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Updated Friday, April 17, 2015
Auburn: Classes with Rick Gossard at Pacific Ballroom Dance

Dance Calendar April 17 - 30, 2015



Dear Dancin' Friends,

Hope to see you out dancing this week ... it's good for you in so many ways! Here are three choices for this Saturday evening:

1. A variety dance at PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE in Auburn. Also see below for the new classes with RICK GOSSARD that start next week.

2. A West Coast Swing dance with PAUL & MELINDA BOOTH in Kirkland. SONG SCOUT SATURDAYS now offers a choice of either a beginner or intermediate pre-dance lesson. This Saturday features MICHAEL KIELBASA teaching Scroll & Roll at 7 PM and Head loops & Swoops at 8 PM, $20 per class or $30 for both. The dance will include an open West Coast Swing Jack & Jill with prizes totaling $500.

3. A dance featuring live music by KGB put on by NW DANCE NETWORK in Seattle. This time only it's FREE thanks to MICHAEL KLINGER and INGRID AMIRAULT (see their picture at www.nwdance.net/dances.php) sponsoring it to celebrate their marriage!

Full details on these and dozens of other dances are in the new two-week DANCE CALENDAR below.

I have no public dances the next two weeks due to a hall rental and a wedding I'm playing for. Many of the upcoming dances I'm playing for are on different weeks than normal. Here's a quick list of my upcoming public dances so you can mark your calendars (details will in be future emails):

Saturday, May 2, Cinco de Mayo, Rockin' Horse Dance Barn in Renton. Pre-dance lesson: Salsa
Saturday, May 9, John, Paul, George & Ringo Night, Hayloft Dance Hall in Lynnwood. Pre-dance lesson: Rumba
Saturday, May 23, Ron's Birthday Dance, Rockin' Horse Dance Barn in Renton. Pre-dance lesson: Hustle
Saturday, May 30, Bee Gees Spotlight Night, Hayloft Dance Hall in Lynnwood. Pre-dance lesson: Hustle
Friday, June 5, Seattle Hustle Club Dance, Juanita Community Club in Kirkland
. Pre-dance lesson: Hustle
Saturday, June 6, Rod Stewart Spotlight Night, Rockin' Horse Dance Barn in Renton. Pre-dance lesson: Nightclub Two-Step

Ron Bolin




CLASSES WITH RICK GOSSARD AT PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE
New Adult 5-Week Series Classes. RICK GOSSARD has over 30 years experience teaching and competing in Ballroom Dance.

MONDAYS, APRIL 20 - MAY 18
7:00 PM - Beginning Country Western 2-Step
8: 00 PM - Intermediate East Coast Swing

WEDNESDAYS, APRIL 22 - MAY 20
7:00 PM - Beginning Rumba & Cha Cha
8:00 PM - Intermediate Tango
9:00 PM Advanced International Waltz
FRIDAYS, APRIL 24 - MAY 22
7:00 PM - Intermediate Hustle
8:00 PM - Beginning East Coast Swing


Location: Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St SW, Suite 109, Auburn WA 98001
Registration: $45 online in advance; $50 at the door; $12 per class drop-in

For online enrollment or more information visit www.pacificballroom.org/adult. You may also contact the class instructor at 425-451-4815
or Rick@pacificballroom.org.



DANCE CALENDAR
April 17 - 30, 2015


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.

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.

FRIDAYS

Friday, April 17
LATIN NIGHT WITH DJ MERLY. Come on out for this new dance on the third Friday of each month! It's at the Hayloft Dance Hall in Lynnwood, which has a 2,600 square foot hardwood dance floor. Tonight take a basic Cha Cha lesson at 7:30 PM, no partner or experience needed. Then dance from 8:30 to 10:30 PM to music by DJ "M-FORCE" MERLY playing Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, and Cha Cha on an awesome sound system. Fun for singles and couples of all ages. Soft drinks & water available. Admission is $12. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email at HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.

Friday, April 17
NEW! REDMOND BIG BAND DANCE. Dance on a large hardwood dance floor to live music by the SOPHISTICATED SWING BIG BAND! They will play for a dance/concert featuring the Swing music of the 1940's from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. This event is held on the 3rd Friday of each month at the Redmond Community Center, 8703 160th Ave NE, Redmond, near the police station. Lots of free parking. Cost: $4.00 at the door. If you have questions contact Bob Gray at 206-363-9190.

Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24
BRIORA BALLROOM FRIDAY PARTIES. Arrive at 6:30 PM for your choice of either a Newcomer lesson (schedule at www.Briora.com) or an Intermediate/Advanced Ballroom Technique class. Then dance to Ballroom, Latin and Swing music from 7:30 to 9:30 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 a retail shop. Admission is $13 or free if you attend a pre-dance lesson or are a Briora member. Special offer: 5 dance punch card for $50. Briora Ballroom Dance Studio, 2260 152nd Ave NE, Suite 100, Redmond. For more info contact Jessica McMorrow at info@briora.com, call 425-641-5123, or visit www.Briora.com.

Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24
EVERY FRIDAY COUNTRY AND SWING DANCE.
Arrive at 7 PM for a lesson (Nightclub Two-Step on April 17 and East Coast Swing on April 24 which is also a class party and potluck). DJ DAVE SERFLING plays a variety of music from 8 to 11 PM, including Country Two-Step, West and East Coast Swing, Line Dances, Ballroom, and more. Admission is $12 for the lesson and dance for free, or $10 for the dance. Ages 18 and over. Alcohol-free atmosphere. The Rockin' Horse Dance Barn, 11820 150th Ave SE, Renton. For more info call Dave at 425-255-9211, email rockinhorsedancebarn@gmail.com or visit www.learn2dance4fun.com.

Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24
FRIDAYS AT THE VERVE.
Start the evening with an "Introduction to Social Ballroom Dancing" workshop at 8 PM. Different dances are taught each time, so visit their website or "like" them on facebook for up-to-date information. DJ TERRY WEST will play music for Ballroom, Latin & Swing dancing from 9 to 11 PM. Dance on two nice sized dance floors. Admission of $12 has you covered for everything for the evening (no credit cards please). Just blocks from I-5, with free parking right in front. Verve Ballroom 19820 40th Ave West, Suite 102, Lynnwood. For more information visit www.theverveballroom.com, email info@theverveballroom.com, or call 425-640-3070.

Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24
SEATTLE SOCIAL DANCE CLUB.
Start with a 30-minute complimentary lesson at 8 PM then dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to a variety of popular Ballroom, Latin, and Swing music. Admission is $10. Water and snacks are provided plus a door prize drawing for free passes to future Friday dances. We offer complimentary parking passes on Friday night dances especially on game days. Just go upstairs and ask for it: we have a very large parking lot behind the building. All ages are welcome to this dance, held every Friday. The ballroom is upstairs: a 3,000 square foot hardwood dance floor. Located at Chong-Wa Benevolent Assoc, 522 7th Ave S, Seattle. For more info contact Jeanne at 425-644-3030 (or 206-725-4331 for Chinese) or email SeattleSocialDanceClub@gmail.com.

Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24
EDMONDS SENIOR CENTER FRIDAY FLING.
All ages are welcome to dance to live music every Friday from 1 to 3 PM. The ASTORIA COMBO plays on the 2nd, 4th, (and 5th if there is one) Fridays of the month. NICE 'N EASY plays on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Donation is $4. Refreshments are provided. Edmonds Senior Center, 220 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds, just west of the Ferry Terminal. The ballroom is upstairs and has a large dance floor, a view of Puget Sound, and mirrored ball. For more info call 425-774-5555, or go to www.scscedmonds.org.

Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24
NOREEN'S BALLROOM DANCE.
Arrive at 8 PM for a dance lesson in (East Coast Swing on April 17 and Rumba on April 24), then dance to a variety of Ballroom music from 8:30 to 11 PM. Admission is $10 or just $5 for first-timers. 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, April 24
HAYLOFT COUNTRY DANCE. Finally a Country dance in the north end, held on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Music and instruction is by DJ ROBB BRYAN. At 7:30 PM he'll teach beginning/intermediate Country Two-Step and then more intermediate moves or another dance style from 8:15 to 9 PM. Dance from 9 to 11:30 PM to music played on an awesome sound system. The lesson is $10 and includes free dance admission. If coming for just the dance, admission is the same, $10. Singles, couples and all ages welcome. Soft drinks & water available for purchase. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave W, Lynnwood. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.

