Waltz etcetera: About half waltzes, half a mix of other dances

Every Monday night, including holidays

Our flagship dance: friendly, casual, and very well attended (60-80 dancers), every Monday including holidays at the Lake City Community Center. We've been putting on a weekly dance since January 1999.

6:30 pm: beginning and intermediate drop-in classes

Every Monday at 6:30 pm we offer two classes running concurrently, one for beginners and one for experienced dancers. We've been teaching dance since September 1999. We usually teach waltz, but sometimes mix it up a bit; check Z's dance forecast to see what we're teaching now. Classes are $15 per person, or $20 for class + dance.

7:30 pm: dance!

We play about half waltzes, half a mix of swing (east & west), blues, cha-cha, nightclub 2-step, foxtrot, salsa, tango etcetera. Around 9:30 we dial it down & play more intimate music: blues, fusion, alternative tango, etc. We dance until 10, sometimes later. Friendly dancers and always a good turnout. Come dance! $6, but don't let financial hard times keep you away. Come dance, pay what you can.

Where?

At Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE in Seattle. Follow this link for more info on the dance hall, a map, and transit info. Plenty of free parking in their lot & nearby.

1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons: Musicality/Creativity Lab

We've changed our format for 1st & 3rd Sundays. Instead of a class followed by a dance, we've switching to a Lab format where we alternate class time with practica time, so you can try out the new material in a few real dances. We have 5 sessions: class - practica - class - practica - class. Each session is 15-20 minutes long. We play short songs during the practica sessions so dancers have an opportunity to try out the new material with several partners. The last class session includes a review, which you're welcome to video. The 5 sessions last about 90 minutes, after which we have open dancing.

Our focus is musicality & creativity. Our goal is to help you develop the tools and technique to go beyond set moves & patterns and really dance to the music, not just the beat. We encourage all our students to dance both roles and to swap roles freely if their partner's agreeable. Our classes usually cross dance genres, working with a given technique or concept in several dances, e.g. waltz, blues, one-step, & foxtrot.

Details: 1 pm until 3:30 or 4, depending on demand. $20 per person. You can come for just the open dancing that begins at about 2:30; since that part will now be shorter, we're lowering the price to $5. We dance in the sweet upstairs ballroom at Salmon Bay Eagles, 5216 20th Ave NW in old-town Ballard. The bar downstairs has very reasonably drink prices, and you can bring your drink upstairs with you (but don't take it outside). If you don't spot street parking, consider the Swedish Hospital parking garage, across the street from the Eagles' back door (more info & a map here). Or the bus: the 44 and the D Line both run nearby.

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