~Newsletter for Dancers~

February 2019
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February's Dance Spots
Feb 1: Bluesy Dancing @ Blues Underground, Capitol Hill, 8pm lesson, 9pm dance
Feb 8: Fabulous Friday Dance at Om Culture! Wallingford, 8pm lesson, 8:30 dance
Feb 15: Dance Show @ Flow Studios!  Show starts at 8pm. Dance party afterwards.
Feb 22: Salsa @ Century Ballroom, Capitol Hill, 8:30 lesson, 9:30 dance

To find us, you can text or call Michael @ 206-452-3598
If you have a Friday night venue in mind, let us know!


February 14th 
Valentine's Couples Date and Intro Dance night! 
Co-Hosted with Hannah Eaton and Sequoia Immersions

Hannah will spend the first hour with a brief teaching and provide space to explore your connection as a couple. We will then dive into a basic dance lesson to connect through movement and music. Dance provides an incredible metaphor to experience and strengthen your relationship. This workshop is catered to new dancers, but all experience levels are welcome. 

$30/couple - Register Here    (7:30 - 9:30pm)

February 16th 
Partner Yoga, Partner Dance: A Workshop to Trust, Play, & Connect
Co-Hosted with Xan Roberti and Eclectic Heart

This workshop cultivates mindfulness and embodies physical communication. You will stretch, flex, dance, and guaranteed, laugh. Both Partner Yoga and Partner Dance help strengthen relationships and mindfulness. Each partner will have to step outside her/himself to connect and collaborate with the other. All experience levels will thrive, from novice to advance.

$50/couple - Register Here    (11am - 1pm)


Dance Show

8pm February 15th

Join Michael Haug and Monique Jones for a whirlwind performance.  This evening will showcase a myriad of partner styles from Salsa to Waltz, Swing to Hustle, Jive to straight up Flow. If you haven’t been, please join.  The show is followed by a social for all.  Please RSVP to
Dance that Song!  Episode 19 was shot at the Ballard Locks in Seattle, featuring Lauren Bangasser. 

You choose the song, we dance to, and record it, in one take.  

... To Request a song, email

Profile of a Dancer (or 2)

Paul and Susan Byrne

Paul's New Year's resolution for last year was to learn something his wife would enjoy. Susan had taken up golf a few years before so she could play with him, so he thought he’d find something to reciprocate. He also had a separate resolution to do something that would get him out of his comfort zone.  As fate would have it, he came across an article in the Sunday Seattle Times featuring a new dance studio….Flow. Fast forward to today…..they “simply enjoy learning and continuing to improve”.  Michael is big part of that equation. 

Susan met Paul in 1974. She first saw him at a touch football game where she went to watch some friends play. There was this new guy playing who she thought was really cute. They were introduced a few days after that at the bar, where Paul was working as a bartender.

Both Susan and Paul are retired! Susan was a librarian, and Paul was President/CEO of Precor fitness equipment. He always believed that life is about experiences, not things. That translates into taking good care of himself physically and spiritually to fully enjoy the things he loves to do. Susan, in addition to having two black belts, took tap and ballet as a kid, and also participated in social dance classes on cruises. Their passion for physical fitness has transferred to having fun learning how to connect with partner dance.

Susan and Paul practice dancing in their family room. He likes the fluidity of the waltz and the fun, spontaneity of the blues. Susan likes it all. They both have committed to pushing through the challenge of learning to flow as lead and follow.

Check out their flow below!
Your journey in becoming fluent in Flow is now in print!  Use the manual to organize your training and to learn and play at home.  Get yours at your next private session. 

Dancing Is the Best Exercise


Photo: Herbert Gehr/Getty Images/The LIFE Picture Co

Some of the most purely joyful moments I’ve had in the past couple of years have come while dancing, sometimes at contra dances, which are nerdy and sweaty and call for you to surrender to the pleasure of forming patterns in a group; also at No Lights No Lycra, a weekly dance party (held in cities around the world) where you can’t see anyone besides their vague outline, and you dance as hard as you can, however you want, without worrying what anyone thinks of you. (At one No Lights No Lyrca event, a Ke$ha song came on and by the end of it I felt like my mind and body had melded and that my soul was a candle. It was wild.)

A small new study suggests that older women, who dance, experience lower rates of disability than their non-dancing peers (specifically, they are 73 percent less likely to develop disabilities). This is good news for “anyone who generally hates to exercise,” according to one Psychology Today writer. As the study’s lead author said in a statement: “Although it is unclear why dancing alone reduces the risk of activities of daily living disability, dancing requires not only balance, strength, and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner, artistry for graceful and fluid motion, and memory for choreography.”

It makes me think of Rosecrans Baldwin’s distressing GQ story from a few weeks ago about “L.A.’s Cult of Betterness,” where at the end he finds comfort and release at an Ecstatic Dance gathering there.

Maybe instead of lunch breaks we could have a dance breaks. The dances would be synchronized, and everyone would be required to have fun.

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Content by Michael Haug
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