces Policy and for ways to get in touch with our Safe Spaces Coordinator.
If you would like to report a concern to our safer spaces team, you are welcome to submit an anonymous report via our online form.
The Community Education Center
3500 Lancaster Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104