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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 Fall Session

Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, October-November

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

This Session: Mix of Styles

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

Sunday, Oct 9th and 16th — West Coast Swing

This is a WCS 2 consecutive Sunday eves crash course giving you a few basics so you can dance when a WCS tune is played. It’s also a nice prep for the WCS segment at Northwest Dance's Seabeck Dance Camp in Early November!

Sunday, Nov 13 — Latin Waltz

Pure magic happens when you combine Salsa with Waltz. Just six gliding steps with the spice and romance of the Latin dances and the float and sway of waltz. Pre-requisite — Confidence with basic waltz needed.

Sunday, Nov 20th — Intermediate Nightclub 2-step

Build on your basics with these versatile concepts to add variations and flow to this beautiful dance. A great follow up to the moves you have just learned in beginning Nightclub 2-step classes at Northwest Dance or elsewhere!

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:


Thursdays, October 13th–November 17th
(no class on 11/3 — Come to NW Dance's Seabeck Dance Weekend!)

Different moves each session!

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Beginning Swing


Starting from scratch, learn the basics of 6-Count East Coast Swing. We focus on great connection, natural movement, and technique that will have you dancing after the first class. The Six-Count moves you learn here will translate to playful fun on the dance floor in patterns that are recognizable at any social Swing dance. Prerequisite: None.

Waltz 2


For newer Waltzers, we will take your beginning waltz moves and adapt and expand on them giving you graceful, handy and beautiful social options. For more experienced dancers we will add nuances and a little more challenge. Prerequisites: Confidence with Beginning Waltz.

Get your Latin On!


We will start with Cha-Cha basics, giving you outside turns, cross-body leads and both open and closed position moves. Then, TA-DA! — we will take those same moves and translate them to Salsa. Fewer steps and faster music. It’s a two-fer and you’ll never have to sit out those Latin tunes again! Prerequisite: Any beginning dance class.


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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