SATURDAYS

Saturday, April 18
THIRD SATURDAY SALSA SOCIAL. Get your groove on Latin style at My World Dance. Arrive at 3:30 PM for a pre-dance lesson, then dance from 4 to 6:30 PM doing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Rumba, Cumbia, Cha Cha, Casino Rueda, and more. Instructors/DJs PAMELA JOHNSON and PETER BLAUSTEIN will spin the rhythms for you to dance. Light refreshments are provided. Admission fee of $5 includes the lesson. This dance is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. My World Dance, 849 Hiawatha Place South (Central Area), Seattle. For more info contact 206-861-2500, suzanne@myworld-df.com or visit www.myworld-df.com.

Saturday, April 18
NORTHWEST DANCE. Tonight's dance is FREE thanks to MICHAEL KLINGER and INGRID AMIRAULT (see their picture at www.nwdance.net/dances.php) sponsoring it to celebrate their marriage! Donations to support NW Dance are of course welcome. Arrive at 7:30 PM for a pre-dance workshop taught by DEAN PATON and NANCY FRY. Then dance from 8:30 to 11:30 PM to the live music of KGB playing Swing, Waltz, and even some Latin. The dance is alcohol-free. Location: Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle. For more info call 206-781-1238, email info@nwdance.net or visit www.nwdance.net.

Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25
PBD ADULT DANCE. Pacific Ballroom Dance in Auburn is well-known for teaching kids, but also has events for adults! Check it out this Saturday with RICK GOSSARD teaching and DJing. Start with a pre-dance lesson from 7 to 8 PM (Argentine Tango on April 18; International Rumba on April 25) then dance from 8 to 10 PM to a variety of Ballroom music. $10 admission covers the class and dance. Pacific Ballroom Dance, 1604 15th St SW, Suite 109, Auburn. For more info visit www.pacificballroom.org or contact Rick at 425-451-4815 or Rick@pacificballroom.org.

Saturday, April 18
VISITING TEACHER! SONG SCOUT SATURDAYS. Choice of either a Basics or Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson at 8 PM. Dance 9 PM to Midnight+. Dance every Saturday to West Coast Swing and Nightclub Two-Step music played by DJs PAUL & MELINDA BOOTH. April 18 features MICHAEL KIELBASA teaching Scroll & Roll at 7 PM and Head loops & Swoops at 8 PM, $20 per class or $30 for both. The dance will include an open West Coast Swing Jack & Jill with prizes totaling $500. Music is an awesome blend of newest WCS/NC2 hits & classics. Neon lighting, free water & snickers too! Arrive at 8 PM for: Basics Class w/Dance for $10; drop-ins are welcome. Admission for the dance is $10. 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, April 25
DANCE FOR JOY! AT THE RUSSIAN CENTER. Arrive at 7:30 PM for a pre-dance lesson. Dance from 8:30 to 11 PM to glorious music for Waltz, Swing (East and West Coast), Blues, Foxtrot, Nightclub Two-Step, Polka, Tango, and Latin too. No partner needed, a welcoming crowd. Email Lilli Ann at lilli@att.net to get on her email distribution list to find out what the pre-dance lesson will be - it changes every month. Admission is $15 for the workshop and dance or $10 for the dance only. Held on the fourth Saturday of each month. Russian Center, 704 19th Ave East, Seattle. Easy street parking on NE Capitol Hill. For more info visit www.danceforjoy.biz or phone 206-264-5646. For venue info visit www.russiancommunitycenterseattle.org.

Saturday, April 25
SONG SCOUT SATURDAYS. Choice of either a Basics or Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson at 8 PM. Dance 9 PM to Midnight+. Dance every Saturday to West Coast Swing and Nightclub Two-Step music played by DJs PAUL & MELINDA BOOTH. Music is an awesome blend of newest WCS/NC2 hits & classics. Neon lighting, free water & snickers too! Arrive at 8 PM for: Basics Class w/Dance for $10 Or an Intermediate WCS lesson for $5; drop-ins are welcome. Admission for the dance is $10. 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.


SUNDAYS

Sunday, April 19
VISITING TEACHER! SEATTLE SWING DANCE CLUB. Workshops will be taught by MICHAEL KIELBASA at 4 PM and at 5 PM. There is a beginner West Coast Swing lesson upstairs for new folks from 6 to 6:30 PM. Dance from 6 to 10 PM with DJ CHRIS JONES. Tonight's competitions: Newcomers/ Novice & Masters West Coast Swing. The music format is 80% West Coast Swing and 20% other types of dance. SPECIAL PRICING: Admission for both workshops is $40 for guests ($27 for SSDC members), and includes the dance. Dance only admission is $11 for guests ($7 for members) and includes the beginner class. Held on first and third Sundays at the Alki Masonic Lodge (West Seattle), 4736 40th Ave SW, Seattle. Contact SSDC at ssdcmail@gmail.com or visit www.SeattleWCSwing.org.

