Dance your Festival!

WED, JAN 15 | AFF KICK-OFF PARTY

7 - 11 pm • 49th State Brew. Co. (717 W 3rd Ave) • $10. Join us for a party to celebrate the start of the Festival! Food and drink will be available in the restaurant before the event. Music, drinks, & dancing in the theater!! Doors open @6:30, bands will  be TBA @7, TBA @8, & The Cold Country Bluegrass Band @9. Tickets

SAT, JAN 18 | IRISH CEILI DANCING

10:00 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Learn several easy group dances from the Irish tradition. Ceili dancing (pronounced "kay-lee") is a lively style with similarities to contra dancing.

SAT, JAN 18 | LEARN TO SWING DANCE

11:30 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Learn the basics of swing dancing with Katie Cueva  to the live music of Hot Club of Nunaka. All dancers welcome, no experience needed.

SAT, JAN 18 | BEGINNING FOLK DANCE FOR KIDS

01:00 pm • Professional Studies Building 166 • Free. If you are interested in a dosido or sashay this is the class for you! Put your dancing shoes on and learn a few dances with Lauralee Honkola. Parents welcome!

SAT, JAN 18 | JACK BROADBENT CONCERT

7:30 - 11:30pm • 49th State Brew. Co. (717 W 3rd Ave) • $20. Come and hear AFF headliner performer Jack Broadbent live at 49th State! Stay to dance with the smooth sounds of Harp Daddy & Daddy's Issue feat. Gary Sloan. Food and drink will be available in the restaurant before the event. Music, drinks, & dancing in the theater! Must be 21 or older to attend. Doors open @7, Mr. Broadbent @7:30, Daddy’s Issue feat. Gary Sloan @9:30. Tickets

SUN, JAN 19 | THE MAGGIE PICKIE

10:00 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Learn the Maggie Pickie, a relaxed old-style  Irish step dance from Donegal, with Lisa Maloney. All dancers welcome, no Irish dance experience needed.

SUN, JAN 19 | THE BASICS OF SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING

11:30 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Anybody can learn how to swing a partner with Brian DeMarcus. Bring your dancing shoes and be prepared for a good time. Or bring your instrument and learn how to play in the band! Mary Schallert will ensure a heels-kicking success with her Learn to Play for Square and Contra Dancing workshop.

THURS, JAN 23 | CONTRA DANCE

7 - 10 pm • Student Union (UAA) • $10 Adults / $5 Youth. Enjoy contra dancing with special guest band the Pig Runners (featuring Mike Loso, Karen Loso, Meg O’Mullane, Brendan Bonnet, Kari Hendrich, and Jeff Snedgen)! Calling will be provided by the notorious illustrious Brian DeMarcus. No experience is needed, just bring your sense of fun. Come early for instruction. UAA Students dance free courtesy of your Concert Board. Event supported by the Dancing Bears. Tickets

SAT, JAN 25 | CAJUN DANCE WORKSHOP

11:30 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Learn how to Cajun dance from with Guest Artists Kelli Jones and Philippe Billeaudeaux (Feufollet) and Bayou Glacee! Refine your two-step for the Williwaw Social dance tonight!

SAT, JAN 25 | FEUFOLLET CAJUN DANCE PARTY

8 pm - 1 am • Williwaw Social (609 F St) • $20. Come and hear AFF headliner performers Feufollet live at Williwaw! Stay and dance with Big Chimney Barn Dance (featuring Nate Williamson, Danny Consenstein, Scotty Meyer, Jay Marvin, Peter Hamre, and Garren Volper). Must be 21 or older to attend. Doors open @7, Feufollet @8, Big Chimney Barn Dance @11. Tickets

SUN, JAN 26 | LEARN TO WALTZ

10:00 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Waltzing made easy and to live music where you can join the band, with Mary Schallert & Fabienne Cunningham. Nothing like on-the-job training to make you an expert!

SUN, JAN 26 | CUBAN DANCE WORKSHOP

11:15 am • Wendy Williamson Auditorium • Free. Anaya Latin Dance - Cuban son, or son cubano, or simply "son" is a genre of music and dance originating in the countryside of 19th century Eastern Cuba. Today it is regarded as one of the most influential Latin genres existing. (Think of the traditional sound of Buena Vista Social Club matched with smooth and elegant dance steps following the conga in contratiempo timing.) We will learn the basic steps and musicality first without partners, then we will dance in couples.

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