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Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Tuesdays in Tacoma
Dancing 'til Dusk

Free Outdoor West Coast Swing Dance
Lynda Zeman and Vicki Gabrielle at the Hayloft

Vicki Gabrielle Plays at the Hayloft
Nightclub Party at the Verve
Briora Ballroom presents: Michael Jackson Theme Party
Seattle Star Ball 2014

Variety Dance at the Rockin' Horse Dance Barn
Summer Ballroom Dance Camp

Dance Calendar through July 24, 2014

Dear Dancin' Friends,

Here's a video clip from last Saturday's Waltz Night:

Thanks to USA DANCE SEATTLE for performing their new Viennese Waltz routine to Game of Thrones. Visit to see more videos or if you are interested in becoming a part of this group. Also thanks to YU SAN LONG for teaching the pre-dance lesson and to DAVE SERFLING whom I requested at the last moment to teach the Dream Catcher Waltz for the first mixer. I had originally learned it from him, but it had been years since I taught it so I felt it best to leave it to the expert! I'll be back at the Rockin' Horse for a variety dance (no particular theme) on August 2.

This Saturday DJ VICKI GABRIELLE will be filling in for me at the Hayloft in Lynnwood ... that makes two months in a row. Thanks Vicki! She'll teach a pre-dance Nightclub Two-Step lesson then play a wide variety of music for dancing. Other options for this Saturday include a MICHAEL JACKSON night at Briora Ballroom in Redmond and a NIGHTCLUB PARTY at the Verve in Lynnwood. Of course DANCING 'TIL DUSK continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and DJ TERRY WEST plays for a variety dance at the Tacoma Dance Studio every Tuesday. Details are on all these and more are below. But first, I think you'll enjoy reading this vignette:

A Genius and a Moron ...
There is a man who comes to my dances fairly regularly that I hope you've had the good fortune to meet. His name is Ray. He's an older gentleman (meaning older than me) who's always polite, cheerful and outgoing ... and I truly mean always. Happiness and making others happy seems to be in his nature. If he sees someone he's never met before, he'll go right up to them and tell a joke ... or to be technical ... a riddle. This is his friendly way of greeting people and putting them at ease. All of his riddles are so clean that I can include them here without fear of offending anyone ... they are nothing like the "acerbic" jokes that I sometimes include, so even if you are easily offended, you can read on. I've heard some of his riddles several times. Here are a few of them:

Question: A genius and a moron are sitting on a wall. Which one falls off?
Answer: The genius. Want to know why? Because the other one was "more on."

Question: What has eighteen legs and catches flies?
Answer: A baseball team.

Question: Two flies are in the kitchen. Which one is the quarterback?
Answer: The one in the sugar bowl.

Ray has a theory about UFOs. He says that they are NOT from outer space, but from Earth. They are the result of the Italian inventor who was a co-winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics ... Guglielmo Marconi. Marconi was a true genius: he invented wireless telegraphy which paved the way for radio and later television. But the public does not know the true depth of Marconi's genius. I don't recall all the details that Ray provided, but basically he said that Marconi invented some sort of electrical coils and that these coils are at the center of each UFO and make them anti-gravity (or something to that effect). It's all been hushed up of course because if the public had knowledge of such technology it could be disastrous to society.

One night several years ago I was playing for a singles dance at a church in Bellevue. The dance had not officially started yet, but there was already a fair crowd there. I was playing music and a few people were already dancing when I saw Ray walk in ... with a date! Ray had been to this dance several times, but it was the woman's first time and she didn't know anyone else there. Ray ... always quite the gentleman ... brought his date up to the stage and introduced her to me. Then they walked away and he found a seat for both of them at a table ... after which he proceeded to walk across the room and ask another woman to dance! Now like me, Ray likes to mix, but as I had also learned the hard way, if you bring a date, you are expected to dance at least the first dance with your date. If you look up the expression faux paux in the dictionary, it gives breaking this social rule as a prime example ... plus it shows my picture for having invented that particular faux paux.

Ray sometimes volunteered along with a few others to help me take down my equipment and load it into my truck after some of the dances I played for. I can't remember now if it was after playing for a dance at the Seattle Mountaineers or after playing at China Harbor, but one night after packing up, my volunteers and I went to an all-night restaurant at the corner of Denny and First for a bite to eat. There were seven or eight of us that night, more than was usual, but I certainly appreciated the help. This restaurant served the most decadent hot chocolate you ever tasted ... not made from a powder like you'd get at most restaurants. It was very rich ... actually thick ... topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with shavings of dark chocolate ... MMMM!

