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

Z's dance forecast: Upcoming dances (ours & others)

Waltz etcetera happens every Monday night including holidays, and we offer drop-in lessons before the dance (beginning & intermediate). We also teach musicality 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons. Our philosophy: kind, generous, respectful dancing to lots of different delicious rhythms: waltz, blues, swing, Latin, NC2, tango...

Thursday 1/29

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 1/30

The 7th Annual Century Ballroom Masquerade Waltz. Show begins at 8:30, dance 9 - 12:30. Attendance limited and lead-follow balanced. Advance tickets are $50; $60 at the door if any tickets are still available. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.centuryballroom.com/home/events/masquerade-waltz-1.

No Salsa & Swing Soiree tonight, due to a previously scheduled weekend showcase at Salsa 'n Seattle. See you there next week! More details at rolluptherug.com.

Saturday 1/31

Laura & SoleilMemorial (Celebration of Life) for Laura Mackey Cospito. There will be a celebration of Laura’s life on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 4:30 to 6:00 at the Sunset Hill Community Center, 3003 NW 66th St, Seattle, WA 98117. It is open to all who loved her. If have you have access to flowers, please feel free to bring them. Also if you have photos, artwork, or a printed story to share, you can arrive at 4:10 pm to help set up those items.

An obituary and a legacy guest book for Laura is now available here. Anyone can add comments to the guest book for up to 30 days. We Seattle friends plan to copy these comments to a scrapbook which we will provide to the family.

If you have stories or photos about Laura you’d like to share, please share them on Laura’s Facebook page (facebook.com/lauramackey.cospito), or contact Karen Ludwig who is collecting them, or bring them to Laura’s Celebration on the 31st.

Sunday 2/1 - Musicality Lab: A great new way to learn dance

1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons: Musicality Lab. The topic this time is  Pivot Turns. Pivot turns are found in waltz, foxtrot & tango. These are NOT Scandinavian-style grounded/counterbalanced traveling pivots, but rather a step that combines an exhilarating moment of loft with spinning and the possibility of a dramatic change of direction; your partners will be delighted. One pivot turn that will be familiar to some is the zigzag pivot; we'll use that a starting point other pivot turns. We'll study the technique for pivot turns in detail; they're frankly challenging at first. Then we'll look at different ways to incorporate them musically into your dancing.

In the Lab format, we alternate class time with practica time, so you have a chance to try out the new material in a few real dances. We start at 1 pm and we have 5 sessions: class - practica - class - practica - class. We play short songs in the practica sessions so you can try out the new material with several partners if you like. The 5 sessions last until about 3 pm, with open dancing afterward.

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, but swapping is not required. Lab classes often 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 a bit later. $20 per person. 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.

CANCELLED - No Dancing on the Lake tonight. A victim of football.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Monday 2/2: Waltz etcetera - Cross-step Waltz classes

6:30pm: Beginning and Intermediate classes. All of our classes are drop-in. $15 for the class, or $20 for class + dance.
  • Introduction to Cross-step Waltz. Cross-step is the easiest kind of waltz to get started with, and unlike some kinds of beginning waltz it will have you travelling across the floor from the very first step, not stuck in a box somewhere. Cross-step is a graceful, swooping dance, and it's the most popular kind of waltz at our dances (read more about Cross-step). This is also a great class for dancers interested in trying out the other role for the first time. Henry & Linda will teach you solid basics, with plenty of hands-on coaching and help. Our beginning classes are perfect for brand-new dancers or anyone who prefers a class that moves at a moderate, easygoing pace. We make it easy and fun to learn to dance!
  • Intermediate Cross-step Waltz. If you already know Cross-step basics, we've got the moves for you - come learn cool new stuff! Lynn & Zachariah have a big library of moves, and we keep coming up with new ones, often because we made a "mistake" and then something interesting came out of it; we encourage you to do the same! We love to blend in elements from other dances, like one-step & tango. We emphasize gentle, egalitarian, responsive leading & following in all of our teaching, and we encourage adventurous dancers to swap roles on the fly; we'll show you how to do that in Cross-step.
7:30 dance: friendly, casual, and very well-attended, just $6.

