Dance Port Townsend (and Area) Calendar

(Recurring events, such as lesson series or regularly recurring dances are events are listed at the end of this calendar. If it’s been some time since a post was made, please go to the referenced source to ensure the event has not been cancelled or changed.)

DANCE COMMENTS

The Port Townsend American Legion is putting on two dances in May: Jean Lenke on 21 May and the Elderberries on 28 May (see full details below). A contribution is suggested at the door so the Legion can keep paying bands and putting on dances. Also, Rita Hubbard is teaching line dance lessons on Fridays from 7 to 8 PM (except for 20 May) as a benefit for Rhody festivals. A contribution of $5 is suggested. (Entry updated 17 May)

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DANCE CALENDAR

Tango Class for 17 May is cancelled.
Per a 16 May evening email from the organizers: “Tango Class tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17 is cancelled due to a steep spike in local Covid Cases.” The message goes on to say that “at this time we plan to resume class NEXT Tuesday, May 24!” 
The 6-week series of lessons usually occur from 6-7 PM ($10 per class) on Tuesdays at the Masonic Lodge, 1338 Jefferson Street (across the street from the post office) in Port Townsend.
— entry updated 17 Apr. 2022 at 6:42 a.m.

16-22 May 2022         Rhody Week
“2022 Rhody Week events include the Trike Races on Wednesday, the Pet Parade on Thursday, the Kid’s Parade on Friday afternoon, the Bed Races and the Hair/Beard Contest on Friday evening, and the Grand Parade on Saturday. As recently announced, the Rhody Run, which is a separate organization’s event, will be held on Sunday [22 May]. The Rhody Association is working with event sponsors, as well as the Elks and Kiwanis clubs, to add food events again this year.”
⸺ source: Business Insider, p. 5 (by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce), an April 2022 insert to the 30 Mar. 2022 edition of The Leader

20 May 2022 (Friday) Bremerton Elks, Randy Litch provides dance music.
Music starts at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover. Reservations are required.
⸺ source: Bremerton Elks newsletter, https://www.elks.org/lodges/NewsStory.cfm?StoryID=118899&LodgeNumber=1181 (accessed 4 May 2022)

21 May 2022 (Sat.) Jean Lenke Jazz Dance Band at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
(Jean contributed to part of this clip.)

Next week is Rhody Fest in Port Townsend! Come celebrate with us after Saturdays Parade!

Saturday May 21st, 6-9 pm
Jean Lenke Jazz Dance Band!
American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26
209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend WA

Come to Dance. Come to Listen. Come with Friends! Make new ones!

The Band ~ Jean Lenke Vocals, Jim Cochran, Keys, Jaymes Dunlap, Bass, Aaron Hennings, Drums & Cam McMinn, Sax etc… will be playing a mix of Classic Jazz Swing & Latin with danceable tempos, some Blues & some more Groovy music.

NO COVER
The American Legion is open to the public on 21 May as part of Rhody Fest.

For more details about the Jean Lenke Jazz Dance Band, please go to her sites at webpage www.jeantherapymusic.com; Facebook www.fb.com/JeanLenkeMusic;
(entry updated 16 May 2022)

21 May 2022  USA Dance Kitsap (Bremerton) presents: “Starry Nights”

* * * Change of Venue Announcement!
The downtown Bremerton Masonic Hall was double booked, so on 17 May, USA Dance Kitsap was forced to move this 21 May 2022 dance from its usual location in the Masonic Hall in downtown Bremerton to the Masonic Hall in Manette (which also has a Bremerton mailing address) * * *

(In accordance with State and County regulations, mask wearing will be optional.)
Date: Saturday May 21, 2022
Complementary Lesson: 7-8 pm, West Coast Swing
Lesson and Music provided by DJ Extraordinaire: Terry West
Open Dancing 8-10:30 pm
Location: MANETTE MASONIC HALL, 1020 PERRY AVENUE, BREMERTON Parking available next door at Derblokken Brewery (which will be closed then)
Costs: Members – $10     Non-members – $15
Students (with ID) – $5

