■ Arlene Lehtone / Contributed
The following bands will be playing a variety of dance music at Hemet West, 5001 West Florida Avenue in Hemet, for the month of May 2017:
May 2 – Punch and Judy. This dance will have a Cinco de Mayo theme, so dress up in your Cinco de Mayo outfits (not required).
May 9 – Rainbow Cottage
May 16 – Stage Robbers
May 23 – E’klektic will play a jump, jive, and swing theme.
May 30 – Rhonda and her Showdown
Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) observes the Mexican army’s 1862 conquest over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861 to 1867). It evolved into celebrating Mexican culture and heritage. Chicano activists increased awareness of the holiday in the 1960s.
The term “swing” became a common word used to describe the lindy hop and jitterbug, which American soldiers brought to Europe around 1940. The term “jive” was adopted in the UK. The jive originated in the U.S. from African-Americans in the early 1930s. It is a lively variation of the jitterbug, a form of swing dance. Technique variations brought out styles like the boogie-woogie and the swing boogie.
These Wednesday Night Dances for seniors are from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Admission is $6 per person. Proper attire is required, and alcohol is not allowed. Opportunity drawings offer free tickets. Tables have snacks and pitchers of water. Freshly brewed tea and coffee are also available. For further information about these popular dances, contact Kathy Perry at 951-692-0891.