Swing and social dance blog for the Seattle area and the North Fork Valley, Colorado. Mark Willson and Margot Richardson, members of the Savoy Swing Performance Troupe, offer lessons locally in Seattle, Shoreline and points north, and Paonia, the North Fork Valley and Delta. Dance forms include 6 count Swing, Lindy Hop, Waltz, and Salsa!
Also offering classes young dancers, as well as private lessons. We collaborate with our pal and mentor, Jodi Fleischman at Left Foot Boogie.
Ah, the wild, magical and chaotic beauty of Folklife! Where else can you dance nearly every kind of dance you can imagine, all for the cost of a daily donation? ($10 per day requested, pay as you can) .
Mark and I are looking forward to seeing many many friends, and making new acquaintances, at Seattle Center this weekend. Since it can be overwhelming as well, here's a condensed schedule for familiar partner dances + a couple performances featuring friends (like us! and Left Foot Boogi-ers).
Savoy Swing Performance Troupe at Folklife 2015. Photo by Laura Livingston, use with permission
All the items in red are dances / events we're counting on attending, with this caveat: I leave room in my plans for serendipitous discoveries, intuitive diversions, and generally being led astray by happy interactions that can never be anticipated. Maybe you'll find yourself dancing with a stranger and the chemistry is too good to leave until the end of that set.... or you find a string band doing improv with an opera singer... or you slide into a seat at one of the theaters and become mesmerized by the experimental film you're watching... or the sea shanties being sung in the beer garden are as intoxicating as your stout!
Here's one of my strategies for enjoying Folklife: after I've already used my earplugs well while beating a drum in the rhythm circle, and joined an impromptu parade, and danced my socks off, I migrate over to the Back Porch Stage, (map on pg. 24 of the program guide) also known as the Northwest Court area. This is the home of wonderful indie + traditional acoustic music, with room to dance on the concrete plus visual arts and the crafts booths nearby.
Lastly, PLEASE consider going green, as green as you can, this year. This is the microcosm of the world in it's finest light; let's bring our best, too. Some ideas:
Getting there: carpool down, take Metro or enjoy a special deal from Folklife for trying Lyft, an Uber-like service; click here for more details: Folklife transportation and parking
Bring Your Own: reusable drink / coffee cup, plasticware, cloth napkin, snacks (fun to share, and cheaper than buying all your food there, although who can resist a good foodcourt, or the annual elephant ear :) , and ground cloth for sitting on wet grass. I bring a backpack and check it at the Roadhouse, or loop it around a chair leg. Umbrella, too... looks like a good chance of some rain.
Enjoy! xox Margot
The Participatory Folklife Dance Schedule
Folklife is an amazing experience of music and dance over Memorial Day weekend. Here is the dance schedule! (click this link for more details at the 2016 NW Folklife site! ).
Note : Contra dance is a lot of fun, and it's the most popular dance form at Folklife. Give it a whirl! Basically any time you're at Fisher Pavilion / Roadhouse between other forms of dance, it'll be Contra dance time. It's like Square dance, with a caller, but takes many forms and uses a wide variety of moves / patterns.... it's also a bit like riding a bumper car without a steering wheel, if it's your first time; embrace the chaos!
Friday May 27
3 High School Jazz/Swing Bands 3:30–6 pm
3 Blues/ Swing Bands7–9:45 pm (lesson w Ari Levitt at 7:45 - 8)
Fisher Roadhouse (Pavilion ) :
Two Cajun /Zydeco Bands8–10 pm
Contra11 am-8 pm
Fountain Lawn Stage:
Saturday May 28
Hula showcase and lesson 2 - 2:45 pm
3 Tango Bands 3-6 PM
6-8pm Jazz age partner dance / Swing dance
Jodi + Dean Patton teach One Step from 6:50 - 7 pm
Contra 11-1, 3-5 & 8-10 pm
Armory Loft: Dance Workshops all day
* Intiman Theater ?: Annual Performer's Party (check in at Hospitality upstairs in the Armory to find out details, if you're performing - one year, this was the highlight of our weekend! )
Sunday May 29
Fountain lawn 12-2pm Zydeco
Fisher Roadhouse 1-3 pm Western Swing
1:40 pm Left Foot Boogie Swing performance troupe
2- 2:45 check out Wylie & The Wild West, highly recommended!
3-5pm Cajun and Zydeco (lesson w MaryLee Lykes! at 3:50 )
8-10pm Waltz 8:40pm Left Foot Boogie Waltz performance troupe
Monday May 30
Armory Court: 11-1pm Cajun and Zydeco
3 and 4pm Savoy Swing Performance Group (This is our troupe! and there's a Swing lesson, too from 4 - 4:15) 6-9pm Salsa
Coastal Jam and Traditional Powwow, Sunday and Monday at Folklife
Thanks everyone who came out to Namaste Yoga Studio to take lessons with us and share your vibrant spirit with us! Let's meet up at Folklife and dance our socks off, enjoying the world's culture and every kind of dance you can imagine!
Affectionately, Margot and Mark
D e l i c i o u s D a n c e
Thanks to our good friend Heber Farnsworth, for these wonderful photos from class!
This Tuesday, May 17th, we'll teach our final spring lesson at Namaste Yoga Studio! Jump in and celebrate with us:
Swing 1 : A special half hour intro lesson, from 7 - 7:30. A $5 donation is requested; free if you can't afford that.
* Swing 2 friends can come for free, to reinforce your basics and welcome new dancers
Swing 2 :New and review moves for our Vintage Swing series, 7:30-8:30
Drop in: $12
Afterward, anybody who's interested can go out with us for a little refreshment and socializing at a the Easy Monkey Taphouse, a great neighborhood venue that JUST opened up their Tuesday evenings! Open till 10, so we'll bust out of the dance studio and head right over; EMT is just down 15th at:
Mark and I are coming for a short visit ( 1 week ) to Paonia, to see friends, work on our house, and dance! We've got the Blue Sage booked on Thursday evening, June 2nd, from 8 - 10 pm. We'll play a mix of Swing, Rock, Blues, and a few surprises. No lesson, just lots of friendly dancing. Mark your calendars - come visit and dance with us!
Suggested donation to cover the cost of renting the hall: $5