Meet the Seattle Children’s Festival Performers for 2017

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5 grain Pancakes with Uncle Harry

10:45am-11:45am Armory Balcony

Join Uncle Harry and learn how to make 5 grain healthy pancakes. This tasty snack can be enjoyed any time during the day!

African Dance and Drum with Sumayya Diop

12:00pm-12:45pm Loft 3

Groove to the beat with Sumayya E. Diop as she demonstrates the heritage and performance of African dance, drum and song with integrity and love.


12:45pm-1:30pm Armory

Join ARPAN as they showcase artists who promote Folk and Classical India traditions passed through time, while creating relevance to our modern world.

American Sign Language with Visually Speaking

12:15pm-1:00pm Loft 1

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

Aztec Dancing with Ixtlixochitl White Hawk

12:00pm-12:30pm Fisher Pavilion

Learn the culture and traditional dances of the Aztec people with local artist and dancer Ixtlixochitl White Hawk

Beatboxing with AudioPoet

2:15pm-3:00pm Loft 4

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!

Brazilian Capoeira with ICAF

10:15am-10:45am Fisher Pavilion

Get moving with the International Capoeira Angola Foundation as they demonstrate Brazilian Capoeira, an activity that encourages strength building while working together with others.

Creative Drama with Youth Theater Northwest

2:45pm-3:30pm Loft 1

Through the magic of theatre, Youth Theater Northwest helps young people find their “inner light” of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership.

Drag Queen Story Time with Aleksa Manila

10:00am-10:45am Armory Loft 1

All ages story time! Aleksa Manila is a celebrated and respected drag personality who will be sharing stories for the whole family to enjoy.

Duwamish Stories with Blake Shelafoe

11:00am-11:45am Loft 1

Spirit of Indigenous Peoples Day presents Duwamish Cultural Representative Blake Shelafoe. Join him as he shows us how proud he is of his ancestors and tribe.

Eduardo Mendonça

11:00am-11:45am Fisher Pavilion

Enjoy some popular Brazilian music with Eduardo Mendonça! He’s a musician, singer, composer, and director who works to keep diversity of Brazilian culture alive in the region.

Family Dance with Clare Woolgrove, Caller

10:45am-11:30am Loft 3

Grab a partner and dance along to a good old singing game with Clare Woolgrove. She loves bringing the barn and ceiligh dances of her youth to families.

Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin

11:30am-12:15pm Armory

Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin is a group promoting love for tradition and positive values. Dancers learn teamwork, leadership, and community awareness, while dancing!

Global Dance Party with Shorecrest Dance Team

3:45pm-4:30pm Fisher Pavilion

Get up and dance with STG and the Shorecrest High School Dance Team! They promote diversity by utilizing Hip Hop as their medium.

Hip Hop Dancing with North City Rockers

1:45pm-2:15pm Fisher Pavilion
3:00-3:45 Armory Loft 3

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

Homemade Crankies with Dejah Leger

1:30pm-2:15pm Loft 1

Dejah Leger pairs her musical stylings with moving illustrations known as a Crankie, which have a long history in folk art, popular culture, and vaudeville.

Medena Pitka

10:00am-10:45am Armory Stage

Medena Pitka is a children folklore program that interweaves knowledge of traditional Bulgarian rituals and knowledge of proverbial lyrics, songs and dance.

Northwest Tap Connection

2:30pm-3:15pm Fisher

Dance and learn alongside Northwest Tap Connection as they encourage dancers to grow artistically and technically, and develop leadership skills and social responsibility.

The Not-Its!

12:45pm-1:30pm Fisher

The Not-Its! rock kids and families with their albums that give children their first “rock show” experience. This “Kindie-Rock” quintet will have everyone screaming for more!

Okinawan Music with Manku and Manjuro

1:00pm-1:45pm Loft 4

Explore the culture of Japan! Wearing beautifully stitched kimonos, Mako & Munjuru explore the language, traditional dances and instruments of Okinawa.

