“One, two step, one, two step, now turn,” instructed dance teacher Francisco Martinez of the Dance Family Studio in Pasadena. He and his wife, Stacey Martinez, gave beginner-friendly dance lessons Thursday evening at the AMC Walkway in Downtown Burbank before the nine-piece band Phat Cat Swinger took the stage under a clear, summer evening sky.
For the past six years during the summer, the Downtown Burbank Partnership has hosted free dance lessons at 6 p.m. before a free concert at 7 every Thursday for nine weeks.
The series started last week with a successful turnout of 1,000 people, said Gail Stewart, Burbank business district manager.
The theme is “Come out and dance,” she said.
“Downtown is so busy over the weekends, so we do this on Thursday nights to give people another day of the weekend,” Stewart said.