Free Dance Lessons

Dance Lessons are always happening at the Bon Temps Social Club Dance Pavilion

If you’re smiling, you’re doing it right. It’s a Bon Temps way of life!
It doesn’t really matter if you can’t dance, might dance or just plain won’t dance, as long as you’re having fun!

But, just in case you want to shake, shimmy or stomp your feet in other than free-style, there will be free lessons by some of the finest dance instructors in the country to help guide your feet into the rhythms of various styles of dance. The Bon Temps Social Club’s No Fault Dance Policy will be enforced.  The rule is: If you’re smiling, you’re doing it right.  If your dance partner is also smiling – everyone is having fun!

Check out our fantastic roster of dance instructors below.

Saturday May 9 at the Bon Temps Dance Pavilion
TIME INSTRUCTOR STYLE
11:30 PM Pat & Janice Muller Beginning Zydeco
12:10 PM Ben Pagac Intermediate Zydeco – Cheating the One
12:50 PM Adam and Ali Grimshaw East Coast Swing
1:30 PM Erin Brandt Women’s Zydeco Styling
2:10 PM Sean Donavan Whiskey River Jitterbug
2:50 PM Karen Redding Basic Waltz
3:30 PM AJ Gibbs Zydeco Partner Dancing
4:10 PM Ninfa Shkezas Zumba
4:50 PM Lori King Line Dance with LK
Sunday May 10 at the Bon Temps Dance Pavilion
TIME INSTRUCTOR STYLE
11:30 AM Greg Benusa Advanced Zydeco
12:10 PM Teddy and Brenda Valdez Creole Waltz
1:30 PM Erin Brandt Women’s Zydeco Styling
2:10 PM Sandy Baker and Gloria Albeg Beginning Cajun
2:10 PM Pat and Janice Muller Fun Jitterbug Moves
2:50 PM Liza Marians Zydeco
3:30 PM Janette Kutchins Learn the Jitterbug Swing Out
4:10 PM Peggy Merchant & Karl McArthur Country Two-Step
4:50 PM Lori King Line Dance with LK
Other Dance Lessons
DAY/TIME INSTRUCTOR STYLE LOCATION
Fri – 5:00 PM Pat & Janice Muller Beginning Zydeco BTSC Dance Pavilion
Fri – 6:10 PM Teddy & Brenda Valdez Creole Waltz Festival Stage
Sat – 11:00 AM Greg Benusa Beginning Zydeco Festival Stage
Sat – 1:00 PM AJ Gibbs Mydeco Festival Stage
Sat – 4:40 PM AJ Gibbs Mydeco Festival Stage
Sun – 5:40 PM AJ Gibbs Mydeco Festival Stage
And Many More To Be Announced!
Greg Benusa
Greg BenusaSan Diego
Greg Benusa has been teaching Zydeco, Cajun and Waltz as well other dances for over 15 years and hosted a weekly Zydeco dance for many years. He has recorded 4 Cajun & Zydeco Dance Instruction DVD’s which are available through www.LearnZydeco.com and continues to teach across the country as well his home base in San Diego. Greg also regularly updates a Zydeco blog called Zydeco Talk.
He recently released a website where he shares basic Zydeco accordion lessons from what he has learned over the years. For lessons or workshops he can be contacted at (619) 857-8409.
Ali & Adam Grimshaw
Ali & Adam GrimshawPortland,OR
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.
Pat & Janice Muller
Pat & Janice MullerSan Diego
Pat Muller has been dancing for over 25 Years. He believes that it’s all about having fun. His philosophy is “No Fault Dancing” where there are no stumbles, only new moves!

Specializing in East Coast Swing and Zydeco.

Erin Brandt
Erin BrandtSan Francisco
Erin Brandt, has taught dance for over 20 years in many areas of the U.S., including Florida, Alabama, DC, NYC, Washington, Seattle, Portland, Southern CA and the SF Bay Area. She’s danced live on the Fox and ABC Networks. Erin cannot help her passion for dance from spilling onto the teaching floor. She has a gift for infusing her students with laughter, teaching with ease, and bringing out the joy of dancing together. Erin uses her background in Movement Therapy to explain to her students how to get the styling and movement out of their bodies and onto the dance floor. She teaches with great insight, respect, and just the right blend of sensitivity and provocation.
AJ Gibbs
AJ GibbsLong Beach
Health & wealth coach at 90 for Life – FDI Youngevity Inc. and CEO & Founder at Zydeco Dance Instructor
Teddy & Brenda Valdez
Teddy & Brenda ValdezLas Vegas
Teddy and Brenda Valdez are both International Grand Champion Line Dancers. Teddy won his title in 1995 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Brenda won her title in Nashville in 1996. They have competed since 1991 at local, regional, national and international levels. They teach, choreograph, perform with their team, the Lone Wolf Dancers, and they still compete. Most recently in 2006 at the Nevada Senior Olympics, in individual and in team dances, they walked away with 36 gold medals and 2 silver medals. They have performed at the MGM Grand and the Texas Station in Las Vegas on the main showroom stage.
Lori King
Lori KingSan Diego
Lori, aka “L.K.” is a native of Texas and resides in San Diego. CA. She is a self-proclaimed “Queen of Zydeco Line Dancing” and an avid fanatic about all phases of dance.
L.K. is a master dance instructor as she can perform almost any style of dancing including “Couples Zydeco”, “Chicago Stepping”, “Salsa” and more. She is also a dynamic choreography as she has her own catalog of Line Dance routines and has choreographed routines for wedding couples.

