"Dance, dance, dance"
June 25, 2008 · Updated 12:35 PM
"Bayou Boogie plays Cajun music with the spirit of the bayou. Doug Warren leads the band, playing accordion, fiddle and singing. Peter McCracken and Becky Evasick play swamp-style fiddles; Alison Sneed plays rhythm guitar and sings in French. Nancy Thorwardson rocks the beat on triangle and rub-board and sings, while Jim Parfitt plays electric bass. 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. 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 Jeanne Lanigan of Clinton, leading an Irish Set dancing workshop; Diane Evans, who specializes in Scottish Country Dancing; and Janice Sheperd, of Bellingham, teaching tango and other forms of ballroom dancing. There are also several 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-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 couples 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 on the Southend Langley Chamber of Commerce and Greenbank Farm, as well as at the Coupeville Pharmacy and Videoville in Coupeville. 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 KWDD will be giving away free passes until the event.Call 360-678-5434. "