Growing up in Baton Rouge where everyone freely dances together at any music event, I have been eager to bring that spirit to my community in Santa Monica. I proposed to Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division a semi-organized open dance event at one of the city’s summer concerts. We called it a “Community Dance Jam.” I invited concert attendees to to learn a circle dance and a line dance. Music (and dance) lovers of all ages participated. We even capped off the concert with a bona fide New Orleans style second-line dance, complete with flying handkerchiefs.