Dance For Joy! Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Zydeco in Seattle and Around the Country

Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Zydeco in Seattle and Around the Country

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 to the bottom for other options.

Please read the prerequisites on the Class Descriptions page, as classes build on knowledge previously learned.

Winter Mini-Session 1

Mondays | January 5th and 12th | 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

This is a "bridge class": It fulfills your Level 1 prerequisite. You can transition to a 2nd-level Swing class in this style in this session. (Transfers to Swing 2: 6+8=Great and Blues 1: One-step/Blues)

Registration
Winter Mini-Session 2

Wednesdays | January 7th and 14th | 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

This is a "bridge class": It fulfills your Level 1 prerequisite. You can transition to a 2nd-level Waltz class in this style in this session. (Transfers to Waltz 2/3: The pretty flowy, spinny and graceful ones!)

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

Mondays | January 19th–February 18th
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: 6+8=Great

Learn some awesome 8-count moves that fit with the music and with 6-count Swing, are socially followable, and feel fantastic.

8:00-9:15pm — Blues 1: One-step/Blues

A fusion of options for slower music. We'll be enjoying both stationary Blues and traveling One-step moves.

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 2/3: The pretty flowy, spinny and graceful ones!

Working from backing, we'll branch out with easier moves that that expand your repertoire and look really pretty.

8:00-9:15pm — Waltz 3/4: Cross-step Oddities and Role Reversal

Playtime in Cross-step! You know some cross-step waltz. Come see how versatile this dance is in other time signatures. And learn more about your dancing with role reversal. It’s way fun! Prerequisite: At least one Waltz 2: Cross-step class.

Starting Sundays, January 10th 1-3pm (Ongoing)

w/Claire, Lilli Ann and Others
West Coast Swing and other specialty classes, registration up soon!

Registration 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!

Class Location

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.

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 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.

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