Zydeco music is a popular accordion-based genre hailing from the prairies of south-central and southwest Louisiana. In the late 1940's, Louisiana's Creole musicians became inspired by the rhythm of blues and jazz played on radio and juke boxes. They eliminated the fiddle and brought out the rubboard (called a 'frottoir') and with the strong influence of the blues and jazz of urban blacks, created the rollicking and syncopated sounds of zydeco. Check out Geno Delafose, singing in the classic French style, note the two frottoir players behind him (one must be 8 years old!).
Zydeco dance is an incredibly soulful dance which is danced in place with a partner (rather than traveling around the dance floor). Dancing in a tight space to the pulsing and syncopated zydeco beat results in a bouncy, “down” dance with few turns that promises to leave you wanting more!
Videos of Dancers (demo and real life).............and ...............Dance Lessons
Not only can you, but you will! Come out and try the no-risk, lesson at 7pm.
Beginner’s wanted. Why? ‘Cuz we love the dance and want more zydeco dancers on the floor!
That means more fun for all of us!
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This site was last updated 6/3/2010