For your comfort, as you check in, we will be providing a red/green dot. You may choose to use them as follows:
Green dot – you are happy to dance with anyone.
Red dot – you only want to dance with the person you came with
⸺ source: updated on 18 May 2022 to account for recent USA Dance Kitsap change-of-venue emails. Also see USA Dance Kitsap’s website at http://www.usadancekitsap.org/

22 May 2022 (Sunday) “Bread & Gravy” band at the Sequim Elks
Band: Quintet that plays Americana, Blues, and Rock & Soul
When:6-8:30 pm
Cost: $10 Elks, $12 Guests 
⸺ source: https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=2642 (accessed 4 May 2022)

27 May 2022 Swing Dancing at Manresa Castle
Doors open at 6pm. Instruction will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, then dancing till 9pm.  $10 cover for the class.   – source: https://www.thecastleinpt.com/events1/2022/5/27/swing-dance  (accessed 22 Apr. 2022)

28 May 2022 (Sat.)     “Elderberries” at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
What: dance to the music of the Elderberries band
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
Cost: There is no cover charge for Legion dances, but a contribution at the door is recommended so the Legion can pay bands/DJs and host dances.
⸺ source: Legion dance planners, 28 Apr. 2022. Entry updated 4 May 2022

4 and 5 June 2022 Port Townsend Ballet presents Peter Pan
     and a showcase of jazz, tap, lyrical, acro, & modern dance
When:
 – 4 June 2022 (Sat.), 1 PM and 5 PM
–  5 June 2022 (Sun.), 1 PM
Tickets $10
Where: Port Townsend High School
— flyer seen 3 May 2022

6, 13, 20, and 27 June 2022  East Coast Swing Lessons, Monday nights at USA Dance Kitsap (Bremerton)
What: 4 weeks of dance lessons starting Monday, June 6, 2022, at 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Lee Barton will be teaching East Coast Swing. This will be a beginner series of this fun dance. East Coast Swing can be danced to so many different songs. Once you learn this rhythm, you will be on the dance floor all evening long!

Location: Bremerton Masonic Hall, 878 5th St, Bremerton WA
Costs: Members – $40 (includes all 4 lessons)
Non-member – $50
Drop in – $15 per lesson
⸺ source: 17 May 2022 draft flyer for USA Dance Kitsap

11 June 2022 (Sat.)         Bad Dogg Blues at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
What: Dance to the music of Bad Dogg Blues
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
Cost: There is no cover charge for Legion dances, but a contribution at the door is recommended so the Legion can pay bands/DJs and host dances.
⸺ source: Legion dance planners, 28 Apr. 2022. Entry updated 4 May.

11 and 12 June 2022. Tres Tangos dancing exhibitions at Fort Worden’s JFK Hall
Tickets can be obtained at brownpapertickets.com/event/5412532
$20 in advance, $25 or pay what you can at the door for any remaining available tickets.
⸺ details at Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader, 6 Apr. 2022, Print, B3.

12-19 June 2022: Victorian Steampunk Festival at the American Legion
⸺ source: AL calendar, https://mgshieldspost26.org/calendar/ (accessed 21 Mar. 2022)

Will a Steam Punk Ball occur in June 2022? Don’t know yet (MRM).

18 June 2022 USA Dance Kitsap (Bremerton) presents: “Swing Into Summer”
(In accordance with State and County regulations, mask wearing will be optional.)
Date: Saturday June 18, 2022
Complementary Lesson: 7-8 p.m., West Coast Swing
Lesson and Music provided by DJ Extraordinaire: Terry West
Open Dancing 8-10:30 p.m.
Location: Bremerton Masonic Hall, 878 5th St, Bremerton WA
Costs: Members – $10     Non-members – $15    Students (with ID) – $5
For your comfort, as you check in, we will be providing a red/green dot. You may choose

to use them as follows:
Green dot – you are happy to dance with anyone.
Red dot – you only want to dance with the person you came with
⸺ source: draft flyer for USA Dance Kitsap, 17 May. 2022. Also see USA Dance Kitsap’s website at http://www.usadancekitsap.org/

24 June 2022 (Fri.)   Sound Advice dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
What: Dance to the music of Sound Advice
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
Cost: There is no cover charge for Legion dances, but a contribution at the door is recommended so the Legion can pay bands/DJs and host dances.
⸺ source: Legion dance planners, 28 Apr. 2022.