That night, while waiting for our food orders, the bunch of us were sitting and sipping our hot chocolates, involved in various conversations. Ray began to tell a story about something that had happened to him years earlier. I fear that you had to be there to fully appreciate it, but nevertheless I'm going to attempt to tell Ray's story to you with the same feeling that he told it to us. It went something like this:

One day I was driving downtown and came to a stop light. A young woman standing at the corner saw me and immediately became very, very upset. I had never seen this woman before and couldn't figure out what was going on, but her anger was directed at me! I couldn't make out what she was saying, but she was screaming at me and giving me the finger.

We had all been in separate conversations, but by now Ray had caught everyone's attention. He continued his story:

A minute later, I parked at a meter on the street. The young woman had followed me. She watched me get out of my car and then immediately gasped saying, "Oh! ... I'm so, so sorry! ... I thought you were someone else." It was a case of mistaken identity.

I told her, "Oh, that's OK."

Ray continued in a sterner tone:

"But young lady ... I have some advice for you. Having all that anger inside you is not good for you. It eats you up. Some people have done some very bad things to me in my life, but I don't hold a grudge against anybody for any reason. And I'm happy!"

She looked at me astonished and said, "Oh ... that's very wise of you, sir."

It was now clear to us that Ray's happy nature was not by accident, but by his own design. We were all very quiet now as the sage continued:

Then I said to her, "But young lady, I've got a question for you." ...

We listened with bated breath:

... "What has eighteen legs and catches flies?" ...

... It took a couple seconds, but then I couldn't hold it back. I started laughing and we all burst into uncontrollable laughter. I never thought that Ray would say one of the funniest things I'd ever heard. And one of the wisest. Ray not only possesses wisdom ... he lives it. This genius is definitely "more on." So it's to Ray, my nature boy, that I dedicate one of my favorite songs ...

Ron's Song of the Week
Nature Boy by Nat King Cole:

Ron Bolin

TUESDAY, JULY 22. Come out for this new 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 West Coast Swing lesson followed by a superb mix of inspiring music for Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Country dancing. Arrive at 7 PM for the lesson and dance from 8 to 10 all for only $10!

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 or 253-224-8244. Visit

NEXT DANCES TUESDAY, JULY 22 & THRUSDAY, JULY 24. Dancing 'til Dusk is back with 14 nights of FREE lessons and dancing at four downtown Seattle parks. Dance under the stars on Seattle Parks & Recreation's own dance floor. All nights feature a free one-hour beginner lesson from 6 to 7 PM in the dance style featured for that evening. Dance demos and DJ'd music are featured at the band breaks. Everyone welcome, no partner needed. If the weather is inclement, call the rain hotline 206-264-5646. The schedule is below plus you'll find LOTS more details at

Tuesdays, 6 - 9:30 PM in Westlake Park, 4th & Pine St.
July 22 - Swingin' In The Rain w/Dina Blade: Retro Swing
July 29 - DJ Koichi: West Coast Swing
August 5 - Tangabrazo: Tango
August 12 - KGB: Waltz and more
August 19 - Jessica Lynne & The Cousins: Country & Western

Thursdays, 6 - 9:30 PM in Freeway Park, 6th & Seneca St.

July 24 - Mach One Jazz Orchestra: Big Band Swing
July 31 - Rainy City Riff Raff: Retro Swing/Variety
August 7 - Kevin Buster's Lunch Money: Blues
August 14 - Ranger And The Re-Arrangers: Gypsy Swing/Variety
August 21 - Chassez: Waltz and more ... a Ball Rouge (wear something Red)

Thursday Finale, 6 - 9 PM in
SAM Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave.
August 28 - Valse Café Orchestra: Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot, Polka ... a Ball Blanc (wear something White)

FRIDAY, JULY 25. Dance for free to West Coast Swing music by DJ HAREESH KAPOOR outdoors from 7:30 - 10 PM in Bell Street Park between 2nd and 3rd on Bell Street. For more info visit or email Also mark your calendar for SALSA IN THE STREET with DJ JC at the same location on August 29.

There's always something happening at The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. It has an awesome sound system and a 2,600 sq ft sprung hardwood dance floor.

