Dance United – New Orleans Comes to Westerly


Join us for the second annual DANCE UNITED – a dance party with a dance contest and lesson hosted by the Friends of the UNITED featuring the New Orleans jazz sounds of the Catnip Junkies. The event will include a one hour dance lesson led by Jody Rudnick followed by an open dance floor. Open to all and no experience is necessary! Last year’s event sold-out, so buy your tickets early!

Attendees will be judged by a panel and the winners for “Best Dressed,” “Most Spirited Dancer,” and “Best Couples Dance” will receive a cash prize. 

Special thanks goes out to our incredible community partners The Wine Store, Ed French & Son Inc. and McQuades Marketplace, as without their support, this event would not be possible. Get your tickets now for this amazing event!

About the Band, the CATNIP JUNKIES:

The Catnip Junkies specialize in the iconic sounds of New Orleans jazz, swing and brass band music to create a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Their musicians are not only skilled players, but also passionate performers who know how to engage a crowd and create a lively, fun atmosphere. From classic tunes to modern hits, our repertoire has something for everyone, ensuring that your guests will be tapping their toes and dancing all night long.

About the instructor, Jody Rudnick:

Jody comes from Ball Room lineage and was dancing before she could walk. Hailing originally from Providence, RI, she’ll go anywhere to find great music. Her experience ranges from Zydeco and Swing to all the Latin dances. Jody’s teaching philosophy is FUN first while engaging and entertaining her students. She has taught at the Rhythm and Roots, Strawberry Park and Fort Lauderdale Crawfish Festivals as well as MassMoca Arts Center and Woonsocket Mardi Gras. She currently teaches private lessons.