WDP is TONIGHT! Come learn Hula and Laotian and a bunch of other dances

Hi everyone,

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:

West African



Jarabe Tapatio

La Raspa


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!


WDP8 scheduled for March 23rd at South Park Community Center!!

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 worlddanceparty@gmail.com. DA’s just get 10 people (including themselves) to attend. You’ll get an awesome WDP T-Shirt for being a DA.


World Dance Party 8 moved to March; WDP at Folklife still moving forward

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 worlddanceparty@gmail.com

Exciting news for WDP! Plus, planning meeting 12/20 1pm.

Hi everyone,

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 teresa.dang@vfaseattle.org

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 worlddanceparty@gmail.com 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!

WDP in Crosscut!!

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!

World Dance Party 7 sets new attendance record!

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 worlddanceparty@gmail.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!

Start getting excited! Next World Dance Party happening on November 2nd!

Forward this flyer to all your friends! We want this next one to break all attendance records!


World Dance Party Toolkit is done!

We want World Dance Party to spread all over the world! Here’s the toolkit with templates, tips, budgets, and other things you need to put on a WDP in your city or neighborhood! The toolkit has:

  • Sample event/committee workplan
  • Sample budget
  • Sample program schedule
  • Sample press release
  • Sample donation solicitation letter
  • Sample volunteer management list
  • How to make the event fun
  • Outreach strategies
  • Sample sign-in sheet
  • Sample event feedback survey

If you plan to host a WDP, please email us at worlddanceparty@gmail.com and let us know! Maybe we can crash your party!

We need World Dance Ambassadors! (Meeting on 9/17/12)

Hi everyone!

The next World Dance Party will be held on November 2nd at  6:03pm at the Filipino Community Center (5740 MLK Jr. Way S)! This is  the seventh one, and we are excited. We’re lining up some awesome instructors (let us know if you want to be one!).

We are recruiting “WDP Dance Ambassadors” to help spread the word, since we want this next one to be PACKED! As a Dance Ambassador, your job is simple: Get at least 10 people to come to WDP and experience how totally cool and fun and  community-building it is. You do this by telling your friends, posting on Facebook, calling people, writing President Obama, etc.

The first meeting for Dance Ambassadors is on September 17th at the Filipino Community Center (room 201) from 4:30- 5:30pm and we’ll have food. Please forward this to people you think would be great Dance Ambassadors. Let’s make this next WDP the  most amazing one of all!!

Hope to see some of you soon.

The WDP Planning Team

World Dance Party Six was totally awesome!

Merengue Espana, Japanese, West African, Line Dancing, the Tennessee Waltz, Israeli dancing, Bhangra, and Scandanavian, we danced them all! Over 200 people came. Check out the pictures here.

The next WDP will be on November 2nd, 6:03pm, at the Filipino Community Center (5740 MLK Jr. Way S., Seattle, WA 98118). And if the pictures don’t convince you to come, these adorable kids will: