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Friday Family Dances open the floor to all

Friday night, the dance floor will be open at St. John’s Cathedral.

Everyone one is welcome, from babies to grandparents, said Susan Dankovich, who leads the dancing.

“You do not have to have any experience; you do not have to have a partner,” she said. “It’s open to everyone. We call it a family dance because I wanted to have kids dancing.”

Dankovich said she does a variety of dances from around the globe, including Israel, Germany, Russia and Mexico.

“Everything is taught, and there’s not too much that’s very difficult,” she said. “It’s easy community dances.”

The cathedral donates the space for the dance as an outreach to families in the community, said Michelle Klippert, the cathedral’s children and youth ministries coordinator.

The dances happen the first Friday of the month, September through May. Each gathering starts with a potluck dinner. A band provides the music. Dancers should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

“We pull you along and put you in the right place,” Dankovich said. “It’s a good time.”

Dankovich leads the monthly gatherings because she wants to see the music and dances passed on. She thinks they’re an important part of cultural education.

When doing Swedish dancing or a New England contra dance, “It gives you just a little bit bigger picture of what it’d be like in that culture,” she said.

And it also gives people a place where multiple generations can have fun, Dankovich said.

“Kids get to see their parents being really silly – that’s also a really fun part of the dance.”

Kimberly Lusk

What: Friday Family Dances

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday; held the first Friday of the month September through May

Where: St. John’s Cathedral, 127 E. 12th Ave.

Cost: Free; donations accepted for the band

Info: (509) 533-9955 or sdanko@cet.com

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