Until 10 or 10:30, at the Lake City Community Center. Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance: about half waltzes (of all speeds & styles), and half a mix of other partner dances. $6 for the dance (but don't let financial hard times keep you away; come dance!).

Tuesday 2/3

Joint-cover tango & WCS at the Century. Two dances going at once; pay one cover, float back & forth. There are usually classes in both dances immediately before; for details, check the Century Ballroom website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.

Blues on the Beat. Brought to you by Burn Blue. Seattle's premier blues dance, every Tuesday at Velocity Dance Center. Drop-in classes beginning at 8:30, dance begins at 9. Website: http://www.burnblue.org/; Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5064153117/.

Wednesday 2/4

Zen Practica: Fusion & Tango in the U District. The Lab has 2 dance spaces, and on Wednesday there's tango in one room and fusion in the other. The practicas start at 9 pm, and there's a fusion class at 8; $6 gets you in for any or all of it. The Lab is just north of the UW Bookstore, around back. Walk down the alley behind the bookstore and look for an alcove on the west side, mid-block, where a few cars can park; you'll find the entrance there. For more info on the tango part, check the calendar at allseattletango.com, or the Practica Zen Facebook page at facebook.com/ZenPractica. For more info on the fusion part, go to the  Seattle Fusion Experiment page at facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Thursday 2/5

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 2/6

Salsa & Swing Soiree. At Salsa 'n Seattle, 1200 Stewart St. Two dance floors and two DJs, one admission for both: Latin in the smaller front room (salsa, cha cha, bachata, merengue, etc), mixed dance hosted by Ari Levitt in the larger back room (swing, ballroom, waltz, WCS, NC2S, rhythm & blues, fusion, etc). Beginning dance class from 7:30-8:30 each time, then open dancing from 8:30, with late night blues & fusion on the back room after 10:30. Class & dance $15, dance only $10. See you there! More details at rolluptherug.com.

Saturday 2/7

NEW EVENT, NEW LOCATION! NW Dance presents Two Dances in One: Kevin Buster & Lunch Money in one room, DJ MaryLee Lykes in the other. Kevin & his band are equally adept at swing & blues; a highly danceable, enjoyable band. MaryLee will be DJing zydeco, Cajun, waltz & blues. At Salsa 'n Seattle, 1200 Stewart St. More details at http://www.nwdance.net/dances.php.

Sunday 2/8

La Garua Tango Tea is a twice-monthly (2nd & 4th Sundays) tango milonga that's very traditional, and notably friendly & welcoming. 5:30-9 pm at the Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave on Capitol Hill, a very sweet venue.

Dancing on the Lake (formerly Harbor Swing). At China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Usually a DJ'd mix of ballroom & WCS, but sometimes live music. For current details, go to dancebook.org.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Monday 2/9: Waltz etcetera - Cross-step Waltz classes

6:30pm: Beginning and Intermediate classes. All of our classes are drop-in. $15 for the class, or $20 for class + dance.
  • Introduction to Cross-step Waltz. Cross-step is the easiest kind of waltz to get started with, and unlike some kinds of beginning waltz it will have you travelling across the floor from the very first step, not stuck in a box somewhere. Cross-step is a graceful, swooping dance, and it's the most popular kind of waltz at our dances (read more about Cross-step). This is also a great class for dancers interested in trying out the other role for the first time. Henry & Linda will teach you solid basics, with plenty of hands-on coaching and help. Our beginning classes are perfect for brand-new dancers or anyone who prefers a class that moves at a moderate, easygoing pace. We make it easy and fun to learn to dance!
  • Intermediate Cross-step Waltz. If you already know Cross-step basics, we've got the moves for you - come learn cool new stuff! Lynn & Zachariah have a big library of moves, and we keep coming up with new ones, often because we made a "mistake" and then something interesting came out of it; we encourage you to do the same! We love to blend in elements from other dances, like one-step & tango. We emphasize gentle, egalitarian, responsive leading & following in all of our teaching, and we encourage adventurous dancers to swap roles on the fly; we'll show you how to do that in Cross-step.
7:30 dance: friendly, casual, and very well-attended, just $6.

