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Tom S. said on Aug 19, 2019 9:14 PM
Thank you, Ted! It meant a lot to us that you and JoAnn were able to come and do your thing. Your presence in the house is always appreciated! You had more folks at the party up there giving it a shot than I expected.
Theresa said on Feb 4, 2018 1:52 PM
Ted and Joanne gave a great dance lesson at Ashkenaz in Berkeley. He gives nice simple instructions, throws in a little humor and a lot of fun! I’m so happy you to see you on the rotation of instructors at Ashkenaz.
said on Jul 7, 2017 7:32 PM
Ted Just wanted to let you know that I went to Ashkenaz on the 4th of July and danced all night! I used all the steps you taught me. Lots of fun. Thanks so much.
Linda said on Jul 3, 2017 8:09 AM
I had a wonderful private lesson with Ted today. He gave me a great introduction to the basics of Zydeco. Ted's sense of humor, expertise, and encouragement made it a successful and very fun experience! Thank you, Ted. Linda
DIANE MCKAY said on Jun 21, 2017 4:03 AM
Thank you for the wonderful Zydeco dance lesson! I don't pick up things easily, but you made it easy for me. Lots of fun dancing with you Ted!
Bill M said on Aug 21, 2016 6:13 PM
Thanks Ted and Joanne, it is always such a treat to see you both use your wonderful talents when you teach Cajun Zydeco dance. See you both tomorrow...
Randy M. said on Aug 9, 2015 9:58 PM
Thanks for the great Zydeco Dance Lessons
Mark Gentry said on Jun 22, 2015 10:31 AM
Took both lessons from Jo Ann and Ted at the Cajun & Blues Festival and that was enough to get started. What a hoot! Thanks Ted.
Jim S said on May 20, 2015 2:54 AM
Ted and JoAnn gave a great zydeco lesson at the Bryte VFW Zydeco dance party last Sunday. While my wife and I do other kinds of dancing regularly, we were rusty on our zydeco. No other couples were on the dance floor for the first 15 minutes, so we got a private crash-course that quickly had us up to speed on the basic steps. Then we got some very helpful tips on styling and variations on the basic steps. When newbies joined the lesson Ted and JoAnn were able to get everyone dancing and having fun. Well done! There may be a private lesson in our future...
Bill Resneck said on May 12, 2015 10:21 AM
I have seen Ted dance for a long time as a member of the zydeco community here in northern California. Not only is he a patient and skilled teacher, but more importantly he conveys the joy that dancing brings. Keep up the good work.
Sheila said on Nov 8, 2014 9:42 AM
Thank you for the awesome dance lesson in Cotati. You are a wonderful teacher. I hope I can dance with your again someday!
Coleen V said on Sep 17, 2014 1:45 AM
The zydeco dance lessons at the Cotati Accordion Festival were great. You're an excellent teacher and a lot of fun. I think something clicked and I finally got it!
Frank Aguilar said on Aug 4, 2014 2:46 AM
Ted, no matter where you go, you leave an ever lasting impression on people. Your a great friend and your always welcome to join us dancing. You started me dancing Zydeco and will always be grateful to you.
Pete said on Nov 18, 2013 9:48 PM
"Ted's the best! Always more fun when you know what you're doing... thanks from the BBBB!"
Marsh said on Nov 18, 2013 9:46 PM
"You are a great and very patient teacher!"
Donna Reynolds said on Nov 18, 2013 0:40 AM
Ted, Had such a fun time at the Modesto Eagles last night with you and Tony. Thank you so much for the dance lessons and the dances throughout the evening. I had not danced zydeco steps before and with your help we were all dancing and having so much fun. You made it easy to learn and be comfortable as a beginner. You had the place hopping last night and hope to find you again at another zydeco dance.I have a new favorite besides east coast swing. Thanks again Ted. .
Joe said on Oct 27, 2013 2:24 AM
Dear Ted, I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users. Details of the Recommendation: "I've been at several events where Ted has lead dance instructions prior to a bands performance, and one event where he not only provided dance instruction, but also DJ'd the music for the entire night. He is the nicest guy and does his best to make sure everybody has a good time. I would highly recommend Ted for either his dance instruction or DJ services."
