At 9 AM Saturday morning, 20 min. North of Lafayette, meet us at our very own famous SWLA underground honky tonk and dancehall, called The Whirlybird, where we'll host a Cajun & Zydeco dance class, learning the two-step and waltz. At approx. 9:30 AM we will travel independently in a caravan to famous Fred's Lounge in Mamou to dance to live Cajun music. Approx. 10:45 AM we leave Fred's, traveling independently, meeting at the Savoy Music Center in Eunice, where we will be listening to a live Cajun music jam, on-going every Sat for over 50 years. At 12 noon we will say "Good Bye" at the Savoy Music Center
Jim - And, Of Course, Christy
Southern Living, "Christy Leichty & Jim Phillips are well-known artists & educators who love Cajun and Creole music and the culture so dearly that they moved to Louisiana to help rebuild and work in education after the 2005 hurricanes. In addition to their educational endeavors, they bought an old Texaco distribution center, moved it to a secret location, and outfitted it as a dance hall/theater called The Whirlybird." Immersed in dynamic French Louisiana creative community for 25+ years, they've taught dance at culture camps and festivals, and have even played and danced on the Fais Do Do Stage at Jazz Fest. Airbnb Superhosts for quite some time, Christy and Jim remind that you can even stay over in the Whirlybird, itself (look for Folk Art Honky Tonk on Airbnb) or nearby in a renovated horse barn (look for Folk Art Barn on Airbnb).
We will have coffee, tea and water at The Whirlybird
We have our own private underground dancehall/Honky Tonk, The Whirlybird, featured in Southern Living Magazine. We visit 2 more famous places to feel the soul of this magical area called Acadiana. We'll dance to live Cajun music at Fred's Lounge in Mamou, and, listen to the finest live Cajun music at the Savoy Music Center in Eunice.
You do not have to sign up as a couple. Come one, come all. We will make sure everyone gets a chance to dance with a partner. We - Christy and Jim - will fill in as a partner when necessary. We want everyone to feel the joy of Cajun and Zydeco partner dancing. Allons! - Let's go!
Acadiana tour w/Cajun/Zydeco dance class