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August Bands

Thursday, August 1

Birch Pereira (on the ukelele) & the Gin Joints swing band

Mark Dufresne


Mark DuFresne Band | Blues
6–9:30pm in Freeway Park

Mark DuFresne is one of the most sought after Blues talents in the Northwest. The Washington Blues Society has awarded him for best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other artist. He has recorded three CD’s of all original music. “Out of That Bed”, “Have Another Round” and “There’s A Song In There”, which featured the lineup of the former Hollywood Fats Band.

His work on the chromatic harmonica is considered as some of the most innovative in Blues music. His ability to circular breathe has left audiences amazed. markdufresne.com

“DuFresne is as distinctive as a vocalist as he is a fiery player; rather than recycling old riffs, his original compositions are tuneful, melodic and grooveworthy..” — Blues Review Magazine

Beginning Blues lesson with John Lozano / www.fluidandformless.com
If John can learn to dance, then so can you! John began dancing around Detroit in 1997 while still in high school. He started with little skill and was regularly told “you're not actually leading me to do anything!” Luckily his love for music, interest in meeting people, and desire to figure things out drove him to keep with it. He began with East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, and dabbled in other dances before finding Blues. He now enters his 20th year of teaching dance. He has taught throughout the U.S. and Canada, and as far away as England, Holland and Argentina. You can find him every Tuesday at Seattle's only weekly Blues dance at the Greenwood Alibi Room.

Tuesday, August 6th

DJ Koichi Tsunoda | West Coast Swing
6‑9:30pm in Westlake Park

Koichi is one of the most popular WCS DJ's in Seattle and beyond — a regular at the Century Ballroom, you'll also fine him featured for the plum late night gigs at West Coast Swing conventions. Koichi has a special knack for putting together a playlist that drives the dance and the dancers. Don't expect to sit down much — you'll only jump to your feet when the next song comes on. Koichi on Facebook

Beginning West Coast Swing lesson with Mike Carringer / Mike Carringer on Facebook
Mike Carringer began country dancing in 2011. Shortly after, he discovered West Coast Swing and has immersed himself in it. He brings a fun and exciting energy on and off the dance floor. With a teaching style that focuses on proper body mechanics and natural motion within the body, he is an accomplished West Coast Swing dancer; winning Rising Star, NASDE AllStar Tour in 2015, and placed 6th place on the NASDE professional circuit in 2017. In addition, he choreographs Rising Star, ProAm, and Junior Routines. He now competes at the Champion level and in NASDE Showcase division. You will find Mike running a dance every Friday evening at Kirkland Eagles — 258 Central Way, Kirkland, WA. (Lesson at 8pm, dance at 9pm.)

Thursday August 8th

Mambo Cadillac

Mambo Cadillac


Mambo Cadillac | Salsa
6–9:30pm in Freeway Park

Seattle area percussionist/vocalist/composer Tor Dietrichson founded the band Tor Dietrichson with Mambo Cadillac in April of 2005. Since then the band has gone on to perform 300 plus concerts. The band has performed more times at The Triple Door Musicquarium than any other band, 100+, maybe 200 times, and also at Bumbershoot and twice headlined the 4Culture website launch party. They received a grant from 4Culture to record a CD of his original Latin compositions. Mambo Cadillac is his fourth Latin music ensemble.

The band features a wide variety of Cuban influenced music and utilizes a high degree of improvisation in the performances. Both vocalist Cascante and keyboardist Jauregui are tremendous improvisers and are veterans of the Seattle area Latin music scene. Mambo Cadillac plays a variety of Afro-Cuban vocal and instrumental music and is just starting to work on incorporating some of Dietrichson’s original compositions into their repertoire. Look for a recording of their music soon. tordietrichson.com/Mambo_cadillac.html

Beginning Salsa lesson with Jim Chow / Belltown Dance Studio
From a very young age, Jim possessed the rhythm and love of music which has influenced him throughout his life. Originally a freestyle club dancer, Jim was introduced to Salsa in 1999. 20 years later, Salsa still is his biggest passion and primary means for self expression. Although he was started learning LA style (on 1) and captivated by its flares, drama, and beauty, in early 2004 Jim started adding the flavor and softness of NY style (on 2), to his dancing, and also able to dance and teach both on1 & on2. This made his style truly unique. In 2010 he started a joint project with Salsamania Dance Company and got to learn under one of the top salsa dance company and champion dancer John & Liz of Salsamania — since then he has applied lots of their technique in his teaching program. Most recently he had the pleasure to perform at 2015 Seattle Salsa Congress under Salsamania of Belltown Dance Studio.

Tuesday, August 13th

The Buckaroosters | Country Western
6‑9:30pm in Westlake Park

The Buckaroosters started out in 1998 with the idea of playing the music of the great Buck Owens as authentically as they could - complete with all of the duet singing, tele-twangin', steel-cryin' rhinestone-wearin' they could muster. Playing the best of Buck Owens and his Buckaroos music from '59 to '69! "Free buckeyes while they last!” facebook.com/thebuckaroosters/

Beginning Country Two-step dance lesson by Sean Donovan | GatorBoyProductions.com
Sean Donovan combines passion for music and dance with his great love of teaching to provide joyful, exciting dance classes for all skill levels. Positive and playful, Sean is a creative and highly effective communicator, with intuitive movement awareness and a focus on the vital power of dance to delight and transform us. A professional instructor and DJ since 1999, Sean teaches partner dance nationally as well as year-round in Seattle, and has been on faculty with Northwest Dance Network, nwdance.net, since 2004. In addition to Swing (his first love) and Zydeco (a profound connection prompting numerous expeditions to Louisiana and Texas), Sean revels in teaching Blues, Waltz, Whiskey River Jitterbug, Country Two-step, Cha Cha Cha and more. A professional DJ as well, Sean produces dances, provides music for special events and can be heard hosting live radio on KBCS 91.3 FM. Contact Sean about private or group lessons.

