Dine, dance and socialize

// Studio 6 Ballroom gets the community out and about

Studio 6 Ballroom is gearing up to bring a multitude of events to the community all in one night next week.

On Sept. 16 Studio 6 helps host another round of the extremely popular Sixth Avenue Business District's Progressive Dinner, followed by a swing dance workshop back at the studio for live band dancing to end the night on a high note.

The Progressive Dinner event composes a festive night around trying out a variety of restaurants along the central Sixth Ave. Three groups of up to 20 individuals visit three restaurants for 45 minutes at a time, and are able to try a unique offering, including vegetarian options, at each site.

"We oversold on tickets last time, but we just have 60 tickets this time. Each group has a guide to take them to the next location. It's a great opportunity for people to get out and meet new people, and also a great date night, blind date night, networking, offices going out, friends going out. It's dinner and networking," Natasha Thayer, master coach at Studio 6, said.

In addition to getting individuals acquainted around the Sixth Ave. district, the Progressive Dinner also serves another purpose - offering up a respite to local businesses in this economy. "There isn't just one thing to try. The purpose of the event is for people to get to know Sixth Avenue, people from Silverdale and Seattle get to know the area around here...it also helps to have positive times in the tough economy," Thayer stated.

The restaurants participating during this installment of the Progressive Dinner are Six Olives, Crown Bar, and the new Sax Lounge. Each site will have drink specials (the only things that the dinner ticket doesn't cover are drinks and tip) as well as their site-specific dinner offering for the event. Previous restaurant participants were Primo Grill, Il Fiasco, Shakabrah Java, Wild Orchid, Gateway to India, Jazzbones, Masa, and Asado. While the menu for this round of the Progressive Dinner has not been finalized, Thayer did affirm that Sax would be serving a variation on their popular fish dish, herb-crusted halibut puttanesca, served with garlic pasta and garden vegetables.

Dessert will be taking place back at Studio 6 Ballroom after the swing workshop and during the live band dancing. The offerings are being catered by Granny La La, a gluten-free, mostly allergen-free baking company out of Spanaway, and Origin 23, which will be providing organic coffee and tea for the masses post-meals.

The three rounds of progressive dining will take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7 p.m., and participants can choose which start time they would like when purchasing tickets. The swing dance workshop will take place at 7 p.m., and is available to anyone expressing interest in learning no matter what his or her background, level of experience or lack of partner.

"Individuals can get

help through in an impromptu mini-class if they'd like. I will be teaching. Individuals don't need anything, but should avoid spiky heels for the dance floor and walking from place to place, so wear comfy shoes. If people come to the dinner, the workshop is free, if not, admission for the workshop and band is $15, if just for band it's $10," Thayer said.

The band providing music for the remainder of the evening will be Maia Santell and House Blend, a blues and jazz band that Thayer affirms is perfect for this type of event. "They're just a wonderful band for venues to work with, and the fact that not only are they great to dance to, but they're also great for people who want to kick back on couch and listen. They play things that cross the decades for all ages, and they gauge crowds really well."

For a well-rounded evening composed of good people, excellent local food and drink and dancing, check out Studio 6's range of events coming up this week.

The Progressive Dinner, swing dance workshop and live band dancing will all be taking place on Sept.  16. Tickets are $35 if purchased by Sept. 12, $45 afterward if available. For more information or to register for the dinner, visit www.studio6ballroom.com.

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