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Updated Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Bellevue: Adult Classes: Tango, Ballroom, Salsa, Bachata, WC Swing on the Eastside
Seattle: Argentine Tango for Absolute Beginners

Seattle: SSDC Newcomers One-Day Intensive
Dance Calendar through July 6, 2017

Dear Dancin' Friends,

Congratulations to LETTY BIGORNIA
on her 90th birthday last Saturday! There were performances throughout the evening by the USA DANCE SEATTLE TEAM DANCERS and others, a dinner and champagne toast, plus lots of general dancing. It was great to see some old friends from the ballroom dance community. I enjoyed DJing for the crowd of about 100 and even got to dance a Tango with Letty.

The celebration was in the Spanish Ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. I remember my parents saying that they used to dance there, probably way back in the 1940's. It was constructed in 1924 on the former site of the original UW campus. The ambiance takes you back to another era!

Being a mobile DJ is fun! If you ever want to try it, you'll get a different perspective of many venues. DJing at downtown hotels is particularly ... well ... let's just say "interesting". Here's a primer for any DJ wannabes. Let's say you're DJing for a formal event from 6 to 11 PM in downtown Seattle, like my latest gig.

1. You should have already communicated with the hotel's banquet manager. Among other things, he/she will have sent you instructions for getting to the hotel. Totally disregard those instructions! They will cause you trouble. They are designed for limousine and Uber drivers who will be dropping off guests wearing mink coats at the elegant drive-thru main entrance ... but you will not be coming in that way. DJs are not allowed to bring equipment through the lobby. I totally understand that at an upscale hotel. DJs usually come in through a narrow alley full of overflowing dumpsters and the "homes" of the homeless, or as in my most recent case, a loading dock located in a secret underground tunnel under a separate building on the next block. So here's what to do:

2. Get downtown by 2:30 PM ... actually better figure for 2:00 PM because there are always problems downtown, especially on the hottest day of the year. Remember, if where you need to be is a half block to your left, it will be a one-way street the wrong way and you will need to drive seven and a half blocks to get there. That's three extra left turns, six extra stop lights, and fifteen times the distance. Yes, I did the math ... and the traveling!

3. Find the parking garage which is located in the building across the street from where you will be DJing.

4. Drive down a ramp into a tunnel that goes under the building.

5. You'll find the loading dock in the center of the tunnel at its lowest point. It is designed for large commercial trucks, but you're driving an SUV. The only spot available will have no mechanical lift, so you'll have to use your muscles to lift your equipment a piece at a time, including your 100-pound subwoofers,
up onto the high platform. No problem! You need more exercise anyway. Even though it's 87 degrees downtown, it's only about 80 degrees in the tunnel. That's probably why they put the loading dock in a tunnel in the first place. Nice of them to have DJs in mind when they designed this whole thing.

6. Find a cart to put your equipment on. There are several, and if you're lucky you may find one on the loading dock. Otherwise (like me this time) you might find one in a maze of hallways anywhere between the loading dock and your destination banquet room on the fourth floor of the building on the next block. This may take fifteen minutes or more.

7. Make sure the cart is dry and has no garbage on it. The loading dock is where everything that's not supposed to be seen by the public goes in and out.

8. Load as much equipment as you can onto the cart. As you'll see, you won't want to make any more trips than you absolutely have to. In my most recent case, I did it in just four round trips.

9. Push the button and wait for the elevator. There is only one elevator at the loading dock and it is not used by the public, so it's OK for it to be really slow. Plus there will be at least three other DJs and other service providers and staff using the elevator.

