Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jesus Was a Contra... ... Dancer

It is Wednesday and time once again for a snapshot of Presbys having fun!

Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis is a center for folk dancing in Memphis. They are all about it.

First the
Memphis Contra Dancers are at the church the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays.

Music by the Reel McCoy!

Then on the 2nd and 4th Fridays...

The Memphis Scottish Country Dancers kick it up.

So we have your Fridays covered.

On the second and fourth Thursday you will want to join the Memphis Cajun and Zydeco Dancers.

The dances come from the distinctive, French-descended culture of the Louisiana bayou country. They are enjoyable couple dances in their own right, and are also a great introduction to travel in the Cajun areas of Louisiana. French-descended culture of the Louisiana.

The church even has its own group, "The Cottonwood Cloggers" who dance at local events.

  • What if you don't know how to dance or
  • what if your bashful or
  • what if you don't have a flouncy skirt?
Lighten up! It's for everyone!

Dances are taught and experienced dancers help
newcomers. No costumes are needed.
Come as singles, couples, or groups.
It is nice but not necessary to bring a partner.

This is cool on a number of levels.
  1. The church allows the community to use its facilities
  2. Anyone can join in to dance or just watch.
  3. Super outreach and...
  4. ITS FUN!

Contra Jesus approves Idlewild for this week's Dancin' Jesus Award!

Here is Jesus trying to teach the crowd a few steps.

John Shuck is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton Tennessee and he blogs at Shuck and Jive. Contact him with your joyful news at this E-mail.

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