International Performers to Participatory Swing

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  Send dance listings two weeks in advance to dance@seattleweekly.comPerformances & EventsShen Wei Dance Arts SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.Taylor 2 Dance Company SEE THE WIRE, THURSDAY.Carmona Flamenco A cabaret of flamenco music and dance, with guest artist Ana Montes. Cafe Solstice, 4116 University Way N.E., 932-4067, $15. 8 p.m. Sat. Jan. 20. Contact Improvisation K.J. Holmes's weeklong workshop ("improvising and partnering based on the physics of touch, weight, balance, momentum, stillness, flow and resistance") culminates in a public performance, on a bill shared with other local dance improvisers. Velocity Main Space Theater, 915 E. Pine St., 2nd floor, 686-7323, $12-$15. 8 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21. 12 Minutes Max Dance, mostly, in this recurring performance showcase (curated this time by Paige Barnes and Mikhail Kaschock), but also spoken word, animation, and an installation in the lobby. Studio Theater, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 217-9888, $7. 7 p.m. Sun. Jan. 21-Mon. Jan. 22.Soapbox Spectrum Dance Theater celebrates freedom of speech with an interactive performance in Westlake Park. In a danced variation of London's Speaker's Corner, the Spectrum performers will translate cues from passersby into a kinetic statement, with the public commentary serving as an impromptu soundtrack. Part of King County 4 Culture's site-specific programming. Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., 325-4616, Free. Noon, Tues. Jan. 23. Classes & ParticipatoryEmerald City Contra Dance Participatory dance (all dances taught, no partner necessary) to the strains of fiddle/piano/mandolin trio Bag of Tricks. Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 440-9839, $4-$7. Beginners at 7 p.m., dance at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 19.Greenlake Folk Dancers Balkan line and circle dances (partners not required). No instruction this week; social dance time only. VFW Hall, 7220 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., 325-7668, $5. 8:30 p.m. Fri. Jan. 19.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 KURTZSunday Swing! Basic lesson at 3 p.m., workshop with the pros at 4, open dance at 6. Alki Masonic Temple, 4736 40th Ave. S.W., 935-4598. Dance only $5-$7, with lesson $15-$20. Sun. Jan. 21.Gypsie Nation "Freestyle participatory rituals intended to bring healing, as well as honor the ancestral spirits and the Earth. Supported by a wild tapestry of ancient and modern tribal music." Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center, 6535 Ravenna Ave. N.E., 216-1722, $9 (under 13 free). 11 a.m. Sun. Jan. 21.Century Ballroom Monthly afternoon dance socials, every fourth Wednesday, with the Ham Carson Quartet. Century Ballroom, 915 E. Pine St., 325-2576, $10-$15. 1 p.m. Wed. Jan. 24.

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