Jim Clabaugh said on Oct 25, 2013 10:54 PM
Dear Ted, I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users. Details of the Recommendation: "There's a reason I'm behind the camera, I can't dance, love music just can't dance a step. But I have seen Ted teach a few dance classes and in less than 1/2 hour, he had these folks steppin! Ted makes it look so easy that even a ol' codger like me mite work up the courage to give it a try. Hope you do the same."
Jill Lloyd said on Sep 30, 2013 9:34 PM
The comments above reflect my sentiments as well re Ted. We hired him for the Big Squeeze/OC Accordion Festival to teach zydeco dance lessons. We were impressed right from the start. A show organizer always loves a performer who shows up plenty early to check out the lay of the land, meet with the sound staff and be ready. Ted did all that, and was so pleasant to work with. Our sound and stage crew rarely comment about things like this, but they all reported to me about how great Ted was to work with. And he gave lessons that were easy for dancers of all levels, including beginners, to follow. He was patient, fun and got people on their feet. His assistant Joann was also a wonderful addition. Brought along Mardi Gras beads for the dancers too! Always a nice touch. We will definitely be hiring Ted again for future events, as well as refer others to him as well. THANKS TED!
Frank A said on Jul 1, 2013 11:04 PM
She wasn't the only one, two ladies I was helping out were so happy at the end of the nite for the lessons and for me showing them how to apply the steps...They wanted to learn more but the nite had ended... Cowboy, you bring joy to peoples lives every time you teach..
Claire R said on Jul 1, 2013 11:01 PM
Exactly what I feel whenever I dance wih you. Hoping and looking forward to the next dance with you. God bless you
Bev R said on Jul 1, 2013 10:59 PM
Ted, As always, your dance lesson prior to the Eagles' club dance, was great fun. I spoke with several participants who said they'd never been to a Zydeco event before; to a person, they were pleased to have learned a level of comfort with the dance. Your relaxed, yet detailed methods are the reason. Yep, you have the ability to guide folks to having tons of fun in an unexpected way. Thanks for all you do to expand the joy of Zydeco.
Debra said on Jun 30, 2013 12:13 PM
You brought joy to my dancing feet..If there is such a feeling of too much fun that would be how I felt in Modesto with my lesson from Ted
Denyse Miller said on Jun 30, 2013 12:10 PM
Ted had the dance floor filled at the Modesto Eagles Hall tonight. Ted brings the Zydeco music listeners to their feet even when they've never heard or danced to it. A lot of fun (Ted can be a bit of a comedian at times but that's part of the fun), he takes it slow for those that are new to Zydeco, and he adds a little spice to his dance instruction for those that are a little more developed in their dance skills (and those Zydeco folks LOVE their spice). :-) Thanks again for the dances, Ted. Always a pleasure.
Mary B, BJD said on Mar 24, 2013 8:04 AM
Thank you Ted. I knew you could dance but did not know you was a teacher.Keep it up, Mary Mary, not only can he dance, he is the Best zydeco dance teacher in California.BJD
Peter Oliver said on Mar 13, 2013 0:52 AM
Ted and Joann, I love the way you teach Zydeco. You make it so easy to understand the moves and transitions between steps. And you make it fun. It is a pleasure to see such large groups taking your lessons at the Bon Temps Social Club dances. We are lucky to have you. We are looking forward to your lessons at Gator by the Bay. Peter
Lynda Sterling said on Feb 26, 2013 5:29 AM
Ted & JoAnn, Thanks so much for the dance lessons. I love to watch you two dance, but most importantly, I'm learning something. You make it so easy and fun! Keep on rockin; Lynda
Al Gardner said on Jan 15, 2013 1:05 AM
Hey Ted, Thanks for your help with the Bon Temp dance lessons. i heard they were great! Thanks again,AL.
Claire said on Dec 8, 2012 0:44 AM
I enjoyed checking your website. Keep dancing ! God bless you
Bill Miller said on Aug 21, 2012 8:22 AM
Ted held court at Friar Tuck's Pub in Cotati, during the Accordion Festival 2012. For two days, he taught a packed house of avid Cajun Zydeco dancers the moves - what a good time !!! Let the good times roll...
Peri said on Aug 20, 2012 8:03 AM
Hi Ted and JoAnn, You made the Cotati Accordian Festival even more fun. Having the Zydeco lessons prior to the groups, Motor Dude Zydeco and Mark St Mary, was a stroke of of genius. You really helped rock the Friar Tuck Pub. Looking forward to the 2013 Festival.
