LIVE MUSIC DANCES
pre-dance workshop: 7:30 - 8:30 P.M.
dance: 8:30 - 11:30 P.M.
cost: Just $15 for the whole night! Student Rate (under 23 with ID): $10 (unless otherwise noted below)
location: Check location for each dance below. Unless otherwise noted, the location is Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N (just north of downtown).
- Smoke and alcohol free
- Attendance limited
- Please ensure your shoes do not mark the wood floor.
Dress up for this holiday season dance at the Swedish and please bring some snacks to share. NWDance hosts one of Seattle’s favorite swing bands. Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat “King” Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. In the Holiday spirit please bring a food item to benefit the North Helpline Emergency Services and Food Bank. Performance by Savoy Swing Performing Troupe at break. The evening starts with a Pre-dance workshop at 7:30 PM with Michelle Badion.
January 3: John Holtes Radio Rhythm Orchestra at the Leif Erikson Ballroom in beautiful downtown Ballard
The Leif ballroom is the perfect place to host this popular big band. Their repertoire includes the greatest arrangements from the swing era as well as John Holte’s delightful original compositions. The evening starts with a Pre-dance workshop at 7:30 PM.
December 6: Brian Lee and the Orbiters
Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the premier bands on the Northwest U.S. blues circuit. Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb instrumentals. They are a favorite of dancers at NWDance.net. Come enjoy music that you will enjoy dancing, Swing, Foxtrot, blues and more. A cool repertoire of Brian's originals and tunes from the broad blues tradition. 7:30 PM pre-dance workshop will be led by Sean “Gatorboy” Donovan and Nancy Fry.
November 15: Valse Café Orchestrap>
Seattle’s Valse Café Orchestra began in Seattle in 1999 and has been delighting dancers with its modern renditions of dance hall classics. Expect an evening of Swing, Waltz, Latin and more. 7:30 PM pre-dance workshop with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry in Rotary Waltz Tune up.
November 1: Dina Blade and Singing in the Rain
“Swingin in the Rain” plays a danceable variety of swing, blues, Latin, and Waltz. Dina and her vocals supported by an all star cast of musicians will light up the evening at the Swedish. Sean Donovan and Heaher Kraft will lead the 7:30 pre-dance workshop in “Swing Shines.” Improvisational Flights of Fancy and Footwork Fun.October 29: Class party and dance with DJ Sean Donovan
Costumes encouraged. 7-9:30pm at Swedish. Bring your friends and a snack to share. Suggested donation $5.
October 18: Speakeasy BandThe Speakeasy Band was a gigantic hit with dancers at the 2014 Folklife Festival. They weave a mix of swing, waltz, foxtrot, polka and other great dance music. Bandleader Phil Wilkinson draws on his vast library of dance tunes to create programs dancers love. Pre-dance workshop with Dean Paton and Nancy Fry begins at 7:30. Dance from 8:30.
>October 4: Little Bill and the Blue Notes
It’s time to enjoy some good old rhythm and blues music with Little Bill and the Blue Notes. They know what dancers want and they play the world’s best music. Bill Englehart is a Washington tradition and NWDance.net is pleased to welcome him back with a great evening of dancing. Pre-dance Workshop at 7:30 features Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi teaching “The Ease and Variety of One Step.”
September 20: Chassez at the Swedish Cultural Center
Sweet music to dance Swing, Foxtrot, Latin and yes waltz. Terry Wergeland‘s dreamy piano, and, of course, the musical savvy of those longtime dance-hall pros, Phil and Vivian Williams. Predance lesson with Julie Cauthorn and Dean Paton will be a Rotary Waltz tuneup. Workshop with Julie Cauthorn and Dean Paton.
September 6: The Boneyard Preachers
The Boneyard Preachers are a contemporary blues band that breaks all the rules but keeps the dancers happy. Influenced by Texas blues guitar and the drive of Chicago blues harmonica they keep the dancers enjoying swing and blues. Featuring NW blues legends Mike Lynch on harmonica and Tim Sherman on guitar, this all-star ensemble of some of the best blues players on the west coast delivers an incredible show. They guarantee to keep your toes tappin’ and upset your world with their politically incorrect and raunchy 1950′s R&B and original tunes. 7:30 workshop with Nancy Fry and Winfield Hobbs.