If you are looking to learn Line Dance routines taught to different genres of music including R&B, Hip Hop, Zydeco and Country and Western then contact L.K. and you will be ripping up the Dance floor.

She coaches her own crew called the “L” Train, the L is a acronym for Line Dance.
She is the best Line Dance instructor in San Diego County. Step on the “L” Train and Line Dance with L.K.

MeetUp.com/LineDanceSanDiego

Liza Marians
Liza Marians
Fun, friendly, flexible, talented, and patient are some of the words students have used to describe dance instructor and DJ Liza. Liza has been choreographing and teaching beautiful wedding dances in San Diego for seventeen years. She has also been teaching folks how to partner and line dance for fun. Liza enjoys being a DJ, specializing in country western-themed events, hoedowns, birthday parties, weddings, and corporate events. She draws upon her experience working for Black Tie DJs. Liza was professionally trained as a ballroom dance instructor at Mac Vitties Dance Studio where she taught for a few years and then branched out on her own furthering her training with experts in the field.
Liza has been dancing all her life and loves inspiring and motivating people. Her favorite part of her job is making people happy.​
Sandy Baker & Sid Gutierez
Sandy Baker & Sid GutierezManhattan Beach
Sandy Baker and Sid Gutierez have 20+ years in the Zydeco and Cajun world and the CA teaching scene. I luv my Zydeco!
Ninfa_Shkezas
Ninfa_ShkezasZUMBA
Ninfa Skezas is a Zumba Instructor/ Owner of Party Fitness Studio in the San Diego area. Originally of South American descent, she has been exposed to and trained on a various type of dance throughout South America and beyond. These include but are not limited to Merengue, Salsa, Chacha, Cumbia, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and more.
Sean Donavan
Sean DonavanGreat Northwest
Presenting extraordinary dance instruction and music and dance events in the Great Northwest. Sean Patrick Donovan loves music and dance, and is passionate about teaching dance and helping others find sheer joy in movement. Positive and playful, Sean creatively communicates the essence of dance and its power to delight and transform us.
Peggy Merchant and Karl McArthur
Peggy Merchant and Karl McArthur
Peggy has been a dance instructor since her teens. She has taught and knows all the popular dances. In her instruction, she strives to make people feel good about themselves on the dance floor.

Karl has been a dance instructor since 1990. He taught Country Western and 1950’s Jitterbug Swing dances in a variety of venues; the Reno Sparks Recreation Department, various community colleges, as well as venues which “offer adult beverages.”

Karen Redding
Karen Redding
Karen Redding has been involved with the southern California Cajun and Zydeco music scene for the past 25 years. She’s taught Cajun and Zydeco dancing four times at the Los Angeles Music Center, four times for the Ford Theater, for the Irvine Barclay Theater and all major southern California Cajun and Zydeco festivals for the past 20 years. Her resume includes four years of teaching weekly dance classes at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach, teaching at private parties and corporate events and teaching one-on-one private lessons. She’s known for her gentle, supportive, student-centered style of teaching and for her unique ability to communicate to each student in a way that fits their own personal learning style. Karen has written a Louisiana music and dance newsletter with articles and stories about the history of the genre, interviews with Grammy-winner Chubby Carrier and many other notable Louisiana artists with subscribers throughout the US and several foreign countries. She’s also promoted Cajun and Zydeco dances and events featuring well-known performers. Karen is currently available for private dance lessons and assisting Louisiana artists with bookings in California.
Ted Sherrod
Ted SherrodSan Francisco
Zydeco Ted travels extensively to Texas/Louisiana; teaches basic Louisiana style Zydeco in New Orleans and has taught at numerous venues throughout Northern California as well as Simi Valley, Long Beach and Gator By The Bay Festivals.

He has a smooth Creole style which is great to observe and looks like a Zydeco dancer from Louisiana or Texas in comparison to a dance teacher from out of state who learned and started to teach Zydeco at a later point.