Photo by Jim Hance
Welcome to FloridaCajunZydeco, a website dedicated to people who love to dance to Louisiana-style music. This site features a calendar page of Cajun and Zydeco dance bands and events in the state of Florida, and a "Festival-O-Rama" page of major Cajun and Zydeco events anywhere in the United States -- even Louisiana! Also check out "The Story" page where a different Cajun or zydeco band is featured each month.
Traveling out of state? Check the Links page for dance clubs and bands in the area you will be traveling.
Also, check the Update! Newsletter archives in the bottom right of this page for recent newsletters on events posted on this site. Email me to get on my e-mail list for Update! Newsletter.
As they say in French-speaking Louisiana, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" ("Let the good times roll!") And in the spirit of the dance community that embraces this joyful music, "If you're smiling, you're doing it right!"
--- James Hance, St. Petersburg, FL
Jerry Carrier sends out an email newsletter every week or two during the festival season with new event information. You can subscribe to CZ Newsletter by emailing him a request to be added to his mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Zydecoach" dance instructor Greg Benusa has posted both free and paid online accordion lessons at his website, zydecoaccordion.com. According to Greg, "In the process of learning various zydeco and Cajun songs over the years, I had to break down and document the process. So this website is a result of sharing my learning process with others.…. While it is important to understand music theory, I found it was better myself to learn a basic tune or two to get my fingers moving, and gain the music theory as my experience grew." Greg also provides links to other resources for the beginning accordion player. You can contact Greg at email@example.com, or phone him at 619-857-8409.
Cajun music and zydeco are cultural hybrids, the results of the rich blend of French, Spanish, German, Anglo-American, African, and Native American cultures that found themselves living together in south Louisiana. Basically, Cajun music is the traditional music of the white Cajuns and zydeco is the music of the black Creoles. Historically, Cajun music developed from the sounds that the French settlers took with them to the Acadian colony in the seventeenth century.... The word Creole distinguished these French-speaking slaves and former slaves alike from their English-speaking counterparts in other parts of the South. --- Cajun Music and Zydeco by Barry Jean Ancelet, 1992
Here is a zydeco line dance taught by AJ Gibbs at
Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival in 2013. Video.
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Enigma, 1110 Central Avenue, St. Pete 33705. Dance 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Happy Hour pricing on some drinks throughout the dance, and no cover charge. Hungry? You're welcome to bring food in from Ricky P's across the street, or Bodega's or Red Mesa Mercado (they have the menus at Enigma). Park in the "free" orange lots in map above. Two hour restrictions on diagonal parking on Central. Parking available in the parking lot across the street, and should be no charge. Questions and requests: Sharon Stern, (727) 648-7858, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jim Hance, (813) 465-8165, email@example.com.
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