Watch Don and Alison’s Rehearsal and Interview!
Get to know Don through our short Q&A below!
What is your day job?
I help real estate developers, investors, and companies navigate through byzantine regulatory programs and negotiate with public and private entities in order to develop, sell, buy, and lease commercial real estate projects, including office buildings, golf courses, shopping centers, marinas, multi-family housing, and the occasional racetrack.
What is your previous dance experience?
Limited. In middle school, we took square dancing, two-step, and waltz lessons once a week during physical education class for one month during the winter. The boys and girls physical education teachers taught the class; not so professional. I have also engaged in a self-styled variety of swing dancing at a number of bars after consumption of several beers.
Why are you dancing for Plymouth Housing Group?
Plymouth Housing Group is dedicated to increasing the stock of housing and support services available to people who live in shelters, in cars, and/or on the street. Raising money to address these people’s marginalized living situations is a good use of some of my spare time. I may also learn a useful new skill.
Where are you going to put your Mirror Ball Trophy when you win?
I think my office in Pioneer Square will be a nice place for the trophy to rest. It will attract questions from visitors and allow me to tell them about the good work Plymouth Housing Group is doing and to urge them to contribute money to Plymouth Housing Group, even after Seattle Dances 2017 is in the rear view mirror.
Meet Professional Dancer Alison Cockrill
Joining Seattle Dances once again – for eight years in a row! – is the wonderful Alison Cockrill, who began formal dance training at age 4, and a professional performing career in 1987. She has performed works by and toured internationally with modern dance choreographers Wade Madsen and Pat Graney. She has been teaching and performing Latin partner dances since the Century Ballroom opened in 1999.