Until 10 or 10:30, at the Lake City Community Center. Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance: about half waltzes (of all speeds & styles), and half a mix of other partner dances. $6 for the dance (but don't let financial hard times keep you away; come dance!).

Tuesday 2/10

Joint-cover tango & WCS at the Century. Two dances going at once; pay one cover, float back & forth. There are usually classes in both dances immediately before; for details, check the Century Ballroom website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.

Blues on the Beat. Brought to you by Burn Blue. Seattle's premier blues dance, every Tuesday at Velocity Dance Center. Drop-in classes beginning at 8:30, dance begins at 9. Website: http://www.burnblue.org/; Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5064153117/.

Wednesday 2/11

Zen Practica: Fusion & Tango in the U District. The Lab has 2 dance spaces, and on Wednesday there's tango in one room and fusion in the other. The practicas start at 9 pm, and there's a fusion class at 8; $6 gets you in for any or all of it. The Lab is just north of the UW Bookstore, around back. Walk down the alley behind the bookstore and look for an alcove on the west side, mid-block, where a few cars can park; you'll find the entrance there. For more info on the tango part, check the calendar at allseattletango.com, or the Practica Zen Facebook page at facebook.com/ZenPractica. For more info on the fusion part, go to the  Seattle Fusion Experiment page at facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Thursday 2/12

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 2/13

Fantastic Friday at Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA (near Gasworks Park). 2nd & 4th Fridays. Class at 7:30 pm, a mixed dance from 8:30-10:30, followed by late-night blues, fusion & WCS. More details at http://www.rolluptherug.com/.

Saturday 2/14

Jodi's 2nd Saturday dance at the Bothell Sons of Norway Lodge, featuring The Wired Blues Band. Details at leftfootboogie.com/dances.

Sunday 2/15 - Musicality Lab: A great new way to learn dance

1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons: Musicality Lab.

In the Lab format, we alternate class time with practica time, so you have a chance to try out the new material in a few real dances. We start at 1 pm and we have 5 sessions: class - practica - class - practica - class. We play short songs in the practica sessions so you can try out the new material with several partners if you like. The 5 sessions last until about 3 pm, with open dancing afterward.

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, but swapping is not required. Lab classes often 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 a bit later. $20 per person. 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.

Dancing on the Lake (formerly Harbor Swing). At China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Usually a DJ'd mix of ballroom & WCS, but sometimes live music. For current details, go to dancebook.org.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Monday 2/16: Waltz etcetera - Cross-step Waltz classes

6:30pm: Beginning and Intermediate classes. All of our classes are drop-in. $15 for the class, or $20 for class + dance.
  • Introduction to Cross-step Waltz. Cross-step is the easiest kind of waltz to get started with, and unlike some kinds of beginning waltz it will have you travelling across the floor from the very first step, not stuck in a box somewhere. Cross-step is a graceful, swooping dance, and it's the most popular kind of waltz at our dances (read more about Cross-step). This is also a great class for dancers interested in trying out the other role for the first time. Henry & Linda will teach you solid basics, with plenty of hands-on coaching and help. Our beginning classes are perfect for brand-new dancers or anyone who prefers a class that moves at a moderate, easygoing pace. We make it easy and fun to learn to dance!
  • Intermediate Cross-step Waltz. If you already know Cross-step basics, we've got the moves for you - come learn cool new stuff! Lynn & Zachariah have a big library of moves, and we keep coming up with new ones, often because we made a "mistake" and then something interesting came out of it; we encourage you to do the same! We love to blend in elements from other dances, like one-step & tango. We emphasize gentle, egalitarian, responsive leading & following in all of our teaching, and we encourage adventurous dancers to swap roles on the fly; we'll show you how to do that in Cross-step.
7:30 dance: friendly, casual, and very well-attended, just $6.

