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Beacon Hill kids to perform in Swan Lake

April 12th, 2013 at 4:14 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

The Pacific Northwest Ballet production of Swan Lake starts tonight and runs through April 21 at McCaw Hall. It features 24 students from the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, including three young performers from the Beacon Hill area.

Beacon Hill kids performing in the production include:

Amanda Allen, a fifth-grader from Maple Elementary School, will play the role of Waltz Girl.
Alexis Calonge, a fifth-grader at Dearborn Park, will play a Persian Attendant.
Lucas Galvan, a fourth-grader at Dearborn Park, will play a Page.

Congratulations and best wishes to these talented Beacon Hill dancers!


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Sunday: Old-time square dancing at Garden House

January 4th, 2013 at 11:34 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Put those dancing shoes on this Sunday, January 6, when ROCKiT Community Arts presents an Old-time and Quebecois Square Dance with music by Peckin’ Out Dough and La Famille Leger.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and dancing starts at 7 p.m. at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave S. Dinner will be available through Beacon Bento. The event is open to all ages ; admission is $7, and kids get in free.


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Tonight: Spice Box celebrates 5 years of Skin Deep Dance

December 7th, 2012 at 6:35 am | 2 Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Tonight’s monthly Spice Box show put on by Skin Deep Dance is a special one to celebrate Skin Deep’s 5 year anniversary. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Skin Deep Dance Studio in the El Centro de la Raza building, 2524 16th Ave. S. #311.

Among the attractions in tonight’s show are art by Melissa Metesh and performances by ModRom Dance Collective, Maureen, Skin Deep Dance, Carly Aniluk, and Sirens of Serpentine (students of Leslie Rosen). The show will be emceed by Sarah O’Brien.

All ages are welcome, and the show is family-friendly. Admission is $10 per person, free for teens and under. Proceeds will benefit Skin Deep’s SEEDs (Self-esteem, Empowerment, and Education through Dance) program. Guests should enter El Centro through the north entrance; elevator access to the top floor is available. Parking is free.


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Spice Box art and variety show 10/5 at Skin Deep Dance

September 24th, 2012 at 5:10 pm | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Skin Deep Dance will present Spice Box, a monthly art and variety show, on Friday, October 5, at the Skin Deep Dance Studio (in the El Centro de la Raza building).

This month’s Spice Box will include art by Kook Teflon, art and performance by Magi, and performances by Amazon Heart, Bollywood Bliss (Katrina’s Bollywood student troupe), Janelle Bel Isle, Lesley Rialto, Twilight, and Chloe Anderson.

Admission is $10/person, free for kids under 12. All ages are welcome, and the event is family friendly. Proceeds will benefit Skin Deep Dance’s SEEDS (Self -esteem, Empowerment and Education through Dance) program.

The Spice Box series will continue on the first Friday of every month. Performers and artists have already been booked for events on November 2, December 7, and January 4.

The studio’s address is 2514 16th Ave. S. #311. Enter El Centro through the North entrance.


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Barn Dance tonight with The Tallboys, Charmaine Slaven

September 9th, 2012 at 1:19 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Tonight ROCKiT kicks off their fall season of events at the Garden House with a Barn Dance. Charmaine Slaven will call the dances, and The Tallboys will provide the music.

Doors at the Garden House (336 15th Ave. S.) open at 6 p.m. for Beacon Bento and other food choices. The dance starts about 7 p.m.

People of all ages are welcome. Tickets are $7 at the door, free for kids under 12.

Photo courtesy of the Tallboys.


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Skin Deep Dance invites you to celebrate the season

December 20th, 2011 at 6:01 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Photo by Holly Kuchera via Creative Commons/Flickr.

Skin Deep Dance is celebrating the season on Wednesday evening with a Winter Solstice Hafla and Four Year Anniversary Party. The event is at their dance studio in El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., #311, from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. It’s free, family-friendly, and open to all ages, but it’s a potluck, so guests are asked to bring “holiday cheer” of one kind or another. Gifts will be given to the first 50 guests.

There will be performances by Bollywood Bliss (adult Bollywood students), Bollywood Dolls (kid Bollywood students), Egle (guest belly dancer – wings of Isis), J9 Fierce (guest belly dancer), Jen Cerdena (guest belly dancer – double sword), Katrina McCoy (flamenco), Maysun (guest belly dancer), Nomaditude (guest student dance troupe – tribal improv), Sierra Bloom (guest belly dancer – fusion style), Tales From the Hip (advanced ATS belly dance students), Verbena (guest belly dance troupe).

Skin Deep Dance Boutique and Pharoah’s Treasures will also be there to sell holiday gifts.

For more information, see the Facebook event page or Skin Deep’s main Facebook page.


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Gravity-defying dance performance returns next month

December 13th, 2011 at 6:13 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Choreographer Freya Wormus is returning to Beacon Hill next month to present a new version of her work hold on anyway at Yoga on Beacon, 3013 Beacon Ave S. The performance includes five dancers who swing and launch themselves from walls using gravity-defying rigging, and according to Wormus, the work “challenges the dancers’ perceived relationship to the floor and to gravity itself.” (Here is what the Seattle Weekly had to say about last year’s version.)

