"Tell Me More and More and then Some" *new*
(bluesSHOUT! 2017, Chicago, Illinois)

Dexter's latest choreography with Noemi Blue (from Barcelona, Spain) to Nina Simone's Tell Me More and More and then Some performed at bluesSHOUT! 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. This choreography explores the story of two lovers and the complications of their relationship as expressed in Nina Simone's expressive singing and playing.



 

"BluesSHOUT! 2017: Newcomer Jack & Jill (Pro Am) Finals" *new*
(bluesSHOUT! 2017, Chicago, Illinois)

Dexter competes in the finals with Melissa Kim (from Seoul, So. Korea) in the Newcomer J & J competition at bluesSHOUT! 2017. The Newcomer J & J is a contest for dancers who have not competed and placed in any previous contest. For the finals, the finalists (in which 3 follows and 3 leads are chosen) are randomly paired with a professional. In this contest, the Newcomer (amateur) follows and leads are judged, not the Pros. One follow and one lead is chosen as a winner. Melissa takes 2nd place. Watch their spotlights at the 1:20 and 7:55 mark.



 

"Tin Roof Blues" *new*
(Petit eSBF 2016, Madrid, Spain)

A Solo Blues routine to Tin Roof Blues by Louis Armstrong performed at Petit eSpanish Blues Festival 2016 in Madrid, Spain.




 

"Tell Me" *new*
(Drag The Blues 2016, Barcelona, Spain)

A group Solo Blues routine taught by Dexter Santos and Ilaria Parisi performed with students integrating their own choreography. Danced to Tell Me by Howlin' Wolf at Drag The Blues 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.



 

"BluesSHOUT! 2016: Novice Jack & Jill (Pro Am) Finals"
(bluesSHOUT! 2016, Chicago, Illinois)

Dexter competes in the finals with Soh Young Kim (from Seoul, So. Korea) in the Novice J & J competition at bluesSHOUT! 2016. The Novice J & J is a contest for dancers who have not competed and placed in any previous contest. For the finals, the finalists (in which 3 follows and 3 leads are chosen) are randomly paired with a professional. In this contest, the Newcomer (amateur) follows and leads are judged, not the Pros. One follow and one lead is chosen as a winner. Soh Young takes 1st place. Watch their spotlights at the 1:04 and 7:48 mark.



 

"What Would Lucy Do?" Blues Routine
(Korea BluesCamp 2015, Seoul, South Korea)

Dexter Santos and Heidi Fite perform a fun Blues choreography to Frankie Lee Sims' What Would Lucy Do? in front of a Korean audience at Korea Blues Camp 2015.



 

"The Swingers Get The Blues" A Reprise
(Sweet Molasses Blues 2015, Boston, MA)

This performance to Duke Ellington's The Swingers Get The Blues reprises a choreography from 2009 that was performed as a trio with Damon Stone and topher Howard at Down Home Blues Festival in San Francisco. It was only performed once (scroll down to see the video of the original performance). Six years later at Sweet Molasses Blues 2015 in Boston, it is performed as a solo piece to a crowd of dancers, some who are seeing it for the very first time. What's old is new and what's new is old.



 

"For Dexter: You Can Leave Your Hat On," by Julie Brown and Jenn Martinez
(bluesSHOUT 2015, Chicago, IL)

Though this is not Dexter's choreography, this is an entertaining and hilarious performance to watch. Julie Brown and Jenn Martinez from Boston perform a homage mimicking Dexter's moves while pushing it further by adding their own inspired and over-the-top moves to hilarious effect. Their performance parodies Dexter's choreography to I Prefer You which was performed with Heriberto Perez at bluesSHOUT 2014 in Chicago. The costumes and even the music (another Etta James song) were inspired from it. Read more about the creation of this performance on Sweet Choreography Blog: What Makes The Blues Work.



 

"Baby What You Want Me To Do" Blues Routine
(Korea Blues Camp 2014, Seoul, South Korea)

Dexter Santos and Heidi Fite perform their latest choeographed routine to Etta James' Baby What You Want Me To Do in front of a Korean audience at Korea Blues Camp 2014.



