On May 4-7, Seattle House Dance Project will take place at Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon (664 S King St). The event includes classes, lectures, parties, and competitions pertaining to house music and dancing. Seattle House Dance Project strives to uplift and educate the Pacific Northwest's house-music community "while also respecting the roots in the Black and Latinx Queer underground community," as its website states. SHDP's goals include "empower[ing] the next generation to innovate forward. This includes House, Vogue, Hustle and Waacking/Punking." The instructors—Orb, Sekou, Shinobijaxx, Tracey Wong, and Ron Gatsby—are respected House dancers from New York, Seattle, and the Bay Area. In addition, upper-echelon Seattle DJs J-Justice, Eric Pranzarone, Carlos Ruiz, Riz Rollins, Waylon Dungan, and Joey Webb will be spinning all weekend long.
You can purchase a four-day Seattle House Dance Project pass for $80, which allows entry into all classes and events at The Beacon. There's also free entry to On the Brink: Battles—hosted by Dani Tirrell and Amy O'Neal— at Washington Hall (made possible due to support from 206 Zulu and the Ubunye Project). Check out the full schedule below.
May 4, 2017: Kick-Off/ Class and Open Session
5:30pm - 10:00pm
May 5, 2017: Classes and Vibe 2.0
12:00 noon - 10:30pm
May 6, 2017: Prelims (Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon) and Main Battle (Washington Hall)
12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight
May 7, 2017: Panel/Potluck and Closing Jam
1:00pm - 8:00pm