Rain Country at Century Ballroom - June 2023
Winter Membership Dance - December 2022
Rain Country at The Cuff - July 2021
Rain Country dancers at The Cuff after Emerald City Hoedown - May 2019
Rain Country dancers at June 2009 Pride Armory dance
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. You can read a little bit more about our history and community in this 2023 article from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.
Mission. Rain Country Dance Association creates a safe and friendly environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) 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 LGBTQ+ community of Seattle and Greater Puget Sound but are open to all. Members and event attendees are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.
How exactly do we do this? 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.
We co-produce “Out Country” every Friday night at Century Ballroom from 7-10pm and host line dancing every Tuesday night at All Pilgrims Church from 7-9pm. We schedule DJs and instructors and organize special theme nights, membership only dances and fundraisers. Our organization also produces dance workshops throughout the year—including our premier event, Emerald City Hoedown—and quarterly members-only dances. Visit the What we dance and Events pages to learn more.
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. As a registered nonprofit, all of our programming is made possible in thanks to our members, many of whom volunteer with us throughout the year. To learn more about volunteering with Rain Country, visit our Volunteer With Us page.
We seek to ensure that all those interested in participating in our community feel safe and welcome. We expect our members and event attendees to respect one another, including on social media. No form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment will be tolerated. We treat any concerns regarding these issues seriously and will review any brought to our attention promptly. For any questions or reports, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We invite all to support our community, to dance, and to have fun.
If you wish to have a picture of yourself removed from our site or social media channels, please contact us (info@RainCountryDance.org) and we will edit or remove the image as soon as possible.