Salmon Bay Eagles

My 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 my 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

The first Waltz etcetera was Thursday 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; the night got switched to Monday. In January 2008 to the Lake City Community Center. In 2010 I started putting on workshops and occasional dances at Salmon Bay Eagles, and in January 2018 I moved the dance itself there.

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; the dances that Walter & Nancyanna were putting on just didn't have enough waltzes. At first, Waltz etcetera was all waltzes; that got old really fast. When the etcetera part got added, a real dance was born, going strong ever since.

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