Sunday, April 19 and Sunday, April 26
ARIA BALLROOM SUNDAY NIGHT DANCE PARTY. By popular demand, Aria Ballroom is now hosting weekly Sunday night ballroom dance parties from 7 to 9:30 PM. Music includes a variety of mixed Ballroom, including such favorites as Cha Cha, Waltz, West Coast Swing, and Salsa, among many others. What a perfect way to end the weekend. The dance party cover is the usual $10. Aria Ballroom, 15300 NE 95th St, Redmond, WA. Learn more about Aria Ballroom and the other parties and classes we offer at www.AriaBallroom.com, or give us a call at 425-867-0777, or email info@ariaballroom.com.

Sunday, April 26
WALTZ CAFÉ AT CENTURY BALLROOM. This month's dance features THE VALSE CAFE ORCHESTRA. This lively tea dance, almost eight years old, occurs each month on the 4th Sunday. You’ll enjoy live music and a 2000-square-foot sprung floor in the city’s most elegant dance hall. Though the bands each month focus on Waltzes of all tempos, they also mix in other styles of dance music. Expect some assortment of Swing, Foxtrot, Blues, even Latin and the occasional Polka. Downbeat is 1 PM and dancing goes till 3:30. Admission is $12. Street parking is free on Sundays. The ballroom’s Tin Table restaurant opens at 3 PM with Happy Hour prices. At 915 East Pine Street, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, half a block east of Broadway. For more information visit www.waltzcafe.com.


MONDAYS

Monday, April 20 and Monday, April 27
STAR CENTER BALLROOM DANCE. Come out to Tacoma's beautiful new Star Center for dancing to the music of RANDY LITCH. Dance every Monday from 1 to 3 PM to live Swing, Latin, Waltz, Country and Soft Rock music. Admission is $5. Star Center, 3873 S 66th St, Tacoma. For more information email randylitch@comcast.net, call 253-404-3939 or visit www.metroparkstacoma.org/star-seniors. For a listing of all of Randy's dances visit http://randylitch.dancetacoma.org/Schedule.htm.

Monday, April 20 and Monday, April 27
WALTZ ETCETERA. A friendly, low-key dance with a big following, going strong since 1999. EVERY MONDAY INCLUDING HOLIDAYS at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle. We play about half Waltzes of all speeds and styles, half other dances: Swing, WCS, Blues, Foxtrot, Nightclub 2-step, Latin, etc. Beginning & intermediate drop-in classes at 6:30 PM, dance 7:30 until about 10:30. $6 for the dance, $15 for the class, $20 for class + dance. We also teach musicality workshops on 1st & 3rd Sunday afternoons in Ballard. For more info, go to www.waltzetc.com, or email zachariah@waltzetc.com.

Monday, April 20 and Monday, April 27
MONDAY MILONGA.
Lessons with PATRICIO and EVA. Arrive at 8 PM for a tango lesson. See www.tango-experts.com to register (drop-ins are allowed on a space available/class balance basis). Dance from 9 PM to 12:30 AM every Monday to great Argentine Tango music. April 20 features DJ JEANNE CASTLE and April 27 features DJ STEPHANIE BROOKS. Plenty of space with candlelight ambiance and a view of Lake Union. Admission is $8 for the Milonga or free if taking the 8 PM lesson. Ages 21 and over. China Harbor Restaurant, 2040 Westlake Ave North, Seattle. For more info call 206-323-7957, email Arturo at azelig@msn.com, Patricia at ptrowbridge@gmail.com or visit www.allseattletango.com.


TUESDAYS

Tuesday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 28
KENT BALLROOM DANCE. Dance to live music every Tuesday evening in downtown Kent. The schedule includes RANDY LITCH (vocals & guitar) playing a variety of music for dancing including Ballroom, Swing, and Latin from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. On the first Tuesday the KINGS OF SWING big band plays from 7:45 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 www.Kent50Plus.com or call Helena at 253-856-5164.

