Maia Santell & House Blend Play for OPD at the Port Townsend Elks April 18th sticky icon

Fri, 18-Apr-2014, 7:00 pm
Elks Lodge #317
555 Otto Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Sweet, sassy and satisfying dance music is on tap Friday, April 18 at the Port Townsend Elks with a visit from Tacoma's Maia Santell & House Blend. The dance, sponsored by Olympic Peninsula Dance, welcomes both singles and couples.

Maia SantellOn vocals, Santell's powerful voice -- compared to Bonnie Raitt -- is bold, playful and full of confidence. She's known as "an entertainer's entertainer," delivering songs with a style that's dynamic and full of musical joy.

Backing up Santell, House Blend's guitar, saxophone, bass and drums represent a who's who of Northwest jazz and blues royalty. These seasoned musicians appeal to all age audiences, and dancers are especially enthused by their mix of styles. For more than two decades Santell and House Blend have been favorites around the Pacific Northwest at nightclubs, casinos, festivals, dances, cruises, and special events.

The group performs a mix of jazz, blues, swing, Latin, rhythm and blues, big band hits and contemporary favorites, with a repertoire featuring the best in popular dance music from the 1940's through the 1990's. Maia Santell and House Blend's playlist reflects songs made famous by such artists as Duke Ellington, Etta James, B.B. King, Billie Holiday, Brooks and Dunn, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Billie Holiday, Eric Clapton, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Patsy Cline, Wilson Pickett, Fats Domino and Peggy Lee, to name a few. For more information, sound bites and videos, see: www.MaiaSantell.com.

There will be a free (with admission) Foxtrot workshop with Carol Hathaway at 7:00 pm.  Experienced dancers are encouraged to come help beginners. No partner or registration is necessary.

This is a smoke-free dance open to all ages.

Admission: Adults $15; disabled or student with school ID $10; age 12 and under $7.

For more information, call (360) 385-5327.

Roberto Villamarin Teaches a Series of Workshops in Port Townsend Starting April 12th

Sat, 3-May-2014, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat, 7-Jun-2014, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Madrona MindBody Institute
310 Fort Worden Way Building 310
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Roberto Villamarin will be coming back to the Penninsula to teach a series of workshops starting April 12th.  Those of you who have worked with Roberto in the past know that he is a very knowledgeable dancer and an effective teacher who is particularly good at tuning lessons to the needs and abilities of the class.

Cheri Van Hoover has passed along the schedule for the this first series of workshops, which will take place at Madrona Mind Body at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.   More may follow later in the year, if previous years are any guide.

The Upstage Presents the Joe Louis Walker Band at the Highway 20 Roadhouse April 19th

Sat, 19-Apr-2014, 8:00 pm
Highway Twenty Roadhouse
2152 W. Sims Way
Port Townsend, WA 98368

From James Lindquist on Behalf of the Upstage:

The Upstage presents Joe Louis Walker Band

Rockin' Blues Sat. Apr. 19 8:00pm

$30 ($25 'Dancer Discount')

Reservations: 360-385-2216

In 2013, The Blues Foundation inducted Joe Louis Walker into the Blues Hall of Fame as one the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll and passionate blues.

Samba and Quickstep Classes Start at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall April 22nd

Tue, 22-Apr-2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 29-Apr-2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 6-May-2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue, 13-May-2014, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (some future dates hidden)
Sequim Prairie Grange Hall
290 Macleay Rd
Sequim, WA 98382

Tuesday Ballroom Dance Classes

A cadre of dance teachers will continue ballroom lessons this season. They are: Carol Hathaway, Michael Clemens, Darlene Clemens and Steve Johnson. Derek and Pam (teachers emeritus) will be “sometimes available” – at their convenience” – to teach both the teachers and the students. If possible, we will also include guest teachers.

Floating Otis at the Port Townsend Elks April 25th

Fri, 25-Apr-2014, 7:30 pm
Elks Lodge #317
555 Otto Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Playing early 60s through 80s+ music, from Martha Reeves to Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt, Beatles, Stones, Cream, Van Morrison, Springsteen, Pretenders, Talking Heads, and a number of others.

Floating Otis

Whozymama at the Quimper Grange April 26th

Sat, 26-Apr-2014, 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Quimper Grange #720
1219 Corona Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

From Jeannette Wilson:

We're hoping you're all ready for some fun because Whozyamama will be here!

They'll have a wonderful blend of Cajun, Creole & Zydeco providing great listening & dancing music.

1219 Corona - Quimper Grange

Jack will give a dance lesson at 7:00 followed by live music & dance until 10:30.

Family friendly with a $12 cover for adults.

Snacks are appreciated.

Hope to see you all there!

May 24th, featured band The New Iberians

September 27th, featured band Swamp Soul

Cheri Van Hoover and Doug Groenig Teach East Coast Swing at the Quimper Grange Beginning May 1st

Thu, 1-May-2014, 7:00 pm
Thu, 8-May-2014, 7:00 pm
Thu, 15-May-2014, 7:00 pm
Thu, 22-May-2014, 7:00 pm (some future dates hidden)
Quimper Grange #720
1219 Corona Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

From Cheri Van Hoover:

For the Summer - Intro to Partner Dancing

Every Thursday (Beginning May 1st)

Lesson: 7-8 PM

Practice: 8-9 PM

Place: Quimper Grange,

1219 Corona St., Port Townsend


May - East Coast Swing

June - Country Two-Step

July - Waltz

August - Salsa

Beginner level classes. "No dancer left behind."

Dance to Two Big Bands at the Port Townsend American Legion Hall May 2nd

Fri, 2-May-2014, 7:00 pm
Port Townsend American Legion Hall
209 Monroe Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

From Janice Eklund on behalf of Northwest:


The Northwest Big Band Workshop will be gathering in Port Townsend April 27th – May 3rd.

Two complete Big Bands will culminate the week with a concert of Big Band Music of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe Street, Port Townsend, Friday, May 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Dancing is encouraged!

Suggested donation is $5 a person, with proceeds benefiting the Jefferson County Winter Homeless Shelter.

Dressy Dance (aka Hair Ball) with Maia Santell and House Blend at the Port Angeles Elks May 3rd

Sat, 3-May-2014, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Port Angeles Elks
1313 East First Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

From Carol Hathaway:

Hello Dancers!

Here it comes!

What? THE HAIR BALL! Dinner and Dance. Dressy Dressy as you like!

When? Saturday May 3 6:30 Dinner 7:30-10:30 Dance

Where? Elks Lodge, Port Angeles

Music? Maia Santell and House Blend --all styles-- so excited to have them!

Why? Because we like dressy dinner dances---especially with a theme!

Theme? Yes! HAIR! Big Hair, Bold Hair, Spectacular Hair, No Hair--bald is beautiful, right? Or Animal Prints! Leopard, Zebra, Faux Fur, hairy chests---gasp! eew!

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