Blues dancing evolved from Blues music (which preceded swing music). Originally it was not danced in public spaces, but rather in jukejoints or at private house parties. It only recently has become a popular dance, practised in bluesdance scenes around the globe. Blues dancing thrives on expressing feelings through dancing, moving to the music and improvising. It can help a dancer to appreciate dancing to slow music, with simple movements, how to stay connected to the partner and to the ground, how to lead and follow efficiently using the whole body rather than just the arms.