June 20-27, 2018
$700 (Paid before Feb. 15)
$800 (Paid before May 1)
$900 (Paid before June 1)
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This intimate workshop is limited to six participants. Also, there are cats, so please advise if you have a cat allergy.
Please read Alia Thabit's review of the 2016 week long workshop:
Day 1, Wed., June 20: - 2-6pm. Orientation, basic technique and philosophy, films and mix and mingle...
PM: Optional crawfish dinner. Your evening is free to stroll the French Quarter.
Day 2, Thurs., June 21:
2-3, Lecture and discussion; People and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana... Learn the difference between Cajuns, Creole people, Zydeco music, Cajun music, and more.
3-5 Choreography that you can use, alter and personalize.
PM: (Optional) Stroll Magazine St. and enjoy the boutiques and restaurants OR dance to the best Zydeco music in town at the "Rock N Bowl"
Day 3, Fri., June 22:
2-3, Lecture and Discussion: Jazz, Blues, Second Line... Music of New Orleans and the Deep South
3-4, Traditional New Orleans Second Line dance class (Local guest instructor)
4-5, Zils and combos
PM: (Optional) Twilight Swamp Tour - Separate charge (Outside of New Orleans)
Day 4, Sat., June 23:
10-1, Technique and veils
2-3 Lecture and Discussion: Evolution of traditional and folk dances: Exploration of how dances may be modern constructs or born of tradition from the people.
3-4: Folk Dance lesson (Local guest instructor)
4-5: We create our own dance
PM: There is no shortage of things to do in New Orleans on a Saturday night.
Day 5, Sun., June 24:
Free day to explore New Orleans
Optional daytime activity: Museum crawl: Mardi Gras, Hurricane Katrina, Back Street Museum of Treme (Learn about the Mardi Gras Indians)
PM: (Optional) Gourmet French dinner at Degas Restaurant, then "Follow the Music"....Tamalyn will take you to her favorite Jazz clubs
Day 6, Mon., June 25:
10-1, Technique, Focus on hands and arms
2-3 Lecture: "Middle Eastern music form an expert" (Guest lecturer)
3-5pm, Taksims...Dancing to the music.
PM: (Optional) Ethnic dinner on Magazine St. You decide: Arabic, Vietnamese, or Ethiopian?
Day 7, Tues., June 26:
10-1, Technique and partial review
2-3 Cemetery Tour (This is a local tour of the nearby Lafayette Cemetery, highlighting the cultural significance and history of New Orleans' above ground cemeteries. It's interesting. (Not spooky)
3:30-5 Zydeco dance class (Local instructor)
PM: (Optional) Walking a local labyrinth (Meditation)
Listen to the renown "Rebirth Brass Band" at the historic Maple Leaf Club in Uptown, NOLA.
Day 8, Wed., June 27
10-1: Review of all dances and techniques, and of all the lecture and discussions. Talking circle.
1-3pm: Shared pot luck lunch, inviting back the local instructors and people we;ve met along the way.