You can dance the day away at the Lake Erie Folk Fest! Here is the schedule of free daytime dances and dance lessons from 1 to 6 pm.
Learn to Swing Dance, with Valerie Salstrom of Get Hep Swing
1 – 1:45pm, Gym Center #135
Swing Dance, Bob Frank Trio
1:45 – 2:45pm, Center Gym #135
African Drumming, with Tam Tam Magic
1 – 1:45pm, Room #241-242
Enjoy basic West African rhythms with a Master Drummer in a West African Drum Circle playing Djembe and Dun Dun. All levels are welcome. Drums supplied or bring your own. Papa Assane M’baye, founder of Tam Tam Magic and Master Drummer Extraordinaire from Senegal West Africa, has over 25 years of experience in professional drumming, performance and instruction. He comes from a long line of Griot musicians and storytellers. Papa Assane has mastered playing sabar, djembe, tama, dundun, kutiro, bougarabou and the congas. Having traveled around the world, teaching and performing traditional and arranged rhythms from Senegal, Gambia, Mali and Guinea, Papa Assane Mbaye is a special blessing to the Greater Cleveland cultural arts community.
African Dance, with Tam Tam Magic
2 – 2:45pm, Room 241-242
Polka Dance, with the Chardon Polka Band
3:30 – 4:30pm, Center Gym #135
Dance Calling Workshop, with Emily Abel
3:15 – 4pm, Room 241-242
Emily Abel has been calling dances since 2013. She is passionate about creating fun and safe dance environments and is excited about how social dance can help people to connect with one another. This workshop will summarize skills necessary for calling a dance and will include opportunities to practice with music. It is open to callers of all experience levels. Suggested items to bring: blank index cards, a pencil or pen, and any dance cards you already have.
Contra Dance, Open Band with Emily Abel Calling
4:45 – 5:45pm, Center Gym #135
Can you walk around in a circle? If the answer is yes, congratulations! You can contra dance! Dancers of all skill levels are welcome – and yes, that includes non-dancers. Come learn what it means to circle left, circle right, allemande and swing your partner round and round with us! Watch video
Classical Indian Dance: Mime and Movement
4:30 – 5:15pm, Room 241-242
Using a wide range of symbols and gestures, mime, and music, participants make connections between the written word and dance vocabulary and discover the magic of communicating without words. Through Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance, Sujatha Srinivasan, choreographer and artistic director for Shri Kalaa Mandir, demonstrates how the geometric lines of the body and the expressions of the face communicate the myriad emotions of the mind and heart.