The CZ Mission

Cascade Zydeco is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Association dedicated to bringing Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community.

Chere Weiss

Summer 2014 message from the Prez...

Hot Times in Zydecoland

We wrapped up and tied in a pretty (hot & sweaty) bow another Swamp Romp at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival! This annual event is our #1 marketing and outreach activity and THE party that zydeco fans from around the country come to each year. So many people said to me at the festival how much they love our dance community, our welcoming and friendly dancers, the good time and happy vibe. Read about it and watch the video on oregonlive.com

We could not accomplish this without the love and hard work of Dick Brainard, Roland & Janine Jemerson, and the many volunteers who staffed the booth, taught the dance lessons, ran the sound for the lessons, introduced the bands, and helped put up and take down the booth. Look for new dancers at our Wednesday night lessons and DJ dance parties, welcome them and ask them to dance!

Many thanks to outgoing CZ board members; Angie Lindquist and Amy Rosenthal for their service on the board, you will be missed! We are so grateful to returning board members Patty Kadel, Ben Groce, Gabe Farkas, Vicky Ryan Barbur, and Marie Torrillo. We will introduce our new board members at the annual meeting.

I want to say a special thank you to Penny Holeman and Phil Coquillette for hosting weekly Sunday zydeco dance and social time in Vancouver, Roland for coordinating the dance instructors & bands & our front door/set up volunteer angels, Kathy Jones, Angie Lindquist, Roberta Stevens, Susan Farkas, Rick Wiseman and Dave Maggalini! Cascade Zydeco is YOUR community, please get involved!

Et toi my friends, see you on the dance floor!


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Where in the world is Cajun/Zydeco?

Postings for Cajun/Zydeco dances on portlanddancing.com are now found at the bottom of the list under the letter "Z".

Wednesday Night Zydeco

2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Wednesdays
at Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Avenue • Portland, OR

When we're not hosting a live band, Cascade Zydeco hosts a friendly, welcoming, relaxed DJ dance at the Polish Hall on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Wednesday of each month, 3832 N Interstate Avenue.

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Dance on a beautiful floor and enjoy the ample off street parking around the back of the building. Turn on Overlook Blvd and park behind Kaiser. Enter through the side door on Failing Street.

All ages are welcome!

Polish HallFeel free to bring your own water bottle or soft drinks or purchase water there for just $1. And for those wanting to have an adult beverage, there are two dancer-friendly lounges one block north of Polish Hall on Interstate Avenue.

7:15 - 8pm Beginner lesson
8 - 10:00pm
Dance to DJ Music

Admission $6 general and $4 for CZ members includes the lesson


Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
Zydeco/Blues Fusion with Marjorie Taylor

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Cascade Zydeco welcomes our special 5th Wednesday instructor, Marjorie Taylor, who will bring the blues to Wednesday Zydeco.

Marjorie will give you some new ways to connect with your partners and encourage you to play with the music. "There's no need to hurry - it's the blues..." This lesson is for everybody from beginners to experienced dancers.

Polish Hall • 3832 N Interstate Ave • Portland

Lesson 7:15pm
Dance 8 - 10pm
Admission $6 general and $4 for CZ members includes the lesson


First Fridays with Roland & Janine

Roland and JanineFirst Wednesday is out. First Friday is in. The FIRST week of every month get your Zydeco on at Viscount Studio with Roland and Janine's First Friday Zydeco Social. Get as much or as little zydeco coaching as you want and have a relaxed evening of dancing with R & J's usual smooth and grounded zydeco groove and great playlist.

The Viscount Studio • 720 SE Sandy Blvd • Portland OR
Dance 7:30 - 10:30pm
all ages welcome


Join Cascade Zydeco or Renew Your Membership

Use PayPal or a credit card, download a printable membership form, or pick one up at a Wednesday night dance. Get dance discounts and help bring Zydeco and Cajun music and dance to our community!


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Sunday Zydeco in Vancouver, WA

Sunday Zydeco dancers

Dance Zydeco in Vancouver, WA every Sunday at the Silver Star Saloon, near the corner of 4th Plain and Andreson. Big wood dance floor, full bar, food, off street parking, and friendly dancers! Watch a video of the very first night at Silver Star Saloon.

Silver Star Saloon
6718 NE 4th Plain Rd, Vancouver, WA 98661

7 - 9 pm, lesson on request

Free, as always!

Questions? Contact Penny or Phil at twops@q.com  or (360) 576-8971.

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