 

"Hound Dog" Blues Routine
(Drag The Blues 2014, Barcelona, Spain)

Dexter Santos reprises his signature Hound Dog Blues Routine performing it with dancers from his Solo Blues choreograpy class. The choreography was taught in the afternoon and performed later in the evening. This is the first time the routine is taught in Europe, which would later spark interest and performances in other countries.



 

"I Prefer You"
(bluesSHOUT 2014, Chicago, IL)

Dexter Santos and Heriberto Perez (from Cleveland, OH) perform to Etta James' I Prefer You at bluesSHOUT 2014 in Chicago. Read more about the creation of this performance on Sweet Choreography Blog: What Makes The Blues Work.



 

"Black Beauty"
(Toronto Lindy Hop Cabaret 2013, Toronto, ON, Canada)

During his workshop weekend in Toronto, Dexter Santos performs his choreography to Duke Ellington's Black Beauty at the Toronto Lindy Hop Cabaret, November 30, 2013 at the Dovercourt House in Toronto.



 

"Solo Blues Jam at Bluesweet"
(Bluesweet 2013, Seoul, South Korea)

A spontaneous Solo Blues Jam happens during one of the evening dances at Bluesweet in Seoul and Dexter gets to strut his stuff with the local Korean dancers. Awesome dancing and some hilarity ensues!



 

"Ballroomin' Blues at Bluesweet"
(Bluesweet 2013, Seoul, South Korea)

Dexter and Heidi do a Ballroomin' Blues demo to I Surrender Dear by The Kansas City Jazz Band at Bluesweet in Seoul, South Korea.



 

"Barrelhouse Blues"
(bluesSHOUT 2013, St. Louis, MO)

Dexter and Heidi reprise their performance of Katherine Dunham's Barrelhouse Blues at bluesSHOUT's Awards Gala. 2013 marks bluesSHOUT's 10 Year Anniversary.



 

"BluesSHOUT 2013: Pro Am Follow Spotlights"
(bluesSHOUT 2013, St. Louis, MO)

Dexter competes in this Spotlight with Savannah Smith in the Pro Am Follows competition at bluesSHOUT 2013. Watch them at the 5:40 mark. Savannah takes 3rd place.



 

"BluesSHOUT 2013: Pro Am Follow All Skate"
(bluesSHOUT 2013, St. Louis, MO)

Dexter competes in this All Skate with Savannah Smith in the Pro Am Follows competition at bluesSHOUT 2013. Savannah takes 3rd place.



 

"Hound Dog Blues (solo blues routine)"
(bluesSHOUT 2012, Minneapolis, MN)

Dexter's got a brand new bag and it's full of hips, swagger, and cool! Incorporating blues movement vocabulary as well as some personal blues stylings, Dexter performs his signature routine inspired by this 1952 twelve-bar blues hit by Big Mama Thornton. Put on your cool hats and get ready to wag your tail!



"Rain City Blues 2012 Instructors' Demo"
(Rain City Blues 2012, Seattle, WA)

The instructors for Seattle's Rain City Blues 2012 are showcased in this demonstration. In order of appearance: Karen Smith (Seattle, WA) & Tommy Schwegmann (Austin, TX), Ruth Hoffman & Joe Demers (Denver, CO), Heidi Fite (San Francisco, CA) & Dexter Santos (San Francisco, CA), and Tim O'Neill (Los Angeles, CA) & Whitton Frank (Los Angeles, CA).



"bluesSHOUT 2012 ProAm Competition"
(bluesSHOUT 2012, Minneapolis, MN)

Dexter Santos dances with Angie Fadness from Madison, WI in the Follows ProAm Competition. For this year, the amateurs get to pick the professionals.



"Mile High Blues 2012 Open Jack & Jill"
(Mile High Blues 2012, Denver, CO)

Dexter Santos draws Julie Brown (from Boston, MA) for his partner in the Jack & Jill and together they take 1st place. See their winning spotlights danced to a live band at the 7:40 and 12:47 mark.



"Blues Blaze 2011 Instructors Demo"
(Blues Blaze 2011, New York City, NY)

The instructors of New York City's Blues Blaze 2011 take turns dancing and mixing it up with each other providing some entertaining moments. In order of appearance: Dexter Santos (San Francisco, CA), Amanda Gruhl (Boston, MA), Damon Stone (Minneapolis, MN), Michelle Richter (San Francisco, CA), Tim O'Neill (Los Angeles, CA), Joy Arico (Rochester, NY), Shawn Hershey (Boston, MA), and Heidi Fite (San Francisco, CA).



