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Updated Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Lake Union: Northwest Dance Network Events
Auburn: Pacific Ballroom Dance February Events
Bellevue: 30th Annual Sweetheart Jamboree - Masquerade Ball
Dance Calendar through February 10, 2022

Dear Dancin' Friends,


The following dances are on hiatus effective immediately:

Song Scout Saturdays
at Kirkland Dance Center is slated to return on February 19.
The Wednesday West Coast Swing Dance (aka "New Harmony") on Mercer Island plans a return on March 2.
The Seattle Hustle Club Dance is not happening in February. This was planned a while back because Vicki will be out of town. She asked me to fill in for her, but and I am not teaching or DJing yet due to advice from my doctor (I have covid risk factors). This dance should be back on March 4.

These are all dances that are produced by just one or two people.
They can make decisions quickly if needed. Larger dance businesses and organizations are usually slower to act. If there are more hiatuses announced this week I will report them on the Dance Calendar page of my website www.SeattleDanceInfo.com as soon as I hear about them.

Fortunately if you are vaccinated and wear a mask you still have some good dance options from Northwest Dance Network, Pacific Ballroom Dance, and the Sweetheart Jamboree. Check 'em out below along with a new two-week Dance Calendar.

Covid cases
may have peaked nationally (graph here) but they are still very high. Here in Washington State (graph here) they currently are the highest ever ... by far. The current rate of 22,700+ new cases each and every day in our state is five times any previous peak. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that doesn't matter to dancers.

I feel it is appropriate
to report covid information in my dance email because partner dancing is one of the easiest ways to transmit covid. One of my readers suggested that I instead report on general health information such as eating a healthy diet ... but what one eats affects everyone and is not particularly more relevant to dancers. Dancers need to be informed about covid more so than the general public. As such, I continue to only advertise events where covid safety protocols are enforced.

Most of my current 3,278 dance email subscribers live in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Those counties have had over 596,000 reported cases of covid which is about 15% of the total population of the three counties. 15% of my subscribers would be about 490 that have had reported cases of covid ... but practically nobody reports that to me.

I am not a clearinghouse for covid statistics of local dancers ... in fact, quite the opposite. When local dancers get covid, I am probably the last person that a dance producer would inform ... after all, I might tell. But when readers ask me if I know of covid cases at local dances, I give a true but usually non-specific answer. "True" to let the questioners have information that could help to keep them safe. "Non-specific" to not harm the businesses and organizations that pay me to advertise for them. I do know of local dancers that have had covid, but I don't know if transmission happened at any particular dance or lesson venue ... that's a lot harder to determine, and I am in no position to do so.

Eventually nearly everyone may get omicron or future covid variants. Over 20% of Americans have had confirmed covid cases, and many more likely had it but were not tested. The symptoms may be milder than previous variants and hopefully a smaller percentage of people that get it will be hospitalized or die from it. But the fact remains that some will be hospitalized ... and sadly, some will die from it. We should do what we can to delay that. This will extend lives ... primarily (but not exclusively) of old, unhealthy and/or misinformed people ... and help to keep our already stressed hospitals from being totally overwhelmed.

With more testing, more positive cases are found. So some might say that the rise in cases is due to more testing. But the rise in deaths is certainly not due to more testing. The rise in deaths is due to the enormous surge in cases, even though the symptoms are generally milder.

Some covid infections are asymptomatic and go unnoticed and uncounted. Those people may be less contagious to a degree, but they can still spread it. That's why all dancers, even those who don't think they have covid, should take precautions around other dancers. I think it's safe to say that most dancers who got covid, got it from someone who didn't know they had it.

Death is never asymptomatic. Death does not go unnoticed or uncounted. As of yesterday (January 24) the covid death rate in Washington was about 35 per day. That's about three times as high as it was just a few weeks ago on January 1 (when it was about 11 per day).

