From cannabis to clubs, Capitol Hill’s The Baltic Room has a new owner

Proud owners Rachel Keith and Rahsaan Henry (Image: The Baltic Room)

From The Ganja Mom to Capitol Hill’s new queen of clubs? Rachel Keith is a long way from creating anything like Linda Derschang’s empire just yet but with her summer takeover of The Baltic Room, she’s proud to at least be following in a few of Derschang’s earliest dance steps.

Keith purchased the Baltic, the Pine dance club Derschang first opened as a piano bar in 1997, this summer and celebrated a grand reopening last month.

“What’s the Baltic Room?,” Keith asked earlier this year as she was searching through listings for an available club. “My husband and I have always been in the nightlife scene. I decided to go check it out.” Continue reading

ECHOES: A Tribute Concert Benefiting The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

ECHOES is an evening of stories, performances and remembrances of the lives affected by HIV/AIDS benefitting The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway. The event is hosted by Micki Flowers, former health reporter for KIRO TV and long-time HIV/AIDS advocate. Like the memorial it is ushering in, ECHOES is a celebration of life and collective memories, while also standing as a call to action. It’s the next step in honoring both our past and our future.

Members of the diverse communities affected by the epidemic will be sharing personal stories and recount their experiences. Interspersed between these narratives will be musical and dance performances from outstanding local talent including Alexandria Henderson, Billie Wildrick, Nathan Young & Showtunes Theatre, Justin Huertas, Whim W’Him and The Seattle Men’s Chorus & The Seattle Women’s Chorus. Featuring stories by Bill Hall, DeAunté Damper, Pat Migliore and Steven Parsons.

Throughout the night, the audience will have opportunities to make donations toward this historic memorial. ECHOES will be a night where we can experience our history together, move towards healing and directly contribute to the creation of The AIDS Memorial Pathway.


Cherdonna’s BIRTH-O-RAMA

Join Cherdonna Shinatra and three DONNA dancers for an explosive evening of dance, drama, and guileless glee. This is one wild night of fun and games where these party animals will have their cake and eat it too, because Cherdonna’s signature subversion of clown, comedy, drag, and dread will bake up some candy-coated chaos. The newest creation from the multifaceted mind of Seattle-based dance artist Jody Kuehner, Cherdonna’s BIRTH-O-RAMA is a wide-eyed roller coaster ride of audience participation through Cherdonna’s confetti of feelings inside the manic delight of a birthday party.

A Duet Evening with FLOCK

Goethe Pop Up Seattle invites you to the premiere of „A Duet Evening,” featuring two duets choreographed and danced by FLOCK, a German-American dance company founded by Alice Klock and Florian Lochner in 2017.

FLOCK’s “Duet Evening” explores honest communication, stronger connections, and a healthy connection with the natural world. At its root, the entire evening is about listening, collaboration, and the belief that one can build new and beautiful things when working together.
The show runs 50 minutes and includes one intermission. A Q&A follows the dance performance to enable the audience to dig deeper into the work and to ask any question about the pieces and FLOCK.


FLOCK is a co-choreography company founded in 2017 by Florian Lochner and Alice Klock.

Alice Klock was trained at numerous ballet company schools, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Alonzo King’s Lines BFA program. Florian Lochner trained at Ballettschule Malsam in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, where he was the recipient of the Birgit Keil Dance Foundation scholarship. As FLOCK, they create and perform their own work, teach as a team, create new works at schools and companies, and produce their own shows in the US and abroad with international dance artists to offer their audiences a wide variety of dance styles.

Salsa Bachata Fundraiser

Please join us for a special Thursday night salsa & bachata social fundraiser for Jaime Rubio, a salsa/bachata instructor and performer in the Seattle Latin Dance Community. Proceeds will support Jaime and his family while they fight his immigration case and do what’s possible to stay together. #KeepJaimeHome #FamiliesBelongTogether

For solidarity and visibility, please wear RED to the social. Red is chosen to signify love, family, and community strength.

