Waltz etcetera is a mixed dance for experienced partner dancers, since 1999. We dance in the upstairs ballroom at Salmon Bay Eagles, 5216 20th Ave NW in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. It's a hidden treasure of a venue with a gorgeous old maple dance floor in excellent condition. I play about half waltzes & waltzable blues, and half a mix of swing, blues, nightclub 2-step, tango, etcetera. 7pm, $10
I prefer dancing to music I know well most of the time. New music can be exciting but it's always iffy; it's much harder to connect deeply and musically with my partner to unfamiliar music. New tunes can spice things up, and that's how new favorites emerge, but a good cook adds spice judiciously. I think the best dance is mostly deeply familiar tunes, so that's what I serve up. Great music is Waltz etcetera's core claim to fame and the secret of my staying power, now in my 20th year of DJing for partner dancers every week.
Waltz etcetera is dedicated to connection. Connecting is one of life's great treasures, perhaps the greatest, and any two people can connect if both of them want to. The more two people want to connect, the more they work on that connection, the deeper it gets.
Partner dancers connect briefly with many different partners, and dancers seeking depth focus on those relatively few partners where connecting is natural & easy, inviting greater depth. People we connect deeply with become our dance friends. As we find dance friends and cultivate deeper connections with them, dancing becomes more & more a playground for deep play: exploring and deepening the connections we've made with our friends.