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Just Dance!

November 11, 2010

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

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! @ 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


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!

Alternative New Year’s Eve Suggestions

December 30, 2009

ORKESTAR ZIRKONIUM with DJ Matthew Counts, The Shanks, The Braxmatics

Join Orkestar Zirkonium for the midnight countdown at the swanky Canoe Social Club! Don’t miss The Braxmatics with their sexy early rock with smooth funk sounds…

Canoe Social Club 409 7th Ave S 
 (Off Jackson)
$15 members / $25 public / $30 day-of-show/
9 pm 


Dance your way into 2010 with the music of Alan Roberts & Eric Anderson, “The Rhythm Rollers” (Cathie Whitesides, Laurie Andres, & WB Reid). Jennifer Youngman & Joe Michaels will be calling for the evening. Couple dancing interspersed with contra sets.

Lake City Community Center
12531 – 28th Ave NE

Contra Dancing at the 2009 Folklife Festival

Intro workshop at 7:30 pm, dance 8 pm – 1:00 am/ $15/ $12 for seniors and students

Bring a dessert or savory snack to share.

4th Annual Hayride to Hell New Year’s Eve Bash: Purty Mouth

Don’t miss the sweet, fun twang of Purty Mouth at this year’s Hayride to Hell Bash! Also performing is Memphis Radio Kings, Ruby Dee and

Purty Mouth

Purty Mouth performing at the 4th Annual Hayride to Hell

the Snakehandlers, and Sun Records revivalist extraordinaire, Vince Mira. Plus, there’s the Tempting Tarts Burlesque with Miss Kitty Baby, Rosa Leigh and Roxy Ruby, and DJ sets with DJ Soda Pop.

Highway 99 Blues Club!

Doors at 6, Live Music at 8, $15



Why fight the traffic or excitement of the city, when you can relax at home in your pj’s with a special friend. Watch a classic New Year’s flick such as Holiday with Cary Grant, Meg Ryan and Billy Chrystal’s When Harry Meet Sally or Poseidon Adventure, the 1972 classic featuring an all-star classic.