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Creole Bal de Maison

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Amede Ardoin Commemorative, Opelousas, Louisiana

Experience the traditional La-La house dances of Louisiana Creoles with music by Grammy nominee Goldman Thibodeaux. The La-La style of dance is the predecessor of the now internationally recognized genre of zydeco music. First recorded by accordionist Amédé Ardoin in the 1920s, La-La music and dances were the solace of Creoles after a long week of field work in a time period when racial tensions darkened their waking days. In the words of Rebecca Henry, La-La celebrations, “told stories of sadness, hard times, love and hope, to a room filled with friends and family stomp and clapping, adding extra rhythm and beat(s)…(by) only the dim light of the kerosene lamps.”

Rebecca is the owner of the Creole Heritage Folklife Center in the Zydeco Capital of the World, Opelousas, where this celebration honoring the traditions of her parents and the history of the area is taking place. Space is limited at this event. The entry fee for a single person is $15 while a couple is $25.

Get your dancing shoes and allon dancé!