Carol and Sean said on Aug 7, 2012 5:22 AM
Hi Ted,Thanks for the lesson at Tio Leo's last week. We learned some new moves and really enjoyed it. Do you give lessons at Lamplighter in Spring Valley? How much do you charge for private lessons? Thanks again, Carol and Sean
LK-R&B & ZYDECO Line Dance Queen of San Diego said on Jun 22, 2012 5:12 AM
Ted & JoAnn, I enjoyed dancing with you guys at TIO LEOS on Napa street on 6/20/12. Awesome Job!!
Justin said on Jun 20, 2012 6:34 AM
Ted, you were awesome! We were so pleased with the job you did. Please let us know if you need any recommendations, testimonials for your website, etc. We enjoyed it! Thank you so much! We had such a blast. Justin
Electric Rick said on Jun 18, 2012 2:04 PM
Very cool that you will be teaching at Tio Leo's this week.
NORA . APRIL 11 2012 TIME 2.49 P.M. said on Apr 12, 2012 3:44 AM
HET TED. MY NAME IS NORA IM A FRIEND OF SIDNEY & RUBY AT THE PETROLUEM CLUB. LONG BEACH CALIF,WE WAS AT THE LAST DANCE WIN MIGUEL FONTENOT WAS THERE.I LIVE IN PHOENIX ARIZONA . YOU AND WIFE LOOK SO GOOD DOING THE ZYDECO DANCE LESSION TOGETHE5R . AND WE WANT TO THINK YOU & WIFE AGINE. GOD BLESS
Linda Ryan said on Apr 9, 2012 10:54 PM
Thanks so much for making our first Zydeco dance at the Bothwell a blast! Everyone had such a great time (even our volunteers), and JoAnn's gumbo was great. Word is really starting to get out about the May event with Mark St. Mary's band. Thanks for being so supportive of this new spot for dancing...
GWEN. APRIL 7 2012 11.50 A.M. said on Apr 8, 2012 0:36 AM
HEY TED MY NAME IS GWEN IM A FRIEND OF SIDNEY. WE WAS AT YOUR LAST DANCE AT THE PETROLEUM CLUB. WEN MIGUEL FONTENOT YOU & WIFE ARE AWESOME WITH THE ZYDECO DANCE LESSION. WE WILL BE BACK FOE DEXTER & ANDRA SHOW.WE LOVE YOU & WIFE STYE OF DANCE. WE LOVE YOU ALL. GOD BLESS. GWEN & MOTHER & DAUGHTER. YOU GUY ARE THE BEST. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
CAROLYN JANICE & MARCH 22 2012 & 1.45 P.M. said on Mar 23, 2012 2:27 AM
hey ted my name is carolyn janice my uncle name sidney. i also live in lake charles. louisiana. i was in los angeles california two mount ago and we came to the petroleum club to see you and wife do the zydeco dance lession. you are the best around count.and we want to think you and your wife for comming over to the petroleum club to be uncle special gust with the zydeco dance lession. we love you all
LILLIAN TATE & MARCH 22 2012 & 8 .20 a.m said on Mar 22, 2012 9:00 PM
hey ted my name is lillian tete. i live lake charles louisiana my brother name sidney and my sister in law name ruby . ted you and wife are the best foe for the zydeco dance lession around the county. and we to think you and wife for be a part of the petroleum club . i will be back to see you agine. god bless you & wife
IJYASH THOMP MARCH 18 2012 806 P,M, said on Mar 19, 2012 8:47 AM
HEY TED MY NAME IJYASH. MY DAD NAME SIDNEY AND WE ALL LIKE YOU AND YOUR WIFE DANCE LESSION. YOU GUY IS THE BEST. SEE YOU AT THE NEXT DANCE. AT THE PETROLEUM CLUB . LONG BEACH . CALIFORNIA 90807
TONGULAYA LOVELACE MARCH 18 2012 2.20 P.M. said on Mar 19, 2012 2:53 AM
HEY TED I WANT TO THINK YOU & WIFE FOR COMMING OVER TO THE PETROLEUM CLUB FOR THE ZYDECO LESSION. WE LOVE YOU & WIFE STYLE OF DANCE . WE LOVE YOU ALL
priscilla gauthier march 11 2012 said on Mar 12, 2012 0:04 AM
hey ted i want to think you and your wife for comming over at the petroleum club. long beach, ca 90807 . think you guys for the zydeco dance lession. we love you all
SIDNEY & RUBY. FEB 5 2012 P,M, said on Mar 6, 2012 5:03 AM
HEY TED. RUBY & I WANT THINK YOU FOR COMMING OVER AT THE PETROLEUM CLUB, LONG BEACH.CA FOR ZYDECO LESSONS
Linda Ryan, Manager of the Bothwell Arts Center said on Feb 17, 2012 11:00 PM
Can't wait to start Zydeco Dance Lessons in Livermore with you on March 31st, Ted, and can't wait to try Joanna's gumbo!
