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Cajun Dancing by Rand Speyrer, Cynthia Speyrer, Ormonde Plater 0882899708 9780882899701
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Cajun Dancing by Rand Speyrer, Cynthia Speyrer, Ormonde Plater

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.

Author: Rand Speyrer, Cynthia Speyrer, Ormonde Plater

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 192

Publisher: Pelican

Publication Date: 1993-04-30

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