Cakewalk Hall - Fox Theatre at 111 East Fifth
Ragtime tunes swept our nation at the end of the 1800s diverting our attention from the staid classical European music. Learn the new dance styles that changed to match. Dance to scandalous rhythms or just listen and observe.
All dance events are free except the Maple Leaf Tea Dance.
Thursday, June 1 1:00 to 2:00 Dance Lessons: AS EASY AS 1-2-3: One-step, Two-Step and Three-Step 2:00 to 3:00 Open dancing with live accompaniment 3:00 to 4:00 Dance Lessons: DOING THE BOSTON: Hesitation Waltz 4:00 to 5:00 Open dancing with live accompaniment
Friday, June 2 1:00 to 2:00 Dance Lessons: TAKE A HIKE: Cakewalk, Camelwalk, Castlewalk
4:00 to 6:00 Maple Leaf Tea Dance ($15 ticket at Box Office or CASH at door) Music provided by the *Joplin Jubilee Jamboree Band (JJJB)
Experience a modern flair to a Victorian Garden Party themed event catered by a culinary artist. Dance instructors will lead a Grand March to open this formal dance. A cakewalk contest will give tasty baked prizes for the best imitation of this strutting dance of African American origin. Vintage attire is encouraged. Appetizers and champagne will be served.
Saturday, June 3
1:00 to 2:00 Dance Lessons: IT’S A ZOO: Animal Dances & Fox-trot 2:00 to 3:00 Open dancing with live accompaniment
3:00 to 4:00 Dance Lessons: DOWN TO RIO: Ragtime Tango 4:00 to 5:00 Open dancing with live accompaniment
Dance instructors Tim Lamm and Paula Harrison from Lexingon, Kentucky will showcase the one-step, two step, foxtrot, and animal dances to the new syncopated rhythms. Tim and Paula formed their partnership “Steps in Time Historical Dance” in 2008 and regularly teach classes in vintage and contemporary couple dancing. Their repertoire includes historical social dances from 1600 to 1930, English country dances, Appalachian dances, and various contemporary couple dances. Tim has a talent for breaking dance moves down into small, incremental steps and explaining moves clearly. Paula is known for her graceful style, versatility, and intuitive skills as a “follow.” Participants enjoy their easy, no pressure approach. See www.stepsintime.us
The Joplin Jubilee Jamboree Band (JJJB) will energize the Maple Leaf Tea Dance on Friday 4:00-6:00 focusing on one-step, two-step, and waltz tunes from 1896-1926. JJJB is composed of twelve of our great festival musicians including Dave Majchrzak on piano, Danny Coots providing the drumbeat, Mike Schwimmer on washboard, and Bob Schad strumming the banjo. Wind instruments include Jim Radloff (Band Organizer) on tenor sax, Jeff Barnhart (Band Leader) playing trombone, Steve Standiford on tuba, Paul Asaro and Jack (Doc) Radloff sharing the trumpet roles, and lastly, Frank LiVolsi and Matt Tolentino playing clarinet. Matt will also showcase his talents on the accordion, and Anne Barnhart will be the featured vocalist.
Sponsors: Furnell Investments/Fox Properties | Doug & Nina Freed | Byron & Judy Matson