The dancers, Laura Aschoff, Victoria Jacobs, Alex Martin, Sarah Shira and Freya Wormus, will perform alongside the band Estocar (hear them on their website).

The performances will be on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as Sunday matinees, from January 13-29. Tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for students and children, are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

Photo by Libby Lewis.


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Harvest Fair comes to Garden House on 10/22

October 13th, 2011 at 8:08 am | 1 Comment | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Mark your calendar for the Beacon Hill Harvest Fair, Saturday October 22 from 2-9 p.m. Activities for all ages include apple cider pressing, art, music, and dancing. On the edible side of things, there will also be a bake sale, food vendors, a Food Forest demonstration, and, to share the harvest’s bounty, a donation drive for the El Centro de la Raza food bank.

The Harvest Fair is free and will take place at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S.

Here’s the planned schedule of events:

  • 2 p.m. until dark:

    • Apple cider pressing with 300 pounds of apples grown here on Beacon Hill at the Jose Rizal Park orchard. If you have extra home grown apples you would like to share, bring them to be pressed.
    • El Centro de la Raza Food Bank food drive
    • Beacon Food Forest demonstrates a “fruit tree guild”
    • Beacon Hill Garden Club members talk to interested folks about membership in their organization
    • ROCKiT space bake sale
    • Food vendors
  • 2-5 p.m.: Create an Art Chair with Kathleen McHugh. For all ages, no experience required.
  • 3 p.m.: Hamanah Don plays West African Malinke harvest rhythms.
  • 5 p.m.: Aaron Hennings leads the Mercer Middle School eighth grade orchestra.
  • 6 p.m.: Jefferson Community Center-based break dance crews perform.
  • 7-9 p.m.: Harvest Fair Barn Dance featuring the Small Time String Band (Oliver Abrahamson on fiddle, Eli Abrahamson on banjo, Terrie Abrahamson on guitar, and Danny Abrahamson on bass), with Sherry Nevins calling dances that are fun for the whole family—no lessons or experience needed.

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Old-time barn dance at Garden House 4/26

April 22nd, 2011 at 4:17 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Feel like dancing? Kick up your heels at the Garden House at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at an “old-time barn dance!ROCKiT Space‘s ongoing Tuesday Folk Club series continues next week with a dance featuring the bands Scatter Creek and Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, with dance calling by Tony Mates.

No experience or partner is necessary; all are welcome. Admission is $5 at the door, and kids get in free. The Garden House is located at 2336 15th Ave. S.

If a different genre is more your style, you may want to plan ahead for the monthly swing dance night on the following Tuesday, May 3.


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Dance your way through the Hill today

March 5th, 2011 at 6:40 am | No Comments | Posted by Wendi Dunlap

Stuff is happening this weekend! There’s art, music, dancing, and more happening on (or even through) the Hill today. Here are a few of the things you might want to check out.

First, get out of bed and get over to the Maple School Natural Area work party at 10 a.m. today. This is a monthly event, held every first Saturday. Volunteers will help improve the parkland, then have a community potluck. More info here.

After the hard work, it’s time to enjoy some art, music, or dance. You have several choices tonight.

NEPO Little Treats presents Trotter, an exhibition of works by Amanda Manitach. The opening is tonight, Saturday March 5, from 6 until 8 p.m. Bacon-wrapped dates will be served, and there will be a screening of Cremaster 4 at 8 p.m.

Klara Glosova of NEPO House, smiling at last month's NEPO opening while holding a gun-shaped glass bottle. Photo by Dan Bennett in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

NEPO Little Treats is a series of monthly shows that focus on presenting new work by individual artists and small groups at NEPO House, 1723 South Lander. Regular open hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays 12 to 2 p.m. and by appointment. More information about NEPO House and the show here. Some photos from last month’s opening are here.

If a musical trip is more your speed, Light Rail, Dark Rail is for you. Live performers including the Beaconettes, Cafe Racer Sessions, Jordan O’ Jordan, Tahoe Jackson, and more will liven up Link Light Rail trains.

Start at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the International District/Chinatown Station for a “summoning performance” by Prawnyxx. Then at 6 p.m., enjoy a “Musical Tour Guide and Overture” on southbound trains to SeaTac. At SeaTac, you’ll deboard, then board a northbound train. One is Dark Rail, and the other is Light Rail—you don’t know which you’ll get. Head to Sodo Station for the after party at Radar Hair + Records, 2721 First Avenue South, at 7:30 p.m.

If you prefer swing dancing, stay up on top of the Hill for the Beacon Rocks! swing dancing fundraiser, from 8 until 11 p.m. tonight at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave South. There will be a live swing dancing performance and swing-dance lesson by Savoy Swing at 8:15 p.m., a live cake raffle, and more. Suggested donations start at $10.

On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., visit our neighbors in Mount Baker to see the Medieval Women’s Choir perform a short concert at Mount Baker Community Clubhouse, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive South. The choir will sing medieval music with soloist Linda Strandberg, accompanied by period instruments played by percussionist Peggy Monroe and harpist Bill McJohn.

After the weekend’s over, don’t forget the UPTUN quarterly meeting, Nightmares and Opportunities: Broadstripe and City Underserving Neighbors on Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at Beacon Lutheran Church, 1720 Forest Street South. See our earlier post for more info.


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