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Thursday, July 9th
Mach One Jazz Orchestra | Big Band Swing, 6-9:30pm in Occidental Park
Mach One Jazz Orchestra will help you dance the evening away with Waltz, Swing and more. With repertoire spanning styles from big band's golden age to the contemporary jazz artists of today, MachOne Jazz Orchestra delivers high energy, artistic precision and musical dynamism. With a rock-solid rhythm section, strong soloists, tight ensembles and stylistic variety, MachOne keeps people dancing all night long. In addition to the instrumental powerhouse, Mach One has four vocalists — Charlotte Carruthers, Tony Aquirre, Jarrett Mason and Gene Oates bring the songs of Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Michael Buble and others to life.
Since its beginning in 1998, MachOne Jazz Orchestra has performed often at Seattle area dance events and park concert series and is one of the most sought-after groups for fundraisers, weddings and other special events. Recent highlights include serving as the 'house' band for the 2009 Frank DeMeiro Jazz Festival accompanying John Pizzarelli, Sara Gazarek and Carmen Bradford; a Roaring Twenties-themed auction; and a glittering New Year's Eve 2009 Bonza Bash at the Seattle Aquarium. machonejazz.com
Beginner's East Coast Swing lesson, Instructor TBD
Thursday, July 16th
Chicharra Tango | Tango, 6-9:30pm in Occidental Park
Chicharra Tango plays smokey Argentine classics from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s, transporting the heart from the Golden Age of Tango to modern milongas. Their commitment to bringing the passion of Buenos Aires to audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest will get you out of your seat and in the mood to dance. chicharratango.com
Beginner's Tango Lesson with Max Kepler
Max began her study of both lindy hop and Argentine tango in late 1996 and began teaching in 2001. Since then, she has been a regular member of the tango and lindy hop communities in Los Angeles and San Diego, in Oregon (both Portland and Eugene), and in Seattle, Washington. She also taught as an invited guest instructor in Boston and San Francisco, and in Europe.
Max's teaching style is flexible, playful, and interactive. She carefully tailors private instruction to meet the needs of her students. In group classes she brings students together for a mix of fun, learning, and community-building through humor and skill-building games. She incorporates elements from her training in a multitude of movement modaliies (ballet, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, rehabilitative fitness education, etc) to help dance students improve their coordination while keeping their bodies safe and strong. dancekepler.com
Tuesday, July 14
Swingin’ In the Rain w/ Dina Blade | Retro Swing, 6-9:30pm in Westlake Park
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 five recordings, earning international acclaim for her cd project "I'm In The Mood For Love‚" featuring the lyrics of Dorothy Fields. "This is a rather addictive recording..." noted London's Jon Aldous, host of the Dorothy Fields website. 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
Beginning East Coast Swing lesson with Lilli Ann and Claire Carey / danceforjoy.biz
Lilli Ann Carey began partner dancing with Living Traditions/Northwest Dance Network in the 1990's, where the draw of instruction, music, dance and community made her a complete convert. She loves to dance almost anything, but focuses her teaching on Waltz, Swing variations, Zydeco, Polka, Foxtrot, One-Step/Blues, Fusion and a few vintage dance forms. Lilli Ann promotes dance through classes, workshops and events through her company, Dance For Joy!. She also coordinates the highly successful Dancing 'til Dusk program for Seattle Parks and Recreation during the summer, which attracts hundreds of dancers (and soon to be dancers) each night. Lilli Ann has has taught in Vancouver BC, Juneau, Alaska, D.C., Baltimore, Atlanta, in the Bay area and in Portland. Her creativity, love of the connected and playful dance and innovation has brought her recognition and an ongoing and excited student base.
Claire Carey started learning East Coast Swing at age 7, and quickly realized dance was a place she could be totally herself. Now 22, she can be seen out dancing West Coast Swing and Fusion most nights of the week. Claire also loves to dance Cross Step Waltz, Turning Waltz, Lindy Hop, Nightclub Two-Step, and Salsa. She is passionate about helping anyone who wants to learn and experience the joy of partner dance, whether from the middle in classes, at a turning point in private lessons, or from the sidelines of a dance. Although Claire is a technician through and through, she always brings her abundant joy and idiosyncratic nature into the room.
Thursday, July 21
Buena Vibra | Salsa, 6-9:30pm in Westlake Park
Buena Vibra's mission is to recapture the glory days of the classic era of Salsa, Joe Cuba and Cheo Feliciano, Jimmy Sabater and the more modern sounds of Ruben Blades and Seis del Solar. The sextet is comprised of Fred Hoadley, piano and back up vocals; Jeff Norwood, Bass; Scott Ketron, Vibes and back up vocals; Sammy Alamillo, Timbales; Steve Guasch, Bongo and back up vocals; and Joe de Jesus on Conga and lead vocals. BuenaVibra is the newest addition to the Seattle salsa scene and promises to keep you dancing the night away. Buena Vibra Sextet on Facebook
Beginner's Salsa lesson, Instructor TBD
Thursday, July 23
Portage Bay Big Band | Big Band Swing, 6-9:30pm in Freeway Park
Back for their 5th year, Portage Bay Big Band is one of the most consistent and popular Big Band Swing bands in the Northwest, back for their fourth year. They deliver a sound fully encompassing the hot vitality of the Swing years and really know how to show the Swing crowd a great time. portagebaybigband.com
Beginning East Coast Swing lesson with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry / nwdance.net savoyswing.org
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, creating eye-popping choreographies seen and enjoyed by thousands of dancers and not-yet dancers alike. 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. 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 focus concerns that special connection between partners, in helping her students develop the ability to communicate and move together — to lead and follow — while having fun.
Tuesday, July 28
DJ Koichi | West Coast Swing, 6-9:30pm in Westlake Park
Koichi is rapidly becoming one of the most popular WCS DJ's in Seattle and beyond- a regular at the Century Ballroom and China Harbor, you'll also fine 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 plan to sit only to jump to your feet when the next song comes on. Koichi on Facebook
Beginning West Coast Swing lesson with Katie Schneider
Katie Schneider has been dancing West Coast Swing over 10 years, and competing nationally at the Professional Champion/All-Star level since 2005. Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Dance, and she has studied jazz, ballet, modern/contemporary, country and swing. She’s an extraordinary teacher and is known for her focus on technique, the lead/follow relationship, and her creative musicality. She teaches group classes and private lessons in the Seattle area, and has traveled internationally teaching swing.
Thursday, July 30
Ranger and the 'Re-Arrangers' | Gypsy Swing/Variety, 6-9:30pm in Freeway Park
Seattle Gypsy Jazz band Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" evoke the spirit of a Paris café and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist on gypsy jazz. "At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playin, his sense of melody and daring improvisations" (World Rhythm Webzine). The band's repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django & Grappelli, and Ranger's unique originals.Ranger and his father Michael formed Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" in 2006, after returning from the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois, France. In the years since, the band has released 3 CDs and played over 500 shows, including summer concerts, festivals, swing dances, art openings, and weddings. rangerswings.com
Beginning East Coast Swing lesson with Ari Levitt / Rolluptherug.com
Ari has been partnering, teaching, and performing dance in the Greater Seattle area, nationally, and internationally for over 25 years. An award-winning dancer, teacher, and performer, his breadth of styles include Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Blues, Ballroom, One-Step, NC2S, WCS, Salsa, Tango, & Latin. He has been instrumental in creating several innovative new dance styles, including "Fusion Waltz," "Fusion Swing," & "Fusion Night Club 2-Step," which he has been busy introducing in workshops throughout the country. He is the co-founder and director of "Waltz Week in Vienna" and "New Zealand Dance Adventure."