As well as regularly social dancing, I teach, compete and perform in blues and lindy hop! You can find me teaching monthly blues classes in Canberra at Savoy Dance, or contact me for a private lesson via e-mail: steven.lade AT gmail.com.
Blues teaching bio:
Steve sampled dance styles from salsa to contact improvisation before finding lindy hop. He thought his love was found, but then blues came along, swept him off his feet, and he never looked back. Steve has lived on and off in Sweden for the last decade, where he taught regularly in Stockholm and found success in competitions at the biggest blues dance events in Europe – and, with one foray into the USA, at the most prestigious blues dance event of them all, BluesSHOUT! Steve now teaches blues regularly in Canberra and was part of the teaching team at Slowdown in 2018 and Happy Feet in 2019.
Steve is passionate about the huge variety and complex history of blues music, ranging from slow and sensual to fast and sweaty. In solo dancing, he exudes musicality. In partner blues dancing, Steve values communication and space for play, between dancers as well as with the music! In teaching, he values classes structured around distinct themes combined with fun games and student engagement.
Online Blues Dance Comp, Signifyin' Blues 2020 (Honourable Mention)
Slow Jam, The Snowball 2019, Stockholm (2nd place, with Arja Sahlberg)
Flash Performance, Spoonful 2017, Edinburgh (second place) (1:43 in video)
Social Mix n Match, Spoonful 2017, Edinburgh (1st place)
Open Strictly competition, BluesSHOUT! 2017, Chicago (finalist, with Noemi Blue)
Showcase division, Chicago Rumble 2017, Stockholm (Snake Hips routine)
Invitational Jack and Jill competition, Double Shot Blues 2017, Valencia (1st place)
Solo Blues Team Battle, Berlin Blues Explosion 2016 (Winning team and Best individual dancer)
Strictly competition, Berlin Blues Explosion 2016 (3rd place, with Lisa Josephsson)
Jack and Jill competition, Berlin Blues Explosion 2016 (finalist)
Performance at Stockholm Blues Fest 2016, with Lisa Josephsson
Advanced Jack and Jill competition, Feelin' Blues 2016, Tel Aviv (1st place)
Showcase competition, Feelin' Blues 2016, Tel Aviv (2nd place)
Jack and Jill competition, Drag the Blues 2015, Barcelona (1st place)
Solo Blues competition, Drag the Blues 2015, Barcelona (2nd place)
Solo Blues competition, Berlin Blues Explosion 2015 (1st place)
Jack and Jill competition, Berlin Blues Explosion 2015 (3rd place)
My other big passion outside of work hours is the outdoors: hiking, ice skating, skiing, etc. Talk to me about it some time!