10. If the elevator comes, advance to step #11. Otherwise return to step #9.

11. Pull your cart through the elevator door.

12. There are only two buttons ... figure out which one to press. Seems that I shouldn't need a whole step for something so simple, but if I don't explain it to you, you will have to think it through like I did and waste more of your precious time. There is no map and no instructions, so you'll just have to use your brain. You are already underground and your event is on the fourth floor, so it seems like you should go up ... but remember that first you need to get to the building on the next block, and that means going through a tunnel that's even deeper than where you are now. One button has an "A" on it and the other has an "L" on it. Could "L" stand for Lower? But the "L" button is above the "A" button, and you need to go down. So you must already be on the "L" level ... oh ... it must stand for "loading dock!" That means that "A" must lead to the deeper tunnel.

13. Think "AH-HA!" That's what the "A" must actually stand for!

14. Press the "A" button ... and pray that you figured it out correctly.

15. The elevator lowers you into "Underground Seattle".

16. Exit through the rear door of the elevator and pull the cart straight ahead through a narrow tunnel that goes under the street.

17. You will now find yourself in a maze of ancient hallways in the catacombs under the hotel. You need to find the hotel's service elevators. After making two or three wrong turns, you'll run into someone who might work there ... or at least you hope they do. Ask for directions.

18. If you followed the directions correctly, after making several more turns and pushing your heavy cart up inclines (or trying to not let it get away from you going down declines) you'll enter a narrow hallway with three elevator doors. The hall is made even narrower because there will be several empty food carts. Other DJs who were lucky enough to make it this far will be waiting to use the elevators. The largest elevator will have a sign on it that says, "Out of Service" so it will take some time.

19. Pull the cart into the elevator. If you push in so it touches the rear left corner, the door will barely close.

20. Take the elevator up to Level D.

21. Work your way through a smaller maze. You won't actually have to go through the kitchen if you can find the narrow passageway that goes around it.

Breathe a sigh of relief ... you have found the historic Spanish Ballroom!

23. Now unload your cart and go back through the mazes, elevators and tunnel to the loading dock.

24. Repeat steps #8 through #23 until you've brought all of your equipment in ... I managed to do it in just four round trips!

25. Of course you can't stay parked at the loading dock. I totally understand that too. I hate it when somebody is unnecessarily parked blocking any loading area ... it's caused me a lot of grief over the years! You'll see a sign telling you that is will cost $32 to park in this garage until after midnight. That's a lot, so drive out and check the prices at some other nearby garages. If you're like me, you'll find that one will be $36, another $50. OK ... go back to the first garage!

26. Now walk back to the Olympic Hotel ... you can use the main entrance this time since you don't have a cart full of equipment, so no tunnels, etc.

27. Set up your equipment.

28. By then you'll need to use the men's room (or ladies' room if you are a woman) plus you can change into your tuxedo there. You'll have to ask for directions but they will be confusing and you'll get lost. Don't ask me how I know this ... I just do.

29. Eventually you'll happen to find a restroom. Some downtown hotel restrooms have windows with a great view! The ladies' room on the 77th floor of the Columbia Tower has a spectacular view of downtown Seattle ... I only know this by word of mouth because I never had occasion to use the ladies' room there. Anyway, this men's room at the Olympic Fairmont is elegantly appointed with real cloth towels and a basket to throw them in, and also has a window with a great view ... looking in. It's on street level and it's not frosted glass ... anyone walking by can see you at the urinal. So use the stall.

Find the ballroom again and "do the gig". That's about another 200 steps that I won't go into here.

31. It's 11 PM and you just played your last song. You've already put a few items away. But leave your business cards out for last. People usually ask for them at the end. Two people asked for mine this time.

32. Unplug and pack up the rest of your equipment.

33. Go get your car in the parking garage across the street. You'll need to pay at a machine near the elevators before you drive your car down the spiral ramps.

34. Go out the main garage exit. If you turn the wrong way after exiting, you'll be going the wrong way to be able to turn onto the one-way street to go a half block to the secret entrance to the tunnel in the same building, so you'll have to drive seven and a half blocks to get there. Don't ask me how I know this ... I just do.

35. Drive into the tunnel and park at the loading dock. It's about midnight now and there will be nobody else there, plus there will be an empty cart right on the platform. Great!