1 - 2 PM West Coast Swing: Drop-in $10
2 - 3 PM Salsa, Series II: 3rd week of 4-class Beyond Beginner level. Drop-in for $10
3 - 4 PM Foxtrot, Series I: 3rd week of 4-class Beginner level. Drop-in for $10

7 - 8 PM Nightclub Two-Step Lesson: no partner or experience needed
8 - 11 PM Variety Dance
(more details below)

The Hayloft has plenty of other events including a full schedule of the area’s best DJs and Live Music. Singles and Couples of all ages are always welcome. For details visit, email Aileen at or call 425-743-6180.

SATURDAY, JULY 26. Tonight guest DJ VICKI GABRIELLE lights up the Hayloft! Arrive at 7 PM for her pre-dance Nightclub Two-Step lesson, no partner or experience needed. Then dance from 8 to 11 PM to a variety of music including West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha, Hustle, Waltz, Night Club Two Step, Foxtrot, Country Western Two Step, Rumba 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, email Aileen at or call 425-743-6180.

SATURDAY, JULY 26. Everyone's invited to a Nightclub Party at The Verve Ballroom from 7 to 10 PM hosted by SHANNON KNAUSS. Dance to a mix including Top 40, East and West Coast Swing, Latin, Ballroom, Salsa and Club Dance. Also include will be:

~ A preview of the Verve Charity Gala (coming this September)
~ A dance and a fashion show of 50’s pin-up style peignoirs and lingerie

$10 admission, cash please. Admission will be free for auditioning models: call Shannon at 206-618-9624 for audition details. Verve Ballroom, 19820 40th Ave West, Suite 102, Lynnwood. Just blocks from I-5, with free parking right in front. For more information visit, email, or call 425-640-3070.

SATURDAY, JULY 26. This month the theme will put you in a Thriller mood, so bring your dancing shoes and let's moonwalk! From 7:30 to 10:30 PM. Cost is $18 per person or FREE for members and for those with punchcards. If you attend the pre-dance lesson at 6:30 PM, admission to the party is also free – the class beforehand is Newcomer Rumba. The party features light refreshments, a special demonstration, and lots of fun social dancing! Special offer: 5 dance punch card for $50. Briora Ballroom is Redmond’s most exciting new dance venue - a stunning 6500+ square foot facility, featuring two dance floors, a comfortable lounge area, and a retail shop. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. Free parking in the lot. For more info, please contact, call 425-641-5123, or visit

FRIDAY - SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 - 3. Come to SEATTLE STAR BALL 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Enjoy three days of great professional, pro/am, and amateur competitions. There will also be lots of time for general dancing all weekend to round off this fantastic dancing event. Included is a spectacular world class championship show on Saturday evening by Blackpool champions MARAT GIMAEV & ALINA BASYUK. Professionals & amateurs compete for top prizes all weekend with over $30,000 in prize money and a first place top teacher award of up to $5,500. Held at the Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center, 17620 International Blvd. Tickets are on sale at or contact Robert Hrouda at or 206-550-6461.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2. No theme tonight, just a fun variety mix! Arrive at 7 PM for my pre-dance lesson in Rumba. Have fun dancing in air-conditioned comfort on a big 4,000 square foot hardwood floor from 8 to 11 PM to music by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. I'll play all types of Swing, Rock/Pop, Ballroom, Latin, Country and more. No partner or experience needed. You're sure to meet lots of new people in the hourly mixers. 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. 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 or visit

Upcoming themes and pre-dance lessons when Ron Bolin plays at the Rockin' Horse are:
Aug 2 - Variety Dance: Rumba
Aug 16 - Hot August Night - Neil Diamond Tribute: Nightclub Two-Step
Sept 6 - Back to School Sock Hop: Jitterbug
Sept 20 - Variety Dance: Cowboy Cha Cha

STARTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6. Learn the basics and variations of four popular social dances: Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz and Cha Cha. CHRISTA QUACKENBUSH and JOHN YANTIS teach this four-week summer series.

August 6
6:30 -7:15 p.m. Intro to Foxtrot
7:15 -8:00 p.m. Intro to Rumba
8:00 -9:00 p.m. Assisted practice with instructors
August 13
6:30 -7:15 p.m. Variations and turns in Foxtrot with techniques in leading/following for confidence and style on the dance floor.
7:15 -8:00 p.m. Variations in Rumba with underarm turns, wraps and Cuban hip motion
8:00 -9:00 p.m. Assisted practice with instructors
August 20
6:30 -7:15 p.m. Intro to Waltz
7:15 -8:00 p.m. Intro to Cha Cha
8:00 -9:00 p.m. Assisted practice with instructors
August 27
6:30 -7:15 p.m. Variations and turns in Waltz with techniques for rise and fall to move more gracefully on the dance floor
7:15 -8:00 p.m. Variations in Cha Cha with underarm turns and breaks
8:00 -9:00 p.m. Assisted practice with instructors

$80 per person for the entire series. Location: Russian Community Center, 704 19th Ave E, Seattle. For more information or to register contact Christa Quackenbush (206-628-8939 or or John Yantis, (206-240-7919 or or visit


Through July 24, 2014

The July 25 - August 7 Dance calendar will appear here soon. In the meantime, here is the calendar through July 24.


