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Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Blues in Seattle and Around the U.S.

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. So come play with us!


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Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109, register through NWDance

This session we're teaching Blues, West Coast Swing, and Shadow Waltz through NWDance. For class descriptions, go to our Classes page.

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We're on break until September 19th. See you then!

Saturdays, 1-3pm
Exit Space, 414 NE 72nd St. in Greenlake, $20 at the door

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. You need to know your basic passes and whip to take these labs. For workshop descriptions, go to our Workshops page.

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Get out and dance!

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7:30-11pm, Russian Center, 704 19th Ave E, Seattle
$15 for the lesson and dance, $10 for the dance only

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!

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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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