Breizh Blues Invasion

26-28 January ’24 in Rennes

This winter, from January 26 to 28, we invite you to the heart of the medieval city of Rennes, to discover the warmth of Blues made in BZH.
Breizh Blues Invasion is the biggest and oldest Blues festival in Brittany. For the 9th time we are welcoming dancers from all over France – and beyond!

What to expect

Classes

  • 4 levels of classes
  • 6 hours of lessons per level (4h partnered blues, 2h solo blues)

Parties

  • 2 main parties with live bands
  • after parties
  • tea party

Competition & Show

  • open Mix & Match
  • open cabaret

Breizh

  • Breton hospitality included!

Levels

Level 1

You discovered blues dancing recently and you now want to learn or improve your basics to be able to enjoy your social dances during the parties. Welcome on board!

Level 2

You have been dancing blues for about one year, you regularly take local classes and you’re comfortable with applying the basic movements and steps to different rhythms.

Level 3

It has been about few years since you discovered the world of blues dancing and you’re starting to feel confident about your lead/follow skills. You regularly take blues classes or workshops and you’re now looking to explore the subtleties of blues dance.

Level 4

You are a confident blues dancer, who loves to play with rhythm and musicality, you are capable of improvising in your own style. You often participate in workshops and/or festivals and you’re looking for new inspiration for your dance.

Teachers

Helena & Mike

Helena & Mike

Helena Kanini Kiiru is a young dancer and teacher from Zagreb, Croatia, currently based in Amsterdam. Her enthusiasm for music and dancing has been evident since her childhood when she started playing piano at the age of 7. Having Kenyan roots in her family, Helena has always been exposed to African music, which stimulated her sensibility for the rhythm. Very soon she started developing interest towards dances like Hip Hop and Dancehall. After 8 years of exploring various Street dance styles, she saw African American Jazz dancing and immediately felt that it speaks to her on a very deep level. Based in Amsterdam, she continues to teach locally, internationally and online. She endlessly continues to fuel her inspiration with various other dance styles. She believes that dance gives us a space where we can unapologetically be ourselves while transcending the body, spirit and music. Helena finds it very important to acknowledge the historical context behind this dance and she’s constantly busy finding new approaches to bring values of African American culture to her classes.

Mike lives and breathes dance. He is constantly honing his skills and developing new ideas. If you run into him at a grocery store, on public transit, in a museum, or on a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing. He has taught dance in 21 countries and counting. He currently teaches Lindy Hop, Air Steps, Solo Jazz, and many different Blues styles. Mike strives to create a learning environment that is fun, challenging, and inclusive. The goal is for each individual student to find their next step forward and enjoy that process of growth. Mike loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time.

Helena & Mike

Luisa & Edmilson

Luisa is passionate about dancing since she was a child. Her adventure in the world of American dances started with Tap dancing in 2006 and soon after with Lindy Hop, in 2007. She has moved through different dance styles, partner and solo, since body movement is really her passion: Lindy Hop, Solo Jazz, Tap dancing, Modern Jazz, Blues, Balboa, Shag, Boogie Woogie, Contemporary Dance, and really, if there is music playing, you can find her dancing to any style. Since 2014, she found Blues and completely fell in love with this dance language. What she values the most about it is a strong connection with the Music, with the partner, and with herself, and using her body as a musical instrument and as a way of expressing herself fully.

Born and raised in the São Tome and Principe Islands, Edmilson da Cruz Botelho has always lived surrounded by music. His rhythm builds on the African traditional dances that he has learned while in his home country, including usôa, puíta, funaná, kadance (kizomba), and semba. At the age of 17, Edmilson moved to Porto, and soon after that, he discovered Lindy Hop and Blues. His passion for dance led him to become a Lindy Hop and Blues teacher. For him, dance is all about feeling, groove and joy.

Alina & Nicolas

Alina & Nicolas

Classes with them – a fascinating blend of French charm and eastern austerity – are ultimately a joyful encounter, where everyone laughs and feels free to express themselves. Smiles and passion are always there, they like to share their knowledge in a relaxed and good mood. We can count on Alina and her love of rigor to keep the cours serious, and on the historical digressions of Nico (graduate in history) to travel and learn while having fun! As each of them has their own independent dance background and experience, their dancing style is rich in different techniques. Tango, hip-hop, classical, contemporary dance and later lindy hop and blues – all these different families of dance now help them in understanding mechanics and aesthetics of the body and the way of moving according to the traditions of different dances. Relying on feelings and self-expression, virtuously combining their experience in dance, with every dance they build their unique universe of blues.