Terry Lev said on Feb 8, 2012 4:41 AM
Thank you again for being at my party, it was a huge success! I so appreciate that you and JoAnn where there, I had lots of great feedback about the lessons! Take care. Terry
Starlene said on Nov 5, 2011 1:35 AM
Ted, I came to your dance lesson this week at Tio Lio's. I've been dancing zydeco for a little over 2 years now, and have had lessons with various instructors. You are terrific! I noticed that often the new people might know the steps but they are off the beat. I liked the way you began the lesson with feeling the beat first. Then you kept it simple with just a back and forth "1, 2, 3, 4 (easier for people to get than slow quick quick slow). Finally you really zoned in on individuals who might need help by having couples dance one at a time, vs. the whole group. Kudos to you!
Greg Benusa said on Nov 2, 2011 8:58 AM
Ted is a natural teacher with great perspecitives and understanding of the dance and music. I always loved learning from different instructors when I was learning Zydeco and I still do enjoy it years later as I always learn something new!!
joel french said on Sep 13, 2011 9:23 AM
I've been a zydeco dancer for 6 years...I get lots of compliments and requests to dance and teach...when I was starting out I watched for good dancers to pattern my moves after..and that's when I noticed Ted and I liked the way he moved.. so unbeknown to Ted... he became my zydeco mentor
Doug & Susie Faber said on Sep 11, 2011 11:34 AM
Ted, my wife and I had a great time at the Bon Temps in San Diego tonight, celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary, and you really had everyone up on their feet. Your fun zydeco lesson before the band started, and during their break kept the party going at full speed. We'll practice, and hopefully get to show you our improved dance steps in the future.-Laissez le Bon temp rouler --Doug & Susie
Linda Conner said on Aug 23, 2011 9:01 PM
Dear Ted, You were a great addition to the festival. Mark Aug. 18 and 19, 2012 on your calendar. Let's do it again. Thank you so much for your service to the festival. Linda, Cotati Accordian Festival
Eva Ferreira said on Jun 27, 2011 2:18 AM
My husband and I were invited to see Ted Sherrod teach us to dance the Zydeco way. we, I really enjoyed watching and then trying some of their dances. Hes good at what he teaches and he takes his time and helps everyone.. Thank You so very much for teaching us and for all the help you give each and everyone their. If you see him in your town take advantage of it and go check him,them out. His partner is awesome as well. Again thank You..
Amando said on Jun 26, 2011 11:33 PM
Hi Ted, it was a pleasure meeting you last night at Eagles Hall. You and your partner are great teachers. Aida and I appreciate the dance lessons specially the dvd that you gave us. Thanks again and take care. Regards,
John & Mary Costa said on Jun 26, 2011 12:48 PM
Hey Ted, Thanks for all the lessons at the Eagles hall in Modesto, With the BluesBox Band & we had a great time. I can't remember not having a great time when you were there. We get a kick out of just watching you dance. Looking forward to the next time you are in the area.
Greg & Marcia Sorini said on May 31, 2011 9:20 AM
Thanks for the lessons and great tunes in San Diego Ted. We've now added a few line dances to our repertoire. Hope to see you in Alameda soon!
Frank A said on Mar 28, 2011 4:45 AM
Ted, your lesson at the Eagle's Hall in Modesto with the Blue Box Band was great as always is. And the proof is by the people at the end of the dance that wanted you to continue giving lessons. I enjoy taking your lessons and helping where I can. I love Zydeco and offered to give basic lesson to a group of people in Modesto. Thanks Again for a great job..
Liz Walker said on Mar 14, 2011 5:13 AM
Ted, We all had a blast! Loved the dance lessons. Thanks for being so accommodating. And thanks for the membership. FYI, I did pass your business card on to my liaison with the Jazz Jubilee. Maybe something will come from that for you.
