Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A taste of LA (Louisiana, that is) in L.A.

Last Friday evening, my husband and I along with a couple of our friends, hopped aboard the Metro Red Line from North Hollywood and made our way to the Music Center Plaza for some Zydeco dance lessons, all part of the Active Arts at the Music Center's Dance Downtown events. We arrived a little after 6:30 and the plaza was already packed with people dressed up in their cowboy hats and boots having a good time learning dance steps.

We claimed a little space on the dance floor and jumped in on the action, grabbing a few pointers here and there from neighboring dance partners. Then the live music, courtesy of Lil Pookie & the Zydeco Sensations began. We did our best to utilize the steps we'd just learned, and had a great time. To our surprise, we had even more fun switching off partners with some of the other dancers around us, who we'd befriended. We even felt like our dance skills had sharpened just dancing with more slightly experienced partners.

All in, we had a lovely evening with our friends, some food and wine, acquiring new dance skills and broadening our cultural experiences, and simply sitting back and enjoying the good music and people. The best part is, we only had to pay for our meal and the Metro ride.

Check out our video for a little taste of Louisiana here in L.A. Dance Downtown is a free event, with three more dates remaining, including Disco, 60s Dancing and Samba.

Be sure to check out the final ExperienceLA Dance Downtown video contest for your chance to win a pair of tickets to an upcoming dance performance at the Music Center.


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