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Updated Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Seattle: Classes & Events with Michelle Badion
Snoqualmie: Friday Night Fever
Lynnwood: Harvest Moon Dance
Auburn: Pacific Ballroom Dance Presents "Let It Snow"
Lynnwood: Intro to Ballroom with Scott Nicholson
Tacoma: Progressive West Coast Swing Classes with Terry West
Lynnwood: Shoe Sale for all Dancers
Moonlight Dance Cruises & Camps
Dance Calendar through November 27, 2014
Dear Dancin' Friends,
I'm playing for two nearly opposite events this weekend!
The first event is for your body -- FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER. Enjoy a full dinner, games, and dancing to fun 70's party music at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club. Tables next to my DJ set-up will be reserved for singles plus I'll make it fun for couples too. You must pay online in advance to be a part of the fun, so click here for info.
My second event is for your heart -- Saturday's HARVEST MOON DANCE at the Hayloft in Lynnwood. It's a tribute to NEIL YOUNG with up to half of the music by him, including several of his Waltzes (see my Song of the Week below).
I hope you'll join me for one dance or the other ... and if you can switch gears overnight, maybe even both! Full details on these and other dance events are below. But first, you might enjoy reading about ...
Why I Like Dancing
Last Friday I took my boy to see the movie Interstellar. He's been a fan of the Transformers movies, which are mostly special effects and don't move me much. This movie was different. Of course there were still some special effects, but this bittersweet sci-fi story about the relationship between a man and his daughter is much more compelling than robots battling each other. It had me crying. Yes, I'm a man, but I can cry at movies, funerals and weddings ... even sometimes behind the scenes at weddings where I am simply the DJ. I let myself feel the full brunt of my emotions, or at least to the extent that I can in the company I am with. I had to remove my glasses two or three times to wipe the tears. I was glad it was dark in the theatre. Probably nobody knew that I was shedding tears except for my boy sitting next to me. That's fine ... I want him to know who I really am. Of course now I've gone and blurted the whole thing to all of you ... but I'm sure you won't tell, right?
I'm glad that my boy is old enough now to appreciate a movie like this. Mesmerized, he wanted to sit through to the end of the credits. We were the last ones to leave the theatre. When we got home, he said it was the best movie he's ever seen. But unlike me, he had not cried ... after all, he's almost 16 now. I recall that I didn't cry even once between the ages of 14 and 19. Finally, something that I wouldn't have thought would affect me that much (hearing about the death of Chet Huntley, whom I'd grown up watching on the TV news) somehow cracked through that protective shell that we all put up to hide the vulnerable souls that reside within us. I went into my parents' bedroom and let the tears roll for 45 minutes. I knew it wasn't really about Chet Huntley. It was about the passing of my childhood that I could never reclaim. It felt so good to let out six years of pent-up emotion. Since then I've learned to appreciate that I don't always have to pretend that I'm not really affected. I try to not let myself get emotionally constipated.
This relates directly to dancing. As for sorrow, the same goes for joy and many other emotions. I admit that there are times when I'm mostly just going through the moves that I've learned like a good robot ... doing the 'constipation shuffle'. But when I'm dancing my best, I'm simply letting my emotions come out in the form of dance. If I'm dancing with a partner, I'm expressing to her the feelings that she and the music instill in me. If my partner is into it like I am, it's very, very satisfying. We're playing with each other. We're flying. Dancing is a fantasy brought to life for three minutes.
As a formerly extremely shy person, who sometimes still gets into trouble trying to express himself verbally, I have a great outlet on the dance floor. I'm connecting and communicating with another person. I keep finding more ways to get my feelings across. There are times when I even dare to express things that, even with well-picked words, might not fly if spoken.
