Vintage Dance this Friday

Here’s a message from Bridget, of NW Vintage Dance and
This Friday Night please join us for Vintage Music and dancing!
Jan 15th  7-10 p.m.

What kind of dances do we do??
One Step/Blues One Step, Tango,Waltz, Foxtrot, Two Step, Charleston, and more to early ragtime and jazz and blues!
What kind of music do you play?
We play original (and reproduction) recordings of popular music from roughly 1900 to the early 1930’s. Also, stride and ragtime pianist Paul Asaro will play a few sets in between the recorded music for your continued dancing pleasure.
What do I wear?
Vintage dress encouraged but not required.   We love any excuse to get dressed up!
What else do I need to know?
There’s plenty of parking and a great dance floor.  BYOB and snacks of any kind.
How do I get there?
We dance at the:
Highland Park Improvement Club
1116 SW Holden Street
Seattle, Washington  98106

Here are some directions from I-5

Michigan-Corson Exit (Off I-5, North or Southbound)

  • Michigan-Corson exit.
  • Right onto S. Michigan St.
  • Follow Michigan to 1st Ave. Bridge, taking ramp onto bridge.
  • Take FIRST exit (W. Marginal Way/South Park).
  • Right at end of ramp; left at signal.
  • Left at Highland Park Way (up the hill).
  • Take first right turn onto Holden,
  • Right onto 12th Ave. S.W.
  • Help keep vintage music and dance active in the Puget Sound!

    Jan 15

    Classes for the New Year

    ♦  Yoga classes resume tomorrow, January 4, and continue:
    Monday & Thursday evenings with Terilyn Wyre
    6:30-7:45 pm – Intermediate/Advanced Hatha flow yoga class

    8:00-9:15 pm – Beginning Hatha flow yoga class

    ♦   A new 6-week dance class session begins Tuesday, January 5
    with Lilli Ann Carey and Dance for Joy

    6 Tuesdays, January 5. to February 9:
    Waltz 1  (6:15 PM)
    Waltz 2 (7:30 PM)
    Intermediate/Advanced Cross-Step.
    Swing 2 (8:45 PM) Cool moves.

    Singles and couples welcome.  No partner needed.

    ♦   Nia begins Wednesday, January 6 at 7pm, with a free get-started class.
    1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm.

    ♦   Gildenfire Dance classes for children begin Monday, January 11.

    3:45 pm – Preschool Dance Class
    4:30 pm – K-3 Dance Class

    Happy New Year!

    The first annual Highland Park/Riverview Not-So-Silent Night Parade begins
    The first annual Highland Park/Riverview Not-So-Silent Night Parade begins.
    The Sage Chris whirls the Rosemary Comet.
    The Sage Chris whirling the Rosemary Comet.
    What's playing on the jukebox?
    What's playing on the jukebox?

    Happy New Year!
    Happy New Year!

    All photos above by dinazina.

    See more of her excellent photos of the Not-So-Silent Night Parade, the Sage (Rosemary) Performance and the Highland Park House Party here.

    See the West Seattle Blog for great video of the Not-So-Silent Night Parade and the Sage (Rosemary) Performance.

    Thanks to everyone who made the last evening of 2009 a great series of special events at the Highland Park Improvement Club!

    New Classes for the New Year

    We are pleased to announce two new classes beginning in January:

    class offered by Lesley Tinker,

    1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7pm to 8pm

    begins January 6, 2010 with a free get-started class!

    This twice monthly Nia class is the perfect complement to your existing fitness and well-being practices or as an extra Nia class to your Nia portfolio. Nia – barefoot movement to music with soul and kick. Based on nine movement forms from yoga, dance, and martial arts, Nia gives you what your body thrives on: movement variety! Nia further offers fitness for body, mind, emotions, and spirit through a balance of specific steps and free movement self-expression. Come feel the difference, the Nia difference.

    Prices: $12 drop-in ($10 for Highland Park Improvement Club members).
    Pay as you go or pay ahead punchcard: Buy 5 classes, get 1 free.

    And we are really excited to welcome our first afternoon childrens’ class:
    Mondays with Jenna Lutton/Gildenfire Dance
    3:45 pm – Preschool Dance
    4:30 pm – K-3 Dance Class

    Gildenfire Dance:

    Gildenfire Dance has been teaching children a love of dance for 10 years.

    Classes consist of a Brain Dance warm-up, games and stories highlighting the week’s movement concept, practice of dance skills and an ending stretch for cool down and flexibility. Each week we work on an area of focus such as space level, size, balance, directions and spatial relationships. We build on earlier concepts and use familiar games in new ways to explore the movement concepts with a combination of teacher directed and child directed activities.

    Price: $65 per 6-week session

    Preparing for the Not-So-Silent Night Parade

    lantern workshop1

    Making lanterns!

    There will be lots of light at the parade, thanks to these neighborhood lantern-makers. (Flashlights and headlamps are allowed, too). And thanks to Tricky Bunny of the Fremont Arts Council for conducting this fun workshop!

    Tracy of the West Seattle Blog stopped by too, see her pictures and comments here. Thanks Tracy!

    Lantern Making Workshop, Sunday December 27

    The Highland Park Improvement Club is hosting a luminaria (lantern) making workshop on Sunday December 27th from noon until 6:00.  HPIC members, friends and families, and neighbors are welcome to join.  Even if you are not making a lantern, please stop in and say hello to your neighbors!

    Balloon Lanterns
    Visiting artist Tricky Bunny from the Fremont Arts Council will provide instruction on how to make a paper mache lantern.  To make a balloon lantern, please bring:
    — Balloon(s)
    — Tissue paper (colorful tissue paper looks especially pretty)
    — Wire to attach your lantern to a stick or rod
    — Tea candle (the kind where the candle is in a metal cup

    Tricky Bunny will provide Elmer’s wood glue, dry wall paper paste, acrylic medium for paper mache, and a hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks, along with demonstration.  Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting glue or paper mache goop on.  (Also, for gluten allergy sufferers, please note that wallpaper paste contains gluten.)

    Bring snacks to share! Children are welcome.
    For more information, Email HPIC or leave a message at 206-762-9825.

    Dance tonight! and start thinking about New Years Eve!

    New Years Eve: Thurs Dec 31
    Not-So-Silent Night Parade
    meet at 6:30pm HPIC parking lot
    bring drums/pots & pans/tambourines/musical instruments
    followed by
    the Sage Comet fire performance
    HPIC parking lot after the parade, around 7:30pm
    and then the Highland Park House Party at 8pm
    an electronic jukebox with playlists from the neighborhood:
    a guaranteed eclectic assortment that will dance us all into the New Year.
    Plus, gourmet homemade food
    from the neighborhood foodistas!
    $15/person, $5/kids under 12
    and bring dollar bills for the jukebox!

    Dance this Saturday

    The Highland Park Improvement Club Holiday Potluck and Dance is a warm tradition that gathers friends and neighbors to celebrate the season by sharing food and good times, and collecting toys for children and food for the food bank.


    Enjoy dancing and fun with friends old and new.

    And watch for our New Years Eve plans…coming soon! We are planning the Not-So-Silent Night Parade, the Sage Comet fire performance and the Highland Park House Party…a neighborhood jukebox with a playlist that will keep you happy & dancing well into the New Year. Plus, gourmet homemade food from the neighborhood foodistas!