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. Dance for Joy! gives dance lessons in Waltz, Swing, Zydeco 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.


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All Classes and dances are at the Russian Center (RCC)
704 19th Ave East (Capitol Hill, East of Volunteer Park, South of E. Aloha)
$65/session regular $40/Student
Just $32.50 for first-timers for a 6-week class!

A Cross-step Waltz Bridge Workshop

Bridging What You Know With What You'd Like To Know!

Monday April 7th and Wednesday April 9th
2 hours each night — 7-9pm $45 for both
email Lilli Ann if you're coming; pay at the door.
All Classes and dances are at the Russian Center (RCC)
704 19th Ave East on Capitol Hill, Seattle

Bridge or brush up on your skills from beginning or other waltz types to Cross-step Waltz — which has it's own decidedly beautiful form.

triangle image New Dances at the Russian Center

Scroll down for info on the new 2nd and 4th Saturday workshops and dances at the Russian Center on Capitol Hill.

Instructor Claire Carey and partner Garrett Lumens demo a little West Coast Swing after the Wednesday night classes! Check out our classes page for more info, and to see more dance videos, go to our Dance For Joy YouTube channel.

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Get out and dance!

triangle image 2nd and 4th Saturday DFJ! Lesson and Dance

7:30-11pm, Russian Center, 704 19th Ave E, Seattle

$15 for the lesson and dance, $10 for the dance only

New location, now in it's 6th year with a pre-dance lesson and great music variety. Dance with lots of friendly people! No partner required! It's a winner!

Join our email list to learn what will be taught — see event dates and details here!

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Dancing to Orchestra Festiva at the 2013 Evening in Vienna Ball

triangle image Evening in Vienna 2013 Photos!

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Here are photos from our "An Evening In Vienna" dance event, November 10th, 2013. The Ball was wonderful!! With so many attendees, fabulous music by Orchestra Espressiva — an exceptional ensemble created by Dave Bartley, playful dances, lovely food and such an elegantly dressed crowd, it was a heavenly night!


“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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