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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:, series-classes

Early Spring Session

Go from Beginning Waltz to the the creative and beautiful world of Cross-step Waltz with Lilli Ann and Max!

Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, April 3–May 8
(No workshop April 17th)

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Max Kepler

Waltz (Beginning)

7:00 - 9:00pm

Sunday, April 3 — Waltz 1: Fundamentals

Waltz, with its characteristic gliding, twirling, and fluidity is the most romantic of partner dances. In Beginning Waltz for Everyone you will learn the basics of leading and following, beginning turns, and the promenade figures. Prerequisite: None.

Sunday, April 10 — Waltz 1.5: Crossing Figures

Learn the lovely side-to-side moves, swing outs and other easy crossing figures. Prerequisite: Waltz Experience.

Sunday, April 24 — Waltz 1.5: Cross-Step: Waltz Orbits and the Cross-Step Basic

Moving gently into the great and exciting world of Cross-Step waltz! Prerequisite: Waltz 1.5 Crossing figures or the equivalent

Sunday, May 1 — Waltz 2.0: Cross-Step: Cross-Step Waltz Grapevines and Other Classic Moves

You’ll love these variations! Prerequisite: Cross-Step Waltz Experience

Sunday, May 8 — Waltz 2.0: Cross-Step Waltz Tuck Turns, Spins and New Variations

Prerequisite: Cross-Step Waltz Experience

Registration Class Descriptions

Thursdays, April 7th–May 5th

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

West Coast Swing (beginning)

6:30 - 7:25pm

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: Building Up Key Fundamentals

7:30 - 8:25pm

You have some basics, now let’s build on these. We will introduce/review the Starter Step and the magic of inside and outside rolls and then add variations of these that you’ll see everywhere on the social dance floor! Prerequisites: Confidence in West Coast Swing 1 material.

Waltz 3: Int/Adv. Cross-step Waltz

8:30 - 9:25pm

It's Back! You've been dancing Cross-Step and know the basic variations. This class will add more challenging variations, pivots, pivaloops, transitions and combinations while refining your basic, your partner and music connections. Prerequisite: confidence with Waltz 2: Cross-step or equivalent.

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.


Salsa con Todo, 211 North 36th St, Seattle 98103 (At the Center of the Universe, Fremont)
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.


Exit Space Dance (East Studio), 414 NE 72nd Street, Seattle
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!


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 or call 206-264-5646

Dance for Joy classes in Portland

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