Warren Semien said on Mar 2, 2011 1:56 AM
Ted, the people really enjoyed your dance lesson that was taught at our Valentines Day Dance Feb.12th, 2011 at St. Paul Shipwreck in SF. Calif. Great music and dancing! Thanks for coming! From: Warren Semien and the St. Paul Shipwreck Zydeco Committee.
Sandy Darringer said on Jan 18, 2011 1:11 PM
I caught on to Zydaco at a festival but kept missin a beat. Ted and Joann came to Sacramento for a two hour class and I joined in. It was so helpful and so much fun I decided to jump on a plane to Laffette and stay at the blue moon where Cetric Watson played that nite! I just about out danced some of the better dancers! Next nite Geno played at some big cowboy bar. I think I went straight up for about three hours. I tell ya. Once Ted gave me a little coaching on the additude of the dance, how to feel the music and a few basic steps I wa.s on my way. SACRAMENTO...YOU NEED TO SHOW UP FOR THIS1
Virginia Sutherst said on Jan 6, 2011 5:26 AM
Ted, I really enjoyed your crowd pleasing, get 'em up dancing ways and I think our patrons really had a great time. I've heard all kinds of good comments on the whole evening. You did a great job for us. I will spread the word about the DVDs and I meant to buy one myself that night but somehow I was just too busy keeping things rolling. I'm talking to BBBB about another date and hopefully we will see you all again very soon. Again thanks so much, Virginia, Stage3 Sonora
Ron Bombardier said on Nov 23, 2010 11:47 PM
Ya looking good Ted! If I here of any more events/dances I will let you know! Ron Bombardier
Pete Grimaldi said on Nov 23, 2010 10:59 PM
Always great fun and pleasure to work with, not only a great dance lesson but a lot of fun and laughs too! We love the "authentic vibe" Ted and Joanne bring to our shows...The BluesBox Bayou Band looks forward to working with Two Left Feet on many events this next season!
said on Nov 16, 2010 6:16 AM
Fun lesson at the Eagles Hall in Modesto. You kept us moving and grooving. Thanks for coming!
Frank A said on Nov 16, 2010 6:15 AM
Hey, you are Mr. Zydeco~! There isn't a place you go where Zydeco is played that they don't know you and your great dancing. You were the reason I took up dancing Zydeco, and the energy and great attitude of Zydeco sucked me up.Keep dancning and teaching, you helping the world keep rotating and people to live to dance. Frank (Turlock)
said on Nov 16, 2010 6:09 AM
One of many dance lessons I've enjoyed with Ted. This was at the Eagle's Hall in Modesto, CA where the Blues Box Bayou Band was playing. Ted always makes it fun, but what I found interesting was that he was able to entice just about everyone out onto the dance floor for the dance lesson. The dance floor was completely full, he taught the basics of Zydeco as a couples dance and he also taught a Zydeco line dance giving everyone a chance to dance. Ted and JoAnn gave a great demonstration of Zydeco dancing before the lesson which I believe demonstrated how fun Zydeco dancing can be. Great job, Ted!!
" Ted had the dance floor filled at the Modesto Eagles Hall tonight. Ted brings the Zydeco music listeners to their feet even when they've never heard or danced to it. A lot of fun (Ted can be a bit of a comedian at times but that's part of the fun), he takes it slow for those that are new to Zydeco, and he adds a little spice to his dance instruction for those that are a little more developed in their dance skills (and those Zydeco folks LOVE their spice). :-) Thanks again for the dances, Ted. Always a pleasure"
"You brought joy to my dancing feet..If there is such a feeling of too much fun that would be how I felt in Modesto with my lesson from Ted".
Hi Ted--do you give private lessons?My boyfriend wants to learn to dance, but is severely challenged in the rhythm department. Actually, I think he's teachable, but not by me. You are the only male teacher who can dance around here, and if he's going to learn, I want him to learn the right way! Please let me know if you are interested, and how much you charge. W.L.
The Queen of Zydeco
How to dance zydeco-by Gary Hayman
Lafayette Cajun Ryhthm DevilsTo get a good feel of how Cajun music sounds different than Zydeco music here is a good video clip of a more traditional sounding Cajun band.
Tom Rigney and Flambeau "Hounded"