Virtual Dance Room
Patrick Mc Monagle
(Discussion Leader, Zwiefacher Collector)
Patrick Mc Monagle's hometown is Seattle. He began German dancing in High School in 1965.
By 1967 he was learning Scandinavian dancing from Gordon Tracie and Balkan from Dennis Boxell. At that time he began growing International dancing at the University of Washington and founded the Seattle Folkdance Festival in 1969. During that time he was temporary president of an Israeli folkdance group. He was on the team for the first Seattle Folklife Festival in 1972 and all but 1 or 2 since.
Pat has served on the board of the Skandia Folkdance Society and the Seattle Folklore Society. In April of 2019 he and wife Marjorie Nugent made the lucky decision to spend a week in Munich dancing the Zwiefacher. They could have scheduled a longer trip this March to include a Zwiefacher festival, canceled of course.
Pat currently teaches a Zoom Zwiefacher class, see www.folkdancing.com/zwie. Pat leads folkdance at Seattle's Swedish Club and is a three decade instructor and dance leader at the Junction City (OR) Scandinavian Festival. He taught at a half dozen NEFFAs.
His international folkdance database started on punched cards in 1967 and now indexes about 950 Zwiefacher recordings and 1,250 Zwiefacher music scores. (Those counts do include duplicates.)