May we have this dance? Dancing ‘til Dusk continues through August

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here, and the time is right, for dancing in the street PARKS!

Grab your friends, kids, neighbors or significant other and get ready for the second half or our annual Dancing ‘til Dusk events.

The Dancing ‘til Dusk program began in 2007. The original program produced five Thursday nights of dancing, one night for each style—Waltz, Zydeco, Salsa, Line Dancing and Swing. Seattle Parks and Recreation bought an outdoor dance floor, set up a bandstand and distributed invitations widely. Dancers of all ages and abilities came from all over the city and beyond, from a diverse cultural and economic base. Dancing ’til Dusk was born, and has been growing ever since. Now moving into its ninth year, the program includes four downtown parks with 15 nights of dancing, drawing a crowd of 500-800 people per night.

Dancing ’til Dusk in Westlake Park, photo by TIA International Photography

Though the parks and the dance styles change, the nightly format for Dancing ‘til Dusk remains the same. Each evening focuses on a specific dance style and starts with a beginners’ dance lesson from 6-7 p.m.–no partner needed—followed by two hours of open dancing.

The next events are:

Westlake Park
6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 18
Jessica Lynne and the Cousins
Country and Western

Freeway Park
6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 20
Valse Café Orchestra
Waltz and more

Bell Street Park
6-9:30 p.m., Aug. 27
DJ Chris Jones
West Coast Swing

Special fundraiser (note time change)
Bell Street Park

4-8 p.m., Aug. 29, $15 per person
KGB
Waltz and more

For more information, visit http://danceforjoy.biz/ or call 206-264-5646.