Tuesday, April 21 and Tuesday, April 28
SALSA N' SEATTLE.
Practice all your favorite Latin dances at Salsa N' Seattle. DJ VICTOR spins a variety of Salsa and Bachata from 9:30 to 11:30 PM. $5 for the evening, or FREE for Salsa N' Seattle members. Salsa N' Seattle is located at 1200 Stewart St, Seattle; 2 blocks west of the downtown REI store. For more information visit www.SalsaNSeattle.com, email julia@salsanseattle.com, or call 206-910-6318.


WEDNESDAYS (Click here for April 15)

Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29
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; www.harmonyballroom.com. For more info - or to make advance song requests which Scot always likes to receive - contact Scot at tinboy66@hotmail.com or 206-227-4277.

Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29
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 9 to 11:30 PM. Free punch, pretzels and parking. Admission is $7. DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. For more info call 425-869-7595, email info@danceworksstudio.com or visit www.danceworksstudio.com.

Wednesday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 29
MANHATTAN DANCE CLUB. Arrive at 6:30 PM for a pre-dance East Coast Swing lesson on April 22 or a potluck dinner on April 29. Dance to music by CASANOVA on a 3,200 square foot floor 7:30 to 10 PM. The cover charge is $10 for the public and $6 for members. The membership fee is $20. American Veterans Club (upper level), 5717 South Tyler, Tacoma. For more information visit our website at www.ManhattanClub.org or email info@manhattanclub.org.


THURSDAYS (Click here for April 16)

Thursday, April 23 and Thursday, April 30
ARIA BALLROOM’S PRACTICE PARTY.
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 www.AriaBallroom.com or contact Aria at info@AriaBallroom.com, or 425-867-0777.

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Wednesday, April 15
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; www.harmonyballroom.com. For more info - or to make advance song requests which Scot always likes to receive - contact Scot at tinboy66@hotmail.com or 206-227-4277.

Wednesday, April 15
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 9 to 11:30 PM. Free punch, pretzels and parking. Admission is $7. DanceWorks Studio, 16641 Redmond Way, Redmond. For more info call 425-869-7595, email info@danceworksstudio.com or visit www.danceworksstudio.com.

Wednesday, April 15
MANHATTAN DANCE CLUB. Arrive at 6: 30 PM for a pre-dance Tango lesson. Dance to music by CASANOVA on a 3,200 square foot floor 7:30 to 10 PM. The cover charge is $10 for the public and $6 for members. The membership fee is $20. American Veterans Club (upper level), 5717 South Tyler, Tacoma. For more information visit our website at www.ManhattanClub.org or email info@manhattanclub.org.
























Thursday, April 16
ARIA BALLROOM’S PRACTICE PARTY.
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 www.AriaBallroom.com or contact Aria at info@AriaBallroom.com, or 425-867-0777.








































A VIRTUAL PARADISE, PART 1

I grew up in a virtual paradise on Bainbridge Island.
Sometime in the late 1940's, my dad, Bjorn Viking Bolin, paid $750 for waterfront property on Sunrise Drive. He purchased the land from an aging pastor who had originally wanted to make it into a camp for boys. Well, it sort of became that anyway. There my dad would build a home and raise his family.

In the winter if it snowed (and it seems it usually did back then) we could sled, sometimes three brothers high, from the cedar tree at the highest corner of our property, across the side yard (which would later become a small orchard), past the wooden teeter-totter my dad had made for us, past another much larger cedar tree surrounded by my mother's rock garden (the top half of that tree broke off during the 1962 Columbus Day Storm and was blown north about fifty feet nearly hitting the light blue VW bug that belonged to our neighbor, Mr. Lehne ... good thing it missed ... he was a lawyer), under a large maple tree with a curvy trunk, under the red metal swing set (the swings hung over the horizontal bars of the A's that held it up), past my mom's main garden where she grew roses, rhododendrons, a grape vine, a few vegetables, and various flowers that only women know the names of, then diagonally across the long back yard, under a clothes line that went from a pulley on the dining room porch to another pulley on a fir tree near the bank, past the septic tank (buried, but as the snow melted you could see a round area of green grass above it because of the warmth), then under a second set of three stationary clothes lines set up between posts telephone-line-style, and finally come to rest at the ivy-laden far southeast corner ...

... where grew the wishing bush. That's what I remember it as anyway. It was a spindly, evergreen about three feet high with two main stems, small shiny leaves, and hard, red berries. I don't know how I knew it was a wishing bush, but I remember standing in front of it when I was about four years old and making a wish for a toy. The next day when I went to the bush, a toy was there on the grass at the edge of the ivy. I think it was a small metal firetruck. I did this two or three times ... but mostly I remember the magic, not the toys.