I was once interviewed for an article in the Seattle Center employees' newsletter. One thing the interviewer asked me was, "What do you like about dancing?" When the article came out in print, it said that I like dancing because of "what you can do." Duh. Why would I even bother to say something so obvious and boring? That was an absolute misquote. I had actually told the interviewer that I like dancing because of "what you can get away with." I think you'll agree, that makes it more interesting. ;-)
Ron's Song of the Week:
The Way by Neil Young from the 2007 Album Chrome Dreams II.
It's a Waltz with Neil on piano and singing backed by a boys' choir. The video shows pictures of the singer/songwriter through the decades. He expresses himself through music whether or not what he has to say and the way he wants to say it are what anyone else would do. Why do what others are doing, especially in art? www.images.tcj.com/2014/01/DEAN8.jpg Neil has played off and on over the years with Crosby, Stills and Nash. Whenever Neil left the group, it was never personal. It was always about the music.
Enjoy life. Dance your fantasies. -- Ron Bolin
CLASSES AND EVENTS WITH MICHELLE BADION
EXPERIMENTAL COLLEGE (EXCO) CLASSES University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle. Free parking. $45 for 4 classes. Register at www.exco.org or call 206-68-LEARN.
TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 9
7 - 8 PM Salsa Dancing Cuban Style - Beginning
8 - 9 PM Nightclub Two-Step - Beginning
WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 17 -- No need to register - just show up and do both classes for $15
7 - 8 PM Beginning Argentine Tango - Experience the passion!
8 - 9 PM Intermediate Argentine Tango (traditional)
EVERY THURSDAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 20
7:30 - 9:30 PM - Intermediate Nightclub Two-step Class. Polish Home Association, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle. Drop-in for $17.50 per night.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6.
Seattle's first Argentine Tango showcase will be held at the Verve Ballroom! EDUARDO SAUCEDO Eduardo Saucedo will be the star and MC. Details at www.facebook.com/events/317521591766932/
I also love working with wedding couples! Private lessons are $70 per hour at my studio at 1320 NE 63rd Street, Seattle. Perfect for serious dancers and wedding couples. Call 206-334-7496 or email Michelle@michellebadion.com to get started. www.michellebadion.com.
FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21. Bust out your bell bottoms, party dresses, leisure suits or sparkly disco attire! I hope you'll join me as I emcee FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER! That's this year's theme for the Annual Gala at the TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club (from I-405 it's a 22-minute drive east on I-90). It will start at 6 PM with appetizers and cocktails followed by a fantastic 70's themed buffet dinner, games, and raffles with lots of prizes. Then dance to groovy music mostly from the 70's with me as your DJ. Tickets are $60 and support the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce. Pre-payment is required, so buy your tickets online now! Click here for website.
6 PM - 7 PM ~ Social hour. Awesome Munchies and No-host Bar. A professional photographer will take your picture (included in price) in your funky duds!
7 PM ~ 70's Themed Buffet Dinner followed by Dessert, plus Cool Raffles with Loads of Prizes!
7:30 - 10 PM ~ Fun activities including Name That Tune, Dance Mini-Lessons, and Dancing to groovy music from the 70's (plus some 60's and 80's) played by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ.
I'll teach a few Freestyle Disco moves and lead other activities to get everyone going. An extra special prize will be awarded for the best 70's outfit! Location: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, 36005 SE Ridge St, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. Admission is $60 per person, pre-paid only. Register online at http://business.snovalley.org/events/details/snoqualmie-valley-chamber-of-commerce-annual-gala-friday-night-fever-116. This Annual Gala is brought to you by the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce (snovalley.org) which provides support to many businesses in the area. For more information contact Kaylee Hardman at 425-888-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HARVEST MOON DANCE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22. Join me, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ, for a special evening at the Hayloft in Lynnwood! The HARVEST MOON DANCE is a tribute to one of my own favorite musical artists, NEIL YOUNG. Neil's music is very introspective and personal, ranging from heartfelt ballads (Heart of Gold, Only Love Can Break Your Heart) to songs with social commentary (Alabama, Southern Man) to outright Rock anthems (Rockin' In The Free World). He has quite a few nice Waltzes some of which you probably never heard, so I've chosen Waltz for the pre-dance lesson. I'll include plenty of music by other artists to round out the evening with a variety of styles of music and dance. If you're a Neil Young fan this is a night you won't want to miss!
