Salmon Bay Eagles

Our venue is the warm, intimate, quirky upstairs ballroom at Salmon Bay Eagles (SBE), 5216 20th Ave NW in old town Ballard; the sign outside says FOE (Fraternal Order of Eagles). Look for our sandwich sign on the sidewalk, and go in the door that offers nothing but stairs going up, not the door heading into the bar downstairs. The ballroom floor is gorgeous old maple, fast and very easy on feet, knees etc. You'll love it.

You can find street parking nearby if you're willing to walk a few blocks, plus there's a pay lot next door to SBE, and the Swedish Hospital parking garage (also pay) is right in back of SBE across the street; enter the garage on Tallman Ave. SBE is very well served by transit.

Venues & history

The first Waltz etcetera took place in January 1999 in the Phinney Neighborhood Center. In February 1999 the dance moved to the Civetta dance space, by the old Leilani Lanes. In mid-2001 it was on to the Richmond Masonic Center, right behind Freddy's in Shoreline, and in January 2008 to the Lake City Community Center. In 2010 Waltz etcetera workshops and occasional dances started happening at Salmon Bay Eagles, and in January 2018 Waltz etcetera itself moved there, and Alternative night was added as a second weekly dance.

Waltz etcetera has always been a dance for experienced dancers. The original idea, which we hatched in the fall of 1998, was a practice session for dancers who loved to waltz; the dances that Walter & Nancyanna were putting on just didn't have enough waltzes to suit us. We started out playing just waltzes; that got old really fast. We added the etcetera part and we had us a dance, going strong ever since.

We didn't teach classes at first; that was never part of our original idea. But people saw us doing things they wanted to learn and asked for classes, so in the fall of 1999 we put on our first class, Intermediate Turning Waltz. For well over 15 years we taught ONLY intermediate and above, no beginning. We referred beginners to other teachers.

Waltz etcetera continues to be a dance for experienced dancers, and adventurous beginners are always welcome.

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