- Lafayette, LA
- Miriam Fontenot
- Phone: 337-234-5168
- Submitted by Lou Latiolais (LLatiolais -at- aol.com), V-P of the Lafayette chapter of the Cajun French Music Association who wrote:
The best cajun dance instructor in the Lafayette and probably anywhere is Miriam Fontenot. She was the first person to teach cajun dance after noticing that young people didn't know how to do this and there was a resurgence of cajun music in the area. She has been teaching since 1986. She has taught just about all the dance instructors who are presently teaching in Louisiana or has taught their teachers. She also does workshops at dance camps in West Virginia in June (see Buffalo Jambalaya, Capon Bridge, West Virginia).
- Valerie C. Breazeale
- E-mail: valerie -at- 2stepproductions.com
Corey Porche' and I taught Cajun waltz, 2 step and zydeco for Jay Ungar's Fiddle and Dance at Ashokan New Years 2000. Looks like we will be teaching again next year. We are both native. Can be accessed at 2 Step Productions web site www.2stepproductions.com
- Phone: 337-332-0862
- E-mail: zydecowboy -at- earthlink.net
Michael has been teaching Creole and Cajun dances for 10 years. He continuously expands his dance repertoire -- incorporating the latest stepsand styling -- and evolves his proven teaching methods. His repertoire includes one-step, two-step, and waltz variations, shuffles, baisse-bas,"jitterbug", and "swing-out." He is an accomplished, attentive, and entertaining instructor.
- Please check out information on Michael's Zydeco and Whiskey River Jitterbug instructional videos on my page Cajun and Zydeco Instructional Dance Video Reviews.
Kent & Ann Donley
- Phone: 225-752-1950
- Baton Rouge, LA
- E-mail: Zydebug -at- yahoo.com
Kent & Ann Donley have been teaching together for four years. Kent has taught for seven years. Various dance contest winners in state and out of state. Original Zydeco Cruise Instructors for the past four years. Also taught as far west as Almeida, California and Seattle, Washington. Has taught in Huntsville, Alabama and several places in between. Kent and Ann can be seen dancing throughout South Louisiana at clubs and festivals. The passion for dance is obvious by the expressions on their faces and smooth moves that are so in sync, they move as one!
Billy and Bobbye Keyes
- Phone: 318-396-5380
- E-mail: cajundance -at- bayou.com
We have danced Cajun since 1991 and have been formally instructing since 1993. Our instructional experience includes Randol's Restaurant in Shreveport, the Continuing Education Program in four universities across North and Central Louisiana, numerous private workshops and seminars, and primary dance instructors at festivals and social functions in Jackson, MS., Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin. In 1998 we were the Cajun dancers on the Louisiana Birthday Bus which traveled to the major media markets in the eastern third of the United States as the kick off for FrancoFete '99, the year long celebration of French influence in the State of Louisiana. We have an instructional video that teaches the three Cajun dances (the waltz, two-step, and the jig). The video is an hour and forty minutes in length and is designed to take an individual from the very basic level through the intermediate/advanced levels. Our web site is: www.cajundance.com
- Please check out information on Billy and Bobbye Keyes' video on my page Cajun and Zydeco Instructional Dance Video Reviews.
- Janine Dugas & Chris Trahan
- E-mail: trahan.chris -at- att.net
- Janine was named Best Female Dancer in Louisiana at the 1986 AOC Cajun Dance Contest in Lafayette, LA. That's when they started calling her "Janine the dancin' machine". In 1987, she founded the first Cajun Dance Mardi Gras Krewe in Louisiana, Krewe de Canaille. The Krewe has grown from being a small group of 30 local dancers to now having over 300 members worldwide. For the next three years, she became a professional Cajun Dancer, dancing as part of the Cajun Connection band in Branson, Missouri. She joined the Cajun Folkloric troupe Renaissance Cadienne in 1992 and has been performing and teaching dance with this group throughout the United States, Canada, France and Belgium. Janine has taught dance workshops over the last 10 years in Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Huntsville, Alabama; and at Buffalo Gap Camp in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. When Janine is not dancing she works for L'ACajin, a bilingual monthly newspaper, as an advertising consultant.
