Damon Stone

a blog about the cultural art form of blues idiom dance

Category: Testimonials

We first booked Damon in 2009, and he changed the London blues scene forever. Within six months, we had booked him again!

Blues Revolution
Organizer

As a promoter I found Damon could:

  • Draw a crowd
  • Easily manage a class of 50-60 dancers
  • Keep his teaching concise, useful and fun
  • Build in practice time, and work 1 on 1 with dancers during practice time
  • Has a charismatic manner that puts people at ease (especially new dancers)
  • Notice and work with beginners and experienced dancers
  • Improve the skills of dancers as I rotated both as follower and leader I noticed improvements from the beginning to the end of class

Karen Martinsen
Organizer, Student

Damon has a wealth of knowledge about blues music, blues dance, movement in general… anything in general, if you get to talking to him. Mainly, I am grateful that he has moved to my city to help the blues community here grow. He is a skilled, knowledgeable, articulate, and approachable instructor. He has had a hand in my journey as a dancer and continues to help me grow.

Allison Shiu
Student

Damon Stone has amazing hips and can teach you to use yours.

Anonymous Dancer

One of the neat things about Damon is he finds you where you are, first. I dig that, hard. I sincerely recommend a private lesson with Damon — he’ll get you with both the technique improvements that will clean your dancing and the mindset to break your dancing out of your habits.

Tia
Student

I have been Swing / Blues dancing for going on 14 years in the Albany New York scene. It may seem strange but in that time I’ve had only a very small handful of group lessons and an even more scarce number of private lessons. At the same time the private lesson that I shared with Kat and Damon was shockingly impactful on my dancing.

It may seem somewhat off topic that I am a karate man of over 28 years experience. As such I have had a lot of instruction from many different instructors over that 28 years. I found Damon’s technique and ability to figure out what I was doing, and find a simple way to get me to do it better emblematic of a highly experienced attentive and creative instructor.
During my lesson Damon tapped into my depth of experience as a martial artist and found a way to get me to use that experience to inform my dancing.

This ability to help a student translate one form of experience into another I found impressive.

John MOOSE Grassi
Organizer

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