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3. Dances & Events (Northwest)

4. Dances & Events (National)

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1. ONGOING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle) top



  • Cajun Jam Sessions at various locations. Dancers and listeners welcome. To get on the mailing list and for questions, email Katherine.

2. UPCOMING DANCES & EVENTS (Seattle Area) top

Sat, Sep.29 | Swamp Soul
Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $15. Dance class with MaryLee Lykes 7:15pm, dance 8-11pm, Full bar.

Sunday, Sep.30 | Zydeco Fundamentals Workshop
Nancy Fry & Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan team up for a Sunday night workshop, Zydeco Fundamentals, 6-8pm at the Swedish Club (1920 Dexter Ave N). All ages, no partner necessary, description as follows: Dive into the soulful and happy Zydeco groove, and let the good times roll! We’ll work on footwork, partnering basics, connection, and hot Louisiana-style moves. Come experience the incredible joie de vivre of this fabulously funky music and dance. Click for more info and registration.

Fridays, Oct.5, 12, & 19 | Swing at CrashDance Fridays
Sean "Gator Boy" Donovan teaches three successive Fridays of Swing dance for the CrashDancers, St Peter's Episcopal Church (1610 S King St), Lesson 6:30-8pm, Dancing 8-9pm, $10 Adults/$5 Seniors 70+. A fun-loving and welcoming group, open to all and no partner necessary. Focus is Bandstand Swing, description as follows: Reaching across generations, this sultry East Coast Swing styling is as fresh and fun to dance today as it was on Dick Clark's American Bandstand in the 1950s. Perfect for slower, swingin’ tunes, the focus is on sweeping hip movement and nimble footwork. Bandstand is a must for your Swing repertoire – still widely practiced, and it just plain looks and feels cool! We’ll start with a review of East Coast Swing basics, then develop Bandstand movement and learn to incorporate it in our Swing dancing.

3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Oct.19 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint
Gator Boy's Juke Joint (every 3rd Friday!): Special guest this month! Live music with Brian Lee & the Orbiters at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $15. This band knows how to have a good time, and they swing like the dickens! With a talented quintet including saxophonist Mike Marinig, you can expect blues, Latin, and other super interesting rhythms from them as well. All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news, dance and music videos, and other cool content.

Nov.1-4 | Seabeck Dance Camp (Seabeck, WA)
NW Dance Network presents: Two live bands plus dance workshops in West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Blues, Foxtrot, Western Swing, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and possibly more with Guy Caridi, Nancy Fry, Sean Donovan, Scot McKay, Wren Newman, Dean Paton, Janice Eklund, John Lozano, and Winfield Hobbs. Registration and more info here.

Nov.4 | Louisianathon
Save the date for the 15th Annual Louisianathon at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 1:30-8:30pm, $15. Six live bands and more. Visit the Louisianathon GoFundMe site to help bring a Louisiana band up as well.

3rd Friday Dance
Fri, Nov.16 | Gator Boy's Juke Joint
Gator Boy's Juke Joint (every 3rd Friday!) at the Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE), 8-11pm, $10. Dance lesson 7:15pm. This month's lesson: TBA. 3rd Friday dances continue with blues, swing, zydeco, Cajun, Country, waltz, cha cha cha and more with your host, the Gator Boy, spinning tunes from far and wide to pleasure your dancing. Yeah, you right. Full bar, great dance floor! All ages 'til 10pm. Like our Gator Boy Productions page on FB and get all the latest news, dance and music videos, and other cool content.

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          Portland, OR • Wednesdays
Cascade Zydeco's Weekly Zydeco Lesson and CD dance; check their website for location and times.
          Portland, OR • 1st Friday Roland and Janine host a "Zydeco Social" at Viscount Dance Studios, 7:30-10:30pm, $5. Dance lesson and a nice relaxed evening of zydeco dancing. Roland and Janine are happy to offer assistance if you want to work on your styling.
          Vancouver, WA • Sundays Zydeco at Dodge City Bar & Grill, hosted by Penny and Phil 7-9pm. All ages.
          Eugene, OR • Dancing at Diablo's Downtown Lounge on Wednesdays, free, Cajun/Zydeco lesson 7-8pm, dancing 8-10pm; for more info contact S
cott at bonci@nu-world.com

4. DANCES & EVENTS (National) top

Also, see links to other Cajun/Zydeco calendars around the nation.



Gator Boy Productions
Ongoing classes and private lessons with the Gator Boy! Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Country, Swing, Waltz and more. Click here for more info.

Lykes to Dance (MaryLee Lykes, 425.678.8300)
Classes ongoing with MaryLee Lykes, a Seattle icon and dancer extraordinaire!

For additional local Cajun/Zydeco information, see the Gator Boy's HOT LINKS


The mission of Gator Boy Productions and the Seattle Zydeco Events Network (Seattle ZEN) is to promote Zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana cultural and music events in and around Seattle by providing regular, accurate, and comprehensive information in an effort to continually expand and energize Seattle's Cajun/Zydeco community.

This service is provided by Sean Donovan and Gator Boy Productions.