Dance Zydeco at Friar Tuck’s
KAREN PIERCE GONZALEZ– Towns Correspondent
Cotati Accordion Festival goers will have a chance to learn how to Zydeco dance this year from dance instructor Ted Sherrod. His free to festival ticket holders hour long workshop will be held 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday Aug. 18 and Sunday Aug. 19 at Friar Tuck’s in Cotati.
Sherrod teaches basic Louisiana style Zydeco dance in New Orleans and has taught at numerous venues throughout Northern California as well as Simi Valley, Long Beach and Gator By The Bay Festivals. His Creole style is designed to work with the fast-tempo of Zydeco folk music which has American folk music roots in the late 1800’s call and response vocal music of the black and multiracial French speaking Creoles of south and southwest Louisiana.
Zydeco music is usually performed by the button or piano accordion and a form of a washboard known as a rub-board or frottoir. This style of music was originally created at house dances where the blacks and free people of color of south Louisiana would gather for socializing.
The Cotati Accordion Festival is a multicultural event celebrations accordion music, polka dancing, food, drink and crafts. Gates open both days 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Children 15 and under free with a paying adult. Details, call 664-0444.
To learn more about the zydeco dance workshop which will be held located at 8201 Old Redwood Highway in Cotati, click here.