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Updated Thursday, October 21, 2021
Bellevue: The Jazz Geeks @ The Bellevue Hilton
Seattle: NW Dance Network Workshops + a Dance
Seattle: Fall Classes from NW Dance Network
Phinney: West Coast Swing with Wren & Scot
Dance Calendar through November 4, 2021


Dear Dancin' Friends,

THE JAZZ GEEKS
play every Thursday at the Bellevue Hilton. NORTHWEST DANCE NETWORK has workshops and an upcoming dance plus FALL CLASSES that start this coming Sunday in Seattle. WREN NEWMAN & SCOT McKAY start three new series of West Coast Swing classes this coming Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Full details are below along with a new 2-week DANCE CALENDAR.

Starting Monday, October 25,
a VERIFICATION OF VACCINATION ORDER goes into effect in King County (click here for details). This will mean little change at dances however because most local dance producers were ahead of the game again ... all King County dances that I've been advertising lately already required proof of vaccination. Of course masks are required too.

Partner dancing following covid protocols can be fairly safe if you are healthy and up-to-date on your covid vaccination. The vaccines don't directly fight the virus ... it's NOT like putting rubbing alcohol on an infection. Rather the vaccines stimulate your own immune system to produce antibodies in your bloodstream. These antibodies are made by you and are therefore a part of you. They are there waiting to fight the virus should it get into your body ... most likely by inhaling what someone else has exhaled. That does happen to a degree in dancing even if everyone is vaccinated and wearing a mask. So currently face-to-face partner dancing is one of the least safe activities for people who don't have sufficient covid antibodies to win such a fight. I don't like losing, plus I'm at elevated risk. So the moment the Moderna booster gets final approval (probably this week), I'm getting it.

I waited until midnight to write this last paragraph so I could see the latest Washington State covid statistics as reported by The New York Times ... you can see that information by clicking here. On July 25 of this year the number or covid deaths per day (averaged over a week) in Washington hit a low of 4 deaths per day and many people thought the pandemic was ending ... but then the delta variant surged. By September 14 the average reached an all-time high of 43 deaths per day. As of this Monday, October 18, the average had come down to 26 deaths per day, which is still much higher than the Washington State average throughout the pandemic of 14 deaths per day. At least we are currently going in the right direction. The more people that get vaccinated, the more likely covid deaths will continue to fall and the sooner restrictions can be removed. However as we've seen, there is no guarantee that there won't be yet another surge which would by far kill mostly unvaccinated people. To the minority of my readers who are not yet vaccinated, please do yourself a favor, do the dance community a favor, and do society a favor. Please get vaccinated.

Ron Bolin, The Dancin' DJ




THE JAZZ GEEKS @ THE BELLEVUE HILTON
EVERY THURSDAY. Dance and dine to live music! It's every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) from 7 to 9 PM at the Atrium Bar and Grill in the Bellevue Hilton. THE JAZZ GEEKS play Jazz standards and some Blues, offering songs that fit a range of dance styles: East and West Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, Night Club Two-Step ... most everything dancers enjoy! The Jazz Geeks is a four person ensemble with keyboard, bass, drums, vocals, and guest artists who play various instruments. See pics from previous performances on Facebook at The Jazz Geeks. Enjoy great food and drinks ... then please remember to put on your mask when you get up to dance. Children are allowed.

Cost: FREE! That's right, there's no cover, so please purchase from the restaurant ... maybe make it a dinner and dancing date night!
Location: Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue
More Info / Questions: Visit www.facebook.com/The-Jazz-Geeks-108654178063154 or text Marjie at 206-909-7586.



NW DANCE NETWORK WORKSHOPS + A DANCE
Covid Protocols: Proof of vaccination and a tight-fitting mask
For more information and to register for workshops visit www.nwdance.net.