You may say that the current death rate is misreported. If you say that, then you need to come up with an explanation as to why the reporting changed in 23 days ... and not by just a small amount. Why are there three times as many reported covid deaths per day in Washington State now as compared to January 1? (graph here)

You may say that many of the reported covid deaths were of people who had risk factors or co-morbidities (diabetes, obesity, advanced age, heart or lung disease, etc.) Maybe they would have died soon anyway ... and maybe not. The most common risk factor so far is simply not being vaccinated. By far, most of the deaths have been among the unvaxxed ... even though they are a minority. Some of my readers have fallen down a rabbit hole of misinformation that tells them that vaxxed people will die from the vaccines somewhere down the line. I can say that because they likely won't read this far. They've probably already tuned me out due to confirmation bias. Anyway, people matter to me regardless of their risk factors, education level, political views, age, etc. So I keep trying.

When it comes to giving covid warnings to dancers, I am blamed by some for doing too much ... but I am guilty of not doing enough. I think that most dancers will do what they want regardless of what I say ... but my hope is that a few may heed my warnings ... and look up.



Ron Bolin, The Dancin' DJ




NORTHWEST DANCE NETWORK EVENTS
Learn and dance in a fun, safe environment! Masks and vax required, plus a booster if it's been six months since your second covid shot. More information: www.nwdance.net

"ONE-SHOT" WORKSHOPS
THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 6 - 8 PM. East Coast Swing: (Not) By the Numbers with Mark Kihara
Let go of the counts and dance! Explore mixing and matching timings while still keeping a swingin’ feel. Develop a more intuitive sense of creating and responding without being unnecessarily focused on “how many counts” it is.
Prerequisites: comfort with triple time swing and dancing figures, like tuck turns, to a moderate tempo.

Upcoming

FEBRUARY 6. Country 2-step with Sean Donovan & Wren Newman
FEBRUARY 20: West Coast Swing: Dress it Up – Styling and Footwork for Leads and Follows with Wren Newman and Scot McKay

Cost:
$25 per workshop advance. Drop-ins $35
Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave North, Seattle
More Info & Registration: www.nwdance.net/workshops

LIVE MUSIC SATURDAY DANCES
FEBRUARY 5.
RANGER & THE REARRANGERS
FEBRUARY 19: PEARL DJANGO


Time:
Pre-dance lesson 7 PM. Dance 8 to 11 PM.
Cost:
$20 for dance and lesson.
Location: Leif Erikson Ballroom, NW 57th Street 2245 in Ballard



PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE FEBRUARY EVENTS
GROUP CLASSES
WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 2 - 23, 7:30 PM: Salsa/Bachata/Merengue

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - 25, 7:30 PM: Beginner American Tango

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - 25, 8:30 PM: Intermediate West Coast Swing

SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 5 – 26, Noon: Latin Drills

SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 5 – 26, 6:30 PM: Beginner American Foxtrot

SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 5 – 26, 7:30 PM: Intermediate American Cha Cha

Cost: Classes are $60 per month per class (4-week series). Drop-in $20/class
Registration: Click Here

SOCIAL DANCES
TEA DANCES, WEDNESDAYS 1 - 3 PM. 30-minute lesson and 90 minutes of social dancing to brighten your afternoon! $10/person. Light refreshments provided.

“SHALL WE DANCE,” SATURDAYS 8:30 - 10 PM. Come dance to the rhythm of your favorite Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country tunes! $10 per person.

LATIN NIGHT, WEDNESDAYS @ 8:30 - 10 PM. Come dance to the rhythm of your favorite Latin tunes! $10 per person.

FREE AMERICAN FOXTROT WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5 @ 5:30 PM

This FREE class is perfect for beginners and experienced dancers alike. Bring your friends! Click here to register.

Location: Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St. SW #109, Auburn, WA 98001
For More Info: email alex@pacificballroom.org or visit www.PacificBallroom.org.



30th ANNUAL SWEETHEART JAMBOREE - MASQUERADE BALL
FEBRUARY 17 – 20, 2022. Celebrate the gala of our 30th Anniversary Masquerade Ball. Country, Line, and Swing instructors include TIM PEREZ, JOANNE BRADY, ERIC ZIMMER, DOUG SILTON, RICK DOMINGUEZ, and THOMAS & JENNIFER BABIONE. DANCE in THREE full-sized ballrooms, the FUN never stops!

