1st Annual Couldn’t Have Been More Fun!
November 18th brought the first “World Dance Party” to NE Seattle and it was not to be missed. The evening was an incredible night of sharing culture with each other through food, art and dance. Six scheduled dance instructions kept the night zipping along kicking off with none other than the “Chicken Dance”. As the evening progressed another set of impromptu dances came from attendants eager to share their cultural expression including a Turkish Folk Dance and some traditional Somali Dancing.
Everyone enjoyed a fantastic feast made up of potluck dishes brought by attendants, donations from the Kaffeeklatsch and Mo and Lu Pasta and wonderful offerings from Stephen with the Hunger intervention program and the staff of the North Seattle Family Resource Center. In addition, participants were asked to fill out a leaf and attach it to the “You Are Welcome Here” tree identifying where people had come from. The Lake City Youth Leadership Program helped with set up and take down and also offered up a cool mask decorating station.
LCFF was honored to take part in the event that was made possible through the Seattle Parks District’s “Recreation 4 All” initiative. Resources were available for individuals and families through several groups including the Office of Civil Rights and the ORCA card program. Partnering on the evening were the Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Seniors, Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library, Hunger Intervention Program, LCFF, Seattle Parks and Department of Neighborhoods. The wonderful Dance Instructors on hand were: Awela & Tawaf Aboudou who showed us how to do the Chicken Dance – Michael Cahn, from Lake City’s own Suenos De Salsa, demonstrating the Bachata – Amharic Dance from Ethiopia with Mulu Reda – the Peruvian Marinera Nortena with Ximena Egoavil – and a rousing Zumba with Treena Wiesse. Raffle prizes between each lesson let everyone catch their breath. It was truly a great community event and one you wont want to miss next year.