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
Since 1998, Get Hep Swing has loved spreading the gospel of swing dancing and they are excited to share the language and culture of this truly American dance form with you. Swing dance started in the African-American ballrooms of Harlem, New York in the late 1920s/early 1930s. This dance can express a myriad of emotions and energy which you will find cathartic and empowering. Valery Salstrom can’t wait for you to experience this conversation of dance! Attend solo or with a dance partner.
Swing Dance, Bob Frank Trio
1:45 – 2:45pm, Center Gym #135
Contra Dance, with Music by Hu$hmoney and Michael Hamilton, Caller
3:15 – 4:15pm, Center Gym #135
Hu$hmoney is a stringband comprised of David Rice on fiddle and guitar, Bryan Thomas on bass and foot percussion, and Tina Bergmann on hammered dulcimer and djembe. Listeners and dancers are treated to a changing soundscape of lead instruments, textures and percussion with a whole lot of groove. Hu$hmoney performs a mix of American old-time music and Celtic jigs and reels, and has played for dancers in a multitude of states.
Polka Dance, with Polonia Duo
4:30 – 5:30pm, Center Gym #135
The word Polonia refers to the larger Polish community abroad. Troy Gawlak and Johnny Linda in Polonia Duo play a style of polka music that largely developed in the Polish immigrant community of Chicago in the early-to-mid 20th century. It combines the melodies and lyrics brought by Polish immigrants to the Midwest with American rhythmic and instrumental influence.