Seattle’s Valse Café Orchestra coalesced in 1999 with a singular goal: to win the hearts of good 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 melancholy, Gypsy romance, Ragtime Manhattan, and dual genres of swing – the sophisticated urbane variety as well as a few Bob Wills barn-burners.
As it’s name implies, the orchestra typically plays a preponderance of waltzes, but the group’s programs feature 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.” You might want to dress festively for this dance as we enjoy this holiday season together.
Shim Sham; The Orchestra will play Tuxedo Junction after the 1st break. Winfield Hobbs will lead the Jazz Dance Shim Sham. All are invited to dance what they know of this pattern dance.
Pre-dance lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dance: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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, WA 98107.