Centering the margins of African American culture through examining the arts of blues, jazz, and black vernacular dance.
Currently a PhD candidate in English at UNLV, Chelsea Adams focuses her studies on African American literature, blues and jazz music, and black vernacular dance. She writes about minority culture representation in literature, with a special focus of representation of black musicians, dancers, and the art forms they produce. She also runs the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club, an international online book club project, to offer easy and open access to the public about the history of blues, jazz, and black vernacular dance.
Blues Dance Instructor Bio
Chelsea Adams’ love of dance started at a young age, and she’s studied ballet, tap, jazz, standard and latin ballroom, among other dances. Her love of blues dancing led her to travel the nation in search of specialized training, historical information, and of course, great social dancing. Intrigued by the history behind blues music and idiom dances, she moved her hobby into her academic career. A PhD candidate English at UNLV, Chelsea focuses her studies on blues music and black dances in African American and transnational literature. She writes about minority culture representation in literature, presents her research at academic conferences around the nation, and has curated an exhibit on music and sound for the Marjorie Barrick Museum in Las Vegas. She also runs the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club, believing that blues history is for everyone, not just the academic types, and that it can improve blues dancers’ skill levels. If you’re interested in geeking out about blues history, she’s the gal to talk to! Learn more about the Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club at bluesjazzbookclub.com.
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