Painted Man Country Dance (Part 1 of 3) | Beyond the Page

Painted Man Country Dance (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, September 1, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Bookmobile: Brooklyn Community Center Gymnasium (102 N Rutland Ave, Brooklyn, WI 53521)

Program Description:

How does popular Country music, with its vivid imagery of small-town life and winding backroads connect to the ongoing struggle for equity occurring in our larger cities and counties? Join Country Swing Dance coach, David Hunt, as he explores how these separate experiences intertwine.

In three unique workshops, David unearths the comments and actions taken by some famous Country music artists who have clearly connected the two ideas together. David looks at how these performers use their platform not only to keep diversity and inclusion alive within their genre of music, but also publicly support efforts to disrupt institutional racism in the post George Floyd era.

Each workshop will feature a brief presentation highlighting one or more select performers. These discussions will center empathy and cut through the divisive narratives of the day. Next, David will lead a 45 minute instructional dance session. Everyone is invited to partner up to learn basic Country Swing Dance steps to the hit songs recorded by the highlighted artist(s). The dance movements are fun and accessible for beginners of all ability levels!

Attire for the workshops is casual and we ask that you please bring low-grip or non rubber soled shoes/boots to the workshop to dance in.


Workshop Series Topics:

9/1: Black country artists make waves.

Artist Spotlight: Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, & Daniel Breland

Dance Technique: Country Shuffle

9/8: The cost of saying Black Lives Matter.

Artist Spotlight: Chris Stapleton

Dance Technique: Country Swing Basics

9/15: A fall from grace with a valuable lesson

Artist Spotlight: Morgan Wallen

Dance Technique: Combination and Open Dance


Presenter Bio:

David Hunt is an African American owner and operator of Wildly Dance, a Phoenix based dance company. Learn more on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram.

David has worked as a lead instructor for eight years to make Country Swing dance easy and fun to learn. After relocating from Phoenix to Fitchburg four years ago, David’s goal is to now spread the dance style here in Dane County. Thank you for your support!


Headshot of David Hunt, smiling and wearing baseball cap.
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