Swingin’ Styling with Mark Kihara
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 6 - 8 PM
Cost:
$25 advance. Drop-ins $35.
Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle

Halloween Tricks and Treats for West Coast Swing with Wren Newman & Scot Mckay
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 6 - 8 PM
Cost: $25 advance. Drop-ins $35.
Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle

Special Workshop, “A Taste of Seabeck"
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
• 1 –2:30 PM: “Flavors of West Coast Swing—Something for All of Your Taste Buds” with Wren Newman and Scot McKay
• 3 – 4:30 PM: “Slow Lindy—Bluesy, Sweet, & Savory” with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry
• 4:30 – 5 PM: Recorded-music practice time, DJ’d by Guy
Cost:
$60 advance. Includes evening dance with Seattle Houserockers.
Location: Leif Erikson Hall, NW 57th Street 2245 in Ballard

Live Music Dance with The Seattle Houserockers

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Pre-dance lesson at 7 PM: “A Big Bite of the Blues!” with SEAN DONOVAN
Dance from 8 -11 PM with THE SEATTLE HOUSEROCKERS

Cost: $20 for dance and lesson. $10 for students under 23
Location: Leif Erikson Ballroom, NW 57th Street 2245 in Ballard



FALL CLASSES FROM NW DANCE NETWORK
SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 28 (no class 11/7) with Wren Newman & Scot McKay
3pm • Beginning Swing
A great place to start partner dancing. Learn both single- and triple- time rhythms (for faster and slower music)
4pm • West Coast Swing Basics
Learn (or review) the foundational moves of WCS
5pm • West Coast Swing—Musicality and Styling
Add fun and style to your WCS! Prerequisites: solid experience in 6-count basics and the whip

WEDNESDAYS. OTOBER 27 - NOVEMBER 24 with Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey
6:30pm • Beginning Waltz Basics & Cross-Step Waltz
Start with Slow Waltz basics and ease your way into the beautiful and elegant slow waltz form known as Cross-Step Waltz.
7:30pm • Swing 2: Kick It up a Notch!
Expand on Swing 2 moves, add complexity and breaks, and learn some 8-count patterns. Prerequisites: confidence with triple-time swing
8:30pm • Intermediate/Advanced Cross–Step Waltz
Review the basics and learn free spins, grapevines, and more. Prerequisites: confidence in Travel Waltz basics and Cross-Step figures

Cost: $80 per class
Covid Protocols:
Proof of vaccination and a tight-fitting mask
Location:
Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle
Registration and more information: www.nwdance.net.



WEST COAST SWING WITH WREN & SCOT
MONDAYS, OCTOBER 25 - NOVEMBER 29. WREN NEWMAN & SCOT McKAY
are experienced West Coast Swing teachers who make learning this very popular dance fun! The classes will be at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in the 2,000+ sq ft Community Hall in the lower, brick building. It has a newer sprung bamboo floor.

6-week series in three different levels:

6:30 – 7:30: Basics
7:30 – 8:30: Beyond Basics
8:30 – 9:30: Advanced Moves and Patterns

Cost: $60 for one class series, $96 for two, $135 if you register for all three. Drop-ins are allowed for the 8:30 class only - $20 a night.
Are you an experienced WCS Dancer? Sign up for the Basics class with a brand new to WCS dancer and your admission to the Basics class is free!
Covid Protocols:
You must bring proof of covid vaccination and masks must be worn.
Location: Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, in the Community Hall in the lower, brick building.
Registration: In-person on first night – or by emailing WrenHartDance@gmail.com



DANCE CALENDAR THROUGH NOVEMBER 4, 2021
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.

By state mandate that went into effect on August 23, masks must be worn at all indoor dances. Most dances listed here also require covid vaccinations, and all dances in King County will require vaccinations as of October 25. The primary reason for that is that if you are not fully vaccinated, partner dancing is not safe for you right now. I have not included covid protocols in the listings below, so please contact the dance producer if you have any questions or concerns. Please be aware that covid protocols may not yet be reflected on the websites shown here.


