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Our season starts out with Kevin Buster's Lunch Money, one of the hottest Blues/Jazz bands around. Kevin's band brings out the best in the creative dancer's heart with a jazziness that inspires. This band is as fun to listen to as to dance to with tunes that stretch from earthy Blues to Rhythm & Blues to Big Band Swing. kevinbuster.com
Swing lesson with Kevin Buster
Portage Bay Big Band is one of the most consistent and popular Big Band Swing bands in the Northwest, back for their fourth year. They deliver a sound fully encompassing the hot vitality of the Swing years and really know how to show the Swing crowd a great time. www.portagebaybigband.com
Beginning East Coast Swing lesson by Ari Levitt and Whitney Evans. rolluptherug.com
Solomon Douglas is a jazz pianist and bandleader, whose various bands have played at more than fifty swing dance events in North America, Asia, and Australia in the past ten years. His experience as a swing dancer and dance instructor gives him an understanding unique among musicians of the music that swing dancers like to dance to!
The Solomon Douglas Quintet's repertoire is rooted in the sounds of the Basie and Ellington bands, with other big-band standards and classic jazz tunes thrown in: up-tempo classic swing, slower groovier jazz, and anything in between. solomondouglas.com
Swing lesson with Solomon Douglas and Calico Goodrich
The Syncopators are a jazz band dedicated to the popular music of the 1920s, '30s and early '40s. Founded in 2007 by Glenn Crytzer, the group has become the premiere swing-era band in the US, having won over the hearts and feet of dancers across the nation. Their musical influences include jazz greats such as Benny Goodman, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, John Kirby, and Jelly Roll Morton. In addition to performing classic songs, theSyncopators, perform new songs composed in the vintage style by bandleader Glenn Crytzer.
The Syncopators are the house band for swing nights at Seattle's historic Century Ballroom and have been featured at popular dance events including Lindy Focus, the Seattle Lindy Exchange, the Emerald City Blues Festival, Camp Balboa, Savoy Swing Jam, Century Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap, Harlem Nights, Hot Mess, The Washington DC Lindy Exchange, Midwest Lindy Fest, and the Killer Diller Ball. Their debut album, Harlem Mad, with 20 original songs, will be released in May 2011. syncopators.net
Swing lesson with Glenn Crytzer
Vassili took his first Salsa lesson in 2000 and has not stopped dancing since. He won the "Reno Dance Sensation" Salsa competition two years in a row, and has performed and taught at numerous dance events around the US. Vassili's passion lies not only in the art of Salsa but in challenging himself to provide the most dynamic instruction to his students. He has traveled to Colombia and Cuba to study Salsa and Afro-Cuban Rumba from the pros and looks forward to delving deeper into Salsa's roots.
Currently the Artistic Director of Seattle's enormously popular dance school Salsa Con Todo, Vassili continues to perform, teach, and enjoy life.
Dance: salsacontodo.com Music: cotrmusic.com
Salsa lesson with Vassili of Salsa Con Todo.
Robb has had a love for music all his life, and was even working on a music major once upon a time. Later, he found another great outlet for music when he started dancing Country Western, and then West Coast Swing, in 1993. He's competed nationally in both Country and West Coast Swing and taught both in the Seattle area since the late 90's. He started DJ-ing around 2004 and loves watching dancers respond to his music almost as much as dancing to it. Working by day as a mild-mannered IT guy and by night as a DJ, dance instructor, and social dancer affords him little time for much else including sleep, but the love of music, dancing, and of the dancers themselves keeps him going.
You'll find Robb DJ-ing WCS every other Tuesday night at the Century Ballroom, teaching and DJ-ing WCS at China Harbor Restaurant on Thursday nights, teaching and DJ-ing Country Western at his own "Country On" dances held twice a month on Friday nights, and teaching and DJ-ing WCS at some of the 1st-&-3rd Sunday dances held by the Seattle Swing Dance Club. You can also find Robb on Facebook posting to the "Seattle West Coast Swing Dancers" group page or on his "Got Our Country On" page.
West Coast Swing lesson with Robb Bryan
Lilli Ann Carey has been DJ'ing regular dances for over 10 years. Known by Seattle dancers as one of the best DJ's in the city, she packs her local dances. She will roll out breathtakingly sweet Waltzes, powerful, kickin' Swings, provocative Blues, peppy Foxtrots and more. Don't miss this night's utterly danceable mix!
Waltz lesson with Lilli Ann Carey
DJ Nick, aka Nick Sabroso of Seattle Latin Dance, has been working as a promoter and DJ for the last 10 years. He is currently promoting venues throughout Seattle on a weekly basis and hosts a monthly dance showcase at the famous Teatro Zinzanni, bringing in live bands and Latin dance enthusiasts alike. Nick is a regular DJ at Seattle's longest running Salsa dance hall, the Century Ballroom, and he has been a resident DJ every Sunday night at See Sound Lounge for over 6 years. DJ Nick will please your ears and your soul and will get you up and dancing in no time. Recognized for his music, his passion and his contributions to Salsa, he is one of the most popular DJs in the city.
