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Zydeco University

April 9–30 Gator Prep Zydeco Dance Workshops

APRIL 9, 16, 23 and 30: Level up your Zydeco dance with Sean “Gator Boy” Donovan & Erika Olsen. Seek that soulful zydeco groove and let the good times roll! We’ll work on fresh footwork, dynamic partner connection, and hot Louisiana-style hips, with emphasis on smooth, contemporary styling, moves and movement. REGISTER: Send payment to Sean Donovan via Venmo @thegatorboy –or– PayPal @thegatorboy, –or– bring check/cash night of (pre-register to save, just email Sean to hold your space). 6:30-8:30pm, Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). Per workshop $35 adv / $40 door • $110 full course (save $30)

4/9 Re-Boot Camp Sweat out the fundamentals and refresh your game
4/16 Footwork & Partnering Add new footwork and feel that partner power
4/23 Movement & Hips Harness those hips and ride, baby
4/30 Attitude & Style Express yourself, and be all you can be

Prerequisite: These workshops are geared to intermediate-level dancers. For April 9 good partner-dance skills will suffice, while for the remaining workshops you’ll need solid Zydeco fundamentals.

Special 2nd Friday Workshop

Fri, April 12 | Zydeco with the CrashDancers

We’ll be focused on new, smooth-style Zydeco for this workshop with the fabulous CrashDancers! It happens 7-9pm at the NVC  Hall (1212 South King Street, Seattle), $15. All are welcome, and this is a very fun, friendly and welcoming group in Seattle’s south end.

3rd Friday Dance

Fri, April 19 Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Revel and dance with lovely partners in joyful community to an extraordinary variety of soulful, groovy sounds with the Gator Boy at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm dance, $10. About the lesson: TBA. Delight in music, community, and unbounded merriment every 1st and 3rd Friday with your DJ, the Gator Boy. Great dancers, super friendly people, a fully-stocked bar and Mike, your stellar bartender. P.S. The Zydeco Locals will NOT be playing this night as previously announced.

1st Friday Dance

Fri, May 3 Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Revel and dance with lovely partners in joyful community to an extraordinary variety of soulful, groovy sounds with the Gator Boy at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm dance, $10. About the lesson: TBA. Delight in music, community, and unbounded merriment every 1st and 3rd Friday with your DJ, the Gator Boy. Great dancers, super friendly people, a fully-stocked bar and Mike, your stellar bartender.

NO JUKE JOINT

Fri, May 10 | NO DANCE

We’ll be in San Diego at Gator by the Bay Festival!

3rd Friday Dance

Fri, May 17 Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Revel and dance with lovely partners in joyful community to an extraordinary variety of soulful, groovy sounds with the Gator Boy at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm dance, $10. About the lesson: TBA. Delight in music, community, and unbounded merriment every 1st and 3rd Friday with your DJ, the Gator Boy. Great dancers, super friendly people, a fully-stocked bar and Mike, your stellar bartender. P.S. The Zydeco Locals will NOT be playing this night as previously announced.

1st Friday Dance

Fri, June 7 Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Revel and dance with lovely partners in joyful community to an extraordinary variety of soulful, groovy sounds with the Gator Boy at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm dance, $10. About the lesson: TBA. Delight in music, community, and unbounded merriment every 1st and 3rd Friday with your DJ, the Gator Boy. Great dancers, super friendly people, a fully-stocked bar and Mike, your stellar bartender.

2nd Friday Night Live

Fri, June 14 | Jo Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks

Jo Miller & Her Burly Roughnecks ride again! We are beside ourself at this news, and hope you can be there for this momentous and much-wished-for occasion! Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm live music, $20. About the lesson: TBA. Stay tuned for more details.

3rd Friday Dance

Fri, June 21 Gator Boy’s Juke Joint

Revel and dance with lovely partners in joyful community to an extraordinary variety of soulful, groovy sounds with the Gator Boy at Eagles Mother Aerie (8201 Lake City Way NE, Seattle). 6:30pm dance lesson (TBA), 7:30-10pm dance, $10. About the lesson: TBA. Delight in music, community, and unbounded merriment every 1st and 3rd Friday with your DJ, the Gator Boy. Great dancers, super friendly people, a fully-stocked bar and Mike, your stellar bartender. P.S. The Zydeco Locals will NOT be playing this night as previously announced.

Zydeco Galore

July 4-7 | Waterfront Blues Festival

Waterfront Blues Festival featuring Lucinda Williams, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Wayne Singleton & Same Ol’ 2 Step, The Daiquiri Queens, Seattle’s own Bayou Envie and more happens in Portland, OR over July 4 weekend. And great news for zydeco fans! The Zydeco Friends Package that includes the Early Bird 4 Day Pass and a discounted Blues Cruise ticket are on sale. The Zydeco Friends Package includes: 4-Day General Admission pass, Blues Cruise ticket (guarantee your spot on the Friday, July 5 Bayou Blues Cruise from 3-5pm), and discounted pricing: $139, plus fees. To purchase: Visit the WBF ticketing site here and enter promo code ZydecoFriends24 in the “Time to Choose Your Tickets” promo code box. Once the promo code has been applied, the secret Ticket Bundle named Zydeco Friends Package will become visible at the top of the list of 4-Day passes. Add tickets to your cart, and confirm your ticket selection reads Zydeco Friends Package to ensure you’re getting the special deal. See you there!

Live from Louisiana!

Fri, July 26 | Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Curley Taylor’s comin’ back to town! Aurora Borealis (16708 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline), details coming soon…