August 16: The Solomon Douglas Quartet
The Solomon Douglas Quartet will join us for the August 16th Dance at the Swedish Cultural Center. Solomon Douglas is a jazz pianist and bandleader, whose has played at numerous gigs in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past ten years. His experience as a swing dancer and dance instructor gives him an understanding unique among musicians of the music that swing dancers and blues dancers like to dance to! The dancers at NWDance.net love his music. The evening begins at 7:30pm with a pre-dance workshop led by Michelle Badion.
August 2: Zydeco Rex
Zydeco Rex was such a big hit at Northwest Folklife and at Dancing til Dusk, NWDance.net has invited them, for our August 2nd dance. They play Zydeco and Cajun music of Louisiana, all the way up to Western Washington. Sean “Gatorboy” Donovan and Cathy Footer will start the evening off with a dance lesson at 7:30 P.M. They have been working on their lesson title and it will be something like; “Zydeco: 0 to 60 in one hour!” Or, “A solid hour of zydeco love” or “two-step your way into zydeco heaven.” If you are not a regular Zydeco dancer, you are sure to enjoy this lesson which will give you all the skills you need to enjoy an evening of dancing. In addition to the Zydeco Two Step the band will play some waltzes and Blues. This is one hot summer of Zydeco Dancing with many dances. Come join the fun- this August 2nd will “let you pass a good time.” Wine and beer will be available for sale.
July 19: Stickshift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives
Annie Eastwood and her band play a lot of clubs in the Seattle area but this night there will be plenty of room to dance. Their music is an unique form of American Roots which you will enjoy dancing to. Expect a good time. Pre-dance workshop with Nancy Fry and Dean Paton at 7:30 P.M.
June 21: Maia Santell and House Blend
This is the day of the Summer Solstice and the Fremont Parade. Seattle is going to be a hoppin with people, excitement, and fun. This dance is no exception and will add to your fun. Dress eccentric or at least casual. The pre-dance workshop will be with Michele Badion and Scot McKay. Maia and House Blend are a favorite dance band throughout Western Washington. They perform a mix of styles and tempos that dancers will enjoy. For more information about Maia Santell and House Blend, see MaiaSantell.com.May 17 at the Swedish Cultural Center: Brian Lee and the Orbiters
Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the premier bands on the Northwest U.S. blues circuit. Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica and guitar. Dancers love their mix of swing, blues and more.
The pre-dance workshop at 7:30 P.M. with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry will feature simple Lindy steps to honor the 100th birthday of Frankie Manning.
May 3 at the Asian Resource Center (1025 South King Street):The 9th Annual Waltz of Flowers is our annual opportunity to dance to the world’s grandest waltzes– played by the sublime Garfield Orchestra and directed by Maestro Marcus Tsutakawa. Masterpieces of Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Anderson, Rosas and other great composers. Pre-dance lesson at 7 P.M. with Walter Dill. Dance from 8 P.M. till 11 P.M. Snacks and drinks for sale, with all proceeds to benefit the Garfield High School Orchestra. The spacious Asian Resource Center is at 125 South King street in the International District one block east of I-5 [MAP]. Plenty of free street parking, plus nearby parking under the freeway for $2.00. Admission is $25.00 Adults, $15.00 Students. April 19 at the Swedish Cultural Center: Rainy City Riff Raff. We think Rainy City Riff Raff is the best Swing Band in Seattle. Come enjoy a great show that is fun to watch and dance too. RainyCityRiffRaff.com. April 5 at Lake City Eagles (8201 Lake City Way NE): Boneyard Preachers. The soulfulness of the vocals and harp...as well as the power and soulfulness of the guitar playing show why this is a great band. One of Seattle's most sought after Blues band, knows what the dancers want. Pre-dance Workshop with Christine Sampson and Winfield Hobbs. April 6 at the Swedish Cultural Center: Graduation Celebration Dance. Graduation Celebration Dance. 6:00 - 8:30 PM. Come help celebrate those students who have just finished classes. Suggested donation: $5.00. DJ music. Bring your friends. Bring a snack to share.
