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For the safety of everyone, all participants will be required to wear a well-fitting mask on the dance floor. Please bring one with you! Those wearing a mask that is slipping down or gaping will be respectfully asked to choose a blue surgical mask from the event table. We highly recommend you get vaccinated before participating in these events. Not being vaccinated put you and others not vaccinated at risk for severe infection, long term effects and death.

In addition if you bring your vaccination certificate and picture ID, we will give you a reusable DTD wrist band to wear indicating that you are vaccinated. Go You!

We also recommend you bring water for your use. Please recycle your bottles. Thanks!

Fifteen years of FREE dancing in Seattle parks!

August Bands

Tuesday, August 3

Portage Bay Big Band


Portage Bay Big Band | Big Band Swing
6–9:30pm in Freeway Park

Portage Bay Big Band is one of the most consistent and popular Big Band Swing bands in the Northwest. They deliver a sound fully encompassing the hot vitality of the Swing years and show the crowd, young and old, a really great time. portagebaybigband.com

Beginning East Coast Swing lesson with instructors Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry | NorthwestDance Network
Guy Caridi has been dancing since 1988, performing and choreographing since 1991, and teaching since 1993. He is a founding member of Seattle’s Savoy Swing Club and with his dance partner, Nancy Fry, the first couple from the Pacific Northwest to teach Lindy Hop and Balboa. He has taught and performed internationally and is well known for his respectful, sensitive, and humorous teaching style. Guy has been artistic director of the Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe for over fourteen years. In 1999, Guy and Nancy took home trophies in the Lindy Hop and Team divisions at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in southern California. In total, four of five routines choreographed by Guy were place-winners.

Nancy Fry discovered her passion for dance in 1981 and has been dancing ever since. Over the years she has participated in a large variety of partner dances, and enjoys it all. She began teaching Lindy Hop and swing-related jazz movement classes in 1994 with Seattle’s Savoy Swing Club, for which she was a founding member. At the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in 1999, she and her dance partner, Guy Caridi, placed in both events in which they competed. Nancy’s joy on the dance floor is in connecting with her partner, and she believes that this connection is where the magic in partner dancing is to be found. Nancy began teaching swing and waltz with Northwest Dance in 2004, and is happy to be part of this great team. Her teaching focuses on that special connection between partners—helping her students develop the ability to communicate and move together, to lead and follow, while having fun.

Thursday, August 5

Kevin Buster teaching Swing at Dancing til Dusk

Kevin Buster teaching Swing at Dancing til Dusk


Kevin Buster's Lunch Money | Waltz, Swing, and Blues
6–9:30pm in Hing Hay Park

Kevin Buster's Lunch Money, one of the hottest Blues/Jazz bands around. Kevin's band brings out the best in the creative dancer's heart with a jazziness that inspires. This band is as fun to listen to as to dance to with tunes that stretch from earthy Blues to Rhythm & Blues to Big Band Swing. kevinbuster.com

Beginning Swing & Blues lesson with Kevin Buster / seattleswingdancesociety
Kevin Buster has been dancing for many years. He has studied with original master Savoy swing dancers like: Frank Manning, Norma Miller, Sugar Sullivan and Dawn Hampton and also with master swing dancer Lennart Westerlund (leader of the Rhythm Hotshots and Harlem Hotshots). Kevin has been studying the relationship of Swing, Tap, and African dancing; his study has taken him to Guinea West Africa to learn from Grand Master Sorell and Youssouf Kombassa — both of Les Ballets Africains. He has also studied tap dance. In addition, Kevin plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet, playing swing, blues, and jazz music with various local bands. Kevin's strong musicality, patience and improvisational ability ensure fun and exciting classes for all dancers regardless of ability.

Tuesday, August 10

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 on Pier 62

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 Rebecca Lucero & Bailey McCully | CenturyBallroom.com
Rebecca Lucero has always believed that the best way to communicate and connect with each other is through movement, and she has been doing so herself since she was seven. Starting with ballet and jazz, she moved quickly through all genres of solo/partner dance available to her, such as West African, Tap, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, and Argentine Tango. However, since she learned of Lindy Hop in early high school, never has her dedication to this freeing, expressive, ecstatically joyful dance wavered. Accolades include; first place awards at the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown with her hometown crew, Groove Juice Special; teaching with some of the best Lindy Hoppers in the country through Savoy Swing Club and HepCat Productions; and performing at the prestigious Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. Becca hopes her love affair with Lindy Hop lasts a lifetime, and she will continue to share that love with new and seasoned dancers until her knees give out! www.beccalucero.com

Thursday, August 12

Bayou Envie | Zydeco
6–9:30pm in Freeway Park

Y’all wanna dance? Come hang out with Bayou Envie and get a taste of the Cajun and Zydeco goodness! Led by Danny and David Salonen, the brothers from Vashon team up with Mark Myking (accordion), zydeco veteran Kevin Kilmartin (guitar), and funk/jazz maven Tai Taitano (drums) to form a pocket that lives with one foot in the music’s rich history and the other in its captivating and evolving present. Help us bring Cajun and Zydeco to a new generation in the PNW, and remind old-timers why they fell in love in the first place. You can follow Bayou Envie on Facebook.

Beginning Zydeco lesson with Sean Donovan | GatorBoyProductions.com and Erika Olsen
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.

Erika Olsen has loved to dance since she was a little girl. As a teenager when she was doing professional theater, the dancers would dress her up and sneak her into the discos to dance. As an adult she took her first Zydeco partner dance lesson from the Gator Boy and Li’l Biscuit in 2011. Fast forward to today and you’ll find her partner dancing around Seattle…she loves zydeco, country 2-step, east coast swing, and cha cha.

