PUBLISHED: 5:09 PM on Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Dance happy
Labor Day weekend event aims to make festival annual event
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to cut a rug on the floor for the first Juneau Dancefest, to be held Sept. 1-4 at Centennial Hall in Juneau.

Co-director Heather Haugland said she got the idea for the event after observing the community at Juneau's annual Alaska Folk Festival.

"I really noticed how many people loved to dance, but they only get out to do so at Folk Fest," Haugland said. "We have a lot of dance teachers in town who are great, and we thought we should take advantage of these teachers."

The cost is $5 per class or $50 for a weekend pass. Dances are $10 each.

"It's a good time to wrap up the summer and introduce everyone to the dance instructors before the fall season starts," Haugland said. "We try to make it really affordable."

The project is funded in part by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and is sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers with support from Alaska Folk Festival.

Haugland said registration will be at the door, which makes it difficult to judge what attendance will be.

"We don't know what the response will be. We don't have any idea what's going to happen," she said.

Along with local dance instructors who are volunteering their time, the event will feature guest instructors in Argentine tango and zydeco. For a full schedule, go online to