1 July 2022  Honky-Tonk Polka Dot Dance at Fort Worden
Wear your polka dots.
When: 1 July 2022, 8 p.m.
Where: USO Hall Building, Fort Worden
(with a beer garden and a nice wooden dance floor)
     [Note: I presume that this wording “USO” means that it is the USO dance hall building near the Northwest Art Center and the Madrona Center rather than the JFK dance hall building near Alexander’s Castle.   MRM]

Featuring Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms Country Band and faculty cameos

Tickets: $15  (sold at the door only).
     [Note: I’m not sure what this means since the flyer also says that tickets can be obtained online at centrum.org or by calling.  800-746-1982.]
⸺ source: flyer seen Apr. 2022

9 Jul. 2022 Potluck BBQ and Honky Tonk Dance at the PT American Legion Ballroom
This will be a big event. American Legion motorcycle riders will be riding in for this event.
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
— source: https://mgshieldspost26.org/calendar/ (accessed 29 Apr. 2022)

3-10 July 2022 Centrum’s Fiddle Tunes
⸺ source: https://centrum.org/festival-of-american-fiddle-tunes-the-workshop/ (accessed 30 Mar. 2022)

25-28 July 2022 Wild Child Art Summer Camp at the American Legion
⸺ source: AL calendar, https://mgshieldspost26.org/calendar/ (accessed 21 Mar. 2022)

29-30 Jul. 2022  The weekend of Centrum’s Jazz Port Townsend event
⸺ source: The Leader, 23 Mar. 2022, Print, A1.

6-7 Aug. 2022  The weekend of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival
⸺ source: The Leader, 23 Mar. 2022, Print, A1. 

26-28 Aug. 2022         The Thing, at Fort Worden
⸺ source: https://thingnw.org/ (accessed 21 Mar. 2022)

2 SEP. 2022 BALLROOM DANCE (“ballroom dance” means variety) AT THE PT AMERICAN LEGION DANCE HALL
What: a work in progress. To be designed by the Port Townsend dance community.
When: 6-7 p.m. lesson, 7 to 9:30 p.m. dances
     Ballroom dances will be held Sep. 2022 through May 2023 on the first Friday of each month—with these exception: For Oct. 2022 the dance will be on the 2nd Friday (14 Oct.) and for Nov. 2022 the dance will be on the 3rd Friday (18 Oct.)
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
Cost: By donation. Your donation enables the Legion to book bands, DJs, and instructors.
Band or DJ: TBD
Dress: nice casual

Discussion: For the purposes of this website, ballroom dance means variety.
The word “ballroom” scares some people whose experience with it is the exhibition-style that’s done on TV shows like Dancing with the Stars or American Idol, or the competition dance they see on U-tube.
Social ballroom dancing (which is the majority of ballroom dancing done around the United States), in contrast, is for fun, relaxed, social interaction, and all levels and styles of dancer are present.
     What’s a good social ballroom dance night? When the band/DJ plays a variety of danceable music rhythms and tempos: East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, night club two step, waltz, rumba, cha-cha, foxtrot, country two step, hustle, tango–and of course, “wiggle dancing.”
That’s our goal for ballroom -dance-designated nights: to book bands and DJs that play variety so that people can dance all flavors and stay on the floor all night if they want.
⸺ source: Legion dance planners, 28 Apr. 2022.

4-6 Sep. 2022 Port Townsend Woodworkers Show at the PT American Legion
⸺ source: https://mgshieldspost26.org/calendar/ (accessed 29 Apr. 2022)

6 SEP. 2022  TUESDAY NIGHT BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS START
What: A work in progress to be designed by the Port Townsend dance community.
When: lessons on the first four Tuesdays for each month, Sept. 2022 through May 2023, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. lesson,  open practice from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
Instructor: TBD
Dance Lesson Style: TBD
Cost: TBD.
⸺ source: Legion dance planners, 28 Apr. 2022.

9 Sep. 2022 (Fri.) Country Dancing at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
Country Dancing with Jill, Kevin & the Other Guys
When: Fri, September 9, 2022, 5:30pm – 9:15pm
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
⸺ source: https://mgshieldspost26.org/calendar/ (accessed 29 Apr. 2022)

                        9-11 Sep. 2022 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival
⸺ source: https://woodenboat.org/ (accessed 21 Mar. 2022) and
The Leader, 23 Mar. 2022, Print, A1.