So there you have it, a quick tour of our property ... well, the top level of it anyway. The land was terraced on several levels with our house on the top tier about two hundred feet above Puget Sound. The levels below us were wooded and accounted for most of the land area ... not to mention a few adventures. Our property extended into the tidal flats ... as our house almost did one time too. Sometime before I was born, there was a major landslide that left the dining room porch hanging over a cliff. The entire house had to be moved closer to the street.

Fortunately it was smaller then. The house was an ongoing project with the living room, upstairs, garage, and deck all added on later, I think in that order. My dad did a lot of the work himself. I don't remember the upstairs ever not being there, but it was unfinished when I was very young. I do remember when my dad added the garage. He originally was going to have the garage door on the west side facing the street. I'm not sure why, but after the concrete foundation was done, my dad changed his mind and decided to make a driveway and have the garage door on the north side. When you change your mind, you do what's needed to reach your new goal. That was the first time I'd ever seen a jack hammer.

When the two-car garage was finished, you could climb out the upstairs bathroom window onto the flat garage roof, walk over to the north edge and climb the steep roof to the top of the dormer that contained what we called "the big room". My brothers and I had no problem running up and down that roof. It was just another play area. Once I even went all the way around the dormer on the steep, narrow ledge.

My dad had built a trail down to the beach. A simple wooden plank got you across a wide ditch on one of the upper levels. He built substantial sets of wooden stairs in some of the steepest places. Near the bottom of the trail, you had to either crouch way down low or slide on your butt down a steep slope through a dense tunnel of overarching bushes. The trail ended on a large driftwood log protruding from the bank. Climb down from the log and you were on the beach ... or at really high tide, in Puget Sound.

Through four large plate-glass windows we could see the Cascades from Mount Rainier to Mount Baker. We saw all kinds of boats on Puget Sound: freighters, sail boats, cabin cruisers, ferries, tug boats pulling barges of sawdust or huge log booms, speed boats with water skiers, gill netters laying out loops of nets, and all types of naval vessels. We always got out the binoculars if an air craft carrier went by ... and we even spotted the conning towers of occasional submarines. It wasn't just a sight to take in ... there were also sounds. I always assumed the deeper the fog horn, the larger the ship. On misty mornings the ships played a slow, sad symphony ... one that beautifully haunts my memory.

We could see Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle. The Smith Tower stood proudly as the tallest building west of the Mississippi ... it's hard to even find it amongst the skyscrapers now. And
as the 1962 World's Fair approached, we watched what from our vantage point looked like a dandelion sprouting on Magnolia Bluff ... the Space Needle.

Maintaining the view meant cutting down some trees, so my brothers and I learned to use axes and chain saws. One huge Douglas fir had a six-foot perimeter of ivy surrounding its four-foot trunk. My dad decided that tree should go. He knew how to make the cuts to make the tree fall to the north ... but something went wrong. The tree started leaning to the west ... towards our house! He stopped cutting immediately, ran up to the house, then hurried off to Winslow where he got some metal wedges. When he got home, the tree was still leaning towards the house. He hurried down the bank and pounded the wedges into the cut on the side it was leaning toward. Then we got a rope and threw it over as high a branch as we could, and cinched the knot tight. This gave us the ability to pull the tree to the north as my dad finished the cut with a chain saw. When the tree finally fell to the north, you never saw a man more relieved than my dad.

But we didn't want to cut down all the trees. The trees helped prevent landslides, and my dad had already had to move the house once. Besides, a totally unobstructed view doesn't make for an attractive post card. You need something in the foreground. Therefore on some trees we would just strip the lower branches high enough so we could see the Seattle shore and the Cascades. My dad had a long wooden extension ladder that he put up against the trunks of some of the large fir trees so he could reach the branches to saw them off. But on some trees on lower levels, that wasn't enough. Fortunately my dad was fearless. He would extend the ladder as high as it would go, then climb up to the very top rung ... you know, the one that would now say "this is not a step" ... while holding onto the trunk with his left arm. Then, sometimes standing on his toes, he used his right arm to operate a pole saw, also extended to the max, to saw off branches far above him ... in some cases large branches that might hit him as they fell. It scared my mom so much that she couldn't watch. I hated seeing my mom so scared. It scared me too.

Continued next week.