Cajun and Zydeco Dance Party
Featuring Fredda S, New York's only Cajun/Zydeco dance instructor
you have 2 left feet or have danced for years,
this expert dance troubleshooter with 20 years
experience can give you a jump-start, teach you
the latest steps or make your good moves great.
for weddings, Mardi Gras parties, bar/bat mitzvahs, more.
Zydeco and Cajun live bands available, too
Fredda has been dancing since she was 7, teaching 20+ years and involved in Cajun and zydeco almost as long. She's studied with 11 Louisiana teachers, including: Miriam Fontenot, Don Brasseaux, Mona "Zydeco Queen" Wilson, Michael Seider, Al Muller,Jr., Millie Ortego and Jim Dugas.
Since both zydeco and Cajun are evolving dances, Fredda travels to Louisiana
frequently to keep up with the latest steps and refresh her styling.
| Clients include: The New School (1994-present);
Omega Institute; Central Park Summerstage; Louisiana Community Bar &
Grill (1994-96); Long Island Traditional Music Association (workshop
series, individual dances); Sardi's Goes Cajun (series); The New York
Times Christmas Party; Cajun Connection; Orange County Community College;
United Nations; private parties and lessons.
Bands taught with include: Bruce Daigrepont Band; Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys; Mamou Prairie Band; Gotham Playboys; Voodoobillies; Bryan Miller and the Pinballs.
Study: techniques of dance teaching with Sonny Newman, a master dance teacher who has been teaching dance for over 40 years (Fredda has also studied adult learning and is an experienced trainer).
Special projects: performed and taught in New Orleans' French Quarter; recruited by the president of CODOFIL to serve on the Louisiana Tricentennial Arts Committee. Invited by Southwest Louisiana local dancers to perform with them in a documentary for German television; assisted master teacher Miriam Fontenot with classes.
Wildest teaching experiences: teaching zydeco& Cajun in Istanbul, Turkey, and in Bombay, India, as well as at a Cajun Bar-Mitzvah at a Portuguese restaurant.
With photograph with Don Brasseaux (on home page): Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, "Mamou Playboys Special," by Steve Riley ( Flat Town Music) from their Rounder CD #6026: Vendredi Enfin, used with permission. With photograph with Mardi Gras celebrant: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, "La Danse de Mardi Gras," traditional, arr. by the Mamou Playboys from their Rounder CD #6068, La Toussaint, used with permission. With photograph with Al Muller: T-Mamou, "Au Revoir," by Sam Broussard (Roundpeg Music) from their Swallow CD #6160: Cajun and Creole Jam, used with permission. With photograph with Geno Delafose: Geno Delafose and French Rockin' Boogie, "Je va's jamais la voir encore," by Geno Delafose(Le Ranch Double D Music(BMI) administered by Bug), from their Rounder CD #2151: La Chanson Perdue, used with permission.With photograph inside Angelle's Whiskey River Landing: Balfa Toujours, "La Vielle Terre Haute," by Christine Balfa and Dirk Powell (Flat Town Music), from their Swallow CD #6121: La Vielle Terre Haute, used with permission.
With photograph of Festivals Acadiens: The Bruce Daigrepont Band, "Coeurs des Cajuns," by Bruce Daigrepont, from their Rounder CD #6026, Coeurs des Cajuns, used with permission.With photograph of El Sido's Club: Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, "Let's Go," by Nathan Williams, from their Rounder CD #11661, Let's Go, used with permission.With photograph of Hamilton's Club: Beau Jocque and the Zydeco Hi-Rollers," Motor Dude Special," by W. Chavis (Flat Town Music), from their Rounder CD #2134, Git it, Beau Jocque, used with permission.With photograph of La Poussiere: Charivari, "Pascal's Egrets," by Mitchell Reed and Randy Vidrine (Happy Valley Music), from their Rounder CD #82161, Charivari: I Want to Dance with You, used with permission.With photograph of Lake Martin Sunset: Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, "La Bonne Vie," by Marc and Ann Savoy (Tradition Music), from their Arhoolie CD #481, Sam's Big Rooster, used with permission.
Photograph with Don Brasseaux (at Angelle's Whiskey River Landing) by Joy Aldridge Hope Photograph with Al Muller (at Mulate's, New Orleans) by Joy Aldridge Hope Photograph with Geno Delafose (at Angelle's Whiskey River Landing) by Patsy Hebert Photograph with Mardi Gras reveler (in Eunice, LA) by Sheila Rindler All other photographs taken by, and copyright Fredda Seidenbaum