GENESEO — The SUNY Geneseo Department of Music will be sponsoring an event that includes dance lessons to anyone who wants to learn a little something about square dancing, fiddles, and old-fashioned polka.
According to a press release from SUNY Geneseo, the String Band, directed by Department of Music Lecturer Jim Kimball, will be playing live at the open-community Square Dance on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom, according to a press release from the school.
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“Some [participants] are folks who have grown up doing these dances at rural events in western New York,” said Kimball. “Others are brand new to square dancing, and we always seem to get them all dancing together.”
Participants will step to Eastern styles of dancing and waltzing, as well as polka music and a probable simple line dance. Basic instructions accompanied by music will lead to the locking of arms of any student, faculty, staff or community member who joins in the sway.
“The dances are mostly repetitive and uncomplicated and will generally be taught or walked through before the music starts,” said Kimball. “We start with the easiest dances and add figures as the evening progresses. Beginners are very welcome and always seem to have a good time.”
General admission is $3 and $1 for students. Children ages 12 and under can attend for free. Refreshments will be available at the event, courtesy of the MacVittie College Union’s Starbucks, and there will be free parking at any faculty parking lot.