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Join us as we put on our dancing shoes to celebrate the fourth year of Wa Na Wari!

On Tuesday, April 4th, Wa Na Wari is hosting a birthday fundraiser at Washington Hall with the theme Cake Dance, presenting a 21st-century version of the Cakewalk - a Dance of Black Resistance and Celebration. Cakewalks were birthed out of the artistic ingenuity of formerly enslaved Africans during the mid-19th Century – it’s where the phrase “take the cake” came from because a cake was awarded as a prize in the dance contest!

Cake Dance will feature local and national Black dancers performing Lindy Hop, Tap, and Chicago-style steppin’, which will show an array of self-determined, radical Black dance and offer some history about “cake-walking.” Music will be provided by DJ Lady Coco: @djladycoco.

How to Cakewalk:

The Cake Dance is also a cakewalk. Participants will purchase a $25 ticket per round, and they will walk around in a numbered circle to music by DJ Lady Coco. When the music stops, you stand on the number closest to you and the MC will call out a number. If your number is called, you can select a cake from one of the amazing participating local bakeries like Baked from the Hart, Flour Lane Bakeshop, Gray Seas Pies, KJ Cakery, Moon Village Bakery, Seattle Pastry Project, Sea Wolf Bakers, Tom Douglas and more.


When: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 from 6 PM to 8 PM

Where: Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Tickets: Artist/Community Ticket: $25; Presale: $50

Cakewalk Entry: $25 per cakewalk round

Event link + tickets: eventbrite


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