Phillipines Rural Dance and Culture with Juliet Cheatle

3:30pm-4:00pm Armory

Exercise the spirit of dancing with The Filipinas Performing Arts of Washington. Collect, preserve, perform and express in art forms the way of life of the Filipino people.

Somali Youth and Family Club

1:15pm-2:00pm Armory Loft 3

Learn the steps of the Dhaanto Dance with the Somali Youth and Family Club of Seattle.

Sunshine Music Together

10:30am-11:15am Loft 4

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.

Swing Lessons with Dean Paton

2:00pm-2:15pm Armory

Get your dancing shoes on and learn to swing with instructor, Dean Paton, with accompanying music by Eckstein Middle School Sr. Jazz Band.

Swing Dance with Eckstein Middle School Sr. Jazz Band

2:15pm-3:00pm Armory

Eckstein’s music program delivers instruction and the pursuit of musical excellence for all students regardless of status or socioeconomic barriers.

Te Fare O Tamatoa

4:15pm-5:00pm Armory Court

Savor the Tahitian culture with Te Fa O Tamatoa as they share intricate dance moves, exhilarating drum beats, song; while wearing eye-catching hand-made Tahitian costumes.

Tunes for Tots with Miss Charlotte

11:45am-12:30pm Loft 4

A sing along for the whole family! Miss Charlotte is the recipient of a 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Award for her children’s music CD, “A Spoonful of Songs”.

2017 Seattle Children’s Festival Schedule

= Toddler Appropriate Presentations


10:15am – 10:45am Movement Series: Brazilian Capoeira with International Capoeira Angola Foundation
11:00am – 11:45am Brasilfest presents Eduardo Mendonça
12:00on – 12:30pm Movement Series: Aztec Dancing with Ixtlixochitl White Hawk
12:45pm – 1:30pm The Not-Its!
1:45pm – 2:15pm Movement Series: Hip Hop Dance with North City Rockers
2:30pm – 3:15pm Festival Sundiata presents Northwest Tap Connection
3:45pm – 4:30pm TBD


10:00am – 10:45am Medena Pitka with the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle
11:30am – 12:15pm Dia de Muertos presents Folklore Mexicano Tonantzin
12:45pm – 1:30pm Traditional Indian Dances with Arpan Arts
2:00pm – 2:15pm Movement Series: Swing Lessons with Dean Paton and Eckstein Middle School Sr. Jazz Band
2:15pm – 3:15pm Swing Dance with Eckstein Middle School Sr. Jazz Band
3:30pm – 3:45pm Movement Series: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival presents Phillipines Rural Dance, Music and Attire with Juliet Cheatle
4:15pm – 5:00pm
Tahitian Dance and Culture with Te Fare O Tamatoa

Loft 1B: Stories & More

10:15am – 11:00am Drag Queen Storytime with Aleksa Manila
11:00am – 11:45am Spirit of Indigenous Peoples Day presents Duwamish Stories with Blake Shelafoe
12:15pm – 1:00pm American Sign Language with Visually Speaking
1:30pm – 2:15pm Homemade Crankies with Dejah Leger
2:45pm – 3:30pm Creative Drama with Youth Theater Northwest

Loft 3: Dance and Movement

10:45am – 11:30am Family Dance with Clare Woolgrove, Caller
12:00pm – 12:45pm The Creative Advantage presents Sumayya Diop Dance and Drum
1:15pm – 2:00pm Dhaanto Dance with Somali Youth and Family Club
3:00pm – 3:45pm Hip Hop Dance with North City Rockers

Loft 4: Music and Songs

10:30am – 11:15am Sunshine Music Together
11:45pm – 12:30pm Tunes for Tots with Miss Charlotte
1:00pm – 1:45pm Traditional Okinawan Music with Mako & Munjuro
2:15pm – 3:00pm 206 Zulu Presents Beatboxing with AudioPoet

Armory Balcony: Cooking Workshops

10:45am – 11:45am Diwali Lights of India Presents 5 Grain Healthy Pancakes with Uncle Harry
1:15pm – 2:15pm TBD
3:00pm – 4:00pm TBD
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