Dance


Professional troupes such as Watch Your Step! provide authentic demonstrations of Jazz Age dances.

At the Evergreen Jazz Festival, professional troupes such as Watch Your Step! provide authentic demonstrations of Jazz Age dances.

The Jazz Age saw the creation of many new, energetic dances, and today it’s still a challenge to keep your feet from moving while listening to this great music. Fortunately, there’s no need to sit still! Dancing is encouraged during every set. The prime location is the Elks Ballroom, but feel free to use any open space!

Not too sure about your Jitterbug or Foxtrot? Each day the Festival begins with a free dance lesson in the Elks Ballroom. Need a partner? Wearing a string of red beads (you’ll find them at the front desk) is the signal that you’re available to dance.

You’ll also want to catch the dance demonstrations that take place between sets. Professional ensembles take you back to the Roaring Twenties with their authentic renditions of the Lindy Hop, Charleston and more, and their costumes are positively “23 Skidoo!”

Even dedicated toe-tappers say the dancers add an extra element to the joy of the music and are just plain fun to watch. So whether you’re out on the floor or enjoying the scene from the sidelines, dancing is an important part of the weekend. Enjoy!