Both young and old enjoy learning to dance

Dance for Joy! offers great dance instruction in a great environment!

We teach solid skills in Waltz, East-Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Blues and other dance styles that connect you to your partner and to the music while you're both having fun. You learn as you play!

Sign up online on our Registration page,
or scroll down for other options.

Note: Some locations offer more beginning, intermediate or advanced classes. Please read the prerequisites on the Class Descriptions page, as classes build on knowledge previously learned.

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Fall Mini-Session 1

Mondays | September 8th and 15th | Two 2-hour classes, 7-9pm
Swing 1: Intro to East Coast Swing

$25 for new-to-Dance for Joy students, $45 regular

Russian Center, 704 19th Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey & Claire Carey in the Gallery

This is a "bridge class": You can transition to a 2nd level class in this style in this session.
It fulfills your Level 1 prerequisite.

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Fall Mini-Session 2

Wednesdays | September 10th and 17th | Two 2-hour classes, 7-9pm
Waltz 1: Intro to Cross-step Waltz

$25 for new-to-Dance for Joy students, $45 regular

Russian Center, 704 19th Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey & Claire Carey in the Gallery

This is a "bridge class": You can transition to a 2nd level class in this style in this session.
It fulfills your Level 1 prerequisite.

Go to registration page

New to Dance for Joy? Click here for your 50%-off/two-for-one coupon!
Fall Session

Mondays | September 22nd-October 20th
5 weeks for $68 ($34 for new Dance for Joy students), 1 hour 15 minute classes

Russian Center, 704 19th Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Instructors: Lilli Ann and Claire

6:45-8:00pm — East Coast Swing 2: Kickin' it up a Notch—Not the Same 'ol Stuff

For the experienced dancer, East Coast Swing is not the most exciting topic, but most of us use it A LOT. And do the same ole, same ole. Here's some moves and play to spice it up! We promise you'll have way more fun in those three minute interludes on the dance floor.

8:00-9:15pm — Waltz 3/4: Cross-step—Boldly Go Where No Dancer Has Gone Before

New material. We may take some of the trickier moves from the past, but mostly we have new material to challenge the more experienced dancer—yum! This is not your grandmother's Cross-step. Prerequisite: Solid knowledge in Cross-step at the intermediate level.

Wednesdays | September 24th-October 22nd
5 weeks for $68 ($34 for new Dance for Joy students), 1 hour 15 minute classes

Russian Center, 704 19th Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Instructors: Lilli Ann and Jamie

6:45-8:00pm — Waltz 2/3: Rotary/Turning Waltz—Smooth It Out and Fluff It Up!

You know backing and maybe cross-step, and maybe you even turn a bit. But can you turn smoothly, floating effortlessly down the floor doing moves and planned hesitations? This class will help you get there. This is a must class for the waltzer who wants to dance well to any music other than slow waltz.

8:00-9:15pm — Waltz 2/3: Cross-step—Most Excellent Sociably Partner Pleasing Moves

These moves play well on the dance floor. Eminently leadable and followable, you'll use these again and again; grapes, pivots hesitations and more.

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Go to class descriptions

And see our Workshops page for our current workshop listings!

Class Fees and Registration

Regular class fees are $65/class for a 6-week session. To register, here are your options:

  • Click here to pay with a credit card using our Registration page. Sign up by class and role (lead or follow)
  • Pay by check to Dance for Joy!
    Mail check to:
    Dance for Joy!
    PO Box 16060
    Seattle WA 98116
    Please indicate:
    1. which classes you're taking,
    2. who will be attending,
    3. who is lead and who is follow, and
    4. an email address.
  • Pay by cash or check the first night.
    This looks like a great option, doesn't it? But enroll responsibly — let us know you are coming! We really like to balance classes for the benefit of all and can't do so if you don't tell us ahead of time! Email lilli@att.net at least 2 days before class. Less than 2 days before the start of the class we charge a $10 late fee. Thanks for your understanding!

FAQs

New to dance or new to Dance for Joy? Not sure if this is for you? If you are a new student, you may try your first class session for 1/2 price, or 2 people for the price of one if you'd like to bring a friend. Or you may try the first night of the class only for just $5! See our Registration page.

Where are the classes? See locations at right for directions and parking.

What shoes and clothes do I wear? Clean, non-marking low heeled or flat soled shoes are best. All dance spaces have beautiful floors and we are committed to keeping them that way — please wipe off the bottom of your shoes before walking in. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in — most people dress casually.

Missing classes? Going to miss a couple of classes due to vacation or work and know this before the class session begins? Class pro-rations are taken on a case-by-case basis. If you miss a class during the session, arrive a bit early the next week and we will catch you up. We also usually review the previous weeks material in the first part of class and review all material on the final day of class.

Other questions? email lilli@att.net or call 206-264-5646

Private Lessons

If you need to get up-to-speed for that upcoming wedding or class reunion, quickly improve specific skills, or don't see the right class for you, private lessons are the answer! E-mail Lilli Ann or call her at 206-264-5646 to find out more!

Dance Locations

Dancing in the beautiful Russian Center ballroom.

Russian Center
704 19th Ave E, Seattle, (Capitol Hill)

russiancommunitycenterseattle.org
Directions:
From the south, take the Denny Street/E Olive Way Exit, merge on to E. Olive Way, continue on to E. John, L on 15th Ave East, R on E Thomas, L on 19th.

From the north, take the Roanoke exit, L on E. Roanoke, R on 10th Ave E., L on E. Aloha, R on 19th Ave E.

Dance for Joy classes in Portland

For information on classes with my friend Uwe Hessinger, go to PortlandDanceEclectic.com
(For all classes, please register early — space is limited, we seek to gender balance and will wait-list if necessary.)