Thursday, August 15

Birch Pereira (on the ukelele) & the Gin Joints swing band

Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints Americana Rock ’n Roll Revival band


Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints | Americana Rock ’n Roll Revival
6–9:30pm in Freeway Park

Borne of a profound love for the early years of swing, Americana, and rock ’n’ roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints transport you to the rollicking good times of speakeasies, honky-tonks, and roadhouses. The band, with upright bassist and exceptional vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of – and put a super fresh and highly danceable spin on — the American song traditions. theginjointsband.com

Beginning East Coast Swing dance lesson by Dean Paton | CenturyBallroom.com
Dean Paton abandoned the baseball diamond for the dance hall in 1994, and fell so hopelessly in love with Waltz that he founded the Valse Cafe Orchestra, an ensemble committed to the art of playing music for dancers. No matter what dance he teaches, Dean stresses mastering the core of the dance, then helps dancers use this foundation as a platform on which to build organic, graceful movement and a few elegant moves.

Tuesday August 20th

DJ Carey | Hollywood Night, danceable music from popular movies — glam it up!
6‑9:30pm in Westlake Park

Lilli Ann Carey, your DTD event organizer for 13 years and frequent MC, also DJ's magical nights of music. This night will collect some of the most memorable, silly and romantic movie tunes that call out to be danced to. Get out the spotlights, we're going to Hollywood and beyond! danceforjoy.biz

"Moves from Movies" lesson by Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey / danceforjoy.biz
Lilli Ann Carey loves to dance almost anything but focuses her teaching on Waltz, West Coast and East Coast Swing, Zydeco, Polka, Foxtrot, One-Step/Blues, Fusion and a few vintage dance forms. Lilli Ann promotes dance classes, workshops and events through her company, Dance for Joy!, and is committed to developing a creative, connected and playful dance community here in Seattle.

In line with that committment, Lilli Ann also coordinates this highly successful Dancing til Dusk program for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Claire Carey learned East Coast Swing at age 7 and quickly realized dance was a place she could be totally herself. Now 28, she can be seen out dancing West Coast Swing and teaching for Dance for Joy. Claire also loves to dance Cross Step Waltz, Turning Waltz, Lindy Hop, Nightclub Two-Step, and Salsa. She is passionate about helping anyone who wants to learn and experience the joy of partner dance, whether from the middle in classes, at a turning point in private lessons, or from the sidelines of a dance. Although Claire is a technician through and through, she always brings her abundant joy and idiosyncratic nature into the room.

Thursday, August 22nd

Swingin' in the Rain with vocalist Dina Blade singing "Angel Eyes" at Seattle's Dancing Till Dusk, Westlake Center Park, Aug. 2012. © Dina Blade


Swingin’ In the Rain w/ Dina Blade | A Little Bit of Everything
6–9:30pm in Freeway Park
This is a "Ball Rouge" — wear something red!

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 six recordings, including her most recent, "Shall We Dance," with songs ranging from the lively to the sultry and romantic. 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. dinablade.com

Wear something red to our Ball Rouge — T-shirts to tuxes, shorts to ball gowns, and delight in the magic of swirling dancers as the sun sinks into the evening.

Waltz lesson by Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey / danceforjoy.biz
Lilli Ann Carey loves to dance almost anything but focuses her teaching on Waltz, West Coast and East Coast Swing, Zydeco, Polka, Foxtrot, One-Step/Blues, Fusion and a few vintage dance forms. Lilli Ann promotes dance classes, workshops and events through her company, Dance for Joy!, and is committed to developing a creative, connected and playful dance community here in Seattle.

In line with that committment, Lilli Ann also coordinates this highly successful Dancing til Dusk program for Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Claire Carey learned East Coast Swing at age 7 and quickly realized dance was a place she could be totally herself. Now 28, she can be seen out dancing West Coast Swing and teaching for Dance for Joy. Claire also loves to dance Cross Step Waltz, Turning Waltz, Lindy Hop, Nightclub Two-Step, and Salsa. She is passionate about helping anyone who wants to learn and experience the joy of partner dance, whether from the middle in classes, at a turning point in private lessons, or from the sidelines of a dance. Although Claire is a technician through and through, she always brings her abundant joy and idiosyncratic nature into the room.

Wednesday, August 28th
Fundraiser for Dancing til Dusk

Bartley (mandolin), King (keyboards) and Ginsburg (fiddle) of KGB

Bartley, King and Ginsburg of KGB


KGB | Waltz and more!
7–10pm, Golden Gardens Bathhouse
8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle
$20 Recommended Donation
* A Ball Blanc, be sure to wear white!

No security clearances are required to enjoy 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 and exquisite than the last.www.kgbmole.com

Thank you to our sponsors: Seattle Parks & Recreation; Downtown Seattle Association; Alliance for Pioneer Square; Freeway Park Association; Belltown Community Council; Viginia Mason; Horizon House; and the Metropolitan Development District

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Go to our Dance for Joy! website for other great dance classes and events!