March 15 at the Swedish Cultural Center: Little Bill and the Blue Notes.Little Bill in this case is Bill Englehart, also known as Washington's “Ambassador of Bass Guitar.” His style ranges from the type of slide guitar pieces associated with early country blues to sophisticated, romantic R&B balladry. Our dancers love their mixture of swing and blues. Pre-dance workshop with Ann Coker and Dean Paton.
The music that Casey puts out is the best in Seattle. A variety of tempos, a cha cha or more and even a waltz. Casey has been on Broadway and tonight he is at the Swedish. Predance workshop with Jodi Fleischman and Winfield Hobbs.
Featuring Great Dance music of the twenties – forties. This band was the hit of killer diller weekend and our a Seattle swing favorite. Predance workshop with Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi
The orchestra's eclectic repertoire celebrates a romantic mélange of bygone eras and cultures: Paris in the thirties. Hapsburg Vienna. Yiddish melancholy. Gypsy romance. Ragtime Manhattan. And dual genres of swing – the sophisticated urbane variety as well as a few Bob Wills barnburners. The dance and predance workshop are at the Leif Erickson Ballroom. The 7:30 workshop features Richard Powers from Stanford, and Angela Amarillas from San Francisco. They will teach Four easy dances in 50 minutes: The Australian Swing Waltz, Bugg Rueda (a Street Swing Mixer), Tokyo Polka and the Crusin' ChaCha.
A swingin' eight piece variety band, is a group with something special...three hot, happening HORNS! Fire 'em up over a solid four piece rhythm section, add two great vocalists, then enjoy. The result is an upbeat mix of classic hits played with style...and dancers that are all smiles. Predance lesson with Guy Caridi and Julie Cauthorn.
The Blue Notes are one of the most requested bands at Northwest Dance. Many consider the Blue Notes one of the finest rhythm and blues group in this part of the country. Vocalist and bassist "Little Bill" Engelhart is the founder and front man for the Blue Notes. The pre-dance workshop at 7:30 will be "Traveling Blues – Fast and Slow" featuring Leah Fast and Dean Paton.
This great group was a great hit at our Labor Day Dance. Dancers wanted them back and we are happy to oblige. With a vocal clarity like Ella Fitzgerald's and a natural, distinctive phrasing like Carmen McCrae - Diane effortlessly draws you into each song and leaves you wanting more. With each member of the group a recording artist in their own right, and a room full of people who love to dance, this is a win/win combination. 'Cool' Swing: Don’t be square, daddy-o! Get hip to the sophisticated rhythm and learn to jazz that Swing, dig? Yeah. Far out, man. (Beret and bongos not required.) With Leah Fast and Sean Donovan. Please wear your festive holiday attire to this Holiday Dance. Awards will be given to the Lead and Follow who win the crowd’s approval.
We are so excited to have Rainy City Riff Raff play for us at a new location. A swingin' eight piece variety band, is a group with something special...three hot, happening HORNS! Fire 'em up over a solid four piece rhythm section, add two great vocalists, then enjoy. The result is an upbeat mix of classic hits played with style...and an audience that's all smiles. What an evening for dancing! The dance will be at the Lake City Eagles, 8201 Lake City Way NE. They have a beautiful wood floor for dancing. We will start the evening with a pre-dance lesson in cha cha with Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi. The dance goes from 8:30 until 11:30.
March 1 at the Ballard Odd Fellows (1706 NW Market St): Mach One Jazz Orchestra.With repertoire spanning styles from big band's golden age to the contemporary jazz artists of today, Mach One Jazz Orchestra delivers high energy, artistic precision and musical dynamism. Dancers love their big band sound. Pre-dance workshop is Fast Swing with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry. They will teach moves and techniques in single-time swing to keep up with sound barrier tempos.
What an evening of dancing! Pre-dance workshop features Barry "the Man" Douglas from Detroit and Seattle's most versatile dance instructor, Michelle Badion. The band is the Max Band a perennial favorite at NW Dance, The Rockin Horse Barn and around town. They are known as a "dancer's band" that plays an incredibly wide variety of dance music including Swing, Blues, Classic Rock and Roll and a smattering of Country and Latin. A great band, great instructors what a great evening for dancing!