- Chris started dancing at an early age in his hometown of Lafayette, LA. In 1986, he began dancing regularly at Mulate's Restaurant in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, where a bronzed pair of his shoes hangs on the wall today. In 1987, he performed with the Cajun Connection band in Branson, Missouri as dancer, M.C., and humorist for the show. He's an original member of Krewe de Canaille. Moving to Baltimore, Maryland in 1989, Chris started teaching Cajun dance workshops in the Baltimore - Washington D.C. area. In addition, he has taught at both the Baltimore Folklife Festival in Baltimore and the Washington Folklife Festival held at Glen Echo Park in Washington, D.C. He's conducted dance workshops in Louisiana; Nashville, TN; Richmond, Virginia; Little Rock, Arkansas; Huntsville, Alabama; Gulfport, Mississippi; and at Buffalo Gap Camp in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. You may have also seen him dance on the Mary-Chapin Carpenter video, "Down at The Twist and Shout". Chris is assistant director of the Cajun Folkloric troupe Renaissance Cadienne and has been a member since 1994. He toured France and Canada with Renaissance Cadienne. He has also toured El Salvador and Venezuela, dancing with the Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band. When not dancing, Chris is a computer consultant.
- Southwest LA and Texas
- Willie Bushnell
- Phone: (281)-873-2433
- Email is: zydecoking -at- hotmail.com
I have been a zydeco dance instructor for about five years now here in Houston, Texas. Originally from Ville Platte, Louisiana and dancing since the age of three, I have won numerous contests, awards, and the title "Zydeco King". I have taught workshops in Altanta, GA; Seattle, WA; New Orleans, LA; Waco, TX; Houston, TX; Birmingham, AL; Huntsville, AL Lafayette, LA; I have also taught at the Buffalo Dance Camp 2000 and I am scheduled to teach there again June of 2001. I am scheduled to teach at the Texas FolkdanceWorkshop this year in November again in Waco, TX. Another upcomming workshop that I will be teaching is the cruise that is leaving out of Galveston, TX to Cancun in November. I have been a featured dancer for many different zydeco bands and promoters at numerous zydeco night clubs, dance halls, and festivals in Birmingham, AL; Houston, TX; Huntsville, TX; New Orleans, LA; just to name a few. In addition I was featured on KPLC Channel & in Lake Charles, LA this month (Sept., 2000). I have been in both "Squeeze" and "He' Toi" zydeco magazines. Both containing interesting articles regardingmyself, zydeco musicians and zydeco dancing. Earlier this year I won the Texas Zydeco Championship held in Crosby, TX. I am also the first place winner of this years Original Southwest Zydeco Festival Dance Contest held in Plaisance,LA which took place on the weekend just past.
- Keisha Robertson
- Zydeco Instruction
- 811 N.C.C. Duson St.
- Eunice, LA 70535
- Phone: 337-457-1248 or 337-879-3023 (wkends.)
- Mona "Zydeco Queen" Wilson
- Specializing in TRULY AUTHENTIC & Quality
- Creole Zydeco Dance Lessons SM
- P. O. Box 61171
Houston, TX 77208-1171
- Email: qnzydeco -at- aol.com
- Phone: 281/862-2643 (evenings & weekends)
Please check out information on Mona's Zydeco dance instructional videos on my page Cajun and Zydeco Instructional Dance Video Reviews.
- 39114 Eloise
- Beaumont, TX 77707
- Phone: 409-633-1996
- Page: 409-895-8287
- Southwest LA and New Orleans
- Sean Ardoin
- Teaches Cajun dance at various locations in the Baton Rouue area, see his terrific websitewith lot of baton Rougue area events at www.cajunradio.org/batonrougecajunzydeco.html.
