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Zydeco and Hip hop workshops in August

Two workshops, sponsored by Let’s Dance, have been scheduled for Aug. 15.  

Have you ever heard of Zydeco? 

Zydeco is a genre of music and dance originating in the area two hours west of New Orleans, surrounding Lafayette, La.  This upbeat, happy music, incorporates a washboard and accordion, and is mostly sung in French. 

You won’t want to miss this new-to-Pagosa dance that will surely get you up and moving.  Students will learn the basic Zydeco moves in closed and open positions, and will understand styling and improvisation in the dance.

Malia Durbano ,who now lives in the Durango area, will partner up with Brad Buckley from Mancos to bring us the basics in this lively little jig.  It is a couples dance, but you do not need a partner to attend. Wear cool, comfortable clothing and shoes that do not leave black marks or mud. 

Registration for this workshop only will begin at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 15.  The workshop will begin promptly at 10:, and will continue until noon with a refreshment break (provided by In Step Dance) midway.  The cost is $15 per person with proceeds going to the instructors.

Then join Makaila Hart later in the day, from 1 to 4 p.m. as she teaches us the basics of Hip hop.

In order to properly report the history of Hip hop, one must journey both inside and outside of New York City.  Although these dance forms did originate in New York, half of them (i.e. popping and locking) were developed on the West Coast as part of a different cultural movement.  Much of the media coverage in the 1980s grouped these forms together with New York’s native dances called b-boying/g-girling and Brooklyn uprocking, labeling them all “break dancing.” As a result, the West Coast “funk” culture and movement were overlooked and underrated as the public ignorantly credited “Hip hop” as the father of the funk dance forms.  Stay tuned the next couple weeks for more interesting history of this exciting dance expression. 

The Hip hop workshop is for all ages, and you do not need a partner to learn this dance.  Registration will begin at 12:45 p.m.  Class starts at 1, and will go 1 1/4 hours; refreshment break for a half hour, then more Hip Hop until 4. The cost is $20 per person.

Makaila will team up with ballroom instructor Deb Aspen for a choreographed Hip hop routine after the workshop.  It’s sure to be “all for fun, and fun for all.” Wear comfortable clothing; the funkier the better, and be prepared to “get down.”   

Both workshops will be held at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse, 230A Port Ave. 

For more information, call Deb at 731-3338.