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Vintage Ballroom “Tea” Dance – The Exuberant Quartet – One-Step Dance Lesson
February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm| $20; $10 students and youth
“Vintage” ballroom dancing to great live music at the Sunday afternoon Ragtime-Era Tea Dances. Waltz, tango, foxtrot, one-step, blues, two-step, Charleston, early swing, maxixe and half-and-half are among the couple dances we enjoy at the “Tea Dances”.
The “Exuberant Quartet” is led by our phenomenal singer Susan Rogers. Main players are Eric Moon on the grand piano, Mike Fitzmaurice on stand-up bass, and Gabe Mervine on trumpet and cornet. Susan also occasionally plays piano while Eric plays accordion. Mike sings and plays the unusual instruments of bass harmonica and ehru. They are sometimes joined by Jill Frederickssen on the trap set.
This is a wonderfully eclectic and playful ensemble that will surprise you with some very odd but still danceable numbers. Susan is a long-time dancer and that gives the band direction that leads to pleasure among the dancers.
I can hardly say enough positive things about Susan’s songs, but will note that she sings in at least five languages. You will not want to skip this, their last appearance in the 2019-2020 Tea Dance series.
The dance lesson and lovely light refreshments are included in your admission price. The lesson is always aimed at easy lead-follow dance skills to get you dancing comfortably and meeting other dancers.
No prior dance experience required. No partner needed. Second Sunday of the month, September through May (no summer dances).
“Vintage dance” means early styles of couples dancing, including those from the early American ballroom dance craze of the ragtime-era, which is roughly that sentimental period of 1909 through 1914. We call them “Tea Dances” because they occur at tea time – middle afternoon. This is an old-fashioned term but fits perfectly with this dance series.
Our several very fine orchestras also play dance music of the twenties and somewhat beyond, and songs that emphasize the season.
Recommended dress is dressy; i.e. vintage, neo-vintage, contemporary fashionable, or otherwise clean and neat. No shorts or casual t-shirts for men.
The Tea Dances are conducted by American Vernacular Dance, a Member Group of the Boulder Dance Coalition.
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