Kind of Different, but Just as Fun – Your Guide to the Next World Dance Party

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Let’s be honest, the World Dance Party is already a different kind of event, with its community-driven spirit and inclusive celebration of cultural diversity. So if we say there will be a few differences from the usual in this next Party, you can trust that they’ll be good and you’ll still have plenty of fun.

Here’s your guide to navigating the differences:

Location:

Instead of indoors, the next World Dance Party will be outdoors at the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival, at the Ferdinand Street Stage, so we can enjoy the Seattle summer. Being located within another event also means you can enjoy the festival environment and the festival-goers that have never gone to (or maybe never even heard of) a World Dance Party will be able to try it for the first time.

Participants:

This is still an all-ages event open to anyone who wants to participate, and as mentioned above, there may be new people who have never tried a World Dance Party before. We’d love for you to come and welcome them with us!

Timing:

The World Dance Party takes the stage at 2:30 pm (Please note time change!) and goes for an hour, until 3:30 pm. There will be about four mini-lessons with music. It’s shorter than usual, and because of this, the schedule may feel a little more structured, but this allows new people to sample the Party and come back for more at a future event. It’s also a great way to show everyone that no matter how long you have, there’s always time to learn about and experience new cultures.

Food:

There will not be any potluck at this event, because there will already be so many delicious food and drinks at the festival. There will even be a Pepsi location right by the stage in case we get thirsty while dancing.

What’s staying the same:

The World Dance Party is still a free, community-driven, all-ages event with no agenda that gets people to interact and celebrate culture and diversity. We hope to see you on August 15, at 2:30 pm at the Ferdinand Street Stage during the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival. (Please note time change)

This is a guest post by Shelly Najjar. When not volunteering as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Senior Services, she blogs about wellness and bucket lists.

Party within a Party! World Dance Party coming to the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival

On August 15 at the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival in Columbia City, the World Dance Party will take over the Stage located on Ferdinand Street from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm! (please note time change)

Are you planning on coming? The exact dances/styles are still to be announced, but you can expect four different dance lessons and lots of fun. People who’ve attended before have loved the experience.

Tara says, “For me, being involved with the World Dance Party has allowed me to embrace dance and delicious food from all over the world, connect with the amazing Rainier Valley community, and have fun.”

(Please note that during this particular event, there won’t be the typical potluck that the World Dance Party usually has, because there will already be so many food and drinks at the festival. Plus, there will be a Pepsi location right by the stage in case we get thirsty while dancing.)

We hope to see you on August 15, at 2:30 pm at the Ferdinand Street Stage during the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival. (please note time change)

This is a guest post by Shelly Najjar. When not volunteering as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Senior Services, she blogs about wellness and bucket lists.

12 Reasons You Should Come to the World Dance Party

Join the party!

The World Dance Party is a fun party that welcomes all people to enjoy a potluck meal and free dance mini-lessons. There’s no secret agenda, just a desire to get people to interact and celebrate culture and diversity.

If you haven’t come to a World Dance Party event before, here are 12 reasons why you should clear your calendar for the next one.

  1. meet your neighbors
  2. make new friends
  3. have fun
  4. taste foods from around the world
  5. listen to music
  6. learn new dances
  7. get some exercise
  8. learn about cultures and groups other than your own
  9. connect with your own culture and heritage
  10. contribute to a community event (everyone gets involved)
  11. enjoy the relaxed feel of this inclusive community
  12. see what everyone is talking about

Don’t miss out! The next World Dance Party is on August 15 at the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival in Columbia City.

If you can’t make it to this one, be sure to join the World Dance Party community on Facebook to be notified of upcoming events.

This is a guest post by Shelly Najjar. When not volunteering as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Senior Services, she blogs about wellness and bucket lists.

WDP Needs Your Support to GiveBig on 5/5!!

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World Dance Party (WDP) has been bringing folks together to share food, dance, music, and culture around Seattle since 2010. At many of our events, we hear people say that WDP’s are the most fun you can have for free. Well thanks, that’s sweet of you to say!

