Synopses & Reviews
Long before there ever was an AchyBreaky or even a Boot Scoot Boogie, there was Cajun dancing.More than just a here-today, gone-tomorrow line fad, Cajun dancing is apreserved and rapidly growing folk art form. Versatile and fun to learn, itfits in at just about any event, from festivals to dance halls to cowboysaloons.In recent years, the dances of the Acadians have come to life outside of thebayou. Artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter have brought the Cajun beat andinstruments to the mainstream in No. 1 country music hits. Demand for dancesthat fit the rhythms has turned the hobby of folk dancers Rand and CynthiaSpeyrer into a business as professional Cajun-dance instructors. In NewOrleans, just on the outskirts of deep-in-the-swamp Cajun Country, they teachcourses year-round to students of all skill levels.With the help of Ormonde Plater, they have created CajunDancing, a step-by-step guide to learning the folk art. Beginners canlearn the basics while trying the Cajun Waltz and the Two-Step. Theseadaptations make for a lively alternative to the originals. For theintermediate and advanced dancers, the book also covers the intricacies of theCajun Jitterbug. Teaching twenty-five moves and variations to be usedinterchangeably, the advanced section shows die-hard dancers how to put somereal hot sauce in their boots The final chapter is devoted to traditionalgroup dances, while the appendix of Louisiana dance halls helps guide thereader to hot dance halls throughout Cajun country.Two videotapes are also available for use with or without the book.Introduction to Cajun Dancingshows students the basics of theCajun Waltz and Two-Step. Advanced Cajun Dancingfocuses on thedetails of the jitterbug routines. Both tapes are excellent not only asinstructional guides but also for their wonderful soundtracks.
Begins with the moderate pace of the waltzes and two-steps that grew out of the European society that settled in Cajun country long before dance halls became a roadside feature of Acadiana. Progresses to the fast-paced Cajun Jitterbug with 25 alternating steps to choose from in their advanced lessons.
More than just a folk art, Cajun dance expresses the richness of the culture, and represents a closeness of family, joy in life, and the unique blend of languages and traditions of this colorful people. This guide teaches the basics, as well as the advanced steps, of this centuries-old dance form, making it easy for anyone to become a bayou show-stopper. 250 photos.
Covers all aspects from waltzes and two-steps to Cajun Jitterbug.