Saturday, June 20, 2009
Of all the things that a Cajun loves to do, dancing is perhaps at the top of the list. "There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good", to quote the famous dance critic, Edwin Denby. Here in Cajun Country, dancing is taught from birth, when your parents took you along, as a baby, to the weekly dance. Back then, it was usually a feast, with live music at a friend's or relative's home. My dear mother used to dance around the kitchen ,while she was cooking, when she was expecting me! So you might say that I've been dancing since before I was even born!
To a Cajun, to dance is to release such inner joy, that nothing else quite compares to it. Whether it be Cajun, Zydeco, Rock and Roll, Jitterbug, Swing, or Swamp Pop music doesn't matter, nor does where you dance.. The dance partner is very important because there is nothing quite as fun as dancing with a partner that really knows how to boogie. No shortage of great men or women dancers here in Cajun Country.
And if you should happen to go to any dance hall in Acadiana, you will see people in their eighties who are really cutting the rug, right alongside, and with, the younger generation. I dance with a 75 year old friend who can dance better that most forty year olds I know! In my dancing travels, I see lots of " hot as Tabasco" dancers who take the fine art of Cajun or Zydeco dancing to a new level. Here are a few examples. Enjoy!
Have you been dancing lately? And what is your favorite kind of dance music? Let the good times roll, cher and hope all of my bloggie buds have a very Happy Father's Day!