World Dance Party (WDP) is a fun party designed to get neighbors to interact and to celebrate culture and diversity. Everyone from all backgrounds and ages is welcome. It’s a potluck. Several multicultural dances are taught by volunteer instructors in 20-minute mini-lessons, then everyone dances. That’s it. There’s no other agenda. No fundraising. No lectures. Just food and dancing and community.
The idea for the event surfaced at an Aging Your Way Gathering, organized by Senior Services, an organization in Seattle. The gathering was part of a project designed to capture people’s input on an ideal community for everyone to grow old in, as well as inspire citizens to actions to improve their neighborhoods.
- To have fun: WDP is an event that energizes people and gives us all an outlet to know our neighbors in a fun and relaxed setting.
- To contribute: WDP is about building community. Everyone contributes in some way such as bringing a dish to share, teaching dances, volunteering, and inviting their friends and family to participate in the event.
- To accept: WDP should be a place where everyone can feel welcome and connected to their neighbors, regardless of their culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, political view, sexual orientation, etc.
TARGET POPULATION: The community at large
Connections between elders and young people, and between neighbors of different ethnicities
HOURS PER MONTH: Varies
A Tool Kit is freely available on the site http://worlddancepartyseattle.org
OTHER SUPPORT MATERIAL: Photos and videos on the site
COSTS/FUNDING: Sponsored by local companies and organizations
PROMOTION: A simple website was created, promotion through the Seattle Senior Services
POLICIES FOR REPLICATING: Open
Please complete our online Program User Form if you are interested in trying out this program and need more information. You will be contacted shortly by a member of the Pass It On Network team after you submit the completed form.