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Muse Team

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Miryam was introduced to blues at an Oberlin College late night dance and fell in love. She started teaching blues in Oberlin, then New York, and now the great city of Philadelphia where she started organizing for Powerhouse Blues. Miryam is excited to share Philly's creative and friendly blues community with the world at Blues Muse! She is so grateful to the Core Committee and the awesome staff who've made this event possible for you! Come find her to dance!

Core Committee

MIRYAM COPPERSMITH

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Genevieve stumbled into blues dancing in 2012 at Oberlin College and can't seem to stop. She was invited to start organizing with Yale Swing, Fusion, and Blues in 2015 and has now fully committed to the Organizer Life with Powerhouse Blues in Philly. You can find Genevieve teaching, announcing, dj-ing, promoting, organizing, and dancing with a level of joy she hopes is infectious. Her true loves include re-tellings of fairy tales, macaroni and cheese, and making art.
 
She is overjoyed to continue her role on the Blues Muse team this year as a core committee member and website builder, and has even taken on PR coordination. She loves her team and can't wait to dance with everyone in October!

Core Committee

GENEVIEVE SENECHAL

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Amara (Uh-MAIR-rah) wants to live in a world filled with music and dancing! Music has been a part of her life since she was little. Her dad, who was a wedding DJ, got her into music and singing. She discovered Blues Dancing in the summer of 2015, from a high school friend and it changed her life! 

As a Martial Artist and Criminal Justice Major, she aspires to protect and help people when they don't know where else to go and is one of Philadelphia's Powerhouse Blues Safer Spaces Coordinators. Having a safe environment where everyone can dance and enjoy themselves is her ultimate goal!

When she’s not dancing in Philly, you can find her hanging out with her family, playing Table Top Games or Recording her Podcasts. ASK HER TO DANCE! She tries to dance with everyone, but there isn't enough time in the day!

Safer Spaces

AMARA BENSON

Virginia learned to dance before she could walk. It’s the art form that she has known the longest, and her body knows more than her brain does. Virginia is an integral member of the New York City blues dancing scene, where she is an organizer, instructor, student and artist. She believes that dancing is the best way to be creative and expressive while building empathy and practicing safe, physical connection and communication. She also  believes that fun is a key ingredient to living your best life. Things you should know about her are: Her favorite color is green, Ice cream is her favorite food group, she writes poetry, and she loves to tell stories and jokes. Laughing is her favorite activity and she often does it while dancing! She leads and follows, so ask her to dance!

She is so excited to Emcee for Blues Muse! 

Master of Ceremonies

VIRGINIA JIMENEZ

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Clyde Wright is a social dancer, teacher, DJ, competitor and performer from Washington DC with over fifteen years of partner dance and stage (dramas, musicals, operetta) experience and a lifetime of musical experience in a variety of forms.  His intense study of partner dances began over a decade ago with West Coast Swing and he quickly discovered Blues, Tango, Lindy, Salsa and Fusion dancing from there. His natural curiosity and love for learning has driven him to study all of these forms in private lessons with nationally-recognized instructors, allowing him to quickly accelerate his learning.  Clyde is most interested in being the best partner he can, and is passionate about both leading and following in all of the dance forms he has studied. He has placed and won in many Blues and West Coast Swing competitions over the years, in addition to performing various choreographed pieces, of which he has created with his partners.

Competition Coordinator

CLYDE WRIGHT

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When not saving lives at her day job Kara enjoys dancing, friends and unicorns. She has been dancing, organizing, and competing since 2001 in various dance styles prioritizing dancing with musicality and connection. She is super stoked to be on staff this year and is looking forward to dancing with all of you during the weekend! Kara uses she/her pronouns and also enjoys iced coffee and cupcakes. 

Volunteer Coordinator

KARA POLK

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Kate has been partner dancing since 2009, starting with the Argentine tango (which she has performed for Pope Francis!).  She is passionate about dance as an art form and social dance, with its creativity, connection, musicality and community.  Kate was led into blues dance 2+ years ago by one of her daughters and is now solidly grounded in the Philadelphia blues dance community as a Safer Spaces Coordinator for Powerhouse Blues and for Blues Muse.  She’s committed to maintaining safe and welcoming dance space at Blues Muse and asks everyone to: become familiar with the Blues Muse Safe Space Policy, to have a blast at Blues Muse and to save her dance!

Safer Spaces

KATE DONOHUE

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Kerian had her first dance class at four years old and fell in love. She has been a member of the Philadelphia blues scene since 2013. She is a member of the Powerhouse blues committee and has been on the teaching team there for three years. She also loves delicious food and is excited to provide Blues Muse’s attendees with good eats. This is her seventh Blues Muse!

Food Coordinator

KERIAN PEARSON

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In November 2013, Marie stumbled upon a group of dancers in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, and spent the next several years finding her place in the dance community. After floating from lindy hop to blues, fusion, tango and salsa, she settled on blues as her one true dance love.

As an architect (and Blues Muse venue coordinator for the fourth year running) Marie delights in organizing beautiful spaces for lessons and dancing, and geeking out about sprung wood floors and classical ornamentation. Ask her about Philadelphia architectural history!

Venue Coordinator

MARIE RUSARD

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Marjorie Bartell (she/her) has been social dancing Blues, Lindy Hop, and Balboa for 2 1/2 years, and started DJing in the last year and a half.  She is passionate about dance and music history, and super into finding you a place to stay while you enjoy our city.  You’ll often find her arguing with people on the internet, or nerding out about music or dance.

Housing Coordinator

MARJORIE BARTELL

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Music Coordinator

MATT RAPP

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Morgan fell in love with blues dancing back in college when she walked into the Blues room at DCLX 2011. A native to the Philly area, she officially moved into the city in February 2018 and dove right in to the local blues scene. Off the dance floor, Morgan has spent the past two years getting to know the nooks, crannies, bars and restaurants of Philadelphia's many neighborhoods. She’s thrilled to be joining the Blues Muse team for the first time and can’t wait to put her hard-earned knowledge to use making sure the VIPs who make this weekend possible have the time of their lives even when they’re not being a-mused by all of you.

VIP Coordinator

MORGAN DOYLE

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Nick started blues dancing in 2015 and has been found smiling uncontrollably on the dance floor since then. He now teaches and organizes in the local Philly dance scene, and strives to make sure every newcomer receives the same warm welcome that he once did. Nick is excited to return for the second year on the organizing team for Blues Muse, bringing his love for tasty spreadsheets to his role as the event treasurer.  

Treasurer

NICK JONES