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Updated Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Dance Classes with Charla Jennings
Tuesdays in Tacoma
Lynda Zeman Classes
Dancin' at the Barn Variety Dance
Classes at Studio B Dance with Jeannette Baker
Elton John Night
Star Studded Soiree with Studio B Dance
Dance Calendar September 19 to October 2, 2014
Dear Dancin' Friends,
Come on out to the Rockin' Horse in Renton this Saturday as I teach the Cowboy Cha Cha (see my Song of the Week) for a pre-dance lesson at 7 PM, no partner or experience needed. I'll teach the basic pattern first then add some variations. There's no particular theme this time, so I'll play a wide variety of music from all eras including Swing, Ballroom, Country, Rock/Pop, Disco, Latin and more. Full details are below plus information on classes from CHARLA JENNINGS in Seattle (classes start tonight), LYNDA ZEMAN in Lynnwood, and JEANNETTE BAKER in Renton. You can also plan ahead through October 2 with the new DANCE CALENDAR.
Greatness! Last Thursday I included a true story about Wet Celery & A Horny Viking. I'm glad so many of you got a laugh out of it ... if you missed it, you can still read it at the bottom of this page. This week I'd like to tell you about my Viking heritage. I did some research and discovered a lot of greatness in my ancestry. My father's mother, ASTRID LOUISE BOLIN (née Hakansson), was the youngest in a family that owned most of Gotland, Sweden's largest island. She once told me that one of her predecessors was the physician to the King of Sweden and lived with his family in the palace. That's pretty great!
There's also greatness on my mother's side. My mother, DOROTHY JANE BOLIN (née Porter), descended from one of the first female medical doctors on the Great Plains back in the 1800s ... long before women could even vote. Who knows, she may have been the doctor for Little Joe on the Prairie! That's great too!
Using a book entitled The Bolin Family Genealogy that I purchased from Computer Genealogies, Inc. about thirty years ago, I was able to trace my family history back even further ... and find even more greatness! Here's my paternal lineage going back to the 1600s:
Ronald Viking Bolin, born 1954
Bjorn Viking Hilarion Bolin, born 1918
Sten Hilarion Bolin, born 1891
Hjalmar Ivar Adolf Vilhelm Bolin, born 1858
Nils Fredrik Vilhelm Bolin, born 1820
Per Adolf Bolin, born 1790
Jacob Bolin, born 1754
Jacob Bolin, born 1697
Petrus Bolin (birth date unknown)
PETRUS BOLIN was my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather! That's really great, right? You betcha! If I could research even further back, somehow I know I'd find even more greatness! :)
Ron's Song of the Week:
South of Santa Fe by Brooks & Dunn from the 1998 album If You See Her.
This is my personal favorite song for dancing Cowboy Cha Cha, with Neon Moon (also by Brooks & Dunn) being a close second. There are other YouTube videos of this song, but I chose the original Brooks & Dunn music video for its Twilight-Zone-esque ending. It particularly reminds me of the 1964 episode An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, which for legal reasons has never been shown in syndication, although you can watch it online at www.hulu.com/watch/440885. I have to admit I'm a Twilight Zone nut. I have the entire original 1959 - 1964 TV series on DVD in glorious black and white, which suits the series perfectly. I've watched nearly all 156 episodes ... that explains a lot, right? :)
See you Saturday! -- Ron Bolin
DANCE CLASSES WITH CHARLA JENNINGS
TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 16 - OCTOBER 28, 8 - 9 PM. Ballroom & Latin Dance. Students pick what dances we'll do. Nice friendly environment, easy parking! Please pre-register at 206 684-7533, Course #120682. $69 per person. Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, 98125.
WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 17 - OCTOBER 22, 5:30 - 6:15 PM. Ballroom Dancing. New this fall! Couples & singles. Please pre-register at 206-386-4235 Course #121196. $60 per person. Magnolia Community Center, 2550 34th Avenue West, Seattle.
THURSDAYS, SEPTEMBER 18 - OCTOBER 23, 7 to 8 PM. Let's Dance! This is a great class for people who have had some dance. Beautiful studio, wonderful students in this class. Please pre-register at 206-386-4283, Course #121100. $61 per person. No partner necessary. Easy parking. Northgate Community Center, 10510 - 5th Avenue NE, Seattle, 98125.
Charla also teaches private ballroom lessons in North Seattle, all ages, social dancing, weddings, and competitions. Ballet lessons are also offered. For more info contact Charla at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to seeing you at the classes!
TUESDAYS IN TACOMA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16. Come out for this new weekly variety dance! Tacoma Dance Studio welcomes Hall of Fame DJ TERRY WEST your host for a fun new weekly social Dance Party! Terry gets the party started with an excellent dance lesson followed by a superb variety mix of inspiring music for dancing. All for only $10!
7:00 PM Beginner West Coast Swing lesson
7:30 PM Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson
8:00 - 10:00 PM Variety dance: Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Country
Location: Tacoma Dance Studio, 5412 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Street parking, also parking in the lighted Heritage Bank lot with a back entrance into the studio. For more information contact Bill Barber at email@example.com or 253-224-8244. Visit www.tacomadancestudio.com.
