Cascade Zydeco

CZ Dance Instructors

Learn to Dance Resources

Basic Zydeco Dancing For Novices & Beginners by Gary Hayman

Link to Next Live Band Event


Zydeco Lessons

If you want to learn to dance zydeco or if you want an instructor for an event, here are some suggestions:

Wednesday/Friday Night Lessons

Dance Instructors

Roland Jemerson and Janine Tebeau-Jemerson

Roland and Janine Roland and Janine are deeply committed to the tradition of Zydeco. Their style is smooth and effortless. You can find them the second Friday of the month at Viscount Studio hosting their Second Friday Zydeco Social from 8:00 - 10:30. Contact Roland and Janine at

Video: Roland and Janine

Adam and Ali Grimshaw

Ali and Adam Grimshaw Adam and Ali Grimshaw have taught Zydeco, East Coast Swing, and Waltz dance classes in Portland since 1996. They emphasize fun and partner appreciation in their classes. They've taught at festivals, dance camps, live music dances, private company parties, weddings, birthday parties, schools and fund raisers from San Diego to Seattle and points in between. Contact them at

Video: Blues Festival Dance Demo

Ken Sargent & Cheré Weiss

Ken and ChereEvery third wednesday of the month Ken and Cheré are the instructors. Ken and Chere's style is smooth and bluesy and their teaching style is all about having fun, improvising, and playing with the dance. Ken's enormous library of Zydeco music keeps their playlists fresh and varied.

Contact Chere at and Ken at

Terri Jo Bonbright

TJ and RickTerri Jo teaches zydeco at Cascade Zydeco’s dance on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Terri Jo has a passion for dancing and has a Dance Club of 75 children in grades kindergarten–8th. She has taught many styles of dance and finds Zydeco one of the most infectious. Terri Jo loves teaching this fun, expressive, lively dance. Contact Terri Jo at

Video: Phil and Terri Jo


Marjorie Taylor

Marjorie TaylorMarjorie is often our guest blues/zydeco fusion instructor. Blues dance is improvisational, playful, and a great way to connect with your partner. Beginners can get that relaxed bluesy vibe and experienced dancers can pick up smooth new variations. Marjorie is an accomplished dancer in many genres including Argentine Tango.


Debra Seeck

Debra SeeckDebra occasionally fills in on Wednesdays for Cascade Zydeco. Mz. Jitterbug teaches East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Zydeco and Night-Club Two-Step. Contact Debra at

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