36. Press the button for the elevator.

37. Wait three minutes.

38. Press the button for the elevator.

39. Wait one minute.

40. Pick up the old trimline phone on the wall and press "O" for the hotel operator. Tell her that you're at the loading dock and the elevator is not coming. She will tell you that someone will be there to help soon.

41. Wait seven minutes.

A security guard will come and enter a code on the keypad by the elevator door and the door will open. He will tell you that for security reasons, a code is needed to operate the elevator after 11 PM.

43. Tell the security guard that you will need to make four round trips to get all of your equipment. He will give you a six-digit code.

Remember that code!

45. Now go through steps #8 through #23 again four more times, except of course this time you load the cart in the ballroom and unload on the loading dock.

46. Leave the cart on the loading dock and drive out of the tunnel. If you turn left exiting the tunnel, the entrance ramp to I-5 South will be in half a block. If you turn right however, you will have to drive seven and a half blocks to get to the same place. Again, don't ask me how I know this ... I just do!

Still a wannabe?

Ron Bolin, The Dancin' DJ



7:30 - 8:30pm Absolute Beginner Argentine Tango – Level 1 w/Kristina register
8:30 - 9:30pm Argentine Tango Vocabulary All levels w/Natasha register
8:30 – 9:30pm Tango Performance Team – Level 2 & 3 w/Kristina register

7:30 - 8:30pm Argentine Tango Level - 2-3 w/Natasha register
8:30 - 10:30pm Practice Social Argentine Tango (open to ALL)

5:00 - 6:00pm Argentine Tango-Nuevo – Level 2 & 3 with Kristina register
6:00 - 7:00pm Argentine Tango Level - 1-2 w/Kristina & Jeff register

7:30 – 8:30pm Level 1-2 – Bachata w/Brandon & Sheila register
5:00 – 8:00pm July 29th Bachata Summer Bootcamp register

7:00 - 8:00pm Absolute Beginner SALSA - Level 1 w/Robert & Alexandra register
8:00 - 9:00pm Salsa Sequences Level 1 & 2 w/Robert register

6:30 – 7:30pm Absolute Beginner WC Swing - Level 1 w/Mike register

Location: LaVida Dance Studio, 13620 NE 20th St, 2nd fl (across from BMW), Bellevue.
For more info: Call 425-643-LIFE(5433), email or visit

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 TO AUGUST 22. (No class on July 4). Learn to dance the authentic Argentine tango in a fun and easy way! No partners required. No dance experience necessary. Includes a class field trip to a Tango club in Seattle. This is the class for you, if you:

~ Are an absolute beginner excited to learn the Argentine Tango
~ Have taken Tango classes before but like to review the materials
~ Have two left feet & have never danced before
~ Or just want to have fun and meet people!

Dates: Tuesday Nights, June 28 - August 16
Time: 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Cost: $85 per 8 weeks series
Location: Greenwood SA Center- 525 N 85th St, Seattle
More Info: Tony & Ilana, 206-781-9553,,

SUNDAY, JULY 2. If you've never experienced West Coast Swing, this is your chance to get an intensive, four-hour course into the basics of this fun, vibrant style of partner dancing. Once you know the basics, you’re ready to hit the dance floor with anyone. PLUS, you can dance to just about any style of music from oldies to contemporary to blues.

BONUS! You’ll also become a member (a $40 value in itself) of the OLDEST SWING DANCE CLUB in the country, the SEATTLE SWING DANCE CLUB. We will also be hosting a potluck that's sure to be yummy! So bring your appetite and some comfy shoes, and join us!

Time: 1:30 to 6:00 PM (with a 30-minute break) followed by the SSDC Potluck and Dance with DJ TERRY WEST until 9:30 PM
Location: Alki Masonic Hall, 4736 40th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Cost: $75 -- includes SSDC annual membership and admission to the dance.