7 - 8 PM: Beginner and Beyond Waltz lesson, no partner or experience needed
8 - 11 PM: Dance to Neil Young's songs plus a variety of other artists
Lesson and dance is $15. Dance with no lesson is $12. Fun for singles and couples, all ages are welcome. I'll do mixers and give out door prizes. Soft drinks and water will be available for sale. The Hayloft Dance Hall, 15320 - 35th Ave West, Lynnwood, WA 98037. DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From I-5, take Exit 183, go west on 164th St SW, right on 36th Ave SW (becomes 35th Ave SW). The hall is on the left in a half mile. For more info visit www.HayloftDance.com, email HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.
PACIFIC BALLROOM DANCE PRESENTS "LET IT SNOW"
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22. Enjoy a family-friendly show featuring Pacific Ballroom Dance students performing holiday-themed numbers. This show will warm your heart and help you start the holiday season with joy and peace!
3 Performances: 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM, and 7 PM.
Location: Theatre At Mountainview, 28900 124th Avenue SE, Auburn WA 98092
Admission: $15 ($16.52 with service fee)
Tickets: Purchase online at www.pacificballroomdance.brownpapertickets.com.
Our Performing Company captivates audiences year after year with two professionally produced events-the Holiday Concert in November, and our Season-ending Concert near the end of May. The Company includes students in grades 4-12, who are selected and placed on one of 5 teams according to varying ages and ability, guided by professional PBD teaching artists.
Pacific Ballroom Dance is a nonprofit organization that builds character in youth by providing a positive ballroom dance experience. We strive to provide youth with a positive artistic, social, and athletic experience designed to help them be productive community members. Our core values are Fitness, Leadership, Inclusiveness, Respect, Teamwork, Excellence, and Dedication.
For more info visit www.pacificballroom.org or call 253-939-6524 or email Secretary@pacificballroom.org.
INTRO TO BALLROOM WITH SCOTT NICHOLSON
EVERY TUESDAY: INTRO TO BALLROOM WITH WORLD REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT NICHOLSON
Take lessons from a dance champion! The Hayloft Dance Hall is proud to present INTRO TO BALLROOM classes each Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM with instructor SCOTT NICHOLSON! He has been nominated to represent the USA in the 2014 Worlds 10 Dance competition. No partner or experience needed. $12 per class drop-in, or $45 for the month (4 classes).
The Hayloft has a full schedule of events. For details visit www.HayloftDance.com, email HayloftDance@gmail.com or call 425-743-6180.
PROGRESIVE WEST COAST SWING CLASSES WITH TERRY WEST
EVERY TUESDAY. Two fun classes and free practice time for beginner and intermediate level dancers. Learn this popular and creative swing dance or hone your swing skills while adding cool social swing moves to your repertoire. Each one-hour lesson will include 30 minutes of additional practice time to ensure that you've really got it.
Beginners West Coast Swing lesson 7:00-8:00
Practice time 8:00-8:30
Intermediate West Coast Swing lesson 8:00-9:00
Practice time 9:00-9:30
Registration is only $50 for a 5-week series or $90 for both. Drop in for $15 per lesson. Prerequisite for the intermediate-level class is proficiency in the basic patterns of West Coast Swing. Register at the door. Tacoma Dance Studio, 5412 S Tacoma Way, 253-224-8244.
SHOE SALE FOR ALL DANCERS
THROUGH NOVEMBER 29. Everyone wants to hear of THIS sale! Petticoat Junction Dance Shop's in-store annual NOVEMBER SHOE SALE is on now just in time for holiday events! Many styles have been marked down 25-50% from suggested retail. Really fun shoes are waiting for you, lots of trendy styles; closeouts, unclaimed special orders, samples...Most sizes are represented, at least at the beginning! It's worth a trip to Lynnwood: 14523 Highway 99. Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10-6, Thursdays 10-7, Friday & Saturday 10-5. Also open one Sunday this month, November 16, from Noon-4. Directions are at www.petticoatjct.com.