Until 10 or 10:30, at the Lake City Community Center. Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance: about half waltzes (of all speeds & styles), and half a mix of other partner dances. $6 for the dance (but don't let financial hard times keep you away; come dance!).

Tuesday 2/17

Joint-cover tango & WCS at the Century. Two dances going at once; pay one cover, float back & forth. There are usually classes in both dances immediately before; for details, check the Century Ballroom website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.

Blues on the Beat. Brought to you by Burn Blue. Seattle's premier blues dance, every Tuesday at Velocity Dance Center. Drop-in classes beginning at 8:30, dance begins at 9. Website: http://www.burnblue.org/; Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5064153117/.

Wednesday 2/17

Zen Practica: Fusion & Tango in the U District. The Lab has 2 dance spaces, and on Wednesday there's tango in one room and fusion in the other. The practicas start at 9 pm, and there's a fusion class at 8; $6 gets you in for any or all of it. The Lab is just north of the UW Bookstore, around back. Walk down the alley behind the bookstore and look for an alcove on the west side, mid-block, where a few cars can park; you'll find the entrance there. For more info on the tango part, check the calendar at allseattletango.com, or the Practica Zen Facebook page at facebook.com/ZenPractica. For more info on the fusion part, go to the  Seattle Fusion Experiment page at facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Thursday 2/19

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 2/20

Salsa & Swing Soiree. At Salsa 'n Seattle, 1200 Stewart St. Two dance floors and two DJs, one admission for both: Latin in the smaller front room (salsa, cha cha, bachata, merengue, etc), mixed dance hosted by Ari Levitt in the larger back room (swing, ballroom, waltz, WCS, NC2S, rhythm & blues, fusion, etc). Beginning dance class from 7:30-8:30 each time, then open dancing from 8:30, with late night blues & fusion on the back room after 10:30. Class & dance $15, dance only $10. See you there! More details at rolluptherug.com.

Saturday 2/21 - Richard Powers & Angela Amarillas workshop: "All Things Waltz"

Saturday & Sunday, NW Dance presents a waltz workshop with Richard Powers & Angelina Amarillas. Three 75-min workshop sessions Saturday and 2 on Sunday, plus the Saturday night dance (see below) and lots of extras. Read more and reserve your spot by going to nwdance.net/workshop_richard_powers_2015.php.

NW Dance presents The Valse Café Orchestra at the Leif Erickson Lodge. This dance is included with the workshop above, and is also open to the public. Lots of waltzes plus a great variety of other rhythms. More details at http://www.nwdance.net/dances.php.

Sunday 2/22

Continuation of Richard Powers & Angelina Amarillas workshop. See above.

The Waltz Café at the Century, featuring the Valse Café Orchestra. Details at waltzcafe.com. See you there!

La Garua Tango Tea is a twice-monthly (2nd & 4th Sundays) tango milonga that's very traditional, and notably friendly & welcoming. 5:30-9 pm at the Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave on Capitol Hill, a very sweet venue.

Dancing on the Lake (formerly Harbor Swing). At China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Usually a DJ'd mix of ballroom & WCS, but sometimes live music. For current details, go to dancebook.org.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Monday 2/23: Waltz etcetera - Cross-step Waltz classes

6:30pm: Beginning and Intermediate classes. All of our classes are drop-in. $15 for the class, or $20 for class + dance.
  • Introduction to Cross-step Waltz. Cross-step is the easiest kind of waltz to get started with, and unlike some kinds of beginning waltz it will have you travelling across the floor from the very first step, not stuck in a box somewhere. Cross-step is a graceful, swooping dance, and it's the most popular kind of waltz at our dances (read more about Cross-step). This is also a great class for dancers interested in trying out the other role for the first time. Henry & Linda will teach you solid basics, with plenty of hands-on coaching and help. Our beginning classes are perfect for brand-new dancers or anyone who prefers a class that moves at a moderate, easygoing pace. We make it easy and fun to learn to dance!
  • Intermediate Cross-step Waltz. If you already know Cross-step basics, we've got the moves for you - come learn cool new stuff! Lynn & Zachariah have a big library of moves, and we keep coming up with new ones, often because we made a "mistake" and then something interesting came out of it; we encourage you to do the same! We love to blend in elements from other dances, like one-step & tango. We emphasize gentle, egalitarian, responsive leading & following in all of our teaching, and we encourage adventurous dancers to swap roles on the fly; we'll show you how to do that in Cross-step.
7:30 dance: friendly, casual, and very well-attended, just $6.

