photo by Debbie Fant
Are you looking forward to contra dancing in the Roadhouse at the Northwest Folklife Festival with childlike anticipation? Is your closet bursting with twirly skirts and dance belts? Are you routinely searching eBay for new folk dance costumes? Do the words “fragrance free” mean anything to you?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have a weekend packed with enough dance events to wear out a brand new pair of shoes. Let’s go down the list, shall we?
Friday Night Contra at Phinney Ridge @ Phinney Neighborhood Center
Calling by Mike Richardson and Luther Black, music from the Folklife Night Out Band
7:30-10pm (7pm beginner ‘s workshop), $8/$7 for SFS and PNA members
English Country Dance @ The Swedish Cultural Center
Calling by Laura Me Smith and Russell Owen, music by Julie King, Dave Bartley, Karen Iglitzin and Betsey Cooper
Seattle Balkan Dancers at the Russian Cultural Center
8-11pm, Donations welcome
Balkan Dance @ The Russian Cultural Center
Music by Stanley, Christos & Kip, Radost Folk Ensemble and Orkestar RTW
Starts at 8pm, $15
Vancouver Country Dance @ St. James Hall (3214 West 10th Ave. at Trutch St., Vancouver, BC)
Calling by Ray Polhemus, music by Out of the Wood: Kathy Bowman and Pat and Vickie Marron
8pm-11pm (Introductory session at 7:45pm), $12 (Children free)
Dance for Joy! @ South Lake Union Armory
Click here for a full schedule of the day’s dances, musicians and callers
11am-8pm, $10 for 1 section, $20 for 3 sections, $35 for the whole day (funds raised for both Northwest Folklife and Dancing til Dusk)
Open Band Contra Dance @ Gift of Grace Lutheran Church
Calling by Mike Richardson, music led by bandleader, Steve Trampe
Potluck at 5pm, Dancing 6pm-8:30pm, $5 Suggested Donation
For more information on these dances or other A Night for Folklife events, see our website. Many thanks to the party hosts for all their hard work and to the venues who have been so generous to let us use their space.
See you on the dance floor!