WHEN: Saturday, September 7th
TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Teen music jam (games in the other room) 8-10:00 p.m. Dances taught & called with live fiddle band. John & Tyler Weed (Father/son duo) 10:00 p.m. Group photo! 10-11:00 p.m. Snacks and time to hang out with new friends (followed by cleanup by all)
WHERE: 160 North 3rd Street, San Jose (First Unitarian Church of San Jose) As you face the church stairs, go up the ramp/stairs on the RIGHT to the rear social hall building.
PRICE: $10 each (includes jam or dance or both) Work trade or scholarship available for free entry, apply below for limited spots. Paypal, Venmo in advance or Cash at the door. **If you can afford to pay $10 AND want to volunteer, we need to pay hall rental and musician gratuity. Donations are welcome so we can continue to do more dances. Both sponsors are 501c3 non-profits. Perhaps you can do a work-match donation?
EMAIL: claire dance caller AT gmail DOT com VOICEMAIL & phone contact during the dance: 408 874-6840
Bring a potluck snack to share (ready to serve) Water is available, Bring a water bottle (cuz it's good for our planet)
Everyone listens to the caller, who briefly teaches all the moves while you "walk through" the dance. The caller will continue to prompt as you dance to live fiddle music. You learn as you try and soon everyone is moving and smiling. There is no perfection or judgement, we dance to have fun. It is good exercise, so wear cool layers and comfortable shoes.
The caller and band are amplified on a PA sound system.
Videos of dance types we may do (we start really easy and learn more challenging dances over the night): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZglfpCbRUMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KevQxr-saFw
Claire Takemori is the organizer and dance caller. Claire is a life-long dancer, musician and parent of a 17 year-old home schooler. She is passionate about bringing more folk music and dance to teens, young adults, families and communities. There are also adult volunteers helping to run and supervise the dance. Reply below if you can help setup or cleanup.
Parents are encouraged to drop off their teens. However, there is an upstairs lounge where parents can wait. Parents are welcome to volunteer for setup, snack management, cleanup, publicity, etc. Please share your passions!
If Parents are staying, we do ask that they give the teens room to mingle and be themselves. You'd be surprised how they bloom when you give them room.