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The Northwest Balboa Festival is back for its fifth year! Who thought we'd make it a whole half-decade? But here 2019 is, and our shoes are still slick, our steps still shufflin', and our music is still hot. This year's Northwest Balboa Festival will bring the best of what the Pacific Northwest's dance community has to offer.

Since its start, Northwest Balboa Festival has been about building community and making everyone feel welcome. This has been the underlying driver for every decision we make. We didn’t set out to create the largest event possible, nor did we set out to pack as many classes as possible into one weekend. This event has always been shaped and built by many members of our Seattle scene to provide a warm environment that encourages meeting new people and growing our regional dance scene in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Further, as our dance community at large evolves and grows, it is clear that we have entered a period in which consent violation and lack of personal safety have become problematic. With increasing awareness of these issues, we strive to provide a safe environment where we can all share this dance that we love. If you experience any such problems at the Northwest Balboa Festival, please do not hesitate to come talk to any one of us.

The Code of Conduct for the Northwest Balboa Festival can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

We feel so blessed that you have chosen to spend your time with us, sharing this dance that we love. Let's make 2019 the best Northwest Balboa Festival yet!

Full Pass

  • Regular - $105 ( Until March 15 )
  • Late Registration - $115

Beginners Pass

  • Regular - $85 ( Until March 15 )
  • Late Registration - $95

Student Pass

  • Must provide Student ID at check-in
  • Regular - $85 ( Until March 15 )
  • Late Registration - $95

Tracks

  • Beginners
  • This track is for the aspiring Balboa dancer! If you're just getting familiar with your step-step-hold-steps, or you've just put on some dance shoes for the very first time, this is the track for you. We'll start with the absolute basics, and move quickly to get you shuffling your way across the floor. If you've already danced a little bit of Balboa but are still feeling a bit uneasy about dancing socially, come to this track and brush up on your fundamentals! We'll get you lolly-kicking like a pro.
  • The Beginner track is priced to encourage new and continuing dancers to enter the world of Balboa. To create the best learning environment, this track is limited to 10 leaders and 10 followers.
  • Learner
  • For those who are getting more comfortable with Balboa, but would like to review and refine their technique. You may already know how to out-and-in and swivel, but sometimes need some help nailing the moves. You're probably confortable with a couple different stylings, but would like to learn how to add your own personal flavor. This track is appriopriate for those with significant other dance experience, especially Lindy Hop.
  • Improver
  • This track is geared for dancers who are very comfortable with Balboa and Bal-Swing. You may be "that person that dances Balboa" in your local community. You can probably name a couple of the Old Timer Balboa dancers, do a Maxie Slide, and may have even traveled to an event just for Balboa. Classes will emphasize on refining technique, adding moves, playing with rhythm, and exploring musicality.
  • Perfecter
  • This is the track for those who are in a committed long-term relationship with Balboa. You're easy to connect with on the dance floor, and can likely both lead and follow. Some might describe your Pure Bal as "dreamy". You've probably competed at a couple different events, and may have even taught locally. Dancers in this track should be extremely comfortable with Balboa and Bal-Swing, with a strong interest in perfecting technique, musicality, and aesthetics.
  • Dancers interested in the Perfecters track should register for Improver and inquire further during registration. Perfecter track students are welcome to take classes in other tracks as long as it does not upset class balance.

Schedule

Friday

Evening Dance: Greenwood Masonic Lodge

  • 9pm-12am
  • Check in and Registration opens at 830pm
  • Invitational Competition at 11pm
  • $15 Cover for non-pass holders

Saturday

Class Schedule TBD


Guided Practice: Russian Community Center

  • Time TBD
  • $2 Cover for non-pass holders

Evening Dance: Russian Community Center

  • 830pm-1230am
  • Live Music!
  • Competition at 1030pm
  • $20 Cover for non-pass holders

Sunday

Class Schedule TBD


Afternoon Dance

  • 4pm-7pm
  • Location TBD
  • $5 Suggested Donation

Evening Dance: Century Ballroom

  • 930pm-1230am
  • Not Included with Weekend Pass
  • $9 Cover

Venues

7910 Greenwood Ave N
704 19th Avenue East

Music

Greg Ruby Band

Greg

Composer and guitarist Greg Ruby is a distinctive voice in the Hot Club jazz tradition. His 2010 CD, Look Both Ways, celebrated the 100th birthday of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt with 12 original compositions, and reached #1 on the Roots Music Review’s jazz chart. His compositions have appeared in both television and documentaries including NBC’s Parks and Recreation. As a former member of the group, Pearl Django, Greg spent five years performing and touring throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared with the group at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois sur Seine, France. As founding member of the hot jazz string band, Hot Club Sandwich, Greg can be heard on all four of the band’s recordings and produced their 2010 release, And If Only, featuring legendary vocalist Dan Hicks. In 2014, he received an funding from King County’s 4Culture to create and record new work for a prohibition era Jazz dance band. The project was debuted at Seattle’s historic Washington Hall during the 2014 Seattle Lindy Exchange. Currently, he leads his own group The Greg Ruby Quintet, collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians on a project called The Rhythm Runners, and performs European cafe jazz with the Bric-a-brac Musette Trio.

Travel/Lodging

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

The only airport in the area is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. From SeaTac, there is a Sound Transit Light Rail which runs approximately every 10 minutes, with a fare of $3. Don't forget to buy your ticket before you get on the platform! With a new station on Capitol Hill, you can get within 5 blocks of our classes venue with just one ride!

Transportation

Once you have arrived in Seattle, there are many options for getting around town. If you choose to take public transit, King County Metro has excellent bus service around town. Their website also has a trip planner. One Bus Away is a must-have app, giving real-time and scheduled arrival information for busses in the Puget Sound Area. Alternatively, Lyft and Uber have strong ride-share presences in Seattle.

There's free street parking on Sunday; on Saturday there's a variety of paid lots nearby all of our venues. Pay attention to the posted signage, street parking is normally limited to 2 hours!

Lodging

Airbnb has a strong presence in Seattle, with many different options throughout town. In past years, many dancers have successfully booked with them. You could even stay on a houseboat!

Code of Conduct

Hal and Marge Takier are nice, so we are nice.

Overview

Northwest Balboa Festival (NWBF) is an event that celebrates the joy of Balboa dancing, its heritage, music and history. The goal is to build, strengthen and enrich the Balboa community. It is open to all ages and promotes playfulness, growth, open-mindedness, creativity and a space where dancers are safe to express themselves.

Code of Conduct

Northwest Balboa Festival is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, spiritual beliefs or any other factor. All attendees, instructors, organizers, and volunteers at NWBF are required to comply with the following code of conduct. We will not tolerate harassment in any form. This includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or video recording, sustained disruption of classes, inappropriate or unwanted physical contact, or unwelcome sexual attention. If anyone is found engaging in harassing behavior while at NWBF, the organizers will take appropriate action to address the situation. Anyone violating the code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from NWBF without a refund.

Help Make NWBF More Enjoyable

The following guidelines will help ensure the event is enjoyable for everyone.

Contact us for Assistance

If you are experiencing harassment, feel unsafe, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer immediately. We will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide an escort, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.