- Baton Rougue
- Sean Ardoin
- Teaches zydeco dance, see Sean Ardoin -n- ZydeKool website.
- New Orleans, LA
- Jim Hooter
- 1938 Magazine Street
- New Orleans, LA 70130
- Phone: 504-522-5167
- Email: imcajun -at- bellsouth.net
Jim Hooter of the Cajun Dance Company offers both individual and group lessons in Cajun Dancing in New Orleans and surrounding areas. He also books bands, primarily Cajun and Zydeco, though some New Orleans locals are included.
- Melinda Nelson and Charlie Delatte
- teach zydeco here in New Orleans.
- Individual instruction available.
- Phone: 504-897-6418
- Darrell Drucker and Linda Weinde
- Phone: 504-465-9591 (Darrell Drucker) or 504-834-5683 (Linda Weindel)
Presently teaching classes at two locations in New Orleans.
Also available for individual or group private lessons.
Paulette and Edmond Barras
- LES DANSEURS ACADIAN
- We Bring The Music & The Audience Together !!!
- Phone: Cell 504-913-8778
- Email: Cajdance@aol.com
- Website: www.cajunzydecomusic1.com
Classes are on Tuesday nights in Slidell, LA, and Wednesday nights in Mandeville, LA.
Edmond & Paulette Barras (Barras' from St. Martinville, LA) Have been teaching Authentic Cajun dance, Traditional 2 step, Traditional Waltz, Cajun Jig (High energy with many moves and turns involved), Troika (Two ladies & 1 Gent dance moves) Quatre Main (4 Hand) two couples dancing set moves together, New moves choreographed by Barras' for Seis Main (Three or more couples) and the Traditional Acadian Contradanse (Authentic Acadian group dance). We are Louisiana born and residents of Louisiana bayou country who are as tuned to the Culture as to the music and dance and have taught thousand the pleasure and excitement of Cajun dancing! Presently appearing at Treasure Chest Casino Kenner, La. The Barras' also book bands (Cajun/Zydeco) and have a dance troupe that perform for festivals and special productions, Les Danseurs Acadian (The Cajun Dancers). They not only teach Cajun traditional Waltz & Two Step, Cajun "jitterbug" and Acadian Contradance. For the best in Cajun dance instruction and the warmth and friendliness of the Cajun heritage, look no further!
- Marc Sobers
- (504) 338-6272
- E-mail: marc -at- dothezydeco.com
- See his excellent website at DoTheZydeco.com
- Sharon Mader and Rick Blahunka
- Phone: 504-482-6729
- E-mail: smader -at- uno.edu
- or rickblahunka -at- yahoo.com
Mike & Liz Humphries
- Phone: 225-791-8583 for more information. If No Answer- 225-610-8097 cell
- Website: CeeZees.com - Cajun / Zydeco Dance Resource
- Mid City Lanes Home of the Rock 'N' Bowl®
- 4133 S. Carrollton Avenue (Tulane and Carrollton)
- New Orleans, LA
- (504) 482-3133
- Map and directions
- Zydeco and Cajun on Wed. and Thurs. nights, and sometimes other nights as well. Free Zydeco lessons on Wednesday nights, beginning at 8:00 pm, before the band starts.
- Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurant
- Alcide & Michele Babineaux - Owners
840 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-522-5517 800-563-4055
Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurant offers authentic Cajun cuisine, Live Cajun Music and Free Cajun Dance Lessons nightly. Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday Open at 6:00pm; Music and Dancing between at 7:00pm. Closed on Sundays.
- Patout's Cajun Corner
- located next to Patout's Bourbon Street
- 501 Bourbon Street
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Phone: (504) 529-4256
- Map and directions
- Notes: Website include music performance schedules
- No cover, but you have to buy drinks at "Bourbon Street" prices.