Little Bill is a Pacific Northwest tradition that you are sure to enjoy. Dance to a variety of swing and blues. The evening will start at 7:30 with a predance workshop with instructors Dean Paton and Leah Fast.
This weekend many dancers are enjoying a workshop on Cross Step Waltz with Richard Powers and Angela Amarillas. The Saturday dance with the Valse Café Orchestra is open to the public in addition to the those enjoying the weekend workshop. Angela and Richard will conduct the predance workshop in "Real Seventies Disco." Come enjoy this great teaching pair. Richard is a much sought after dance instructor from Stanford University. Valse Café will provide a variety of music including Waltz. Swing, and Latin- their eclectic repertoire celebrates a romantic mélange of bygone eras and cultures: Paris in the thirties. Hapsburg Vienna. Yiddish melancholy. Gypsy romance. Ragtime Manhattan. And dual genres of swing – the sophisticated urbane variety as well as a few Bob Wills barnburners. Admission for this special dance is $20. $15 for students age 23 and under.
Seattle's most exciting 17-piece big band swingin' at the speed of sound! With a repertoire spanning styles from big band's golden age to the jazz artists of today, Mach One Jazz Orchestra delivers high energy, artistic precision, and musical dynamism to the dance floor. Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi start the evening out at 7:30 with a predance workshop: "It's Hep Daddio's Day–Let's Swing It."Two Scoops Combo
Eric "Two Scoops" Moore is a tradition at Northwest Dance. Eric was nominated by the Washington Blues Society for best songwriter of 2013. Two Scoops Combo plays very danceable music, and it's so great to have them back. East and west coast swing, a little Latin and a waltz or two. The 7:30 workshop will be taught by Christine Sampson and Winfield Hobbs. It's the holiday weekend so wear your casual summer attire—t-shirts, shorts, sundresses! Keep the spirit of independence going.Diane Kirkwood Quartet July 20
The night is going to start off with a great pre-dance workshop by Sean Donovan and Cathy Footer. Sean and Cathy are both known as playful dancers. Their workshop promises to be great fun. The Diane Kirkwood Quartet is back by popular request. Diane is one of the most sought-after partners in the Northwest and a performing member of the Savoy Swing Club. She knows what dancers want. Come join the fun. Brian Lee and the Orbiters August 3
Brian Lee & the Orbiters are among the premier bands on the Northwest blues scene. Brian fronts the band with melodic vocals as well as superb guitar, slide guitar, and blues harp. He has consistently won awards from the Washington Blues Society. Expect a great evening of swing, blues, and much more. The evening starts out with a pre-dance lesson by Dean Paton and Jo Ann Coker.The Boneyard Preachers - August 17th (at Ballard Odd Fellows)
This night we are at a new location, the Ballard Odd Fellows, 1706 NW Market Street. Northwest Dance is hosting the Boneyard Preachers for the first time. They have been a great hit around Seattle with their mix of swing, blues, and a bit of Latin. Barry Douglas and Michelle Badion will teach the pre-dance workshop.
Ranger and the Re-Arrangers - September 7th (at Ballard Odd Fellows)
If you are unable to make it to Paris this fall, you may want to visit the Ballard Odd Fellows for the NW Dance. Seattle Gypsy Jazz band, Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist on gypsy jazz. At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing. Their tight rhythm section features a hand drummer, giving the music a bouncy swing and accentuating the joyful interplay between the two soloists. The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django & Grappelli, Brazilian choros, and Ranger's unique originals. A great night of dancing – Wear your beret! Pre-dance workshop features instructors par excellence Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry.
The evening will feature Valse Café Orchestra playing a mixture of Swing, Waltz, Blues and Latin. Performances by Lucia Neare, Dina Blade, The Savoy Sing Club Performance Troupe, and Twyla and Celina Dill. The Dance will be at the Century Ballroom. Suggested Donation $20, more would be appreciated. Evening begins at 8pm with beginning waltz lesson followed by an advanced lesson featuring Hallie Kupperman and Dean Paton. Nancyanna was one of the founders of Living Traditions and an extraordinary dance instructor. She has struggled with MS and now lives at an assisted living facility in Port Townsend. Medicare pays for only a portion of her living expenses - Thus the benefit.
