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Dust off your dancing shoes, get ready to trip the light fantastic at Love Bug Dance

  • Written by Deborah Stone
They’re rolling out the red carpet at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center and inviting families to enjoy music, dancing, crafts, raffle prizes, refreshments and more at the Love Bug Dance.

Gaylen Sauve, The Dance Dude & DJ extraordinaire of GSC Production, will be handling the tunes, and Christine Moody of Trimood Photography will be on site to take pictures of what promises to be a memorable evening.

Sponsored by the Northshore YMCA and The Woodinville Weekly (with additional services donated by Tim and Kris Rose, GSC Production and Trimood Photography), the event is a first for Woodinville.

“In the past, we always held a father-daughter dance as part of the Adventure Guides program,” explains Tom Weiss-Lehman, summer and family programs director for the Y. “It was very successful and we averaged about 100 people, which was really all that we were able to handle in the amount of space we had over at the Lake Forest Park Civic Center. But, we wanted to make the event more inclusive this year and open it to everyone, instead of just dads and their daughters.”

Weiss-Lehman notes that Adventure Guides is changing in terms of the composition of its participants.

He comments that family structure now encompasses many different variations.

“It’s no longer always a traditional family structure,” he says. “We have single moms, single dads, stay-at-home dads, grandparents raising grandchildren and other family combinations. We want to be able to offer the same experience to everyone.”

The upcoming dance will offer an area for families to listen to music and dance, another room for low-key, do-it-yourself crafts where attendees can take a break from the hubbub and a gym for kids to run around, play hoops and blow off steam.

Weiss-Lehman has high expectations for attendance, based on the popularity of the father-daughter dances in the past.

By expanding the event, a wider group of people will be able to participate.

“I’m looking at maybe 150 to 200,” he comments. “We’ll have the two rooms and the gym to use, so we’ll be able to spread out, which will be nice.”

Finger food snacks and drinks, courtesy of Tim and Kris Rose, will be on hand and raffle prizes will be given throughout the night, including a week of summer camp at the Y.

Decorations will be provided by Molbak’s and HoneyBash.

Weiss-Lehman explains why events such as these are important to hold in a community: “They provide an opportunity for the community to spend time together, to do something active and to have a positive shared experience. It’s also a good way for residents to reconnect with one another and meet new people.”

He adds, “These types of experiences help to strengthen sense of community while strengthening the relationships in a family between parents and their children.”

Julie Boselly, publisher of The Woodinville Weekly, is thrilled about the upcoming dance.

She says, “My kids and I love to dance. We were lucky enough to attend a wedding recently that was very family-friendly and I realized how much fun an event like this would be. There aren’t many opportunities to go out as a family and listen to music and dance together. All ages music events are limited or really geared toward teens and older.”

She adds, “The Carol Edwards Center is a perfect location for this event and the YMCA is a perfect partner. My mother, Carol Edwards, would have loved this. She used to throw herself rock-n-roll dance parties for her birthday.

“With the annual parade moved to summer, we can start some new indoor traditions in the colder months.”

What: Community Love Bug Dance

When: Saturday, February 16th, 6-9 p.m.

Where: The Y at the Carol Edwards Center in Woodinville (17401 133rd Ave. NE)

Cost: $15 per family (financial assistance available)

All ages are welcome (ages 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult)

Preregistration recommended: (425) 485-9797 or www.ymcanorthshore.org.

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