Now that the weather is crap, and will continue be crap until June, I feel a need to find a replacement for fun outdoor activities so I won't be sitting around all winter in a haze of seasonal depression. That's why I have started going to Salsa night at Century Ballroom.
From what I can tell, there is a pretty big Salsa scene in Seattle. I am a complete ignoramus about the whole scene, but I can tell you that the few times I have gone Salsa dancing I have had a blast. I have danced with many very patient dance partners who have been kind enough to help me learn to dance. Patient and friendly dance partners are key to having a good time dancing, and Salsa night at the Century has plenty of those kind souls.
Salsa night at the Century Ballroom is every Thursday night for $7. There is a 30 minute beginner lesson at 9pm, and then they have open dance from 9:30pm - 1:15am. I have also been to Bachata night at Halo on Wednesday nights, which is pretty low key, and it's a good place to practice Bachata.
I found a great website for Salsa in Seattle that lists many many different places to go dancing and learn how to dance. I have discovered that it doesn't really matter if you have a partner, there is always someone who will dance with you. I definitely recommend checking it out.
Apparently, the original headliners for FreqOUT, LYNX & Jamie Janover, had to cancel, but my friend m.0 has stepped up to take their place. More details about this Saturday's FreqOUT party on m.0's blog.
In the meantime, if you're looking for something fun to do in Seattle this weekend:
- Shoreline Solarfest
- Bite of Seattle (not my favorite festival, but if you're in the neighborhood it might be fun to check out. Free admission.)
- SeaFair Indian Days Pow Wow
Century Ballroom has all sorts of different dance nights for straight people, too. I randomly stumbled in there a couple of Thursdays ago for salsa night. My friends and I were walking around Capitol Hill one night and we passed by Century Ballroom. We heard the lively music and we just had to check it out. That night I attempted to salsa dance with a very patient stranger who probably had very bruised toes the next day from me stepping on them repeatedly. The best part of salsa night at Century Ballroom was there were a lot of available dance partners. I have gone to swing dance events in the past where they claimed "no partner needed" but everyone else came with a partner and I did, in fact, need a partner. I was pleased to discover there was no need to bring a dance partner to Century Ballroom for their salsa night.