Funky dance is focus of class
If you go
What: JPAC Your Lunch series featuring Dance Attitudes' Cheryl Schmidt. She'll be teaching people the basics of the 60's party dances such as the stroll, the funky chicken and the twist.
When: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9.
Where: Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main St., Janesville.
JANESVILLE "Let's not be L7, and learn to dance." —Wooly Bully
Here's the first thing you need to know: Dancing the funky chicken is not the same as doing the chicken dance.
The chicken dance involves accordion music. The funky chicken involves soul.
At noon Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Janesville Performing Arts Center and Cheryl Schmidt from Dance Attitudes will teach an informal class on 1960s dances such as the twist, the funky chicken and the stroll.
The class is part of the "JPAC Your Lunch," series on the first Wednesday of each month. And the dance class is in preparation for American English, the Beatles tribute band playing Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13, at JPAC. The Saturday show includes a post show dance party.
The JPAC Your Lunch series events always are free, and people are invited to bring a sack lunch.
We talked to JPAC Executive Director Emily Gruenewald about the dance class.
Q: What will we learn?
A: "People will learn the stroll, the pony, the twist, the funky chicken and the bunny hop.
Q: Does the twist have actual moves?
A: "Umm, I think you just twist you hips around."
Q: In the information about the class, you have a quote from Wooly Bully. What does, "Let's not be L7" mean?
A: "Square. You put the L and the 7 together and it makes a square."
Q: Oh. Do we have to wear any special clothes for this class?
A: No, you can come as you are. We're not doing anything on the floor, like the alligator. You won't have to shower or change your clothes before you go back to work.
Q: Will you be wearing your go-go boots?
A: "Well, if I get them this weekend, I will."
Q: Will people be allowed to laugh and point?
A: "No, it's going to be a very supportive and engaging environment. We will not allow people to laugh at each other. People will be free to express themselves—it will be a very 1960s environment."
Q: Will there be refreshments?
A: People can bring their lunches. I'll be serving kiddie cocktails afterwards.
Q: Will the kiddie cocktails have umbrellas?
A: "No, I'm sorry, no umbrellas."