Salsa Lesson by Becka Hueth
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. As the ensemble evolved and its popularity grew, it delved into realms of musical theater and performance art, and today performs in concert as well. Size of the ensemble varies from three to nine musicians, depending on the scope of performance and budget. The orchestra’s eclectic repertoire celebrates a romantic mélange of bygone eras and cultures — Paris in the thirties, Hapsburg Vienna, Yiddish melancholy, Gypsy romance and Ragtime Manhattan. This evening will provide dancers with great waltzes, swings, foxtrots, and more.
Foxtrot lesson with Lilli Ann Carey
The Seattle-based Tangabrazo is dedicated to playing music that engages both dancers and listeners. With a repertoire ranging from the classic Tango groups to more modern and original compositions, they bring decades of combined professional experience to create a rich ensemble sound. tangabrazo.com
Tango lesson with Jaimes Friedgen and Christa Rodriguez. the8thstyle.com
"Full of life from beginning to end, singer Carlos Cascante sings Salsa filled with elements of Timba, Jazz, and traditional Salsa and includes the masterful solos of Grammy nominees Paoli Mejias, Ray Vega, Thomas Marriot, and Julio Jauregui." (CD Baby review) www.tumbao.us
Beginning Salsa lesson by Hallie Kuperman. centuryballroom.com
Sean Patrick Donovan passionately loves music, dancing and teaching dance. Positively energetic and playful, Sean (who became a dance instructor in 1999) creatively communicates the essence of dance and its power to delight and transform us. Sean keeps the emphasis on fun and helps students develop solid fundamentals, fluidity and connection — to ourselves, the music, and to our partner — which makes for sheer joy in movement. A dance DJ since 2001, Sean brings the most spirited and exciting rhythms and grooves to inspire and move your body and soul.
Since 1999, Sean has danced and taught around Seattle and the U.S., and has been on faculty with Northwest Dance Network since 2004. In addition to Swing (his first love) and Zydeco (a passion which prompted numerous learning expeditions to Louisiana and Texas), he happily and adeptly teaches a variety of other styles, including Waltz, Blues, Whiskey River Jitterbug, Country Two-step, and Cha Cha Cha. Sean has produced numerous music and dance events in collaboration with others and through his company, Gator Boy Productions, and offers outstanding dance instruction (group and private lessons), DJ, party starter and emcee services. Sean also hosts a weekly radio music show, "The Outskirts," each Friday from noon-3pm on KBCS 91.3 FM (online at kbcs.fm). www.gatorboyproductions.com
Zydeco lesson with Sean Donovan
The name Ruby Slippers evokes a time when life was simple and romance was in the air! If you closed your eyes and wished, your wish could come true. It was a time when the popular music of the day was swing, and Benny Goodman was the ‘King of Swing’. It was the heyday of America’s greatest composers — George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, Harold Arlen, Rogers and Hart. Ruby Slippers, an intimate 5 piece acoustic band will have you up and dancing in no time. Their favorite past-time is performing music suitable for a wide variety of dance styles: Swing, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Fox Trot, One Step, Blues, Latin and Waltz.
Viennese Waltz lesson with Zachariah Cassady, Waltz Etcetera.
Cambalache has challenged and redefined the characteristic sound of the Northwest Salsa scene. Cambalache’s eclectic style is an embodiment of the richness and diversity of Latin America. Deeply rooted in the latest music movements developing in Cuba and Puerto Rico, Cambalache’s performances are a blend of great Salsa classics and contemporary tunes. At each performance, audiences are seduced by the energetic atmosphere of Rumba and Nueva Salsa. www.cambalachesalsa.com
Salsa lesson by Alberto Orejel-Malfavon
This evening is a 1940's /WWII Themed party! Dress the period or come as you choose!
Dina Blade is a refreshingly natural singer with a great sense of time and swing who specializes in singing American popular songs from the 1930s and 40s, preserving the work of master composers and lyricists from that era. An effervescent performer, she has written and toured several different thematic shows celebrating the Great American songbook.
Dina has released five recordings, earning international acclaim for her cd project "I'm In The Mood For Love‚" featuring the lyrics of Dorothy Fields. "This is a rather addictive recording..." noted London's Jon Aldous, host of the Dorothy Fields Website. KPLU's "Jazz Northwest‚" DJ Jim Wilke praised her voice as "warm and inviting, fresh and original," and included her recent CD, "My Romance‚" on his "Best of the Northwest" list.
Swing Lesson by Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry, Savoy Swing
**This is a Ball Blanc, wear something white!**
No security clearances are required to enjoy our season's wrap-up with Seattle's KGB. With fiddle, mandolin, guitar and piano, KGB creates subversive music lulling the unwary with traditional New England Contra dance tunes, then jumping off into Balkan modalities, Tango riffs and bluesy jigs. KGB's extraordinary waltzes captivate dancers song after song, each melody more delightful or exquisite than the last. Wear something white to our Ball Blanc — T-shirts to tuxes, shorts to ball gowns and delight in the magic of swirling dancers as the sun sinks into the evening. www.kgbmole.com
Waltz lesson with Lilli Ann Carey danceforjoy.biz
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