So do you even know where the word Zydeco comes from? It means “snap bean” in Creole, and I’m really not sure why they call the music and the dance “snap bean”! Maybe it’s from the sound the beans make when you snap them. Or maybe it’s because the music and the dance are “snappy”.
No matter the reason, I just know we had a heck of a good time learning to dance Zydeco and listening to Mumbo Gumbo play their Zydeco selections. But before we started dancing . . . we had dessert!
Our hostess literally thought of everything–she even spoiled us with the most decadent King Cake from Randazzo’s in New Orleans (way up there in Batavia, NY!). And not just ONE flavor, but several. The one with Pecan Praline filling was my very favorite.
So after we ate a few slices of King Cake, a bowl of Bananas Foster on top of vanilla ice cream, with a side of Cafe du Monde’s beignets, we needed to work off all those carb calories. What better way than dancing, right?
Some of us had to be pried from our seats and rolled onto the stage, but it was well worth the effort.
Our instructor broke down the steps in a simple way we could understand them. Then we were appointed as either leaders or followers. Of course, as usual, there were more women than men, so we had some lady leaders. I got to be a follower. After we learned the basic step, we tried with our partner and then rotated around the circle until we had danced with each leader in the circle.
I really wanted to dance with this fellow, because he brought his snazzy dancing boots with him. He and his dance partner came along with the instructor and his partner to show us how it should be done. (Thanks for this pic, Diane!)
This is Del and Cindy. They’ve been dancing together for quite a number of years, and man they were some good. I noticed something watching them. Their knees stay sort of bent almost the whole time they are dancing. And they move as one. He’s a great leader and she’s a great follower. I just loved watching them dance.
And then there were those rogues who said “To heck with the formal partner dancing! Let’s just do our thing!”
And off they went, parasols and hankies in hand, and launched into a New Orleans Second Line.
I wish all of you could have been there for the King Cake, coffee, dancing, and music! It was great!
Coming soon: video footage of the Zydeco dance lessons and display! Now THAT should be fun!
PS Here are the dancing boots that Steffi mentioned in her comment below
Enjoy your weekend,