Tuesday, August 17

DJ Koichi Tsunoda | West Coast Swing
6‑9:30pm on Pier 62

Koichi is one of the most popular WCS DJ's in Seattle and beyond — a regular at the Century Ballroom — you'll also find 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 Wren and Scot
Wren has been partner dancing for 20 years and teaching for 15. While she enjoys many different forms of dance, West Coast Swing (WCS) is her personal favorite. She has been dancing, teaching, competing and judging WCS around the world for the last 10 years.

Scot has also been dancing for 20 years, and along with WCS he loves to dance and teach Country 2-step.

Wren and Scot have been teaching together for 7 years and firmly believe that there is nothing better than sharing their love of dance with everyone who wants to learn.

Thursday, August 19

Tangoheart Quintet tango ensemble

Tangoheart Quintet tango ensemble


Tangoheart | Tango, 6‑9:30pm in Westlake Park

Since 1999, Tangoheart Quintet has been the premier tango ensemble in the Pacific Northwest. The quintet is an authentic classic orquesta typica with piano, contrabajo, string section, and the bandoneon, the Argentine instrument with its emblematic tango sound.

The group is led by Port Townsend’s Bertram Levy, who has spent the last quarter century immersed in the Argentine tango. Since 2005, he has spent much of his time studying the bandoneon in Buenos Aires where he studies at the Conservatorio Manuel de Falla with the great Rodolfo Daluisio, and from where he brings back fresh material for the group. The group’s driving bass lines belong to jazz arranger, performer and longtime tanguero Andy Carr on the piano and the great Todd Gowers, Seattle’s bassist for all seasons. The string section includes world music specialist Ruthie Dornfeld on violin and long time Seattle Symphony assistant principal violist, Dorothy Shapiro, on viola.

Beginning Tango lesson by Michelle Badion michellebadion.com
Michelle is one of Seattle’s most experienced dance teachers, having taught full time in Seattle for over twenty years. She was Seattle’s first Salsa teacher and third Argentine Tango Teacher.

Michelle loves to dance and totally believes that social dancing enhances every person’s life. What truly sets her apart and makes her one of the most sought after teachers in Seattle, are some of the most important aspects that you look for in a dance teacher. Michelle is also a very fine performer.

Tuesday, August 24

Mambo Cadillac

Mambo Cadillac


Mambo Cadillac | Salsa
6–9:30pm on Pier 62

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

Salsa lesson with Michael Cahn | suenosdesalsa.com
Michael grew up in Santa Fe listening to the Latin rhythms of his father’s flamenco troupe. During Spanish language studies in Cuzco, Peru, he discovered salsa dance, and when he returned to the U.S. he joined every salsa class he could find. Desiring a deeper understanding of the dance, Michael traveled to Havana Cuba to study with Yaykel Parez. He studied for the next several years, traveling to Ecuador, Mexico and all over the USA and has trained and performed with world champions, Omar Muños, Johnny Vazquez, and trained with Jonathan Ibarra, Jhon Narvarez, Adrian and Anita, Alien Ramerez and many others. He has performed and competed throughout the Northwest.

Thursday, August 26

Swingin' in the Rain with vocalist Dina Blade singing "Angel Eyes" at Seattle's Dancing Till Dusk. © Dina Blade


Swingin’ In the Rain w/ Dina Blade | A Little Bit of Everything
6–9:30pm at Westlake Park
This is a Ball Blanc, be sure to wear white!

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 began learning swing dance at the age of seven in 1998, and began teaching partner dance in 2008. She discovered her passion for West Coast Swing in 2010, where she has achieved multiple first placements, and competed in the All Star division. She has loved teaching Cross Step Waltz, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Blues, Foxtrot, Nightclub Two Step, and other vintage waltz forms in Seattle for Dance For Joy! Claire and her mom, Lilli Ann have taught together both nationally and internationally, and are known for their fun, innovative, and technically-minded teaching. In class, Claire specializes in empowering follows to have strong skills in connection, intuition, and self expression. She also loves teaching private lessons to leads and follows, and helping students find the nuances that make everything click into place!

Tuesday, August 31

Billy Joe Huels (guitar) leads the Billy Joe Show

Billy Joe Huels leads the "Billy Joe Show."


"The Billy Joe Show" | Honky Tonk/Swing
6–9:30pm on Pier 62

Billy Joe Huels, leader and trumpeter of the established band The Dusty 45s, has inspired and fired up crowds for over two decades from coast to coast. Beginning in 2016, when not on tour, Huels created a weekly gig in various juke joints throughout Seattle called, “The Wednesday Night Club.” He joined forces with guitarist and singer Rod Cook, upright bass player Robin Cady and drummer Kohen Burrill to form “The Billy Joe Show.”

"The Billy Joe Show" brings a dynamic sound and vintage style to the stage. They champion the foundations of American roots music, honky tonk, jump blues and rock and roll. The band belts out and delivers signature Dusty 45s tunes while mixing in classic and obscure covers ranging from Buddy Holly to Hank Williams and Louis Armstrong. facebook.com/dusty45s

Beginning Swing/2-step lesson with Sean Donovan | GatorBoyProductions.com and Lilli Ann Carey / danceforjoy.biz
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.

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.

Thursday, September 2
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, Westlake Park
$20 Recommended Donation

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; Downtown Seattle Association Metropolitan Improvement District, Interim CDA, Virginia Mason, Horizon House, and Freeway Park Association

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