Until 10 or 10:30, at the Lake City Community Center. Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance: about half waltzes (of all speeds & styles), and half a mix of other partner dances. $6 for the dance (but don't let financial hard times keep you away; come dance!).

Tuesday 2/24

Joint-cover tango & WCS at the Century. Two dances going at once; pay one cover, float back & forth. There are usually classes in both dances immediately before; for details, check the Century Ballroom website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.

Blues on the Beat. Brought to you by Burn Blue. Seattle's premier blues dance, every Tuesday at Velocity Dance Center. Drop-in classes beginning at 8:30, dance begins at 9. Website: http://www.burnblue.org/; Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5064153117/.

Wednesday 2/25

Zen Practica: Fusion & Tango in the U District. The Lab has 2 dance spaces, and on Wednesday there's tango in one room and fusion in the other. The practicas start at 9 pm, and there's a fusion class at 8; $6 gets you in for any or all of it. The Lab is just north of the UW Bookstore, around back. Walk down the alley behind the bookstore and look for an alcove on the west side, mid-block, where a few cars can park; you'll find the entrance there. For more info on the tango part, check the calendar at allseattletango.com, or the Practica Zen Facebook page at facebook.com/ZenPractica. For more info on the fusion part, go to the  Seattle Fusion Experiment page at facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Thursday 2/26

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 2/27

Fantastic Friday at Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA (near Gasworks Park). 2nd & 4th Fridays. Class at 7:30 pm, a mixed dance from 8:30-10:30, followed by late-night blues, fusion & WCS. More details at http://www.rolluptherug.com/.

Saturday 2/28

Lilli Ann's 4th Saturday dance at the Russian Center. Lilli Ann & Dance for Joy! put on a mixed dance every 4th Saturday. These dances feature lots of waltz, plus swing (E&W), blues, NC2 & Latin. 7:30 class followed by a DJed dance at 8:30. More info at http://www.danceforjoy.biz/events.html.

Sunday 3/1 - Musicality Lab: A great new way to learn dance

1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons: Musicality Lab.

In the Lab format, we alternate class time with practica time, so you have a chance to try out the new material in a few real dances. We start at 1 pm and we have 5 sessions: class - practica - class - practica - class. We play short songs in the practica sessions so you can try out the new material with several partners if you like. The 5 sessions last until about 3 pm, with open dancing afterward.

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, but swapping is not required. Lab classes often 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 a bit later. $20 per person. 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.

Dancing on the Lake (formerly Harbor Swing). At China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Usually a DJ'd mix of ballroom & WCS, but sometimes live music. For current details, go to dancebook.org.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Monday 3/2: Waltz etcetera - Cross-step Waltz classes

6:30pm: Beginning and Intermediate classes. All of our classes are drop-in. $15 for the class, or $20 for class + dance.
  • Introduction to Cross-step Waltz. Cross-step is the easiest kind of waltz to get started with, and unlike some kinds of beginning waltz it will have you travelling across the floor from the very first step, not stuck in a box somewhere. Cross-step is a graceful, swooping dance, and it's the most popular kind of waltz at our dances (read more about Cross-step). This is also a great class for dancers interested in trying out the other role for the first time. Henry & Linda will teach you solid basics, with plenty of hands-on coaching and help. Our beginning classes are perfect for brand-new dancers or anyone who prefers a class that moves at a moderate, easygoing pace. We make it easy and fun to learn to dance!
  • Intermediate Cross-step Waltz. If you already know Cross-step basics, we've got the moves for you - come learn cool new stuff! Lynn & Zachariah have a big library of moves, and we keep coming up with new ones, often because we made a "mistake" and then something interesting came out of it; we encourage you to do the same! We love to blend in elements from other dances, like one-step & tango. We emphasize gentle, egalitarian, responsive leading & following in all of our teaching, and we encourage adventurous dancers to swap roles on the fly; we'll show you how to do that in Cross-step.
7:30 dance: friendly, casual, and very well-attended, just $6.