MOONLIGHT DANCE CRUISES & CAMPS
Fun for all levels of dancers. Approximately 20 hours of group instruction & private dances. Couples or singles unless specified. True gentlemen experienced dance hosts provided for ladies w/o partners.
1. Feb 28 - Mar 8, 2015. Warm EASTERN CARIBBEAN. From/to Fort Lauderdale on the Royal Caribbean Independence.
2. July 1 - 9, 2015. WHIDBEY ISLAND DANCE CAMP. Oak Harbor, WA.
3. July 16 - 23, 2015. WHIDBEY ISLAND DANCE CAMP. Oak Harbor, WA.
4. Aug 1-8, 2015. HULA AROUND HAWAII. To/from Honolulu on the Norwegian Pride of America.
5. Aug 22 - 29, 2015. ALASKAN GRANDEUR. To/From Seattle on Holland, Westerdam.
Go to www.MoonlightDanceCruises.com for full details. Contact DAN BRANSCUM at email@example.com or 360-720-2727 with questions or to sign up. Tell him Ron sent you!
Through November 27, 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.
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.
Friday, November 21
FRIDAY NIGHT FEVER. Bust out your bell bottoms, party dresses, leisure suits or sparkly disco attire! Dance to groovy music from the 70's (plus some 60's and 80's) played by yours truly, RON BOLIN, THE DANCIN' DJ. 6 PM - 7 PM ~ Social hour. Awesome Munchies and No-host Bar. A professional photographer will take your picture (included in price) in your funky duds! 7 PM ~ 70's Themed Buffet Dinner followed by Dessert, plus Cool Raffles with Loads of Prizes! 7:30 - 10 PM ~ Fun activities including Name That Tune, Dance Mini-Lessons, and Dancing to Classic Party Tunes! I'll teach a few Freestyle Disco moves and lead other activities to get everyone going. An extra special prize will be awarded for the best 70's outfit! Location: TPC Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, 36005 SE Ridge St, Snoqualmie, WA 98065. Admission is $60 per person, pre-paid only. Register online at http://business.snovalley.org/events/details/snoqualmie-valley-chamber-of-commerce-annual-gala-friday-night-fever-116. This Annual Gala is brought to you by the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce (snovalley.org) which provides support to many businesses in the area. For more information contact Kaylee Hardman at 425-888-6362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 21
NOREEN'S BALLROOM DANCE. (No dance on November 14.) Arrive at 8 PM for a dance lesson in West Coast Swing, 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 email@example.com or visit www.thedancefool.com.
Friday, November 21
MALTBY COMMUNITY DANCE. Join DOUG AND PENNY CAREY for a lesson and dance party on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. Tonight doors open at 7:30 PM with an introductory Rumba lesson followed by 2+ hours of dancing. We have lots of fun music in all genres and promise to have something to please everyone. No dance partner is necessary. A $5 donation requested for the dance and an additional $2 if taking the lesson. Maltby Community Club 8711 - 206th St SE, Snohomish (six blocks directly north of the Maltby Cafe.) Visit www.facebook.com/MaltbyCommunityDance for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, November 21
AMERICAN BALLROOM DANCE INSTITUTE. Dance Party at the AMERICAN BALLROOM DANCE INSTITUTE. Dance parties are held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month from 8:15 to 9:30 PM. The music includes a large variety of Ballroom, Latin and Swing. There is no charge for this event. American Ballroom Dance Institute, 18002 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell. For more information call Andrea Bradshaw at 206-769-2848 or email email@example.com or visit www.abdanceinstitute.com.
Friday, November 21
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 425-640-3070.