I Still Dance

There was a time 
in the not-too-distant past

When her red magic shoes caressed a smooth wooden dance floor
 expressing rhythms and patterns with passion and joy

Her wings have now been clipped
 rendering her flightless and still

What now does she do with her life
 as she contemplates her inner strife

Her intellect is strong, her imagination flourishing 
now her being has a new meaning

To dance with words and new rhythms 
expressed with creativity and heart

I still dance

Dance Benefit

Benefit Dance Party

The event was a huge success thanks to so many people. In this video, Hallie Kuperman and Dean Paton pay tribute to Nancianna Maitri and Living Traditions, founded by Nancianna Maitri and Walter Dill. Living Traditions is well known for igniting ballroom dance craze in the 1990s. Its contribution to the dance community is still recognized today. Nancianna was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998 and now resides in a nursing home. Her community came to support and honor her through this dance benefit hosted by the Century Ballroom. At one point Hallie contacts Nancianna by phone so her adoring fans can send their love, then the band begins to play and Nancianna listens as Hallie holds the phone toward stage. Thank you to all who contributed to this great event on behalf of a great woman.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Century Ballroom , Seattle

Soprano Lucia Neare
Swingin’ Chanteuse Dina Blade
Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe
The Valse Café Orchestra
Playing a mix of Swing, Waltz, Blues & Latin
Plus a live-music Shim Sham


Beginner Waltz Lesson with Hallie and Dean – 8 p.m.
Intermediate Waltz Lesson – 8:30 p.m.
Live Music Dance – 9 p.m. to 11:30

Ten years ago, the community pulled together on a similar benefit for Nancianna – and raised more than $10,000. We intend to beat that total this time!

Partial list of co-sponsors:
Jodi Fleischman/Left Foot Boogie
Zachariah Cassady & Henry Burton/Waltz etcetera
Ben White/Eastside Stomp
MaryLee Lykes/Lykes to Dance

Parking Suggestions:
Street parking is free after 8 o’clock. You’ll find cheap lots directly north of the ballroom, on the west side of Nagle Place (right across from the lighted tennis courts), and also one block west of Broadway, in the Seattle Central Community College lot on the northwest corner of Harvard and Pine.