Until 10 or 10:30, at the Lake City Community Center. Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance: about half waltzes (of all speeds & styles), and half a mix of other partner dances. $6 for the dance (but don't let financial hard times keep you away; come dance!).

Tuesday 3/3

Joint-cover tango & WCS at the Century. Two dances going at once; pay one cover, float back & forth. There are usually classes in both dances immediately before; for details, check the Century Ballroom website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.

Blues on the Beat. Brought to you by Burn Blue. Seattle's premier blues dance, every Tuesday at Velocity Dance Center. Drop-in classes beginning at 8:30, dance begins at 9. Website: http://www.burnblue.org/; Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5064153117/.

Wednesday 3/4

Zen Practica: Fusion & Tango in the U District. The Lab has 2 dance spaces, and on Wednesday there's tango in one room and fusion in the other. The practicas start at 9 pm, and there's a fusion class at 8; $6 gets you in for any or all of it. The Lab is just north of the UW Bookstore, around back. Walk down the alley behind the bookstore and look for an alcove on the west side, mid-block, where a few cars can park; you'll find the entrance there. For more info on the tango part, check the calendar at allseattletango.com, or the Practica Zen Facebook page at facebook.com/ZenPractica. For more info on the fusion part, go to the  Seattle Fusion Experiment page at facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Thursday 3/5

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 3/6

Salsa & Swing Soiree. At Salsa 'n Seattle, 1200 Stewart St. Two dance floors and two DJs, one admission for both: Latin in the smaller front room (salsa, cha cha, bachata, merengue, etc), mixed dance hosted by Ari Levitt in the larger back room (swing, ballroom, waltz, WCS, NC2S, rhythm & blues, fusion, etc). Beginning dance class from 7:30-8:30 each time, then open dancing from 8:30, with late night blues & fusion on the back room after 10:30. Class & dance $15, dance only $10. See you there! More details at rolluptherug.com.

Saturday 3/7

NW Dance presents TBA. More details at http://www.nwdance.net/dances.php.

Sunday 3/8

La Garua Tango Tea is a twice-monthly (2nd & 4th Sundays) tango milonga that's very traditional, and notably friendly & welcoming. 5:30-9 pm at the Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave on Capitol Hill, a very sweet venue.

Dancing on the Lake (formerly Harbor Swing). At China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Usually a DJ'd mix of ballroom & WCS, but sometimes live music. For current details, go to dancebook.org.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Monday 3/9: Waltz etcetera - Cross-step Waltz classes

6:30pm: Beginning and Intermediate classes. All of our classes are drop-in. $15 for the class, or $20 for class + dance.
  • Introduction to Cross-step Waltz. Cross-step is the easiest kind of waltz to get started with, and unlike some kinds of beginning waltz it will have you travelling across the floor from the very first step, not stuck in a box somewhere. Cross-step is a graceful, swooping dance, and it's the most popular kind of waltz at our dances (read more about Cross-step). This is also a great class for dancers interested in trying out the other role for the first time. Henry & Linda will teach you solid basics, with plenty of hands-on coaching and help. Our beginning classes are perfect for brand-new dancers or anyone who prefers a class that moves at a moderate, easygoing pace. We make it easy and fun to learn to dance!
  • Intermediate Cross-step Waltz. If you already know Cross-step basics, we've got the moves for you - come learn cool new stuff! Lynn & Zachariah have a big library of moves, and we keep coming up with new ones, often because we made a "mistake" and then something interesting came out of it; we encourage you to do the same! We love to blend in elements from other dances, like one-step & tango. We emphasize gentle, egalitarian, responsive leading & following in all of our teaching, and we encourage adventurous dancers to swap roles on the fly; we'll show you how to do that in Cross-step.
7:30 dance: friendly, casual, and very well-attended, just $6.

