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Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Blues in Seattle | Events

It is our joy to teach dance creatively and playfully so our students come to know the sheer joy, laughter and fun of dancing together. (Besides, dancing makes you smarter.) Dance for Joy! gives dance lessons in Waltz, Swing, and Blues. We are committed to bringing the delight of partner dance to Seattle through group dance classes, private dance lessons, dance workshops and dance events. Come play with us!

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A couple enjoys dancing at the Glittering Christmas Ball

Thanks for joining us for the Glittering Christmas Ball!

Hello Everyone,

I really enjoyed seeing all of you and sharing your warmth and it was a true pleasure to create and produce the ball for you. I’m not the only one who puts on this event, so I'd like to thank some really important contributions of effort. Paul Griffin rented the hall and spent Friday evening mopping the floor and putting out the tables and chairs with the help of the facilities manager and was of course there to the end working. We owe a lot to the Polish Home for their care taking of the beautiful hall and wish the Polish Home and Association a glorious 100th Anniversary.

I also want to thank Craig Krueger, Claire Carey, Mark and Cassidy Perez, Roger Burkhart, Dan Steifel, Jason Anderson, and Christine Billroth for careful set up and teardown, and to Mark and Margot for jumping in to help with clean up. And finally to Walter Harley (Sound), Julie King, Dave Bartley, Karen Iglitzen, Fred Nussbaum, Andre Feriante, Claire Carey, Za Thomaier and Dina Blade for music and performances.

Many of you had formal pictures taken and additionally, Gail Wodzin also took many other wonderful pictures of the event and decorations. You will find them here!

Feel free to send me other pictures of the event you feel I should have.

Wishing you all the Happiest of Holidays with love, kindness and fun abundant!

~Lilli Ann

Lilli Ann and Claire Carey demonstrate Cross-step Waltz, from their upcoming Cross-step Waltz class. For more on events and workshops, or if you'd like us to teach for your group, send Lilli Ann an email!

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“This is my second Swing I and I'm taking Swing 2 right after. TIRED after 2 hours but I love it. I plan on taking Waltz next. You are a great organization, and wonderful teachers! I have a couple friends taking Swing I with me this time, both have taken other classes, and both think you are so much better than their previous experiences. I'm very glad I found you!” —Susan Larson

“Dear Lilli Ann, we are both enjoying the classes. We have taken a few other dance classes in past years, and we appreciate the things we have received in our other classes, but there is no doubt in our minds that your classes are the best organized, best taught and most enjoyable we have experienced. Thanks.” —Scott Henrickson

“Lilli Ann and Claire are an enthusiastic and professional team. Their workshops have something for everybody — a clear introduction to the basics for the beginners, while at the same time challenging the more advanced dancers. Cross-step Waltz is a gorgeous dance, and they do a fabulous job of teaching it.”—Marion Newvelant, Random Waltz, Portland, OR

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