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Archive for April, 2009

Contra Dancing at UUCA

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Monthly dances offer you a chance to learn some contra dances during the early part of the evening and to do some more complicated patterns later in the evening. Live music.

Next Dance is Saturday, April 4 in the UUCA social hall off of Briarcliff Road.

Their website has some photos of basic contra dance moves like the Star left shown here.

Jazz on Thursdays in Oakhurst

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

And you can carry a picnic and even dance a little on the sidewalk.

Terry  Harper and her Quartet are featured on  Thursday April 14.

Terry Harper has been performing as both a pianist and vocalist for over 25 years and has a smooth skilled group of musicians to entertain you.

Zydeco Band this Saturday Night

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The lesson is at 7pm. The band plays from 8pm until 11pm and there is some really good Louisiana food catered at the Knights of Columbus for these monthly dances.

Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys will keep you moving, there is a cash bar and lots of friendly people. Email if you want to go. We save a little off the entry price if we can get a group of 5 dancers to go. More details on their website or mine on the calendar at

Why should you come out on Friday Nights to learn American Rumba?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

The rumba rhythm is a four count rhythm – and most songs are written in four or eight count phrases, so this dance ‘works’ or fits a huge amount of music.

Ballads especially make great rumbas. So do love songs. Often half of the Grammy nominees are a rhythm that fits either American rumba or its European cousin, the bossanova. (Adele, Duffy, Maroon 5, Sara Barielles, Leona Lewis, even Ne-Yo are some of the Grammy 2009 artists whose songs include some rumbas.)

If you are still on the fence, remember that rumba is essentially slow salsa and is also related to Country Western Nightclub two step. Since rumba is a slow dance, it is useful to learn some moves in rumba and then transfer them to salsa.

We dance at the studio on the square in Decatur – next door to the Raging Burrito restaurant.

This Friday, we will have supper at Raging Burrito before the lesson.  We usually gather about 6:30pm.

The lesson fee on Fridays is a sliding scale of $7 to $15.

The second hour of dance in the studio at 9pm varies a bit each week and those present usually request music and dances.

We review the dances we have learned recently: Two step, waltz and tango are the last 3 dances we learned.


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