9:00pm Salsa Intro Lesson
9:30pm Salsa & Bachata Social opens in both rooms
10:30pm Dance Performances Set #1 in main ballroom
11:30pm Dance Performances Set #2 in main ballroom
1:15am Social Dancing Ends

Two Rooms & Performances!
21+ only
$13 at the door. No pre-registration needed.

Seattle Dyke March Fundraiser Dance

8:30pm-10:30pm OutDancing w/MC Koop
10:30pm-1:00am Just Dancing w/Nudie

OutDancing is one of the longest running nights for the LGBTQ social dance community in the Pacific Northwest and certainly the largest floor to spin around on.

Century Ballroom owner, Hallie Kuperman, plays something for everyone: Salsa, Swing, Country, Waltz, Tango, Disco, West Coast Swing, you name it – mixing in some “non-partner” dance music just to shake your booty to. This special edition of OutDancing is a fundraiser for The Seattle Dyke March. 

The Seattle Dyke March strives to create space during Pride weekend to highlight and honor the experiences, pleasures, activism and identities of queer women and dyke-identified people across the gender spectrum. The Rally creates a space where speakers and performers inspire and recharge, us allowing us to survive and thrive. The Rally is followed by a March through Capitol Hill.

$10 ADV & Day Of before 10:00pm
$15 Day Of after 10:00pm


Greek Dancing, Music, Meze @ Omega

You couldn’t get to Naoussa for Carnival (Mardi Gras but Greek!) so we brought the dancers to you!

Doors open at 5 and dancing begins at 7

$65 per person includes:

– a Pikilia Platter of delectable meze (Value = $30)

– a glass of beer, wine, ouzo or tsipouro (Value = $10)

– a $25 donation to St. Demetrios Greek Dance Program (Value Priceless)

In partnership with

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church &

Dance Director, Marty McAndrews

Seattle Swing Dance Club Presents NEW West Coast Swing Classes!

Join the Seattle Swing Dance Club, one of the country’s longest running dance clubs, for the new-and-improved West Coast Swing (WCS) class series! WCS is a modern and smooth form of swing dancing with roots in Blues and Lindy Hop. It focuses on improvisation and partner connection danced within a slot on the dance floor. WCS is popular for ability to many genres of music – contemporary, hip hop/R&B, rock n’ roll, lyrical, country and so much more! Check out this fun informational video: West Coast Swing – The Dance of Your Life

INSTRUCTORS: Rising Star Champion Lia Brown & All-Star Za Thomaier
DATES/TIME: Every Monday 7:30-9:30 pm starting February 18, 2019
COST: Junior (17 & under) $50 | SSDC or Affiliated Member $70 | Guest (Non-Member) $95

Please find more class descriptions and register at SSDC New WCS Class Series!

‘Merce 100’ celebrates past and future at Velocity Dance as director says goodbye

Merce Cunningham (Image: Merce Cunningham Trust)

Ella Mahler is lying on her back on the marley floor, stock-still, like a bear has been chasing her and playing dead is her last resort. But then, suddenly, she gets up and scurries across the vinyl floors of the back studio of Capitol Hill’s Velocity Dance Center. In hurried movements, she lifts her knees up, combat-style, only to later duck and then balance gracefully on one leg, outsmarting an invisible assailer purely with poise.

Mahler, a Seattle-based dancer, choreographer and Velocity’s 2019 Made in Seattle Artist, is running through the movements of her solo choreography Absolute. Less than two weeks to go before showtime, December 14th. Mahler is one of the nine dancers performing newly created choreographies for MERCE 100: Seattle Artists Respond to Merce, a four-day long, Capitol Hill-centered celebration of and response to the centennial of world-famous dancer and Washington native Merce Cunningham (1919 – 2009), running December 13th through 16th.

Cunningham, who was born in Centralia and studied at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century thanks to his radical, innovative approach to dance, for example by using dice and other chance-based processes to decide how his dancers would move. Continue reading