This week, dancers in my class teamed up with two dancers from the Florence international folk dance group and the local band Cultural Ecology to present a demonstration of dances from around the world. We presented the following dances:
Hora Mare Bucovineana - Romania
Tzadik Katamar - Israel
Dashing White Sergeants - Scotland
Godecki Cacek - Bulgaria
Miserlou - Greek American
Chilili - Bolivia
Then we invited people from the audience to join us. I didn't know the dance floor at Liberty Pub could accommodate up to 20 dancers! We had LOTS of audience members come up and learn these beginning level dances:
Savila Se Bela Losa - Serbia
Zemer Atik - Israel
Sasha - Russia
Hora pe Gheata
La Bastringue - French Canadian
Waves - Hong Kong
The audience members were great sports! They were willing to step out of their comfort zone and try a new kind of dancing. The dancers in my class were fabulous - they introduced the demonstration dances, they welcomed the audience members and really took great care of them.
The evening was a fund raiser for South Coast Folk Week, a week-long celebration of traditional music, song and dance set for October 4-10, 2015 in Coos Bay. I don't think I can move my class to the pub on a regular basis, but I can't wait until the next time we dance in the pub!