Information & Registration:

Through July 6, 2017

UP TO TWO WEEKS OF DANCES ARE 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 or 425-917-1188 to have your dance included.


Friday, June 23
ARGENTINE TANGO "MILONGA LaVIDA" SOCIAL DANCE PARTY. Enjoy the fascinating, sensual ballroom dance that originated in Buenos Aires. 8:00pm - Introduction to Tango Class for Absolute Beginners - FREE. 8:30pm - 9:30pm Tango-Nuevo Music with DJ KRISTINA. 9:30pm - 12:30am Traditional Music with DJ ANTON. Entrance: $10 (light refreshments provided). LaVida Dance & Yoga Studio, 13620 NE 20th St, 2nd fl (across from BMW), Bellevue. For more info: Call 425-643-LIFE(5433), email or visit

Friday, June 23 and Friday June 30
NOREEN'S BALLROOM DANCE. Arrive at 8 PM for a dance lesson in (Nightclub Two-Step on June 23, Cha Cha on June 30) then dance to a variety of Ballroom music from 8:30 to 11 PM. Admission is $10 or just $5 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 or visit

Friday, June 23
and Friday June 30

SEATTLE SOCIAL DANCE CLUB. All ages are welcome to this weekly Friday dance. Start with a 30-minute complimentary lesson at 8 PM then dance on a 3,000 square foot hardwood dance floor from 8:30 to 11 PM to a variety of popular Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music. Admission of $10 includes water and snacks plus we have door prize drawings for free dance passes. Held upstairs at Chong-Wa Benevolent Association, 522 7th Ave S, Seattle. Go upstairs and ask for a free pass to park in our large lot behind the building which is monitored by an attendant from 9 to 11 PM to assure safety for our guests. For more info contact Jeanne at 425-644-3030 (or 206-725-4331 for Chinese) or email

Friday, June 23 and Friday June 30
EVERY FRIDAY COUNTRY, SWING & A LITTLE EVERYTHING. Arrive at 7 PM for a pre-dance lesson (Country Swing on June 23, Nightclub Two-Step on June 30, which is also a Potluck night). DJ DAVE SERFLING plays a variety of music from 8 to 11 PM, including Country Two-Step, West and East Coast Swing, Line Dances, Ballroom, and more. Admission is $12 for the lesson and dance for free, or $10 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 or visit

Friday, June 23 and Friday June 30
FIRST CLASS BALLROOM. Come and enjoy an evening of fun social dancing from 8 to 10 PM. Also included is an all-levels Salsa lesson at 7:15 PM. Our air-conditioned dance studio is comfortable and bright, filled with friendly faces and highly experienced instructors. Be ready to meet new friends! Drop-in for $15 or purchase a 10-punch card for $120. First Class Ballroom, 1216 50th Street SE, Everett, WA 98203. For more information visit or call 425-320-3955.

Friday, June 23 and Friday June 30
BRIORA BALLROOM FRIDAY PARTIES. Arrive at 7:00 PM for a group class (schedule at Then dance to Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music from 7:45 PM to 9:15 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. Admission is $15. Special offer: 5 dance punch card for $50. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. For more info contact Jessica McMorrow at, call 425-641-5123, or visit

Friday, June 23 and Friday June 30
FRIDAYS AT THE VERVE. Start at 8 PM with an introductory lesson with ALEXANDRIA HAWKINS. Visit their website or "like" them on facebook for up-to-date information. DJ TERRY WEST will play music for Ballroom, Latin & Swing dancing from 9 to 11 PM. Dance on two nice-sized dance floors. Admission of $12 covers the lesson and the dance. Just blocks from I-5, with free parking right in front. Verve Ballroom 19820 40th Ave West, Suite 102, Lynnwood. For more information visit, email, or call 425-640-3070.

