Taking dance lessons can be an exciting and wonderful adventure. We also know that it can be intimidating to make that first call or even get through the door of a dance studio. You will feel the difference when you walk in the door of Abayas' Ballroom. Enjoy the hospitality and warmth on your very first lesson.
Monahan Studio's philosophy revolves around encouragement: anyone can create art, and should have fun doing it. Drawing and painting classes for adults fuel creativity, whereas children?s sessions cover everything from paper collage to sculpture. Private lessons pair students with an instructor who customizes a project to the client's ability level and speed. Illustration services are also available for traditional publishers and self-publishing authors.
Set amid Seattle’s Upper Fremont neighborhood, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center is a non-profit organization that sponsors instruction and performance opportunities focusing on local music, contemporary dance, interactive visual art, spoken word and even the occasional culinary activity. Located in the Fremont Abbey, a beautiful, century-old building that was once St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the center is run by volunteers and strives to be accessible to people of all ages and income levels. The annual events calendar at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center is filled with various events, including creative classes and concerts, and the space itself has become a rental destination for weddings, receptions and all manner of large-scale celebrations.
Vassili, Salsa con Todo’s artistic director, has been performing since he was a teenager, but he was a musician and actor before he took his first salsa lesson in 2000. Since then, he has studied salsa and Afro-Cuban rumba in Columbia and Cuba. Today, along with a team of dance instructors, he shares his passion for salsa, bachata, and Argentine tango on the hand-laid dance floors of Salsa con Todo’s 1,900-square-foot studio. Salsa con Todo shares the dance floor with Kids Dance Seattle, whose instructor, Heather Bridgham, leads youngsters through creative movements and structured steps. During each class, children match their movements to the music, developing the grace and coordination they need to pillage the cookie jar unnoticed.
Tucked inside an art deco building within Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park, the economically-sized Seattle Asian Art Museum showcases cultural artifacts from China, Japan, Korea and India. From silk screens to sculpture, scrolls to woodwork, the museum nods at history at every turn. It also includes a children’s room that lets little ones learn by doing and creating. Outside, Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture lines a decorative pool within Volunteer Park, making for a wonderful photo vantage point that includes Seattle’s Space Needle in the background. Through the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas, the museum even offers a Saturday lecture series on visual and literary arts topics. Bargain-hunters take note: The museum is free to all visitors the first Thursday of each month.