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.

Early Spring Mini-Session 1

Mondays | March 2nd and 9th | 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: Lilli Ann's Favorite Moves)

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Early Spring Mini-Session 2

Wednesdays | 4th and 11th | Two 2-hour classes, 7-9pm
Waltz 1: Intro to Beginning Slow Waltz

$25 for new-to-Dance for Joy students, $45 regular

Russian Center, 704 19th Avenue East on Capitol Hill
Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey & Jamie

Get in-the-know and some solid skills in this beautiful dance. You'll be waltzing before you know it! 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: Turning Waltz — the Classics)

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Early Spring Session

Mondays | March 16th–April 13th
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, Gallery Hall
Instructors: Lilli Ann and Claire

6:45-8:00pm — Swing 2: Lilli Ann's Favorite Moves

8:00-9:15pm — Blues 1: Westie Blues

A delicious combo of WCS (West Coast Swing) and Blues — no previous WCS required.

Wednesdays | March 18th–April 15th
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, Main Hall
Instructors: Lilli Ann and Jamie

6:45-8:00pm — Waltz 2: The Best of Richard Power's and More, 2015 Edition

This class will review the best social figures taught by Richard Powers this year (in our humble opinion) as well as add a variation or two. Great for review if you came to the workshop and great if you missed it!

8:00-9:15pm — Waltz 2: Turning Waltz — the Classics

Work or your right turns and learn some beautiful variations. You may also wish to take this class to prep for Leaping Waltz next session! Prerequisite: At least one Waltz 1 class.

Registration Class Descriptions

Drop-in Saturday West Coast Swing (and Other) Workshops

Saturdays, 1-3pm at Exit Space, 414 NE 72nd St., Studio 2, in Greenlake
$20 drop-in fee. You need to know your basic passes and whip to drop-in.

Each week Claire assesses the group and then builds a workshop to take students to a higher level in their dance by focusing on a theme and then developing it. Each dancer will feel like they received just what they needed to become more comfortable, creative and fluid.

“Claire Carey has really ‘come into her own’ as a West Coast Swing dance instructor. As a dancer, Claire has mastered the contemporary evolution of this creative and dynamic dance, and she has a knack for articulating the bio-mechanics of basics and the nuanced style, tension, and timing. I like how she adjusts her lesson plan to the needs of all her drop-in students. It’s well worth the hour it takes me to get to Greenlake.”   — Steve Richmond

You must pre-register for Drop In West Coast Swing Workshops by emailing Lilli Ann here.


And see our Workshops page for our full 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 Locations

Exit Space Dance (east studio)

414 NE 72nd Street, Seattle, (Greenlake)
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.

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 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