Friday, June 23 and Friday June 30
EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER FRIDAY FLING. All ages are welcome to dance to live music every Friday from 1 to 3 PM. The ASTORIA COMBO plays on the 2nd, 4th, (and 5th if there is one) Fridays of the month. NICE 'N EASY plays on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Donation is $4. Refreshments are provided. Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds, just west of the Ferry Terminal. The ballroom is upstairs and has a large dance floor, a view of Puget Sound, and mirrored ball. For more info call 425-774-5555, or go to


Saturday, June 24
It's a LUAU POTLUCK so bring something to share (does not necessarily have to be Hawaiian). Prizes for the best Hawaiian attire! Fun for all ages. It's at the Hayloft Dance Hall in Lynnwood, which has a 2,600 square foot hardwood dance floor. Tonight start with a basic Tango lesson at 7:30 PM with DEE SCHORE, no partner or experience needed. Then dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to music by DJ "M-FORCE" MERLY and celebrate her birthday. She will play a variety of music for all types of dance enthusiasts on an awesome sound system. Fun for singles and couples of all ages. Admission is $12 (cash please). The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. For more info visit, email at or call 425-743-6180.

Saturday, June 24
USA DANCE TACOMA INDEPENDENCE DAY DANCE. Come out for this friendly dance and lesson; all dancer levels welcome. USA Dance Tacoma has dances on the fourth Saturday of each month. Arrive at 7 PM for a Foxtrot lesson with DAVE GREEN and LINDA REITER. Dance from 8 to 10:30 PM to music by DJ TERRY WEST. Enjoy fun dance mixers! Bring your friends for a wonderful evening of dance. Admission is $12 for the lesson and dance; $8 for members. Lakewood Elks, 6313 75th St W, Lakewood (west of 75th and Bridgeport). For more info call 253-307-1499 or email or visit

Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 1
PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE. Pacific Ballroom Dance in Auburn is well-known for teaching kids, but also has events for adults! Check it out this Saturday. Start with a pre-dance lesson from 8 to 9 PM then dance from 9 to 11 PM to a variety of Ballroom music. June 24 features DJ/Instructor RICK GOSSARD and a Salsa lesson. July 1 features DJ/Instructor TERRY WEST and a Nightclub Two-Step lesson. $10 admission covers the class and dance. Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St SW, Suite 109, Auburn. For more info visit or contact Rick at 425-451-4815 or

Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 1
DANCING IN THE PARK AT MAGNUSON PARK. The new DanceSport International studio hosts a class and party every Saturday night from 7:30 to 10:30 PM. It starts with a dance lesson at 7:30 PM followed by dancing from 8:30 to 10:30 PM. $12, or free with purchase of a class. 6344 NE 74th St, Suite #105 Seattle, WA 98115. For the schedule visit or call Robert & Monique Hrouda at 206-550-6461 for more information.

Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 1
ARIA BALLROOM DANCE PARTY. Join us on our beautiful dance floor on Seattle’s eastside for our most popular weekly dance party. An introductory class begins at 7:15 PM (East Coast Swing on June 24, TBA on July 1) followed by a balanced mix of traditional and popular ballroom music from 8 to 11 PM. Admission is $10 or free for those who take the pre-party class. We’ve heard we have the best music of any ballroom around. Songs for upcoming dances are projected overhead so dancers can plan ahead. From Waltz to Cha-Cha and Foxtrot to West Coast Swing, there is something for every taste. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit or contact Aria at, or 425-867-0777.