Nicolas and Alina are based in Rennes (France), where they are organizing numerous events and teaching in a school called “Dance Addict”, established by Nicolas in 2014. They have already taught together in their native France, Belarus, and beyond, took prizes in competitions separately and in a couple. Many years of experience across Europe and the discovery of different visions, techniques and teaching methods strengthen their partnership, enrich it, and constantly inspire them for new projects.

Bands

Helena & Mike

Pass the Hat

Pass the Hat
Two Men in Blue

For a better start, not one… not two… but 3 different live bands are on the program for Friday evening!

Our favorites and beloved Two Men in Blue and Pass the Hat will be among us to make us dance and groove with their best blues! But above all, they are preparing a unique program for us, where two band will make one for this special occasion!

The powerful and bluesy voice, the guitar with the groove of hell, the harmonica on fire and finally, the banjo which serves you its delicious choruses… Just for us, they will make the depths of the Delta, Chicago and New Orleans at the opening of our 9th edition of the Breizh Blues Invasion!

Helena & Mike

Two Men in Blue

Boney and Jones

Born in Chicago in a large family and raised between sirens of ghetto and the Gospel songs praised by his parents, Boney Fields chose a unique voice, his own, that he enhanced with the practice of an instrument, the trumpet.
It was on stage that he learned and enriched his art. Funk and blues, Boney Fields merges them faithfully and with all the know-how of a career spent performing on stages around the world.
And now, “Boney Fields is one of those musicians who are shaking up the French Blues scene” (ROLLING STONE)

Sweet Screaming Jones…our crooner, bluesman, jazzman, entertainer… For several years now, Screamin’ Jones has been playing, singing and transforming the stage of our events into a place where cultures meet… Popular African-American songs, blues, soul, funk… How many times has he already made us dance and forget ourselves in the music? And he always surprises us with his talents, his experience and his desire to create new projects.

And that’s where we learn that in 2016, Sweet Screamin’ Jones and his friend Boney Fields found each other and collaborated so well that they even recorded an album together “The Chicago Sessions” in the USA, in the Boney’s hometown.

We are therefore more than happy to witness the reunion of these two long-time friends, who will give us the privilege of coming together again, for us, on the occasion of the Breizh Blues Invasion 2024!

Our two friends have given themselves a mission: to have a great time with the dancers, through a warm repertoire, which will highlight their natural complicity. Their Quintet will surprise you with its dynamism and the variety of pieces offered: songs with soulful accents, vibrant and generous instrumental performances!

Boney and Jones

Boney and Jones

Boney and Jones

Morvan

Morvan

And finally, we are happy to present to you the last pearl of our weekend, Morvan Leray, with whom we will spend warm moments during the After on Saturday and the Farewell Party on Sunday!

From Bon Iver to Van Morrison through the greatest standards of Jazz, Blues and other pop folk songs, Mo sings, accompanied by his guitar and his love for song. But he doesn’t just cover these pieces, he puts them back to his taste, relying on the emotion of the moment and the place where he finds himself.

Mo is not only a singer, he is an interpreter, one of those who appropriate music to extract the very essence of what it wants to convey. A voice with varied palettes, sometimes suave, sometimes hoarse, a sober guitar playing offering just what is needed to appreciate the moment, and ask it to last… a little longer.

Venues

Maison Bleue

The “blue house” is the heart of our festival.

123 Bd de Verdun
35000 Rennes

Maison Bleue, Rennes

Le Cadran

In this location you will enjoy part of your classes.

11 Av André Mussat
35000 Rennes, France

Le Cadran, Rennes

Dance Addict

Let’s dance the night away in our home dance studio. See you there for the after-parties.

16 Rue de Brest
35000 Rennes, France

Dance Addict, Rennes

Bloom Pop

At Bloom Pop (just opposite the subway station “La Courrouze”) we will enjoy live music in a beautiful, large venue, with food and house beer!

34 Rue des Munitionnettes
35000 Rennes, France

Overlook, Rennes

Prices

Full Pass

for levels 2,3,4

6h of classes

  • 4h partnered blues
  • 2h of solo classes
  • Friday and saturday parties with live music and DJ sets
  • After-parties on saturday and sunday
  • Farewell party on sunday
135€

Beginner Pass

for beginners, level 1

6h of classes

  • 4h partnered blues
  • 2h of solo classes
  • Friday and saturday parties with live music and DJ sets
  • After-parties on saturday and sunday
  • Farewell party on sunday
100€

Party Pass

3 main parties

and 4 live bands!
  • Friday party with live music, teacher’s demonstrations and cabaret
  • Saturday party with live music and competition Open Mix & Match
  • After-parties on saturday and sunday
  • Farewell party on sunday
55€