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May 26, 2013 at 7:09 PM

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Emerald City Hoedown, a country-western dance weekend


MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Chris Lee, middle, leads Scott Merillat, from Oakland, Calif., right, during the "Fancy Moves for Beginning Two-Steppers" dance class at the 6th annual Emerald City Hoedown event, at the Renaissance Hotel in Seattle, on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Emerald City Hoedown was created by Rain Country Dance Association, an organization committed to ensure Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have a strong and growing GLBTQ country-western dance community. The event, which runs through May 27, draws instructors and attendees from the northwest and around the country.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Participants practice their new moves at the "Fancy Moves for Beginning Two-Steppers" class taught by instructor Terry Felts at the 6th annual Emerald City Hoedown event, a weekend-long series of country-western dance events focused on the GLBTQ community, at Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Students participating in the "Lead/Follow Switching in Two-Step" class record video on their mobile phones of dancers Meredith Stead, in grey and Susanna Stein, in red, so they may review the steps later as an instructional guide. The class is a part of the Emerald City Hoedown, a weekend-long series of country-western dance events focused on the GLBTQ community at Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

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Participants watch instructor Terry Felts demonstrate during the "Fancy Moves for Beginning Two-Steppers" dance class at the Emerald City Hoedown. The event runs May 23 through May 27.

MARCUS YAM / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Participants watch instructor Terry Felts demonstrate dance moves during the "Fancy Moves for Beginning Two-Steppers" dance class at the Emerald City Hoedown in downtown Seattle.

For more for information on the 6th annual Emerald City Hoedown, visit their website.

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