The Rain Country Dance Association creates a friendly environment for GLBTQ people and friends to meet and dance in the Pacific Northwest. We support the Country-Western dance community by providing opportunities to dance, learn, and perform. We cater to the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered/Queer community of Seattle and Greater Puget Sound but are open to all. We are a non-profit organization.
We promote the teaching of country-western, line, and related dance forms, providing venues for learning, practicing, and perfecting those skills. We present the public performance of those dance forms, preserving the history and continuity of country-western and line dancing in our regional area.
the “Cuff Country” dance nights at the Cuff Complex
, scheduling DJs and instructors and promoting special theme nights and fundraisers. The organization also produces dance workshops throughout the year and a dance during Seattle Pride, among other events. The Rain City Rhythm Riders
dance team is a special project of Rain Country.
Rain Country was founded in 2006 by a group of dancers, teachers, performers, and DJs who wanted to ensure the continuation of dancing and dance venues in the Puget Sound area via an organization which would allow community ownership of the local country-western dance scene. Rain Country works with community businesses and venues to provide for the needs of the dance community without relying on those businesses to be the sole support system for the dance community.
|Donna Horn – President
Jennifer Lamkins – Vice-President
Phil Flores – Treasurer
Richard Dominguez – Secretary
Ruby Luke. – Director + Scheduling
Jim Drew – Director + Programming
Aim Milner – Director + Membership
Dirk Rapp – Director
Oystian Sinclair – Director
|Jim Drew — Couples and Line
Terry Felts — Couples and Line
Barb Buys — Couples
Ruby Luke — Line
| Sheba Thone — Line
Dave Morrison — Line
Pete Winowitch — Line
Richard Dominguez — Line
Our typical instruction schedule on Fridays (at the Cuff / lesson at 7:15, with open dancing 7:00–7:15 and 8:15–11:00) is Basic Two-Step and an easier line dance on the first Friday; Basic-Plus (a step more advanced) Two-Step and review of the previous week's line dance on the second Friday; a higher level line dance or two on the third Friday; a Basic lesson in Waltz, East Coast Swing, Night Club, or Shadow and a review of the previous week’s line dance on tyhe fourth Friday; and when there is a fifth Friday, a Basic-Plus lesson in what was taught the week before.
First, third, and fifth Wednesdays (at the Cuff /lesson at 8:30, with line dancing 7:30–8:30 and 9:00–10;15) feature a line dance lesson, usually with a new-to-Seattle dance every six weeks (every third night of dancing) and reteaches of other line dances on the other Wednesdays.
Rain Country instructors and DJs are volunteers. We encourage you to tip the instructors folowing the lessons and the DJ at any time during the evening dancing.
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