Thursday Night Kick-off Party!
Sweetheart Jamboree starts with a class taught by TIM PEREZ followed by open dancing in the main ballroom.

Friday Night Fun!
Starting with our exciting line dance Jack OR Jill contest, moving to our WCS and Two-Step Jack AND Jill contests allows you to strut your stuff, win money, prizes & bragging rights! All entry monies go back to winners. Prizes sponsored by Steel Creek, Tacoma’s finest country nightclub: www.SteelCreekWhiskey.com

Saturday Night Fun!
Don’t miss our Masquerade Ball Dinner & Show. Dress for the ball, enjoy performances, and have dinner with your Sweetheart Family! Always a sold-out crowd pleaser!

Cost: Lots of options for 3-day passes (including dinner) starting at $135 or a single night dance pass for $15
Location: Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue. 425-455-1300
Information & Registration: Go to www.SweetheartJamboree.com or call 253-906-3607
COVID-19: King County Covid-19 Protocols will be in effect



DANCE CALENDAR THROUGH FEBRUARY 10, 2022
HOW TO USE THIS CALENDAR:
Two or more weeks may be listed. Friday dances held only on the first week are listed first, followed by Friday dances held on both weeks, ending with Friday dances held only on the second week ... and so on for each day. Changes and errors can occur, so please check with the contacts listed before attending. It's less than $2 per week to list a weekly dance here. Contact Ron Bolin at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com to have your dance included.

All of these dances require masks to be worn and full covid vaccinations, possibly including a booster shot. If you are not fully vaccinated, partner dancing is not safe for you right now. Please be aware that current covid protocols may not be reflected on the websites shown here. Contact the dance producer if you have any questions or concerns.


FRIDAYS

Friday, January 28
NOREEN'S BALLROOM DANCE.
Arrive at 8 PM for a dance lesson in Foxtrot, then dance to a variety of Ballroom music from 8:30 to 11 PM. Admission is $12 or just $6 for first-timers. There is street parking and a lot across the street. Normanna Lodge (Sons of Norway), 2725 Oakes Ave, Everett. For more info contact Noreen at noreenballroom@yahoo.com or visit www.thedancefool.com.

Friday, January 28 and Friday, February 4
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE. Arrive at 7 PM for a pre-dance lesson (East Coast Swing on 1/28, TBA on 2/4). INSTRUCTOR & DJ DAVE SERFLING plays a variety of music from 8 to 10:30 PM, including Country Two-Step, Swing (WCS, ECS and CW), Waltz, Nightclub Two-step, Line Dances, Cha-cha, Rumba and more. Admission is $15 for the lesson and dance for free, or $12 for the dance. Ages 18 and over. Alcohol-free atmosphere. The Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. For more info call 425-255-9211, email rockinhorsedancebarn@gmail.com or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.


SATURDAYS

Saturday, January 29 and Saturday, February 5
SATURDAY NIGHT MILONGA.
Dance to Argentine Tango music (played by DJ JENNY MULLIGAN on 1/29 and DJ TONY FAN on 2/5) from 8:30 PM to Midnight. Our goal is to have everyone together again, sharing tandas and dancing with our favorite partners. We are starting the milonga for fully vaccinated dancers first to keep our community safe. Also, per the Secretary of Health's Statewide Mask Order, we are requiring masks indoors. Admission is $12. Dance Underground, 340 - 15th Ave E, Seattle. For more info visit www.SeattleTango.com, email SeattleTango@hotmail.com, or call Ilana Rubin at 206-781-9553.

Saturday, February 5
NORTHWEST DANCE. Arrive at 7:00 PM for a pre-dance lesson in TBA. Then dance from 8:00 to 11:00 PM Dance to live music by RANGER AND THE REARRANGERS. The dance is alcohol-free. Admission of $20 covers both the workshop and dance. Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle. Covid boosters and masks required: If it's been six months since your second Covid shot, you need to get a booster shot before coming. For more info call 206-781-1238, email info@nwdance.net or visit www.nwdance.net.


