A big part of hearing and watching live local music is the spontaneous dance – really good dancing – that inevitably breaks out among the spectators.
The two-step couples sway and sway to the beat, predicting each other’s movements with style and finesse.
How do they do? Unless they grew up dancing at home, they might have taken advantage of one of Baton Rouge’s adult dance schools, including the famous TC Dance Club International, whose location of the Government Street celebrates 50 years of activity at the same location in October.
“We teach social dance as opposed to competitive dance,” says co-owner Rick Carpenter.
Students between the ages of 20 and 70 register for school sessions Monday through Friday, Carpenter says.
And they don’t have to be part of a couple to feel comfortable participating. There are a lot of single students.
The TC Dance Club teaches many different dances, including what Carpenter calls the “big five”: swing, jitterbug, cha-cha-cha, foxtrot and waltz. These basics work for social experiences, from weddings to live music.
“The Cajun waltz and Cajun swing are the same as the American waltz or swing, just tuned to Cajun music,” he says. “Once you’ve learned them, you just adjust the steps to the music. “
This article originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of 225 magazine.
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