November 17: Valse Cafe Orchestra

Seattle’s Valse Café Orchestra coalesced in 1999 with a singular goal: to win the hearts of dancers with post-modern renditions of dance hall classics. The orchestra’s eclectic repertoire celebrates a romantic mélange of bygone eras and cultures: Paris in the thirties, Hapsburg Vienna, Yiddish melanchol, Gypsy romance and Ragtime Manhattan. Also dual genres of Swing – the sophisticated urbane variety as well as a few Bob Wills barn-burners. Dancers will enjoy a rich variety of Swing, Waltz, One-step and even some Latin music.

As its name implies, the orchestra typically plays a preponderance of Waltzes, but the group’s program features a mix of Swing tunes, Foxtrots, One-steps, Polkas, Two-steps and Tangos. The late Artistic Director of Valse Café Susan Balshor stated, “Our goal always is to create romantic evenings of fantasy and pleasure.”

Pre-dance lesson: 7 pm to 8 pm

Dance: 8 pm to 11 pm

Cost: $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID.

Location:  Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St. Seattle

Parking:  Free parking will be available at this dance in the Banner Bank lot due to a cooperative relationship with Banner Bank, immediately east and next door to the Leif Erikson Hall. Free parking is also available at the Ballard Health Club lot immediately south of the hall and east of Classic Consignment, through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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