17 Sep. 2022 (Sat.)   Sound Advice dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
What: Dance to the music of Sound Advice
When: 6-9 p.m.
Where: American Legion Dance Hall, Memorial Post 26, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend
Cost: There is no cover charge for Legion dances, but a contribution at the door is recommended so the Legion can pay bands/DJs and host dances.
⸺ source: Legion dance planners, 28 Apr. 2022.

14 Oct. 2022 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall


1-8 Nov. 2022 PT Woodworkers Show
⸺ source: https://www.splintergroup.org/ (accessed 21 Mar. 2022)

11 Nov. 2022 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
2 Dec. 2022 Ballroom Dance (a holiday dance) at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
31 Dec. 2022 New Year’s Eve dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
13 Jan. 2023 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
3 Feb. 2023 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
3 Mar. 2023 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
7 Apr. 2023 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall
5 May 2023 Ballroom Dance at the PT American Legion Dance Hall

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RECURRING DANCES AND LESSONS

Port Townsend

Tango Lessons on Tuesdays started 10 May.
[Note: Tango Lessons for 17 May were cancelled due to a rise in COVID cases. At this time (17 May) they’re expected to resume 24 May.]
When: every Tuesday lessons, 6-7 PM
6-week series. Music and practice follows the lessons.
Where: Masonic Lodge, 1338 Jefferson Street (across the street from the post office), Port Townsend
Cost: $10 per class
No experience or partner necessary
360-301-5909 for more information
⸺ source: emails from the organizers; this entry updated 17 May 2022, 6:42 AM.

6, 13, and 27 May Friday Line Dance Lessons at the Port Townsend American Legion
When: 7 to 8 p.m.
All are invited. A contribution of $5 is suggested. The proceeds will be used for this year’s and subsequent years’ Rhody Festivals.
     ⸺ source: 25 Apr. email from Rita Hubbard, the instructor. Entry updated 29 Apr. 2022

Too Hot for Socks swing dancing at Manresa Castle
Frequently scheduled swing dances that are preceded by a swing dance lesson.
Note: The dance floor at Manresa is small and sometimes the dancing is vigorous, but the evening is fun.
For current information, please go to https://www.thecastleinpt.com/events

Hilltop Tavern dancing sometimes
Where: The Hilltop Tavern, 2510 W Sims Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368
(360) 385-0101 https://www.hilltoptavernpt.com/  
No new events posted as of 18 May 2022

Line Dancing lessons every Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, Port Townsend.
The Masonic Lodge is the big building behind the post office.
Instructor: Vickie Townsend. Cost: $10.
(entry updated 16 May 2022)

Sequim

Sequim Elks Dances occur about every other Sunday
(See this calendar for specific dates or go to the source listed below.)
Time: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 Elks, $12 Guests
— source: Sequim Elks calendar, https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=2642 (accessed 7 Apr. 2022)

Line Dancing at the Sequim Elks, 9 – 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday
Cost?
⸺ source: https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=2642
then go to “Calendar.” (last accessed 7 Apr. 2022)

Kitsap Peninsula

2, 9, 16, and 23 May 2022 USA Dance Kitsap’s (Bremerton) Monday salsa lessons
Four weeks of Monday-night dance lessons starting 2 May 2022 from 6:30 to 7:30pm. No lesson on 30 May.
Instructor: Christine Luders
Location: Bremerton Masonic Hall, 878 5th St, Bremerton
Costs: USA Dance member – $40 (includes all 4 lessons)
Non-member – $50    
Drop in – $15 per lesson   Student (with ID) – $5 per lesson
⸺ source:    http://www.usadancekitsap.org/ (last accessed 18 May 2022)

Bremerton Elks
Tea Dances with live music are held on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of every month at 12:30–3:30 pm. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  $5 cover charge.
About every other Friday night dances with music starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.
⸺ source: https://www.elks.org/lodges/NewsStory.cfm?StoryID=118899&LodgeNumber=1181 (accessed 3 May 2022)

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