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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Late Fall Mini-Session 1

Mondays | November 3rd and 10th | 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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Late Fall Mini-Session 2

Wednesdays | November 5th and 12th | Two 2-hour classes, 7-9pm
Waltz 1: Intro to Beginning 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.

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

Mondays | November 17th- December 15th
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 — Swing 2: Sweet Single-time Swing

Flummoxed by Faster swing tunes? Feeling like the three moves you know that work with faster music are getting just a little over used? This class will teach leads and follows how to adapt with ease, feeling relaxed with skills and techniques that let you play comfortably and not feel rushed. A little new footwork including double-time kick steps, some great moves and you'll be sailing!

8:00-9:15pm — Swing 2: Fred and Ginger Foxtrot (SSQQ and other rhythms)

Originally a Ragtime pattern dance offshoot from One-Step using the novelty of slow and quick steps, Foxtrot was quickly popularized as a creative partner dance. One of the earlier versions and most commonly known today is the SSQQ (Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick) style. Super fun, useful and easily combined with Single-time Swing, it allows you to gracefully and playfully travel around the dance floor. We'll look a way to glide those steps and add some super fun variations!

Wednesdays | November 19th- December 17th
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: Shadow Figures and Other Variations

Shadow Waltz is tandem Waltzing! It is beautifully suited to slower and mid-tempo music and will fit with all your slow Waltz and Cross-Step moves. We will teach you the transitions in and out and a lovely set of variations you can't wait to take to the dance floor. Prerequisite: Confidence with Waltz 1 material.

8:00-9:15pm — Waltz 3/4: Cross-step Waltz with New Moves/Great Combos

This session we'll add some shiny new moves and build some sweet and satisfying new combos that you may not have thought of. In the case of combos, we will teach the adjoining pieces as well and we'll allow some time after to practice and play. Prerequisite: At least one Waltz 2: Cross-step class.

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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.)