FRIDAYS

Friday, October 22
NOREEN'S BALLROOM DANCE.
Arrive at 8 PM for a dance lesson in Viennese Waltz, then dance to a variety of Ballroom music from 8:30 to 11 PM. Admission is $15 per person. 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, October 22 and Friday, October 29
EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DANCE. Arrive at 7 PM for a pre-dance lesson (West Coast Swing on 10/22, Nightclub Two-Step on 10/29). 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, October 23 and Saturday, October 30

SHALL WE DANCE. Come dance to the rhythm of your favorite Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and Country tunes! Arrive at 8:30 PM for a 20-minute complementary group class followed by 70 minutes of open dance time. October 30 will be a Halloween Party! The DJ/instructor is ALEX OLIVARES. $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.

Saturday, October 23 and Saturday, October 30
SONG SCOUT SATURDAYS.
Start with either a Basics or Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson at 8 PM. Dance 9 PM to Midnight+ to West Coast Swing and Nightclub Two-Step music played by DJs PAUL & MELINDA BOOTH. Neon lighting, free water & snickers too! $8 class, $15 dance, $23 both. Kirkland Dance Center, 835 7th Ave, Kirkland. For more info contact Paul at pbooth@comcast.net or Melinda at melindabooth@comcast.net or 206-953-1065 or visit www.songscout.net.

Saturday, October 23 and Saturday, October 30
ARIA BALLROOM DANCE PARTY.
Join us on our beautiful dance floor on Seattle’s eastside. An introductory class begins at 7:15 PM (Salsa on 10/23, Samba on 10/30 which will be a Halloween Mask-arade Party) followed by dancing to a balanced mix of traditional and popular ballroom music from 8 to 10:30 PM. 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. Admission is $15. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit www.AriaBallroom.com or contact Aria at info@AriaBallroom.com or 425-867-0777.


SUNDAYS

No Sunday dances advertised here at this time.


MONDAYS

Monday, October 25 and Monday, November 1
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. Website: www.waltzetc.com.


TUESDAYS

Tuesday, October 19 and Tuesday, October 26 and Tuesday, November 2
BRIORA BALLROOM TUESDAY PARTIES.
These parties are for Briora Virtual Members only - sign up at www.brioravirtual.com which will give you entry into all group classes and parties plus much more! Arrive at 8:00 PM for your choice of either a beginner lesson, intermediate/advanced lesson, or an Argentine Tango lesson. Then dance to Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music from 9:00 to 10:00 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, October 20 and Wednesday, October 27 and Wednesday, November 3
NEW! WEDNESDAY WEST COAST SWING DANCE. WREN & SCOT have found a great new place ... the Mercer Island VFW Hall! The dance floor is 1,000 square feet. There are high ceilings and double doors on both ends in which they will put fans to increase airflow. At 7 PM take either a beginner WCS lesson with SCOT McKAY or an advanced WCS lesson with WREN NEWMAN. Then dance from 8 - 10:30 PM to a mix of Blues and Contemporary music with DJ SCOT McKAY. $10 for either class. $20 for both dance and class. $12 for dance only. Location: Mercer Island VFW, 1836 72nd Ave SE, Mercer Island. More Info: Contact Wren at WrenHartDance@gmail.com or Scot at tinboy66@hotmail.com or 206-227-4277.

Wednesday, October 20 and Wednesday, October 27 and Wednesday, November 3
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.



THURSDAYS

Thursday, October 21 and Thursday, October 28 and Thursday, November 4
NEW LISTING!
THE JAZZ GEEKS @ THE BELLEVUE HILTON. Dance and dine to live music! Dine and dance from 7 to 9 PM at the Atrium Bar and Grill in the Bellevue Hilton. THE JAZZ GEEKS play Jazz standards and some Blues, offering songs that fit a range of dance styles: East and West Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Bolero, Night Club Two-Step ... most everything dancers enjoy! The Jazz Geeks is a four person ensemble with keyboard, bass, drums, vocals, and guest artists who play various instruments. Cost: FREE! Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue. More Info / Questions: Visit www.facebook.com/The-Jazz-Geeks-108654178063154 or text Marjie at 206-909-7586.

Thursday, October 21 and Thursday, October 28 and Thursday, November 4
LATIN NIGHT.
Come dance to the rhythm of your favorite Latin tunes! Arrive at 9:00 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.

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Sincerely,

Ron Bolin
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