OCTOBER 9, 2016



Meet the Seattle Children’s Festival Performers for 2016

(Scroll down to see the Schedule)

Ana Montes

Learn the rhythms and beats of Spanish Flamenco while using your hands with Ana Montes.

Becky Grace

Becky Grace believes in the transformative power of balancing the mind, body, and spirit through yoga. Start your day off with a fun and informative yoga adventure!

Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants creates music for families to bring parents and children together to share a genuine love for the same song.

Charmaine Slaven

Crankies are a way to tell stories using art and music. Come join in the fun and learn about crankies with Charmain!

Comerford School of Irish Dance

The Comerford School of Irish Dance is the premier Irish dancing program in Washington State – join their dancers for Irish set dancing!

Daniel Pak

Explore the ‘Ukulele, and learn about Hawaiian music and culture in the process with Daniel Pak (Kore Ionz / Totem Star), singer-songwriter and producer of Seattle pop reggae band Kore Ionz and cofounder of Totem Star after-school music program.

Dora Oliveira

Dora and her Brazilian dancers teach audiences a repertoire of traditional Afro-Brazilian movement, funk, jazz, modern, and more.

Duoc Su Dance Team

The incredible Duoc Su Lion Dance Team showcases the cultural traditions of the Vietnam through dance and costume.

Eva Abram

Eva Abram uses her talents as an actress and storyteller to share stories of American history from an African-American perspective.

Family Dance with Sherry Nevins, Caller

Throw on your dancing shoes and square dance with Sherry Nevins. She will call simple and fun dances for the whole family to enjoy!

Fire and Ice Dance Company

Learn the fundamentals of Beginning Irish Step Dance with Susan Walker and the Fire and Ice Dance Company.

Grupo Folklorico Herencias Mexicanas

Explore traditional music, song and dance from Mexico with Grupo Folklorico Herencias Mexicanas.

Halau Hula O’Napualani Hawaiian School of Dance

Kumu Gloria teaches families Hula basics including Kahiko (ancient Hawaiian dance) and ‘Auana (modern Hawaiian dance).

International Capoeira Angola Foundation

Mestre Silvinho introduces Brazilian Capoeira – an improvised combination of movements, a mix of acrobatics, rituals, and dance.

James “AudioPoet” Burchfield

Human beatbox James “AudioPoet” Burchfield will teach kids of all ages the beginning components of beatboxing. Join this workshop and see what noises you can make!

Jamtown John

John Hayden and his company, Jamtown™, celebrate a worldwide love for music and adventure. His unique approach to learning music combines music, movement and fun to keep little ones engaged.

Kisbetyarok Hungarian Family Dancers

The Kisbetyarok Hungarian Family Dancers showcase the traditions of Hungarian village dances.

Kouyate Arts

Experience Gnankoumandouwa – a traditional performance company of master drummers, dancers, singers and family members from Guinea, West African with Kouyate Arts!

Martial Arts with Northwest Wushu

Join Northwest Wushu for a unique interactive Martial Arts experience that exemplifies the cultural heritage of China. “Wu” means military and “shu” means art; therefore, wushu means the art of fighting, or martial arts.

Melody Institute

Experience the rich colors and intricate movements of traditional and modern Chinese dance with the youth dancers of the Melody Institute.

Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist

Mix science, nature, lyrics and song with the incredible Mikey Mike!

North City Rockers

This multi-generational B-Boying Hip Hop crew performs award-winning breakdance and invites the audience to join in the fun.

Oolleemm Korean Cultural Center

The Oolleemm (Translated – “Sounds of the Earth”) Korean Cultural Center perform traditional Korean rhythms and melodies built upon the rhythmic pattern of breathing.

Peter Ali

Native American flutist, Peter Ali shares stories about his music, as well as his rich ethnic heritage, intermixed with performances of his original songs. Listen to the sounds of eagle, running river, nature and spirit in the flute’s song.

Simba Youth Marimba Ensemble

Experience Marimba music from the Shona people in Zimbabwe, a full-body percussive performance that will get the whole family moving.

Sunshine Music Together

Introduce your baby or toddler to music! Babies instinctively respond to and imitate loved ones, so caregiver participation is an essential part of this musical environment.

Visually Speaking

Do you want to speak with your hands? Visually Speaking is an innovative leader in teaching American Sign Language that offers a variety of fun techniques to learn how.

Washington Middle School Jazz Band

Washington Middle School Music is dedicated to continuing excellence and equity in music education. Join them for a swinging vintage jazz dance!

Youth Theatre Northwest

Creative drama for everyone! This program gives kids of all ages a chance to develop their imagination through acting.

2016 Seattle Children’s Festival Schedule


10:00am – 10:30am Movement Series: Kids Yoga Adventure with Becky Grace
10:30am – 11:15am Caspar BabyPants
11:45am – 12:30pm BrasilFest Presents: Movement Series: Brazilian Capoeira with International Capoeira Angola Foundation
12:30pm – 1:15pm Simba Youth Marimba Ensemble
1:30pm – 2:00pm Movement Series: Martial Arts with Northwest Wushu
2:15pm – 3:00pm Oolleemm Korean Cultural Center
3:45pm – 4:15pm Movement Series: Hip Hop Dance with North City Rockers
4:15pm – 5:00pm Festival Sundiata Presents: West African Music & Dance with Kouyate Arts


10:00am – 10:45am Grupo Folklorico Herencias Mexicanas
11:30am – 12:15pm Melody Institute
12:45pm – 1:30pm Kisbetyarok Hungarian Family Dancers
2:00pm – 2:30pm Movement Series: Irish Set Dancing with Comerford School of Irish Dance
2:30pm – 3:15pm Vintage Dance with the Washington Middle School Jazz Band, with dance lessons from Dean Paton
3:45pm – 4:15pm Movement Series: Vietnamese Lion Dance with Duoc Su Dance Team
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Halau Hula O’Napualani Hawaiian School of Dance

Loft 2: Stories & More

10:15am – 11:00am Native American Stories and Songs with Peter Ali
11:30am – 12:15pm Learn American Sign Language with Visually Speaking
12:45pm – 1:30pm Hand-made Crankies with Charmaine Slaven
2:15pm – 3:00pm Creative Drama with Youth Theatre Northwest
3:45pm – 4:30pm Northwest African American Museum Presents: Eva Abram, Storyteller

Loft 3: Dance and Movement Workshops

10:30am – 11:15am Irish Step Dancing with Fire and Ice
11:45am – 12:30pm Flamenco Dance with Ana Montes
1:00pm – 1:45pm BrasilFest Presents: Brazilian Dance with Dora Oliveira
2:15pm – 3:00pm Hip Hop Dance with North City Rockers
3:30pm – 4:30pm Family Dance with Sherry Nevins, Caller

Loft 4: Music and Songs

10:45am – 11:30am Sunshine Music Together
12:00pm – 12:45pm Rhythm and Percussion with Jamtown John
1:15pm – 2:00pm ‘Ukulele and Hawaiian Music with Daniel Pak (Kore Ionz / Totem Star)
2:30pm – 3:15pm 206 Zulu Presents: Learn to Beatbox
3:30pm – 4:15pm Mikey Mike the Rad Scientist
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