Justin Riley: Portland, OR, USA
Throughout the past decade, Justin has studied, danced, and taught over a dozen forms of dances in more than 30 countries. He brings an international and nuanced style to every class, DJ set, and dance he does. In 2005 Justin fell in love with the Blues, Fusion, and Alternative-Blues movement and has never looked back. Since that time, he has become recognized as an international instructor and community organizer.
Each of Justin’s classes utilizes coursework that both refines the fundamentals of blues-based partnership and inspires the creativity of a our continually evolving cultural movement. Justin offers a complex understanding of body mechanics that open new avenues of expression and movement in his students. He teaches the vocabulary of movement (connection, posture, frame, and musicality) and then gives students the freedom to use that vocabulary to create their own unique form of expression. He uses imagery and kinesthetic techniques adapted from Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and the Franklin Method to develop a dynamic understanding of how we carry ourselves in movement.
Justin is also the head organizer and founder of The Recess Events, has placed in numerous competitions (including both Blues Shout and Emerald City Blues), and commits himself to the progress of partnered dancing as a living, growing, and ever-evolving cultural art form.