Dancing by the Bayou™ established in 2008 by Sharon Schiliro and Michael Hart, promotes Cajun and Zydeco music and dance in the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia metropolitan areas.  The mission of Dancing by the Bayou is to promote the musical style, dance and unique history and traditions of Southwest Louisiana .


Glen Echo Park  programs are presented in cooperation with Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts & Culture Inc.,
the National Park Service, and Montgomery County, Maryland.




It always seems impossible until it's done. ~ Nelson Mandela


Almost ten years ago, Geno Delafose performed for the first Dancing by the Bayou Zydeco dance at the American Dance Institute.
Glen Echo Park was our next venue to host the Cajun/Zydeco dances. We spent many wonderful afternoons and evenings with musicians, bands and dancers from near and far.


The Surf Club, Blob's Park, Artisphere, Gypsy Sally's, The Kennedy Center and American Legions, opened their doors and let us in. We danced, we laughed, we engaged with the musicians and the music and made long lasting friendships. Saturday, June 3 2017 Geno played for our last dance at the Cheverly American Leigon


We want to thank you, each and every person who supported Dancing by the Bayou. You all helped make this journey happen. To all the musicians, the sound technicians, the dancers, dance instructors, the venues and the volunteers, you all made the impossible, possible and we thank you.

Michael will remain involved with his Louisiana music radio program at WOWD, Tuesdays at 8pm; listen at www.takomaradio.org.
We will continue to support Cajun/Zydeco music and our local DC musicians and their music.

With Love and Gratitude,
Sharon Schiliro and Michael Hart