Whether you haven’t been to a dance since prom or you spin like a dervish every Tuesday night at The Wort Hotel, you can grab your loved ones and dance the night away to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
The HeartBeats Valentine’s Dance will kick off the weekend of love Friday night in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. The event will bring together the talents of Cathedral Voices and the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole for an evening of live music and spirited dancing.
The two musical powerhouses will put on a toe-tapping set list of Motown favorites, ’80s ballads, contemporary pop and rock hits and classic big band jazz standards inspired by the likes of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin.
“Some of our modern inspirations include Queen and Billy Joel,” said Laura Huckin, Cathedral Voices’ artistic director. “We have danceable tunes, some slow songs for couples and a few surprises that are just plain fun.”
Cathedral Voices is an auditioned vocal ensemble made up of local and regional singers. The group has two ensembles with almost 30 voices between them, with several singers coming from as far away as Star Valley and Pinedale to participate in the music-making.
Founded in 2003, Cathedral Voices’ mission is to inspire harmony and community through music. The group loves to seek out opportunities to integrate music into the artistic life of Jackson and partnered with Jackson Hole Public Art for last month’s GLOW Nights Celebration.
Huckin is especially thrilled about the chance to join forces with the Jazz Foundation of Jackson Hole.
“They’re a great bunch of musicians who really raise the energy level with their great brass sound and solid rhythm section,” Huckin said.
The event is open to all, with a suggested $5 donation at the door. All donations will go to support music education programs — Cathedral Voices, in partnership with other Jackson music organizations and the Center for the Arts, provides musical coaching and guidance to students in the public school system.
“The event is entirely free, and we want everyone to enjoy stepping in from the cold and connecting with others in a fun and safe place — both young and old, fancy-dressed and completely casual,” Huckin said. “It’s a total Jackson-style party.”
For those who might need to give their dancing feet a rest, food and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase throughout the night.
“Valentine’s is hit or miss for many people, right? The pressure to impress, or spend money, or if you’re single, can be annoying or even depressing. Most people either love it or loathe it,” said Huckin. “And HeartBeats is for both types of people. We love this event because couples can make it part of their date night, singles can hang with their friends or make new ones, and everyone can dance.”
So whether you love or loathe Valentine’s day, there’s no better excuse for enjoying good music and good company. Come with friends, a significant other, a husband, wife, family, kids ... or fly solo — it’s sure to be a night to remember. ￼