Sorry we haven’t been updating this blog very often. But that’s because we were planning WDP9, which is taking place at Northwest Folklife! Please invite your friends, family, and/or colleagues — we will be featuring dance instructors who have been a BIG part of the WDP community. We are listed on the list of “28 Great Things to See at Folklife this Year.”
: Saturday, May 25th, 2013 @ 1-3pm
: Armory, Seattle Center
: Learn 6 multicultural dances and dance with the very BEST from the South Seattle/Rainier Valley community!
*Sliders (line dancing)
This one is a little different than most WDPs we’ve had, but we know it’ll be fun. (When has a WDP not been fun?!). We hope to see you there.
On Saturday, we had WDP8, our first one in South Park. Of course, it was great, with over 200 people in attendance. Please go to Facebook.com/worlddanceparty for pictures. Also, we were featured in the South Park News!
Meanwhile, here are some pictures. We really got into the dancing and didn’t take as many videos as we should have. If you attended and have some videos/pictures, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at World Dance Party 9, held at Folklife on May 25th from 1pm to 3pm at the Armory (food court area). Tell your friends!
On Friday 3/22, Shoreline had their first WDP. Some of us from WDP Seattle dropped by to check it out, and were astonished at how awesome WDP-Shoreline was! The Flamenco, Bollywood, West African, and other dances, were so much fun. The room was PACKED. Totally amazing work, Shoreline! We’re so glad to see WDP spreading around to other cities. We’re looking forward to the next WDP-Shoreline. Here are some videos:
Bollywood. Skip to :55 to see some awesome moves by a couple of kids!
Not sure what that was called, but it was fun!
Just a reminder that WDP8 is today, 3/23, 6:03pm. Scroll down to see the flyer. Bring your friends, neighbors, classmates, kids, parents, co-workers, book club members, knitting buddies, BFF’s, grandparents, etc. Remember, it’s FREE, but it’s a potluck so bring something delicious to share. Beverages will be available (and adult beverages will be available also for a couple of bucks to keep WDP going). Here are some dances we have lined up:
Harlem Shake (the original one)
And if you have a dance, please feel free to come and teach it (We encourage spontaneous teaching of dances)
See you there!
All right, after months of planning, we finally have a set date for WDP8. 3/23/13 6:03pm to 9:27pm at South Partk Community Center. 8319 8th Ave S. Seattle WA 98108. As usual, it’s fun, it’s free, kids are welcome, bring a dish to share. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, coworkers. Here’s the flyer below.
If you want to be a Dance Ambassador, please email us at email@example.com. DA’s just get 10 people (including themselves) to attend. You’ll get an awesome WDP T-Shirt for being a DA.
Hi everyone, the planning team has been busy planning not one, but two WDP’s. Originally, we were going to have WDP8 in February. Unfortunately, we’re having logistical issues with venues, so it’ll likely be moved to March. Likely Friday, March 22nd, in South Park. Please book your calendar, but keep in mind we haven’t finalized this yet.
Meanwhile, we’ve been in talks with the folks at Folklife. WDP will most likely happen on Saturday the 25th for a few hours in the afternoon in the Armory, which is the food court. Again, we’re still negotiating details, but book your calendar for that one too.
Meanwhile, the Vietnamese Friendship Association is having their Tet Celebration on Friday 2/8 from 6pm to 8pm at New Holly Gathering Hall at 7058 32nd Ave S. 98118. Food, games, fortune-telling, little red envelopes with lucky money, etc. It’s free and fun for the whole family. More details here
See you soon! And as usual, we’re looking for dance instructors, so if you know a dance and want to teach for 15 minutes, let us know. We’re also looking for Dance Ambassadors (people who can bring at least 9 of their friends to WDP). Email firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may have read in the Crosscut article, WDP is talking to Northwest Folklife. They are interested in hosting a World Dance Party AT FOLKLIFE!!!!! We’re still negotiating on the details and will keep you updated.
Meanwhile, WDP8 is being planned for February. We’re tentatively looking at Friday, February 15th, in a location in South Park. Let us know if you want to be a dance instructor or Dance Ambassador. Instructors give 15-minute lessons in a particular dance. Just imagine, 200 or more people of all different ages and cultures, learning a dance that you teach. If you’re interested, contact our co-chair, Teresa, at email@example.com
Dance Ambassadors promise to bring at least 10 people, including themselves, to the party. You get an awesome free T-shirt for being a DA! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be one.
We’re having a planning meeting on 12/20 at 1pm at the Vietnamese Friendship Association office at 7101 MLK Jr. Way S. #212 (Above Tammy’s Bakery and Venus Restaurant, right on Othello Station of the light rail). Email us at the address above if you want to help plan.
See you soon!
Hi everyone, one of the planning team members, Vu, here. WDP is featured in Crosscut, signaling the beginning of WDP’s viral spread around the world. We want to see World Dance parties in cities across the globe. Here is the article. Special thanks to journalist Eric Scigliano, who really captures the spirit of WDP.
However, he may have given me too much credit. WDP would not be successful without the countless hours contributed by our planning team, dance instructors, and volunteers. Our current co-chairs, Teresa Dang and Tagoipah Mathno, have been instrumental to coordinating the event and deserve special recognition. Other planning committee members and volunteers were responsible for decorating, setting up the room, hauling a ton of donations of refreshments from Pepsi (thank you, Pepsi!), running to Costco, designing the flyer, going around farmers markets with flyers, DJ’ing, videotaping, cleaning up, separating compost from recycling from trash, etc. WDP is a community event and it would not be successful without an effective team.
And also support from funders like Seattle Foundation’s Neighbor to Neighbor Fund.
The 8th WDP is coming up in a couple of months. Let us know if you want to join the team and make it the most awesome one yet!
More than 250 people!! We think. We were way too busy dancing to have accurate count, but by the names on the sign-in sheets and the general energy in the room, we’re pretty sure we broke the attendance record. Thank you to our instructors, volunteers, the Filipino Community of Seattle, Pepsi, and the planning team for another great event. WDP continues to get more and more awesome each time! The next WDP is being planned to take place in South Park and will likely be around Valentine’s day. Sign up to be a WDP8 Dance Ambassador right now by emailing us at email@example.com. DA’s spread the word about the event and commit to bringing at least 9 other people to WDP8. If you know a dance and would like to be an instructor, or volunteer in other ways, please let us know.
And if you want reminders about the next WDP, just subscribe to this blog by clicking on the “mailing list” tab and entering your email.
Meanwhile, here is a video of WDP7. Look at how much happiness and community there is! See you at WDP8!
Forward this flyer to all your friends! We want this next one to break all attendance records!