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Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Blues in Seattle | Classes

A wide variety of people learning to dance at Dance for Joy

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!

This Fall Lilli Ann and Claire collaborate with NWDance for their classes! You’ll find them at the Swedish Club on Dexter on Thursday nights! Their classes page is at: nwdance.net, series-classes

Winter Session

Sundays, January 10 through February 14
(No class February 7th — Superbowl Sunday)

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Max Kepler

Traveling One-step (Beginning)

7:00 - 8:00pm

With the expanding slow oozy blues movement, we rarely see taught One-step, and yet if you look around on the dance floor, it is everywhere and often combined with slow blues. Originally a dance from the Ragtime-era, popularized by Vernon and Irene Castle, it combines grapevines, pivots and swing-type moves in a one-step pattern to zip around the dance floor in great style and play. No prerequisites

Foxtrot 1: Fred and Ginger Foxtrot

8:00 - 9:00pm

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. Fun, useful and easily combined with Swing, it allows you to gracefully and playfully travel around the dance floor. Prerequisites: One partner dance danced at an Intermediate level.

Registration Class Descriptions

Thursdays, January 14–February 11

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Waltz 1 (beginning)

6:30 - 7:25pm

Waltz is both beautiful romantic music and a dance. Some say they dance a style of dance for the dance, some say they dance for the music — Waltzers dance for both floating around the floor, gliding and swaying. We will start with the basics to get you off on the right 3/4 time foot and develop your skills and moves from there. No prerequisites

Blues in Two-Step Timing

7:30 - 8:25pm

We love playing with rhythm changes in Blues, so this class will be a sampler plate of moves and footwork patterns from two-stepping dances such as Nightclub Two Step, Rumba, Salsa, and Foxtrot. With a closed position base and a focus on leading and following, we’ll play with changing things up to create different moods and to respond to both different tempos, and that old rascal, Musicality. Great for dancers who enjoy any of these styles and are ready for a little creativity! Prerequisites: No previous experience in any of the aforementioned styles, but comfort in at lease one partner dance at an Intermediate level needed.

West Coast Swing 2

8:30 - 9:25pm

This class will take your basic patterns, smooth them out and show you how to vary them in a variety of ways so as to respond uniquely to the elements in the music. This class will vary from the WCS-2 class in November and will add different prepped turns and level 2 variations. Prerequisites: Confidence in West Coast Swing 1 material.

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Late Winter Session

3 Sundays, February 21, March 6 & 13

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Max Kepler

Waltz 1 (beginning)

7:30-9pm

Waltz is both beautiful romantic music and a dance. Some say they dance a style of dance for the dance, some say they dance for the music — Waltzers dance for both floating around the floor, gliding and swaying. We will start with the basics to get you off on the right 3/4 time foot and develop your skills and moves from there. No prerequisites

Registration Class Descriptions

5 Thursdays, February 25–March 24

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

West Coast Swing (beginning)

6:30-7:30pm

One of the hottest styles on the social floor, this dance is full of dynamic motion and creative play. We will teach you the three basic patterns that underpin all other moves in this dance—the push, the pass, and the whip—and start to build on how those moves blossom into limitless possibilities. We will explore a different kind of communication where energy is at the core of connection and momentum, and how these elements allow for incredibly gentle, but truly exciting variations. Prerequisites: At least one other level 1 class

West Coast Swing 2: Musicality

7:30-8:30pm

10 ways to hit aspects in the music and look like a pro. You’ve been dancing West Coast Swing for a little while. You know a few patterns, but just don’t have a handle on how to hit those phrase changes and musical moments in the music. It’s challenging. In this class Claire and Lilli Ann will give you 10 fish-in-a-barrel ways to hear and hit those moments to feel more like a pro. Come with open ears and a attitude full of play and fun! Prerequisites: Comfortable with beginning West Coast Swing.

Int/Adv Connection Theory & Practice

8:30-9:30pm

Instructors will cover two dance theory concepts a night found in typical social dances addressing leading, following and the connection that makes thing work and then provide plenty of time to practice with moves you likely know (they will quickly teach these if you don’t) to implement these ideas. This is where you more fully understand how things work at a higher level, get hands-on experience and move into the oh-so-lovely nitty gritty of making dance an ever more magical endeavor. When you understand how something works, it can carry into all your dance. Moves taught will be adaptable to virtually all social dance. Juicy and exciting!
Pre-requisite: Dancing at an intermediate level of one style of dance or more. No specific dance is required.

Registration Class Descriptions

Class Locations

Swedish Club

1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA
Swedish Club
Parking: There's parking in their lot if you're early, or on the street.

Fremont

Salsa con Todo, 211 North 36th St, Seattle 98103 (At the Center of the Universe, Fremont)
salsacontodo.com
Directions:
Take 99 to the N 46th Street exit and go west (towards Ballard). Take a left on Fremont Anevue N. Go down the hill and take a left on 36th Street just before the Fremont Bridge. Salsa con Todo is on your left in the first block.

Greenlake

Exit Space Dance (East Studio), 414 NE 72nd Street, Seattle
exitspacedance.com
Directions: N 50th Street Exit from I-5, north on East Greenlake Way N, West on NE 72nd St.
Park on street or in lots. Currently, parking on 5th Ave NE is still free all day. After 6pm, metered areas are free.

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! go to our Registration page, e-mail Lilli Ann, or call her at 206-264-5646 to find out more!

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 left 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.

What are the advantages of registering early? For all classes, please register early — space is limited, and we seek to balance roles (relatively equal number of leads and follows) and will wait-list if necessary to maintain that balance.

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

Dance for Joy classes in Portland

For information on classes with Uwe Hessinger in Portland, go to PortlandDanceEclectic.com