LYNDA ZEMAN CLASSES
There's always something happening at The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. Singles and Couples of all ages are always welcome. It has an awesome sound system and a 2,600 sq ft sprung hardwood dance floor.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON, SEPTEMBER 20. CLASSES WITH LYNDA ZEMAN
1 - 2 PM Samba (beginners only): Drop-in $10
2 - 3 PM Hustle, Series I (beginner): 4th week of 4-class series. Drop-in for $10
3 - 4 PM Foxtrot, Series II (beyond beginner): 4th week of 4-class series. Drop-in for $10
The Hayloft has a full schedule of the fun events. For details visit www.HayloftDance.com, email Aileen at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.
DANCIN' AT THE BARN VARIETY DANCE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20. Arrive at 7 PM to learn the popular partner pattern dance Cowboy Cha Cha with RON BOLIN. Then dance from 8 to 11 PM to a wide variety of music played by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. Have fun dancing on the big 4,000 square foot hardwood floor. Be sure to fill in a yellow door prize slip as you enter to be eligible for the hourly prize drawings. You're sure to meet lots of new people in the hourly mixers. Snacks and beverages are available in vending machines. It's a great place for alcohol-free fun for all ages 18 and over. Admission is $15 for the lesson and dance, or $12 dance only. This event is held on 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. DIRECTIONS: From I-405, take Exit #5. Go east up Sunset about 3 miles. Turn right on 148th, left on 117th, and right on 150th. There's a large free parking lot. For more info call Dave at 425-255-9211, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.
Upcoming themes and pre-dance lessons when Ron Bolin plays at the Rockin' Horse are:
Sept 20 - Variety Dance: Cowboy Cha Cha
Oct 4 - Motown Mania: West Coast Swing
Oct 18 - Variety Dance: Hustle
Nov 1 - Southern Rock Night: East Coast Swing
Nov 15 - Variety Dance: American Tango
CLASSES AT STUDIO B DANCE WITH JEANNETTE BAKER
Learn to dance and have fun with JEANNETTE BAKER at Studio B Dance, 13927 SE May Valley Road, Renton. Register by calling 206-774-7860, emailing email@example.com or visiting www.studio-b-dance.com. Classes are $65 for a 6-week series. Progressive discounts for registering for multiple classes simultaneously.
Mondays (9/22 - 10/27)
6:00pm: Nightclub 2-Step (Level 1)
7:00pm: Western Waltz (Level 1)
Tuesdays (9/23 - 10/28)
5:00pm: Foxtrot (Level 1)
6:00pm: West Coast Swing (Level 2)
7:00pm: East Coast Swing (Level 1)
8:00pm: Role Reversal Class **NEW OFFERING**
Wednesdays (9/24 - 10/22) - No class 10/29, 5 week series, $55
5:00pm: Rumba (Level 1)
6:00pm: Bachata Performance Group Lesson
7:00pm: Country 2-Step (Level 2)
8:00pm: Sweetheart Schottische & Cowboy Cha-cha Variations
Thursdays (9/25 - 10/30))
5:00pm: Line Dancing
6:00pm: Hustle (Level 1)
7:00pm: Hustle (Level 2)
8:00pm: Nightclub 2-Step (Level 2)
Sundays (9/28 - 11/2)
1:00pm: Country Swing (Level 1)
2:00pm: Country 2-Step (Level 1)
3:00pm: Jitterbug Swing (Level 2)
4:00pm: Hustle (Level 2)
5:00pm: Cha-cha (Level 2)
6:00pm: Waltz (Level 1)
7:00pm: American Tango (Level 2)
8:00pm: West Coast Swing (Level 2)
ELTON JOHN NIGHT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27. I tried to get ELTON JOHN to play at the Hayloft tonight, but unfortunately he's already booked at the Key Arena ... so I'll just have to DJ and play his hits myself! It'll cost you a lot less ... plus you'll be able to dance! Join me, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ, at a great dance facility in Lynnwood! The Hayloft has a 2,600 square foot sprung hardwood dance floor and an awesome sound system. Arrive at 7 PM for a Nightclub Two-Step lesson, no partner or experience needed. Then dance from 8 to 11 PM to a variety of partner dance music including Swing, Ballroom, Latin, Country and more! Lesson and dance is $15. Dance with no lesson is $12. Fun for singles and couples, all ages are welcome. Soft drinks and water will be available for sale. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email Aileen at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.
STAR STUDDED SOIREE WITH STUDIO B DANCE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4. Join Studio B Dance for a Star Studded Soiree dance & concert event! The evening will feature a 90-minute concert by THE COATS VOCAL BAND (www.thecoats.net) followed by almost 2 ½ hours of open dancing with DJ JEANNETTE BAKER. Doors will open at 6:00 PM, concert will begin promptly at 6:30 PM, open dance time will run from 8:15 to 10:30 PM. The DJ will play music for all styles – Swing, Latin, Ballroom, Nightclub, Country & Line Dancing – and also accept requests! Light snacks will be served and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 at the door. Casual attire. The event will be held at Hazen High School – 1101 Hoquiam Avenue NE, Renton, WA 98059. If you have any questions, contact Jeannette Baker at 206-774-7860 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 19 to October 2, 2014
HOW TO USE THIS CALENDAR:
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. If you ever fail to receive the weekly dance email you can find it posted at www.SeattleDanceInfo.com.
It's less than $2 per week to list a weekly dance here. Contact Ron Bolin at Ron@SeattleDanceInfo.com or 425-917-1188 to have your dance included.