From Tango for Beginners to Velocity's Dance Syndrome

Dance: Move it.

Send dance listings two weeks in advance to & EventsEmerald City Contra Dance Participatory dance (all dances taught, no partner necessary) to the strains of fiddle/banjo/mandolin trio Riff Raff. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 440-9839, $4-$7. Beginners at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 5.Greenlake Folk Dancers Balkan line and circle dances (partners not required). Instruction at 7:30 p.m. for $10, social dance 8:30 p.m. for $5. VFW Hall, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 325-7668, Fri. Jan. 5.NorthWest Dance Syndrome A triptych: the premiere of Red Tent, set to percussion, didgeridoo, and vocals; Jill Leversee's re:Collect(ed); and the politically charged Americanism. Velocity MainSpace Theater, 915 E. Pine St., $10-$12. 8 p.m. Fri. Jan. 5 & 12, Sat. Jan. 6 & 13.Love Lessons If you're a fan of "the nightclub scene" in all those old movies, the one where couples in elegant evening clothes sit at little round tables next to the dance floor watching the show before they get up to rhumba, you can indulge your fantasy at the Century Ballroom—they provide dinner and dancing, with the show in between. "Love Lessons," the part in the middle, "explores the journey of a love relationship" with plenty of salsa, tango, and swing involved. Come early for a three-course dinner, stay later for a mini-lesson and open dancing, and be sure to wear something that looks good in glorious black and white. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 324-7263, Dinner 6 p.m., cabaret 7:30, lessons 9:15 p.m, free dance 9:45 p.m. $25 without dinner, $60 with. Under 21: $20 cabaret, $55 with dinner (no lessons). Saturdays through Jan. 27. SANDRA KURTZPeking Acrobats SEE THE WIRE, SATURDAY.Club Tango Participatory dance to the strains of the sextet Diamante, with tango, milonga, and vals lessons at 8 p.m. Washington Dance Club, 1017 Stewart St. Lesson $10, dance $10, $15 for both. 9 p.m. Sat. Jan. 6.Argentine Tango Class "For absolute beginners," says the press release. Tony Fan and Ilana Rubin will help turn your second left foot aright. No partners required. Greenwood Senior Activity Center, 525 N. 85th St., 781-9553, $75 for eight classes, 7 p.m. Tues. Jan. 9-Feb. 27.

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