bluesSHOUT! April 7-9, 2017

Welcome to bluesSHOUT! 2017!


bluesSHOUT! is an annual celebration of Blues Dance, striving to bring you the best of the blues dance world every year through classes, competitions, and dances. bluesSHOUT! instructors are the very top of the industry and are in demand nationally and globally. Competitions cater to the diverse palates of amateurs and professionals alike, and aim to inspire both the competitors and spectators to achieve their most creative, authentic, and expressive dancing. You can expect the very best bands and musicians from Chicago and beyond, providing three nights of live blues music, and keeping the floor packed all night long.


Chicago has been a blues music hub for almost a century. The Chicago sound was perfected here by local greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, Champion Jack Dupree, Etta James, and so many more. The blues is not only an irreplaceable part of Chicago's past, but also adds a thriving pulse to its present, with live blues music happening every night throughout the city. In addition, the annual Chicago Blues Festival continues to attract thousands of blues enthusiasts from all over the world for three full days of free live blues. The Chicago blues dance scene is extremely excited to welcome bluesSHOUT! attendees to our city!

News and Updates

January 2017: ***BLUESSHOUT! CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT!*** It is absolutely thrilling to see the amount of talent that comes to the bluesSHOUT!​ competition floor every year, and we are always striving to make sure competitors all get time in the spotlight.
With this in mind, we are making a significant change to two contests for BluesSHOUT! 2017​, the Newcomer and Open Jack and Jill competitions. We recognize that the tap-out format is difficult for both competitors and judges, and therefore are leaving it behind this year. This means that we will be moving prelims for these contests to lunch time on Saturday and Sunday during the event. In addition, we will need to cap the number of dancers who can enter these competitions. These changes allow us to give competitors enough time to shine, and the judges enough time to see it happen.
Should the competitions fill up in advance of the weekend, we will keep a waitlist and open spots as they become available.
December 2016: The deadline for performance submissions is *Friday, February 17th, 2017*. Acceptance notifications will go out by Friday, March 10th, 2017.
September 2016: Instructors Announced!