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"Barrelhouse Blues"
(bluesSHOUT 2011, Boston, MA)

Dexter and Heidi perform the work of anthropologist and choreographer Katherine Dunham from her 1938 work, Barrelhouse Blues, a performance that incorporated vernacular dances (like the Slow drag, the Mooche, and the Shimmy) common to the juke joints and honky-tonks of the day.



"bamBLOOZled 2011 Open Jack & Jill Spotlight"
(bamBLOOZled 2011, Washington, DC)

Open Jack & Jill Spotlight Dance featuring Dexter Santos and Whitton Frank (Los Angeles, CA) on December 3, 2011 in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.



"Fred & Ginger Get The Blues 3"
(Down Home Blues Festival 2011, San Francisco, CA)

Dexter and Michelle's signature Ballroomin' Blues class comes back again to Down Home Blues! In this video, you'll see a variety of lifts that have the leads sweeping the follow off their feet and resulting in flashy spins.



"In A Groovy Solo Blues Mood"
(Down Home Blues Festival 2010, San Francisco, CA)

A solo blues class featuring Dexter's favorite solo dance moves with influences from Earl "Snakehips" Tucker to Michael Jackson as choreographed to a Porterdavis' version of Come On In My Kitchen.



bluesSHOUT 2010 Open Jack and Jill Spotlight
(bluesSHOUT 2010, Austin, TX)

Dexter Santos and Laura Glaess take 1st place in this competition.

Jerry Salmonte, a DC Lindy Hopper who blogs about dancing had this to say about this video in his blog, Wandering & Pondering: "Pay attention to the all-skate at the end. This is usually the least interesting part of a dance contest because there’s too much going on to focus on any one thing especially on video. However, this contest is remarkable for the way Laura and Dexter dominate the all-skate in a way I’ve never seen a single couple do in any dance competition."



bluesSHOUT 2010 Strictly Ballroomin' Spotlight
(bluesSHOUT 2010, Austin, TX)

Dexter Santos and Michelle Richter take 1st place in this competition. This is the 3rd time they have won the Ballroomin' Blues Champions title at bluesSHOUT.



bluesSHOUT 2009 Invitational Cutting Contest
(bluesSHOUT 2009, Chicago, IL)

An exhibition of cutting skills by the featured instructors at bluesSHOUT 2009 Chicago. In order of appearance: Joe DeMers (Denver), Heidi Fite (San Francisco), Damon Stone (Minneapolis), Michelle Richter (San Francisco), Dexter Santos (San Francisco), Danielle DeMers (Denver), and Don West (Miami).



"The Swingers Get The Blues" - 3 Man Blues Performance
(Down Home Blues Festival 2009, San Francisco, CA)

A blues-inspired performance to Duke Ellington's The Swingers Get The Blues comprised of Dexter Santos (San Francisco), Damon Stone (Minneapolis), and Topher Howard (Seattle). Choreographed by Dexter Santos with the individual stylings of Damon Stone and Topher Howard.



"The Mooche" - Performance by Dexter & Michelle
(Emerald City Blues Festival 2008, Seattle, WA)

Dexter Santos and Michelle Richter perform a partnered routine to The New Orleans Jazz Vipers' rendition of Duke Ellington's The Mooche.



"Feeling Good" - Performance by Zora
(bluesSHOUT 2010, Austin, TX)

A blues dance performance by the group Zora to Nina Simone's Feeling Good. Group members include Damon Stone (Minneapolis), Sara Cherny (Chicago), Elizabeth Tuazon (Chicago), and Dexter Santos (San Francisco). Choreography by Damon Stone and Sara Cherny.

"Take Me Along" - Music Video
(Directed by Mary Kate Monahan, 2010)

Dexter Santos and Michelle Richter dance and act in a music video featuring the song Take Me Along by Carsie Blanton and directed and choreographed by Mary Kate Monahan. Though not considered blues dancing, some familiar movements are applied. The film was shot in the ruins of Sutro Baths in San Francisco in the month of March 2010.



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