Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Nov 6 Zydeco Concert & Dance Workshop, York, PA

On Sunday, November 6, 2011 the Susquehanna Folk
Music Society presents Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys in  a 4 pm concert preceded by a 2:30 Zydeco Dance
Workshop at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum located at 217 Princess St
in York, PA .

Jeffery Broussard
& The Creole Cowboys is one of the few traditional Zydeco bands playing
today. The band features Jeffery Broussard, one of the most influential
accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco, and D’Jalma Garnier III, a fiddle
and guitar player and long-time contributor to Cajun and Creole music. The band
delivers great, pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics as well as their
own brand of contemporary Zydeco.

We asked Jeffery to tell us a little more about Zydeco music
and to tell us what we might expect at the dance workshop:

Zydeco is a
form of uniquely American roots or folk music.
It evolved in southwest Louisiana in the early 19th century from forms of “la
la” Creole music.  Usually fast tempo and
dominated by the button or piano accordion
and a scrub-board (frottoir), zydeco music was originally created at house
dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing.

The word
“Zydeco” developed from the French phrase: “Les haricots sont pas salés”
meaning “the snap beans aren’t salty.”  This expression
translates to mean that times are so poor that we can’t afford salt meat to
flavor the beans.

Jeffery
Broussard will take you deep into Southwest Louisiana into the world of Zydeco
music and dancing.  You will learn to Zydeco dance and waltz as it’s done
by the folks in Opelousas, Louisiana, the Zydeco capital of the World.

Jeffery will
explain that it’s important to listen to the music while you dance in order to
match your dancing steps to the beat.  You will learn the basic Zydeco
step, the position, the subtle weight shifts and the push and pull of your
partner.  Zydeco dancing is easy and fun.  When Jeffery Broussard
& The Creole Cowboys begin to play, you’ll be ready to join in the fun of
Zydeco dancing.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!  Let the Good Times
Roll!

Some
frequently asked question about a Jeffery Broussard’s Zydeco Dance Workshop

1.   Is the dancing that he will be teaching couple dancing?

Yes.

2.   Do I need to bring a partner?

No, you
don’t need to come with a partner. In Zydeco dancing it’s typical for people to
change partners after each song, so even if we have a gender imbalance during
the workshop, everyone will get a chance to dance.

3.   What style of dancing is the Zydeco dancing most like?

Zydeco
dancing uses the basic weight shift as a two-step dance but Zydeco dancing
is done in one place and does not move around the floor.  Jeffery will
also teach the waltz during which the couples will move around the floor
in a counter-clockwise fashion.

4.   What might participants expect to learn during the workshop?
Participants will learn the basic Zydeco dance step as it’s done in Southwest
Louisiana.  They will also learn the waltz.  They will change
partners during the lesson to experience dancing with different partners.

For more information visit: http://www.sfmsfolk.org/concerts/JefferyBroussard.html

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