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. Please check with the contacts listed before attending. Unless indicated otherwise, all venues are smoke-free due to Washington State laws. Price of dance admissions includes any taxes. If you ever fail to receive the weekly dance email you can find it posted at These listings are paid for by the people who put the dances on. It's less than $2 per week to list a weekly dance. Contact Ron Bolin at or 425-917-1188 to have a dance included.


Tuesday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 22
NEW! TUESDAYS IN TACOMA. 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 West Coast Swing lesson followed by a superb mix of inspiring music for Ballroom, Latin, Swing & Country dancing. Arrive at 7 PM for the lesson and dance from 8 to 10 all for only $10! 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 or 253-224-8244. Visit

Tuesday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 22
SALSA N' SEATTLE. Practice all your favorite dances at Salsa N' Seattle. Start with a free introductory Salsa lesson from 8 to 8:30 PM. Then DJ VICTOR spins a variety of Salsa and Bachata from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. $5 for the evening, or $3 for Salsa N' Seattle students. Salsa N' Seattle is located at 1200 Stewart St, Seattle; 2 blocks west of the downtown REI store. For more information visit, email, or call 206-910-6318.

Tuesday, July 15 and Tuesday, July 22
Enjoy dancing to a variety of Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music -- for FREE. We'll play music for one hour (9 to 10 PM) every Tuesday night so you can have fun and practice what you have learned in class. Everyone is welcome. 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 a retail shop. Conveniently located in the heart of Redmond, near the Microsoft main campus and 520. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. Free parking in the lot. For more info:, 425-641-5123, or visit

Tuesday, July 22

Dance to live music every Tuesday evening in downtown Kent. On the first Tuesday the KINGS OF SWING big band plays from 7:45 to 9:30 PM. The schedule also includes RANDY LITCH (vocals & guitar) playing a variety of music for dancing including Ballroom, Swing, and Latin from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. The 2,300+ sq. ft. hardwood floor is well cared for. The musician schedule sometimes changes; visit the web page for more info. Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 East Smith St, Kent. There's ample free parking and the cover charge is only $4 (with donations accepted for snacks during a brief break at 8:30 PM). All ages are welcome, not just 50+. For more info visit or call Helena at 253-856-5164.


Wednesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 23
DANCEWORKS STUDIO'S WEDNESDAY SALSA PARTY. Salsa, Bachata, and mixed Latin music every Wednesday night, featuring favorite DJ YAMBU on the last Wednesday of the month. Socialize and explore Salsa in a fun, friendly, and all ages venue from 8:30 to 11:30 PM. Free punch, pretzels and parking. Admission is $6. DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. For more info call 425-869-7595, email or visit

Wednesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 23
MANHATTAN BALLROOM DANCE CLUB. Dance to live music by CASANOVA (or DJ DAVE GREEN on the first Wednesday of each month), on a 3,200 square foot floor every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 10 PM. We have a dance lesson at 6:30 PM most evenings. Please see our web calendar for info on lessons, occasional potlucks and other details. 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

Wednesday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 23
WEDNESDAY WEST COAST SWING IN BELLEVUE. Come out for a fun night of West Coast Swing dancing. Your DJ and instructor is SCOT McKAY. Scot 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. You'll learn something new each week in a free mini move lesson at 9:30 PM. 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, July 17 and Thursday, July 24
Always preceded by intermediate/advanced level technique classes (Latin at 7:15 PM, Standard at 8 PM, $12 each) Aria’s Thursday night party runs from 8:45 to 10:30 PM and is the perfect opportunity to practice your steps in a relaxed environment. Dances include Waltz, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Swing, Tango, Rumba and more. Admission is $10 or $5 for students who take one class or free for students who take both classes at the ballroom the same night. Students may also sign up to dance with Aria’s dance instructors during this dance party. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond. For more info, visit or contact Aria at, or 425-867-0777.


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Ron Bolin