Hudson County Community College to Offer Folkloric Dance Classes

Posted: 3/12/2019
Jennifer Christopher, 201-360-4061, jchristopher@hccc.edu

Hudson County’s acclaimed Kennedy Dancers will conduct the sessions.

March 12, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Department of Continuing Education is offering the community the opportunity to learn traditional folk dances from professional dance instructors. The College will hold three separate classes for Italian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican folkloric dance.

Each class will be held in the award-winning HCCC Gabert Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City, just across the way from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. The cost is $15 per person per class or $40 per person for all three. Payment by credit card, money order, cash, or check is due at time of registration. Individuals may register online at tinyurl.com/FolkloricWorkshops, or by phoning 201-360-4262.

The Italian “Tarantella” class will be held on Monday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Deriving from the disease tarantism and later connected to a myth of how to survive a bite from a tarantula, the Tarantella is a rapid, whirling dance that originated in southern Italy. The tale goes that if bitten by a spider, you must dance the poison out. The class will teach the essential elements of the Tarantella, which is high energy and lots of fun!

The Middle Eastern “Cane Dance” dance class will be held on Monday, April 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Long before Fred Astaire and American Vaudeville, the ancient Egyptians invented and performed Cane Dances. Different countries have different styles of the Cane Dance, and this class will teach some signature and traditional moves.

The Mexican “Las Chiapanecas” class will be held on Monday, April 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A dance created in Chiapas, Mexico and literally meaning "The Chiapan Women," this dance is traditionally done in a long skirt that flows and swirls around complicated footwork in solid shoes. The class will teach the basic footwork and movement of this lively and colorful dance!

More information on these and other classes may be obtained by calling HCCC Continuing Education at 201-360-4224, visiting www.hccc.edu/continuingeducation/ or emailing ce@hccc.edu.