Little Bill and the Blue Notes - September 21st
The Blue Notes are one of the most requested bands at Northwest Dance. Many consider the Blue Notes one of the finest rhythm and blues group in this part of the country. Vocalist and bassist "Little Bill" Engelhart is the founder and front man for the Blue Notes. The pre-dance workshop at 7:30 will feature Dean Paton teaching "Mo Blues."
The Max Band - October 5th
Howard Mack and his Max Band know what dancers like. They are a perennial favor at NWDance and we are pleased to be able to book them for one of their rare performances. The predance workshop at 7:30 is in 21st Century Foxtrot – Styling and Fundamentals. Angela Fleagle and Dean Paton are the instructors.
October 19th at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center: Kevin Buster and Lunch Money
Young though he maybe, Kevin Buster lights up the Seattle Dance scene with his great dance music. He is a dancer as well as a musician and knows what dancers like. The band Lunch Money will keep you dancing all night long. Music includes some rock and roll as well as some favorites from the 1920s and 1930’s. The Predance workshop at 7:30 will feature Michelle Badion and Jackie Hursey. "Ladies favorite WC Swing moves" - Simple, but cool moves to impress your follows. These moves will be fun for follows to do and that will make it extra fun for the leads. We will teach both leads and follows connection, technique, musicality and how to enjoy the slower WC moves. No WC Swing experience needed, but you do need to know some swing.
November 2nd at the Swedish Cultural Center: Dina Blade and Swingin in the Rain
Swingin in the Rain plays a danceable variety of swing, blues, Latin and waltz. We are so excited to have them back at the Swedish because of comments like these from our dancers:
“Just great, A great dance.” —Heber Farnsworth.The predance lesson at 7:30 will feature Sean Donovan and Julie Cauthorn. You can find out more about Dina on her website.
“Superb, very danceable, sexy, It was a wonderful night.” —Linda Clark.
November 16th at the Swedish Cultural Center: Brian Lee & the Orbiters
Brian Lee & the Orbiters are a premier blues band in the Northwest and a favorite of dancers at NWDance.net. Brian delivers dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica, slide guitar, and guitar. Lots of swing with some tempos great for WC and Blues. 7:30 pre-dance workshop.
December 7th at the Leif Erikson Ballroom: A special Holiday dance with Valse Café Orchestra with Lucia Neare
You will want to include this festive holiday dance in your busy holiday plans. We return to the festive Leif in Ballard where there is plenty of room to dance. Lucia Neare will be joining the Valse Café Orchestra for this celebrative evening. Lucia was a hit with audiences at NW Folklife and Dancing till Dusk. We encourage you to dress up and invite your friends to this grand evening of dance. Simple refreshments will be offered. More details will be forthcoming on the pre-dance workshop at 7:30pm. The admission to this grand evening will be $20. Tickets at the door – no advance sales.
December 21st at the Swedish Cultural Center: Casey MacGill and his High Five
Casey is Seattle’s favorite swing band. He performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures. The Pre-dance workshop at 7:30 It will feature Guy Caridi.
January 4th at the Swedish Cultural Center: John Holte’s Radio Rhythm Orchestra
The orchestra was founded by John Holte and has been inspiring swing dancers since 1972. Pete Leinonen is the current leader of what is truly a .“big band.” You will enjoy the great sound and the danceable rhythms of this great orchestra. They have been a Living Traditions and NWDance favorite for over 20 years. Predance lesson at 7:30pm with Michelle Badion.
January 18 at the Swedish Cultural Center: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
Ranger and the Re-Arrangers were a big hit when we hosted them last fall, so we were anxious to have them return for your dancing pleasure. The evoke the spirit of a Paris café and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist of gypsy jazz At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing... his sense of melody and daring improvisations. The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django & Grappelli, Brazilian choros, and Ranger's unique originals. This is very danceable music. Predance workshop at 7:30 with Sean Donovan.
February 1 at the Swedish Cultural Center: Diane Kirkwood and Her QuartetWe really like the vocals and energy of Diane and welcome her back for a night of fantastic swing dance. Diane is one of the most sought-after dance partners in the Northwest and a performing member of the Savoy Swing Club. She knows what dancers want. Come join the fun. Predance workshop at 7:30 with Sean Donovan and Darla Weideman.
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