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Just Dance!

November 11, 2010
Contra

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

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

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)

Sunday

Dance for Joy! @ SouthDance for Joy 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

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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!

A Night for Folklife Revs Up

November 8, 2010

Get ready to rock as we roll into the holiday season!

With November already here and December just around the corner,  several things come to mind: turkey (duh), black Friday, Starbucks’s red holiday cups, an unusually snowy winter, and my personal favorite, A Night for Folklife events.

Put your party hats on because these next few weeks Northwest Folklife’s  fundraising event line-up delivers great entertainment sure to put you in a merry mood!

Join us and the various communities we work with to celebrate the cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest in a fun and festive atmosphere. From Balkan and square dancing to house parties and live concerts at local venues, our friends have pooled together to produce Folklife fundraisers  truly representative of the Northwest and our organization.

Some of these fundraisers consist of a ticketed event, a ‘pass the hat’, or a suggested donation but ALL events help benefit the production of the 40th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, 2011.

Also at A Night for Folklife events, we are selling memberships to our Friends of Folklife program. Don’t miss out on the special  rate of $40 in honor of our 40th Festival, this May*.  By becoming a member you receive several benefits including a Festival t-shirt, the latest copy of the Roots & Branches CD and a Festival store discount.

Wondering when and where all these events are? Check them out right here!

* New members only.