We are able to keep our dance parties free and open to anyone because we have an incredible community of supporters that loves these events as much as we do. Our Planning Committee keeps costs low by partnering with organizations that host us at discounted rates, recruiting volunteers to teach dances, and asking everyone in attendance to bring food for the potluck or help out in some way. We cannot create these fun, lively, and inclusive gatherings without you all!

Not only do we throw sweet dance parties, but we also provide assistance to others who want to create their own events where they live. We believe that each community can and should be celebrating like us. Check out our WDP Toolkit on this site.

Chances are you’ve never given a donation to WDP to help us continue spreading the love around the Seattle area- we’ve never asked. This year, we decided to participate in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig event and reach out to our supporters to raise at least $2500- approximately the amount of money we’ll need to pull off the next 3 WDP’s!

Please send us a few bucks to show your appreciation and invest in a more connected community! Visit our profile on The Seattle Foundation website to donate: http://www.seattlefoundation.org/npos/Pages/WorldDanceParty.aspx

*You can donate to our organization at any time through our profile on The Seattle Foundation website, but your money will be stretched ONLY on May 5 for GiveBig.

Here’s what your money will buy:

  • $25 Level- A bunch of supplies for the potluck
  • $50 Level- A wireless headset microphone for dance instructors
  • $100 Level- A good portion of our rental cost
  • $1000 Level- We’ll throw a WDP in your honor

Thank you so, so much for your continued support of WDP. Please ask friends, family, or neighbors to match your donation and help us continue to organize these events for another year!

PEACE!

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World Dance Party 12 Highlights

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High Fives All Around! We had incredible support from the Rainier Beach community and the amazing staff and students at Rainier Beach High School who helped us plan the event. Students volunteered to emcee, teach dances, shoot photo/video, and take on responsibility of set-up and cleanup. They were incredible! We had about 300 people attend the event to share some delicious meals and test out some new dances: West African, Persian, Iranian, Somali, Zumba, the Slide, Bachata, Oromo, Japanese, Hip Hop, and Arabic styles. Shout out to our DJ and volunteer dance instructors- you all brought your A-game!

Upcoming WDP stuff:

-We’re participating in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBig on May 5 this year to raise money for future WDP’s in your community. Please give $20, $2000, or something in between to help us spread the love to more locations around Seattle! Stay tuned for updates here and on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/worlddanceparty

-We’re recruiting new members to join our planning committee. Requirements: must be nice, must like dancing, music, food and/or building strong communities. Email us for more info at: worlddanceparty@gmail.com

-WDP 13: When and where will it be? Do you have ideas? Share them with us!

WDP 12- Saturday 3/21 at Rainier Beach High School from 6:06-9:27

Greetings Fellow Dance Partiers,

This is your 24 hour countdown reminder to WDP 12. We’ll be in the gym at Rainier Beach High School- 8815 S Seward Park Ave, Seattle, WA 98118. Bring some grub to share and some comfy shoes. Check out our rad lineup of dances: -West African Dance -Mexican Folk Dance -Persian Dance/Iranian Dance -Bachata -Zumba -Sliders -Somali Dance -Japanese Dance -Hip Hop WDP 12 flyer-page-001

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The World Dance Party 12 is just 3 days away! We are all excited and hope that you are too. Hopefully all of you will be able to join us this Saturday. Don’t forget to spread the word about the World Dance Party to your family and friends, the more the merrier. Don’t forget to bring a scrumptious dish for the potluck buffet with you.

Our dance line-up for the night is the following:

6:06 p.m.-6:20 p.m.-Magnus (West African Dance)

6:20 p.m. -6:45 p.m. – Dayanara and Estela (Mexican Folk Dance)

6:45 p.m. -7:05 p.m. – Janelle (Persian Dance/Iranian Dance)

7:05 p.m. -7:25 p.m. Diana and Ruben (Bachata)

7:25 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Toni (Zumba)

7:45 p.m. – 8:05 p.m. Central Area Sliders (Slide & More)

8:05 p.m. – 8:25 p.m. Rukiya (Somali Dance)

8:25 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Misaki (Japanese Dance)

9:00 p.m. – 9:26 p.m. Magnus and/or others

Many thanks to those who have helped us organize this event and that have volunteered to teach us fabulous dances. Get ready…TO DANCE! Looking forward to seeing you all there!