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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 Winter Session

Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, December-February

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Individual workshops are $25 each if you preregister, or $30 at the door.

Dec. 4: Dance IQ: Navigation — 3:00–5pm

Navigation, part of the Dance IQ Series
Learn to read the floor, zip through tight spaces and work with your partner to manage a crowded dance floor. We will have fun with props and highlight moves that are particularly functional for shooting the chute and and anticipate the ever changing floor. Prerequisite- some experience with traveling dances.

Jan 8: Shadow Waltz — 6–8pm

Shadow Waltz is tandem Waltzing where both partners face forward! It is beautifully suited to slower and mid-tempo music and will fit with all your Slow Waltz 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: Solid confidence with Waltz 1 material.

Jan 29: Intro to Foxtrot — 6–8pm

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 and to easily express your dance to match the music!

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:


Wednesday 2-Hour Workshop, December

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Individual workshops are $25 each if you preregister, or $30 at the door.

Dec 14: Fast Dances — 7-9pm

Fast Dances — part of the Dance IQ Series
There is something particularly playful and joyful about faster turning dances. We will explore both Turning Waltz and Polka.

Turning Waltz is an essential skill as almost any mid-tempo and faster Waltz requires it. We will work with the footwork and offer suggestion for avoiding getting dizzy.

Did you know that Polka was more popular than Waltz in the U.S. for more than a decade and that pretty much anyone who knows it, likes it? Find out why. And you’ll find out that there are lots of tunes to dance Polka to and are not classic Polka tunes — accordion optional!

Please no higher heel dance shoes and shoes that stay on your feet are a must. No prerequisite.

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:


Thursdays, January 12th-February 9th

Different moves each session!

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Beginning Waltz


When first created in the 1800s, Waltz was considered a sinful and forbidden dance! Today it is perhaps the most romantic dance. Gliding, twirling, almost floating, it is a great way to enjoy a true partner connection. At almost every type of dance — swing, contra, zydeco, Scandinavian, and, of course, weddings, they will play some waltzes. Prerequisite: None.

A West Coast Swing Crash Course


One of the hottest styles on the social floor, this dance is full of dynamic motion and creative play. We will teach you basic patterns and build on those moves so that you can enjoy a 3 minute dance. We will explore a different kind of communication where energy is at the core of connection, and how these elements allow for incredibly gentle, but truly exciting variations Prerequisites: Confidence with the fundamentals on one partner dance.

Waltz 3: Cross-step


You've been dancing Cross-step and know the basic variations. This class will add more challenging variations, and combinations while refining your basic, your partner and music connection. New variations first introduced this past October 2016 at Friday Night Waltz in Palo Alto. Prerequisite: confidence with Waltz 2: Cross-step or equivalent.


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

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