Dance the night away, or learn to present your art

Several upcoming events and classes are aimed at artsy islanders.

Several upcoming events and classes are aimed at artsy islanders.

Get up and dance

Square dance to live music from the island band Frog Holler, at a monthly dance session at The Coop, at 15245 115th Ave SW. The next session will take place from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, with a square dancing lesson from 3:30-4 p.m. A $10 donation is requested, to benefit Vashon HouseHold. Kids 12 and younger are free. For more information, email

Islanders can keep on moving to music at three different dance class series taught by Nomadic Dance founder Sarah Howard, at Open Space for Arts & Community.

“Island Rhythm” — exploring the moves of salsa, cha cha, samba, reggaeton and more — will take place from 6-6:55 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 13-27, at $75 per person. “Lead & Follow 101 — covering the basics of movement with a partner — will take place from 6-6:55 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7-21, and costs $150 per couple. “Cabaret Choreography,” from 6-6:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 5-19, is a three-week series for beginners to learn choreographed moves. The full series costs $75.

For more information and to register, email or join the Facebook group, Vashon Dance Squad.

The art of presentation

Local printmaker Brian Fisher will teach “The Art of Presentation” from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Swiftwater Gallery, 17600 Vashon Hwy SW. There is a $25 fee for the class.

With an emphasis on archival methods, Fisher will present professional standards for preparing 2D art for display. When followed, these standards will enhance the artwork’s overall presentation and viewers’ experience of the work, and make the artwork easier to install.

Sign up online here, or in person at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.