SUNDAYS

Sunday, January 30 and Sunday, February 6
SUNDAY FUNDAY LINE DANCE. DAVE SERFLING teaches a line dance at 11 AM (1/30 TBA, 1/23 TBA). Then dance to a variety of line dances from about 11:30 AM to 1 PM. For each song played Dave will do a quick walk-through first. Drop in any Sunday for $20 or pay $120 for the entire 8 weeks. The Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. Ages 18 and over. Alcohol-free atmosphere. For more info: Call 425-255-9211, email rockinhorsedancebarn@gmail.com or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.


MONDAYS

Monday, January 31 and Monday, February 7
WALTZ ETCETERA.
Dance from 7:30 to 9:30 PM every Monday to a mix featuring lots of Waltz and Blues, plus Swing, Nightclub Two-Step, Foxtrot, and Latin dances. The music is spun by DJ ZACHARIAH. No partner required ... dancers may change partners if so inclined. There's no lesson. $10 cash per person. Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St, Seattle. Located in a quiet neighborhood, it's a lovely hall with a fine hardwood floor. There's plenty of free street parking all around. Please park courteously, not too close to driveways. Covid boosters and masks required: If it's been six months since your second Covid shot, you need to get a booster shot before coming. Website: www.waltzetc.com.


TUESDAYS

Tuesday, January 25 and Tuesday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 8
BRIORA BALLROOM TUESDAY PARTIES. These parties are for Briora VIP Members only - sign up at www.brioravirtual.com which will give you entry into all group classes and parties plus much more! Arrive at 7:00 PM for a dance lesson, then dance to Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music until 8:30 PM. Briora Ballroom is the Seattle area’s most elegant dance venue - a stunning 6500+ square foot facility, featuring two dance floors, a comfortable lounge area, and retail shop. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. For more info contact Jessica McMorrow at jessica@briora.com, call 425-641-5123, or visit www.Briora.com.


WEDNESDAYS

Wednesday, January 26 and Wednesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 9
TEA DANCE WEDNESDAYS.
This 30-minute lesson and 90 minutes of social dancing will brighten your afternoon! Light refreshments provided. Come join us for some healthy dancing! The DJ/instructor is RICK GOSSARD. He'll teach a dance lesson at 1:00 PM then play a variety of Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country music from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. $10 covers everything. Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th Street SW, Auburn. For more info call 253-939-6524, email secretary@pacificballroom.org, or visit www.PacificBallroom.org.


Wednesday, January 26 and Wednesday, February 2 and Wednesday, February 9
LATIN NIGHT.
Come dance to the rhythm of your favorite Latin tunes! Arrive at 8:30 PM for a 20-minute complementary group class followed by 70 minutes of open dance time. The DJ/instructor is ALEX OLIVARES. Admission is $10/person. Register now by emailing secretary@pacificballroom.org. Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St. SW #109, Auburn, WA 98001. Call/Text Alex at 832-388-8141, email alex@pacificballroom.org or visit www.PacificBallroom.org.


THURSDAYS

Thursday, January 27 and Thursday, February 3 and Thursday, February 10
TANGO PRACTICA. Dance to Argentine Tango music from 9:15 to 11:30 PM. 1/27 features DJ ILANA RUBIN. 2/3 features DJ JENNY MULLIGAN. 2/10 features DJ ILANA RUBIN. Our goal is to have everyone together again, sharing tandas and dancing with our favorite partners. We are starting the practicas for fully vaccinated dancers first to keep our community safe. Also, per the Secretary of Health's Statewide Mask Order, we are requiring masks indoors. Admission is $10. Dance Underground, 340 - 15th Ave E, Seattle. For more info visit www.SeattleTango.com, email SeattleTango@hotmail.com, or call Ilana Rubin at 206-781-9553.

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Sincerely,

Ron Bolin
Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com
www.SeattleDanceInfo.com