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Elation Center for the Arts presents ‘Drum and Dance Jam’

Participate in a colorful spectrum of world music and dance at “Drum and Dance Jam,” 6:30-8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. Admission is $5.

Do you know what free-form movement is? It’s where you get up and dance around, without worrying about what step you’re doing or how you look. Free-form movement is a spontaneous response to the music. In “Drum and Dance Jam” acoustic music, free-form movement and folk dance form ingredients for new explorations in the expressive arts in a program sponsored by Elation Center for the Arts.

Jeff Burkett, Sammy D. Williams, Mike Guttman and Phyllis Dobson join Paul and Carla Roberts and the Wild Mountain Music and Dance Ensemble — plus other musical artists and a bevy of dancing beauties — for what promises to be creatively sumptuous occasion.

It’s fine to sit and watch “Drum and Dance Jam” unfold from the sidelines, but the focus for this participatory experience is free-form movement and musical exploration. With many musical genres and types of instruments represented, the sonic landscape will be a varied terrain.

The Roberts are multi-instrumentalists who play acoustic instruments from around the world: sitar, guitar, dumbek, medieval flutes, cittern, cheng, cello banjo, mandola, mandocello, bodhran, chalil, charango, Native American flute, oud, sarod, tenor banjo, shakuhachi, tar, and saz.

Anyone who has heard the wonderful classic jazz guitar sounds of Jeff Burkett would agree that Pagosa is fortunate to have this highly acclaimed musician living in its midst.

Sammy D. Williams is a newcomer to Pagosa, and a real-deal professional singer songwriter guitarist from Tennessee. His bellflower mixture of folk rock, pop and country music has made him a mainstay at Nashville clubs for years. When he’s not off performing in the city nightclub scene, Sammy D (as he’s called) enjoys pondering the scenic beauty of Pagosa.

Percussionist Mike Guttman provides plenty of rhythmic variation on his congas. Now a Bayfield resident, Guttman came out of the San Francisco music scene, where he collaborated with members of the Carlos Santana band and other notable musicians.

Latin dance teacher Phyllis Dodson demonstrates, to the willing, how to shake any part of the human anatomy.

Wild Mountain will present a segment on music and dance of the Middle East; everyone will get a chance to try out their groovy moves to this mesmerizing music.

Please bring a dessert or something yummy to share. The wearing of flourishing garments will be appreciated.

Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse is located at 230 Port Ave. in the Vista subdivision of Pagosa Lakes. Take U.S. 160 to Vista Boulevard; turn north on Vista, then left on Port. The clubhouse is at the end of Port in the PLPOA complex.

Elation Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides cultural arts programs to the community of Pagosa Springs.

For more information log on to the organization’s Web site elationarts.org of call 731-3117.

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