French Dance Tonight
American Experience Season 5

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This program is part of the American Experience series, produced by PBS. In this episode, the viewer takes a two-step inside the French culture of Louisiana. There, people say J'ai ete au bal (I went to the dance) on a regular basis, for dancing is an integral part of the fabric of life. The film goes inside the Cajun and zydeco clubs that dot the landscape, where the fais do-do's take place. Interviews with important musicians from the two genres give the viewer insight into the similarities and differences in the musical traditions and folkways of the people who love them.