2. Upcoming Events (Seattle Area)
3. Dances & Events (Northwest)
4. Dances & Events (National)
5. Hot Links & Dance Classes
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1. ONGOING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle) top
- Cajun Jam Sessions at various locations. Dancers and listeners welcome. To get on the mailing list and for questions, email Katherine.
2. UPCOMING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle Area) top
Sat, Feb.18 | The Buckaroosters
Leif Erikson Hall (2245 NW 57th Street in Ballard), 8:30pm, $15. Country Two-step lesson with Marlene & Dean, 7:30pm, free with admission.
Spring Classes Start
Sundays, Feb.19-Mar.19 | New Classes Begin
Spring Class Series with Claire Carey & Sean Donovan at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle), including:
3pm Beginning Waltz An essential, aka "the world's most romantic dance"
4pm Swing 2: Surprise Explore moves and use your connection to surprise and delight
5pm Whiskey River Jitterbug Fast and hot, the love child of Zydeco & Swing
plus 6-8pm workshops:
Feb.26 Country Partner Line Dances
Mar.5 Zydeco Slide Basic
Also, info at nwdance.net
Sunday, Feb.19 | Zydeco Unplugged
Billy Wilson & Lloyd Meadows at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave S), 5-9:30pm, free. Donations to charites ok. A Poy Chin Charitable Event (206.940.8927, firstname.lastname@example.org) with a Southern-themed potluck dinner. Also a celebration of MaryLee Lykes.
Friday, Feb.24 | Filé Gumbo
With Honky Tonk Sweethearts at Shanty Tavern, 9pm, $7.
Sun, Feb.26 | Country Partner Line Dances
Workshop with Nancy Fry & Sean Donovan at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle), 6-8pm, $25 adv/$30 door. Pre-register and save at nwdance.net or call 206.781.1238. Description: Learn the Cowboy Cha Cha and Sweetheart Schottische, with perhaps the Ten Step (Texas Style) and Barn Dance to boot. We’ll get through what we can while ensuring what we learn sticks real good. Kick up your heels and let’s have some fun! Prerequisite: Completion of any level 1 class
Tuesday, Feb.28 | Cajun Dance Benefit
Troupeau Acadien & friends at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 7:30-9:30pm, $10, all ages. Celebrate Mardi Gras at the Mother Aerie, where proceeds benefit the Southern Mutual Help Association, founded in 1969 to be an agent of change in rural Louisiana.
Tuesday, Feb.28 | Gumbo Twins
Salmon Bay Eagles, 8-10pm.
Sun, Mar.5 | Zydeco Intermediate: Slide Basic
Workshop with Claire Carey & Sean Donovan at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle), 6-8pm, $25 adv/$30 door. Pre-register and save at nwdance.net or call 206.781.1238. Description: If you're confident with your zydeco and ready for a challenge, come learn this dynamic basic variation that encourages a different quality of movement and allows for footwork and moves that look devastating on the dance floor. Bust out and transform your dance! Prerequisite: Very good zydeco basic and solid intermediate zydeco skills
Live Louisiana Zydeco!
Sat, Mar.11 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Highway 99 Blues Club (1414 Alaskan Way, 206.382.2171), 8pm, $20.
Mon, Mar.13 | Curley Taylor House Party
Les Berenson MD hosts his first house party on his new 700sf (sprung) dance floor. Les's house (6603 Aurora Ave N), 6pm dance, $13. Showing of Louisiana documentary Dance For a Chicken - the story of the Cajun Mardi Gras, 4:30pm. Please wear soft-soled shoes to avoid scraping floor, tape available for shoes that need it. Potluck bring a dish to share and BYOB.
3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Mar.17 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint
Every 3rd Friday at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $10. Dance lesson 7:15pm. This month's lesson: TBA. 3rd Friday dances continue with blues, swing, zydeco, Cajun, Country, waltz, cha cha cha and more with your host, the Gator Boy, spinning tunes from far and wide to pleasure your dancing. Yeah, you right. Full bar, great dance floor!
Sunday, Apr.2 | Filé Gumbo
30th Anniversary Celebration with special guests at Highway 99 Blues Club (1414 Alaskan Way, 206.382.2171), 7pm (doors 5pm), $15.
Special Zydeco Workshops
Fri, Apr.7, 14, & 21 | Beginning Zydeco Series
ID Crash Dancers Dance Crew presents the Gator Boy teaching Beginning Zydeco on three successive CrashDance Fridays: Lesson 6:30-8pm, Practica 8-9:30pm, at the NVC Hall (1212 S King St), $10.
3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Apr.21 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint
Gator Boy's Juke Joint (every 3rd Friday!) at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $10. Dance lesson 7:15pm. This month's lesson: TBA. 3rd Friday dances continue with blues, swing, zydeco, Cajun, Country, waltz, cha cha cha and more with your host, the Gator Boy, spinning tunes from far and wide to pleasure your dancing. Yeah, you right. Full bar, great dance floor!
Friday, May.13 | Filé Gumbo
Salmon Bay Eagles, 8pm-midnight, $5.
3. DANCES & EVENTS (Northwest) top
Jun.30-Jul.4 | Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland, OR)
Waterfront Blues Festival 30th Annual at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, benefitting Oregon Food Bank. More details to come on band lineup, but it's going to be another stellar year for Louisiana Cajun/Zydeco!
Jul.21-23 | Winthrop R&B Festival (Winthrop, WA)
30th Anniversary Winthrop R&B Festival in Winthrop, WA, featuring Delbert McClinton, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band and many more! Buy now and save! Early bird ticket sales end February 1. Click for tickets and more info on the fest.
Portland, OR • Wednesdays Cascade Zydeco's Weekly Zydeco Lesson and CD dance; check their website for location and times.
Portland, OR • 1st Friday Roland and Janine host a "Zydeco Social" at Viscount Dance Studios, 7:30-10:30pm, $5. Dance lesson and a nice relaxed evening of zydeco dancing. Roland and Janine are happy to offer assistance if you want to work on your styling.
Vancouver, WA • Sundays Zydeco at Dodge City Bar & Grill, hosted by Penny and Phil 7-9pm. All ages.
Eugene, OR • Dancing at Diablo's Downtown Lounge on Wednesdays, free, Cajun/Zydeco lesson 7-8pm, dancing 8-10pm; for more info contact Scott at email@example.com
4. DANCES & EVENTS (National) top
5. HOT LINKS & DANCE CLASSES top
Gator Boy Productions
Ongoing classes and private lessons with the Gator Boy! Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Country, Swing, Waltz and more. Click here for more info.
Lykes to Dance (MaryLee Lykes, 425.678.8300)
Classes ongoing with MaryLee Lykes, a Seattle icon and dancer extraordinaire!
For additional local Cajun/Zydeco information, see the Gator Boy's HOT LINKS
The mission of Gator Boy Productions and the Seattle Zydeco Events Network (Seattle ZEN) is to promote Zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana cultural and music events in and around Seattle by providing regular, accurate, and comprehensive information in an effort to continually expand and energize Seattle's Cajun/Zydeco community.
This service is provided by Sean Donovan and Gator Boy Productions.