Add some movement to your summer groove with an international dance workshop experience presented by Key West Art & Historical Society in partnership with Brazouka Dance Key West. The six-week Key West World Culture Dance Series, produced by Dr Pamela Connolly, which happens every second Monday, continues on August 7, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Key West Theater, 512 Eaton Street with a focus on Ceilidh Scottish Dancing. Following weeks will include Argentine Tango, Bachata, Brazilian Zouk, and East Coast Swing.
Ceilidh Scottish Dancing is the centuries-old country dance of the Scottish Highlands to Gaelic music, that crossed the Atlantic Ocean with the ‘coffin ships’ of early New Word pioneers and developed into the ‘barn dances’ of American Country Dance traditions. In their basic, historically pure form, these dances are simple, fun, and designed for all ages.
“Wear Scottish plaid (a kilt if possible!) and prepare for a thrilling romp,” says Dr. Pamela Connolly, the force behind the dance series who is partnering with The Society with a mission to teach excellence in partner dancing. Connolly is a professional dance promoter, teacher, and dance competition judge, who has formed and developed international dance companies in the UK and Brazil.
In addition to the Ceilidh (KAY_LEE) Scottish dancing class on August 7, upcoming classes will be: Argentine Tango (August 21), Bachata ( September 4), Brazilan Zouk ( September 18), and East Coast Swing (October 2). Classes will begin with a brief lecture on the history and special features of the dance followed by lessons. Beginners and all ages are welcome, partners are not necessary, and watchers are welcome provided they have registered. Students should wear comfortable clothing, and either socks or bare feet if they do not have dance shoes.
“When people come to these workshops they will experience a world circumnavigation in thrilling dance styles, plus the excitement of moving their bodies in joyful and interesting ways,” says Connolly. ‘It’s the ultimate way to globe-trot!’
In addition to Connolly, faculty for the series includes Venezuela native Henry Velandia, a New York-based Salsa champion hailed as one of New York’s most popular teachers in his field, Ronny Dutra, an established professional dance instructor and choreographer from one of the most prestigious dance studios in New York (Dance With Me USA), and Master Braz, an original member of the famous Kaoma Company. Private instruction is also available.
Classes are $20 for members, $25 for non members. Register now at kwahs.org or for more information contact Adele Williams, Director of Education, at 305-295-6616, x115. Your Museums. Your Community. It takes an Island.