The French Heritage Center Committee is excited to announce its yearly main event, “A Québécois Dance”. The dance will take place at the Holyoke Lodge of Elks, 250 Whitney Ave., Holyoke, on Sunday, June 10 at 1:30 p.m. The “main course” will be comprised of Québécois dances, , specifically geared towards first-time participants with no experience. A sprinkling of dances from France will also be offered, so put on your dancing shoes and come on down!
The featured dance caller will be Lausanne Allen, fiddler. She hails from Vermont, near the Canadian border and has called dances for over 20 years, including “Mémoires et Racines” and Chants des Vielles in Canada. Her teaching method will take you through the dances “step by step”, providing an afternoon of easy, welcoming dances.
Lausanne will be accompanied by musician friends on keyboard and dulcimer, who have performed at the Flurry festival in New York and the AQLF festival in Vaudreil-Dorion, Québec.. Other fellow musicians plan to join the trio, including a fiddler and accordionist. The event will include a French themed basket raffle, a “Pâtisserie” (baked goods) with a special French dish, and door prizes.
The committee is seeking individual and business sponsors to off-set the cost of the event, especially the entertainment. Interested parties please contact Jacques Senecal at 413-519-3315.
Tickets for the event can be purchased by sending a check to French Heritage Center, P.O. Box1063, Chicopee, MA, 01021 by calling Jacques Senecal at 413-519-3315 or on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The cost is $15. per person, $10. for students. Proceeds will support future programs and the French Heritage Center Building Fund.
One of the greatest gifts that one generation can bestow on the next is the customs—the music, the dance, the language. Come to listen, come to dance—either way, you will be helping to keep French heritage and traditions alive! The Québécois dance promises to be an entertaining, enriching and educational experience, celebrating the French “Joie de Vivre” spirit.