Frequently Asked Questions about our Heritage Week
What levels of music instruction are offered?
Our Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week (DBCCHW) typically offers intensive instruction in Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Cajun Accordion; Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Cajun Fiddle; Beginning and Intermediate/Advanced Cajun Guitar; Creole/Zydeco Accordion; Creole Fiddle; Vocals; and often much more, including Louisiana cuisine.
Where is Chicot State Park?
Chicot State Park is seven miles north of Ville Platte, La. and approximately 45 minutes north of Lafayette. Lafayette is 120 miles west of New Orleans.
Do I have to participate full-time in the DBCCHW?
No, there are plenty of activities for part-time participants to enjoy throughout the week including our Morning Intensive classes, Featured Artist presentations, afternoon workshops, dance lessons and our nightly open-to-the-public dances. What's more, our Roots Heritage Festival, also open to the public, takes place all day on Saturday and features dance bands, workshops and fun for the entire family.
What types of accommodations are available at Chicot State Park?
The park offers brand-new waterside cabins that house up to eight people, dormitories, and campsites with utility hook-ups. Camp participants may also elect to stay offsite in nearby Ville Platte's motels.
What should I bring?
Musical instruments (C accordion, if you are bringing one)
Extra strings, tuners, etc.
Flashlight, mosquito repellent
Earplugs for sleeping
Traveling coffee mug
$$ or credit cards to buy artist CD’s, raffle tickets, LFR t-shirts, mugs, hats
Comfortable dancing shoes
Warm weather clothing for day
Cool weather clothing for evenings/nights
If you are staying in a dorm, bring sheets and a blanket, or a sleeping bag. Pillows are provided, but you may want to bring your own.
Cabins are equipped with bedding
Other items you may find useful:
Camera, binoculars, hat, sunglasses, hiking shoes and other outdoor gear
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