Salmon Bay Eagles

Come dance in 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 the sandwich sign on the sidewalk, and go in the door that offers nothing but stairs going up, just to the right of 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.

There's street parking all around; you may have to walk a block or two. There's also a pay lot next door to SBE, and the Swedish Ballard Garage is right in back of SBE at 5300 Tallman Ave NW (street view). SBE is well served by transit.

A history in venues

It all started January 7, 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, then to the Lake City Community Center in January 2008. There were workshops and occasional dances at SBE beginning in 2010, and in January 2018 the dance itself moved in.

Waltz etcetera has always been a dance for experienced dancers. The original idea, hatched in the fall of 1998, was a practice session for dancers who loved to waltz, so at first it was just waltzes; that got old fast. Once the etcetera part was added, a real dance was born, going strong ever since.

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