Until 10 or 10:30, at the Lake City Community Center. Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance: about half waltzes (of all speeds & styles), and half a mix of other partner dances. $6 for the dance (but don't let financial hard times keep you away; come dance!).

Tuesday 3/10

Joint-cover tango & WCS at the Century. Two dances going at once; pay one cover, float back & forth. There are usually classes in both dances immediately before; for details, check the Century Ballroom website: http://www.centuryballroom.com/.

Blues on the Beat. Brought to you by Burn Blue. Seattle's premier blues dance, every Tuesday at Velocity Dance Center. Drop-in classes beginning at 8:30, dance begins at 9. Website: http://www.burnblue.org/; Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5064153117/.

Wednesday 3/11

Zen Practica: Fusion & Tango in the U District. The Lab has 2 dance spaces, and on Wednesday there's tango in one room and fusion in the other. The practicas start at 9 pm, and there's a fusion class at 8; $6 gets you in for any or all of it. The Lab is just north of the UW Bookstore, around back. Walk down the alley behind the bookstore and look for an alcove on the west side, mid-block, where a few cars can park; you'll find the entrance there. For more info on the tango part, check the calendar at allseattletango.com, or the Practica Zen Facebook page at facebook.com/ZenPractica. For more info on the fusion part, go to the  Seattle Fusion Experiment page at facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Thursday 3/12

Free live blues at Salmon Bay Eagles. Salmon Bay Eagles has been hosting live blues every Thursday for over 24 years, and you don't have to be a member to come dance. Free live blues, a dance floor, very reasonable drink prices; what more can you ask? But do bring your own partner, or arrange to meet someone there. For more info, go to salmonbayeagles.com and check the Calendar & Music links, or check 'em out on FB: facebook.com/salmon.blues.

Tango Practica at Dance Underground. An easygoing, beginner-friendly tango dance/practice. Details at allseattletango.com/cgi-bin/calendar.pl?view=Event&event_id=1477 or their FB page facebook.com/groups/200971116592073.

Friday 3/13

Fantastic Friday at Om Culture, 2210 N Pacific St, Seattle, WA (near Gasworks Park). 2nd & 4th Fridays. Class at 7:30 pm, a mixed dance from 8:30-10:30, followed by late-night blues, fusion & WCS. More details at http://www.rolluptherug.com/.

Saturday 3/14

Jodi's 2nd Saturday dance at the Bothell Sons of Norway Lodge, featuring The Wired Blues Band. Details at leftfootboogie.com/dances.

Sunday 3/15 - Musicality Lab: A great new way to learn dance

1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons: Musicality Lab.

In the Lab format, we alternate class time with practica time, so you have a chance to try out the new material in a few real dances. We start at 1 pm and we have 5 sessions: class - practica - class - practica - class. We play short songs in the practica sessions so you can try out the new material with several partners if you like. The 5 sessions last until about 3 pm, with open dancing afterward.

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, but swapping is not required. Lab classes often 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 a bit later. $20 per person. 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.

Dancing on the Lake (formerly Harbor Swing). At China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Ave N. Usually a DJ'd mix of ballroom & WCS, but sometimes live music. For current details, go to dancebook.org.

Om Fusion: Seattle's  major fusion dance. You should check fusion dancing out if you haven't. Classes starting at 7, dance begins at 8:30. More info at the Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/142736662456589/.

Some future dates:

Saturday March 14: The 15th Annual Viennese Ball. Brought to you by the Austria Club of Washington at the Nile Country Club in Mountlake Terrace. $85 for non-members. Full details at austriaclubwa.com/Documents/VienneseBall-15.pdf. You can see some photos of last year's ball at austriaclubwa.com/AC-VienneseBall-Pics2014.html.

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