"Dance, dance, dance"
July 3, 2008 · Updated 7:51 PM
"Coupeville is the destination of choice for dancin' fools on Saturday, Nov. 4, when the Whidbey Dance Bonanza comes to town with a day and a night of all kinds of dancing.The afternoon is full of dance workshops. Couples or individuals can learn - or watch - while the experts lead the way through the basics of tango, Irish set dancing, zydeco, marimba, Cajun, swing or Scottish Country dancing.In the evening, there will be four separate dances, all with live music. Dillinger's Clambake will play for a swing dance; the Bayou Boogie Band will play for Cajun and zydeco dancing; the nine-member Juba Marimba band from Bellingham will jam; and Whidbey Island fiddlers, with Brian Crisafulli, will play for an evening of Scottish Country Dance. We have three great bands, said Rita Kuller, president of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, which has sponsored the Dance Bonanza for the past three years. And they will be playing fun, energetic music.Dance teachers will include Diane Evans, who specializes in Scottish Country Dancing; Jeanne Lanagan, leading an Irish Set dancing workshop; and Janice Sheperd, of Bellingham, teaching tango and other forms of ballroom dancing; and others, including a swing dance teacher. Last year 300 people came for the dancing, about half and half islanders and visitors. Our goal is to make it a really relaxed event, Kuller said. We want it to be really easy for the public to pick and choose as they see fit. And there are many choices. The workshops start at noon. The social dancing begins at 8 p.m. and goes on till 11 p.m. at a variety of venues, including the Coupeville Recreation Hall, the Performing Arts Center at Coupeville High School, the Coupeville Middle School Gym, at the Masonic Lodge in Coupeville and at Greenbank Farm. All the venues have wooden floors.Teachers will be available half-an-hour before the dancing begins in the evening to help anyone who wants a refresher course or basic lesson.Whidbey Tours will run free shuttle buses between the venues for passholders.Admission to Dance Bonanza activities is by one all-day pass, which can be used for any or all of the activities as dancers move around from one to the other. A couple pass, which can be used by any two people, costs $17, and must be purchased in advance. An individual pass costs $12.Passes are on sale at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Coupeville Pharmacy, Videoville in Coupeville, Greenbank Farm and Langley Chamber of Commerce. Passes will also be available at the Anchorage Inn on Saturday, Nov. 4. Schedules of events will be available at all venues and on the bus.Radio station KWDB will be giving away free passes until the event.Call 678-5434. -------------------Dance Bonanza programNoon - Cajun/zydeco 1-5 p.m. - Irish sets1-5 p.m. - tango/ballroom 2 p.m. - Scottish country dance 2 p.m. - Country line dance, Western dancing, at Greenbank Farm 4 p.m. - Swing dancing, including East Coast swingAll afternoon classes end by approximately 5:30 8-11 p.m. - Swing Dance with Dillinger's Clambake 8-11 p.m. - Cajun/Zydeco Dance with Bayou Boogie Band 8-11 p.m. - Scottish Country Dance with Brian Crisafulli on fiddle plus additional fiddle and piano 8-11 p.m. - Marimba in the Barn with Juba Marimba Band, at Greenbank Farm.Teachers will be available at 7:30 p.m. at all the dance venues for brush-up classes before the dancing starts.All classes and dances are in Coupeville, except for the two indicated at Greenbank Farm. "