Photo courtesy of Cascadia
Nancy Zahn, left, and Laura Love will help heat things up at Saturday’s dance party at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp.

There’s no better way to warm up and get the blood flowing in the middle of winter than to try out fancy footwork to jazz, swing, soul, funk and classic rock.

Cascadia Music has organized a mid-winter dance party and teamed up with the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp to create a sultry nightclub ambience in the gym, complete with a no-host bar, bistro tables and regular concert seating, on Saturday evening (Jan. 27).

With music by Family Dog, featuring guest vocalists Laura Love and Nancy Zahn, the evening promises a hot time for people who want to dance or just listen to the music.

Love and Zahn, who discovered their vocal synergy when they first performed together last year, will sing solos and duos before they share the stage with Family Dog. Look for a variety of music, from jazz and Motown classics to rock favorites by Van Morrison, Bruno Mars and Amy Winehouse.

Cascadia also promises instrumental numbers to highlight the talents of Family Dog — Terry Hunt on guitar, Wayne Mendro on winds, Bob Hougham on trumpet, Tom McNair on trombone, Phil Woras on bass and Todd Eberline on drums.

You can refine your dance moves with lessons from Winthrop’s own Carolyn Sullivan before the show. Sullivan promises to teach people to find the beat in swing dances and waltzes. “I told one person we’d go from zero to 60 in 10 minutes. Let’s celebrate — it’s winter,” she said.

The dance party is at 7 p.m. in the community center gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. for free dance lessons.

Admission is $20 in advance through or $25 at the door.