Saturday, June 24 and Saturday, July 1
SONG SCOUT SATURDAYS. Start with your choice of either a Basics and Beyond or an Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson at 8 PM. Dance 9 PM to Midnight+. Dance every Saturday to West Coast Swing and Nightclub Two-Step music played by DJs PAUL & MELINDA BOOTH. Music is an awesome blend of newest WCS/NC2 hits & classics. Neon lighting, free water & snickers too! Basics Class w/Dance for $10 Or an Intermediate WCS lesson for $5; drop-ins are welcome. Admission for the dance alone is $10. Kirkland Dance Center, 835 7th Ave, Kirkland. For more info contact Paul at or Melinda at or 206-953-1065 or visit

Saturday, July 1
NORTHWEST DANCE. Arrive at 7:30 PM for a pre-dance workshop in TBA taught by NANCY FRY and GUY CARIDI. Then dance from 8:30 to 11:30 PM to the live music of Seattle Gypsy Jazz band RANGER AND THE REARRANGERS. They evoke the spirit of a Paris café and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy Jazz. The band’s repertoire includes Swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger’s unique originals. The dance is alcohol-free. Admission of $15 covers both the workshop and dance. Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle. For more info call 206-781-1238, email or visit

Saturday, July 1
DANCELAND SEATTLE. The independent instructors at Danceland Seattle are collaborating in bringing our students and community dancers together. We invite you to join us! 7:30 PM: Warm up Foxtrot lesson with JEANETTE BALL. 8 - 10 PM: Open Ballroom, Latin and Swing dancing. We welcome all dancers, all levels. We also take requests. Light refreshments are provided. $10 per person. Danceland Seattle, 327 NE 91st - Northgate area, Seattle. Parking available across the street. For more info contact Celia Boarman at 425-770-1066 or


Sunday, June 25

PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE. Pacific Ballroom Dance in Auburn now has Sunday dances in addition to their already established Saturday dances! Start with a pre-dance lesson from 6 to 7 PM then dance from 7 to 9 PM to a variety of Ballroom music. June 25 features DJ/Instructor RICK GOSSARD and a Bachata lesson. (No dance on July 2 due to the holiday break). $10 admission covers the class and dance. Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St SW, Suite 109, Auburn. For more info visit or contact Rick at 425-451-4815 or

Sunday, June 25
WALTZ CAFÉ AT CENTURY BALLROOM. This month's dance features music by THE VALSE CAFÉ ORCHESTRA. This lively tea dance, almost eight years old, occurs each month on the 4th Sunday. You’ll enjoy live music and a 2000-square-foot sprung floor in the city’s most elegant dance hall. Though the bands each month focus on Waltzes of all tempos, they also mix in other styles of dance music. Expect some assortment of Swing, Foxtrot, Blues, even Latin and the occasional Polka. Downbeat is 12:30 PM and dancing goes till 3:30. Admission is $15. Street parking is free on Sundays. The ballroom’s Tin Table restaurant opens at 3 PM with Happy Hour prices. At 915 East Pine Street, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, half a block east of Broadway. For more information visit

Sunday, June 25 and Sunday, July 2
ARIA BALLROOM SUNDAY DANCE. Join us on our beautiful dance floor on Seattle’s eastside. There is no pre-dance lesson on Sundays so the dance starts right at 7 PM. Admission is $10. From Waltz to Cha-Cha and Foxtrot to West Coast Swing, there is something for every taste. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit or contact Aria at, or 425-867-0777.

Sunday, June 25 and Sunday, July 2
BALLARD ELKS DANCE. Dance from 7 to 9 PM every Sunday to live music by LAUREN PETRIE. Lauren plays great music for Ballroom, Latin, Swing and more. Dance on a wonderful, large dance floor with a beautiful view of Puget Sound. Beginners welcome. $7 admission. No membership required. Huge free parking lot. The Ballard Elks is located at Shilshole Bay, 6411 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle 98117. For more info visit or call 206-784-0827.

