Dancing Lives

A film by B.J. Bullert

A film about social dance, Dancing Lives is available on B.J. Bullert’s Vimeo channel. About the film, B.J. says: “Dancing Lives tells the story of those who have stepped up and onto the dance floor, overcoming their fears and discovering the joys of dance. Part history and part manifesto, the film offers an intimate glimpse into the mystery of partner dance when dancers, motion and music meet.”

B.J. Bullert is a communication scholar and a documentary filmmaker. Her company, Seattle Films, is dedicated to producing works about the Pacific Northwest. (Source: bio on Antioch University website)

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Dancer’s Heart

By Noel Plumb

I fumble through my dance bag. I know it’s here somewhere, past the gum and mints, the Catalina swing-camp brochure, and miscellaneous dance steps scribbled on every type of scratch paper imaginable. An open safety pin, OUCH!!—I gotta get a real tie clip. Eureka, I found it! A chocolate Power Bar, (more…)

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Before You Sign Up: Different Types of Partner Dancing

By Dean Paton

Before you sign up for dance lessons, be aware that two vastly different kinds of partner dancing exist. They are separate worlds, really. So be sure to know which type appeals to you. (more…)

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What it Means to be a ‘Social Dancer’

By Laura Riva

Being a social dancer is a fantastic thing. It means that you feel, deep in your core, a desire to connect with other human beings. It means you have a desire to be empathetic, caring, and in tune with the energy around you. We desire to create, channeling our energy into a beautiful experience that is always present and never replicated in any other place. And, unlike many things, we choose to create these magical experiences with a partner.

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Taking Those First Steps … to a Dance

From the staff at Northwest Dance Network

Taking your first dance class can be a big – and sometimes scary – step in your social life. In that first class, you will find a surprisingly friendly, supportive group of people who are all in the same boat.

As your confidence and your dance vocabulary build, you decide to take the next first steps of entering the larger dance community – maybe going to a DJ’d class party. A few familiar faces, the support of (more…)

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Dancing: Just for the Fun (and the Health) of it!

By Janet Novinger

Actor John O’Hurley, a contestant in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” is perhaps the country’s best known poster boy for the fitness benefits of partner dancing. He wowed audiences with his dramatic interpretations of swing, waltz, cha-cha, tango and fast-step and dropped 20 pounds over a very few weeks of (more…)

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Keep Learning

By Micah Jacobson

What are you doing to improve your dancing? What are you doing to continue to learn?

In almost four years in the swing dance community, I’ve seen a lot of dancers get really good. The scene in general boasts a level of dancing that goes far beyond what I ever thought possible. I also have seen many dancers stay just about the same over the years, and I have even seen a few get worse. “How?” (more…)

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Dance and the Four Stages of Mastery

Thoughts offered by Dean Paton

Here perhaps is a more useful way to approach the pleasant discipline we call “learning to dance.” Instead of picturing the classes you take as a linear sequence – say, progressing through four levels of Swing – imagine yourself in an evolutionary process called the learning cycle, four distinct stages through which all human beings progress whenever they learn anything new. (more…)

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Dance Shoes: Seeking a Sole Mate

From the staff at Northwest Dance Network

Here is some advice on finding the right dance shoes. (more…)

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Statement of Behaviors

The mission of Northwest Dance Network is to inspire the art, joy, and excellence of non-competitive social dance. We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for dancers of all abilities, and aspire for every dancer to enjoy a positive experience at Northwest Dance Network events.

To best achieve this we expect all participants attending Northwest Dance Network events to

  1. Treat instructors, staff, volunteers, dancers, and other participants with courtesy and respect.
  2. Obey all laws and follow any rules governing use of the facility.
  3. Communicate and respect personal boundaries.
  4. Refrain from making unwanted sexual advances.
  5. Refrain from using foul, inappropriate, abusive verbal and non-verbal communication.
  6. Support and encourage your partner rather than criticizing what you perceive as shortcomings.
  7. Avoid dance moves that may put others or yourself at risk on the dance floor.
  8. Practice good hygiene: avoid fragrances; wash hands or use sanitizer frequently.
  9. Promptly report any concerns regarding departures from these guidelines to the Dance Manager.
  10. Leave without incident if asked by Dance Manager of Northwest Dance Network.

Instructors and other representatives of Northwest Dance Network further agree to:

  1. Model the highest degree of integrity and professionalism.
  2. Listen to concerns from participants objectively and address them as immediately as possible and appropriate.
  3. Make sincere efforts to afford participants privacy and confidentiality when addressing complaints or concerns.
  4. Bring incidents to the attention of the Northwest Dance Network Board of Directors as soon as practical.

Revised December 20, 2017

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