Thursday Night Kick-Off Dance
Friday Night FREE Public Workshops
No event pass required. If you’ve never been to a dance event before, now is your chance to check one out risk free! Join us on Friday evening for a friendly look at what social dancing is all about. Three hours of beginning level dance instruction in Country Two Step, West Coast Swing, and Nightclub Two Step will be offered FREE to the public starting Friday at 6:00p.m. Then, stick around for open dancing FREE in the Mt. Adams room for at least an hour so you can practice what you just learned. This is one social occasion you won’t want to miss. Bring your friends, learn together then spend the evening dancing the night away!
Join us at the hotel on Thursday evening July 6th. You’ll enjoy lots open dancing to a variety of great music! We’ll be featuring the Pattern Dance Challenge and Line Dance Challenge Finals - an event you won’t want to miss. Admission is $10 at the door (this dance is INCLUDED with your weekend pass!).
Invited Instructors Jeremy & Kelly Bryan, Glenn & Sue Cravalho, Mike Eads, Aaron Lorenzen, David Weise & Heather Powers, Craig Johnson & Joan Lundahl, Michelle Kinkaid, Nick King, Jen Miller, Jim & Michele Gray, Doug & Nicki Silton, Rob & Sherry Tovell, Eric & Jenica Zimmer, Carlus & Josie Reed, Jason & Yvonne Wayne, and Chris & Becky Haynam.
Couples Workshops begin at 10:00 am Friday and continue through Sunday afternoon. A large variety of classes will be offered for all levels of dance focusing on fun social dance moves, lead and follow, technique, music interpretation, and more. The schedule will be available in mid June. SPECIAL NOTE: All Star workshops are INCLUDED with the Everything Pass and the All-Star Pass. Individuals holding an Adult Weekend Pass, Saturday Pass or Sunday Pass may purchase any All-Star Workshop for $8 per class at the event.
Couples All Star Workshops will be taught on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday by our Master level professionals who specialize in the latest and most innovative patterns, techniques, and dances.
Beginning Level Workshops will be available throughout the weekend starting Friday at 6pm if you are just starting out or would like to brush up on your basics. Taught by top ranked national and local instructors, these classes are sure to get your feet moving in the right direction.
All-Star Workshops on DVD
All-Star Workshop DVD’s will be available for purchase at the event. We’ll have separate DVD’s Country and Swing classes.
Pro-Am Jack & Jill
Here’s your chance to meet our judges and teachers “up close and personal”. Plan to take part in our informal Pro-Am Jack and Jill contest on Friday night.
Pro-Am Two-Step, Swing and Nightclub
By popular demand, we have added Pro-Am Country Two Step! Grab your favorite Pro on Sunday and strut your stuff to some great two-step, west coast swing and nightclub music. Strictly Swing rules apply.
Pattern Dance Challenge
Bushwhackers, Duke’s, Silver Spur and Oregon State University will be sponsoring dance competitions geared especially toward the social dancer. The preliminary rounds for couples will be held in the Cowboy Cha Cha, Sweetheart Schottische, and Horseshoe; the line dances are The Outlaw, Watermelon Crawl and Boot-Scootin’ Boogie. The finals of each contest will be held at our pre-event dance party on July 6th. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top couple and line dancer. Check our Facebook page for future updates.
Saturday Night Dinner Show & Theme Party
This year the Portland Dance Festival is Going Green! Tree hugger, environmentalist, the Jolly Green Giant, Kermit the Frog, the Hulk, Oregon Ducks, money bags, whatever floats your boat. Join in and make everyone green with envy ~ Get into the Green Scene and let’s have a little Northwest FUN!
Saturday Night Swing Social...
Join us on Saturday night at 10 pm in the Swing Room for our special swing party sponsored by and hosted by the Portland Swing Dance Club. Chris Jones will be spinning the tunes and keeping you dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
Sunday Buffet & Wrap Up Party
A New York Deli buffet will be served following the awards ceremony. The Wrap up Party will start at the same time in the St. Helen’s room featuring your favorite country, swing and line dance music. Now’s the time to eat, socialize, kick back and just relax.
Interested in Volunteering?
We’re always looking for volunteers to help us handle the many tasks necessary to produce the Portland Dance Festival. If you’d like to help out by donating an hour or two of your time, please contact our new Volunteer Coordinator Haley Skredsvig at: PDFVolunteer@gmail.com