Sunday, July 2
SEATTLE SWING DANCE CLUB. Dance from 6 to 9:30 PM with DJ TERRY WEST. The music format is 80% West Coast Swing and 20% other types of dance. Dance only admission is $11 for guests ($7 for members). Held on first and third Sundays at the Alki Masonic Lodge (West Seattle), 4736 40th Ave SW, Seattle. Contact SSDC at or visit


Monday, June 26 and Monday, July 3
PATRICIO TOUCEDA teaches an intermediate series Argentine Tango class at 8 PM. Drop-ins allowed on a space available/ class balance basis. Visit for details. ARTHUR and PATRICIA host dancing from 9 PM to 12:30 AM. Dance on an 1800 sq ft wood dance floor to great Argentine Tango music! June 26 features DJ JEANNE CASTLE. July 3 features DJ TBA. Enjoy the ambiance of candle-lit tables and a wall of windows overlooking Lake Union and downtown city lights. Food & drink available. Ample parking adjacent to building. Entrada: $10, 21+ ID required; $20 for pre-dance lesson and the milonga. China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave N, Seattle. For more info call 206-323-7957, email Arturo at, Patricia at or visit

Monday, June 26 and Monday, July 3

STAR CENTER BALLROOM DANCE. Come out to Tacoma's beautiful new Star Center for dancing to the music of RANDY LITCH. Dance from 1 to 3 PM to live Ballroom, Swing, Latin, Waltz, Country and Soft Rock music. Admission is $5. Star Center, 3873 S 66th St, Tacoma. For more information email or call Randy at 253-530-6185. For a listing of all of Randy's dances visit

Monday, June 26 and Monday, July 3
We're all-ages, beginner friendly, no partner needed. We have a drop-in intermediate class from 7 to 8 PM with topics changing every week. Music is by DJ DANIEL NEWSOME. The lesson is $10, and includes the 8 to 11 PM dance. Payment for the dance only is $5 between 8 and 9 PM or $6 after 9 PM. The Clubhouse on Queen Anne, 1608 4th Ave W, Seattle. Visit, email or call 206-458-1311.


Tuesday, June 27
KENT DANCE. (No dance on July 4.) Dance to live music every Tuesday on a 2,300+ sq. ft. hardwood floor. June 27 features RANDY LITCH playing Ballroom and Swing, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Complimentary refreshments are provided by Radcliffe Place, The Lakeshore, Weatherly Inn, Stafford Suites, Farrington Court, or Judson Park. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 East Smith St, Kent. Admission is only $4 (donations accepted for snacks) and parking is free. All ages are welcome, not just 50+. For more info visit or call Helena at 253-856-5164.


Wednesday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 5
Arrive at 6:30 PM for a pre-dance lesson with DAVE GREEN and LINDA REITER then dance from 7:30 to 10 PM. June 28 features a Tango lesson and music by CASANOVA. July 5 features an East Coast Swing Lesson and music by singer LOIS ANN MARLER with DJ DAVE GREEN playing between her sets. The cover charge is $10 for the public and $6 for members. The membership fee is $20. The dances are held at the American Veterans Club (upper level), 5717 South Tyler, Tacoma. For more information visit our website at or email

Wednesday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 5

WEDNESDAY WEST COAST SWING IN BELLEVUE. Come out for a fun night of West Coast Swing dancing. Your DJ is SCOT McKAY. Scot and WREN NEWMAN will teach a drop-in beginning West Coast Swing lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to a mix of Blues and Contemporary music. The pre-dance lesson is $8, dance admission is also $8, or $13 for both. Held at the wonderful Harmony Ballroom, 1407 132nd Ave NE #7, Bellevue; For more info - or to make advance song requests which Scot always likes to receive - contact Scot at or 206-227-4277.


Thursday, June 29 and Thursday, July 6
TACOMA ELKS SINGLES DANCE. Come out for the Thursday singles dance at the Tacoma Elks' beautiful new building! Dance from 7:30 – 10:30 PM on one of the nicest dance floors for ballroom dancing in their 4500 sf hall. June 29 features music by RANDY LITCH. July 6 features music by CASANOVA. Open to the public for $10 (Elks members $6, USA Dance members $8). Tacoma Elks and Allenmore Event Center, 2013 S. Cedar St. Tacoma. Please visit our Facebook at Allenmore Event Center for schedules and more info.


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Ron Bolin