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


Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, September–November

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

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

Sunday, Sept 10: Swing Into One-Step — 6:00–8:00pm

Lilli Ann Carey and Nancy Fry

There is a glorious happy place where triple-time swing is just a bit slower allowing for a a creative mixing of swing to one-step and back again. This allows you and your partner to travel in style around the dance floor in one-step and then tuck into the crowd and do some swing. Learn those invaluable tricks to move from one to the next as well as grounding yourself in some way-fun one-step moves. Prerequisite: Confidence with Beginning Swing basics.

Sunday, Nov 12th: Intro to Cross-step Waltz — 6:00–8:00pm

Lilli Ann and Claire Carey

We'll explore the early 20th century Waltz form called Cross-Step that is danced all up and down the West Coast and beyond. This variation is particularly beautiful for slower tunes and will add a delightful flowing, playful style to your repertoire. Prerequisite: Experience in Intermediate Waltz. To see an example of basic and more advanced cross-step waltz, go here:
Prerequisite: Experience in Intermediate Waltz.

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:


Glittering Christmas Ball Prep Class

Last Minute, Last Chance Ball Prep workshop
Thursday, November 30th from 6:30-9:30
The Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter North. $30/3-hour workshop

We will cover Waltz, Foxtrot or Swing and One-Step or Polka. Mark your calendars — even if you are not going to the Ball, it will be a chance to add to your repertoire of dances. Go to our Registration Page under Glittering Christmas Ball to register or Email Lilli Ann that you're coming and if you're a lead or follow.


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“Everything about the beginning ‘Bridge’ Waltz Class was excellent: the coherent and well-planned approach, more attention to follows than we are used to, and having both instructors watch and analyze what was happening and then step in to help. I liked that there was time for repetition, so things could settle into body memory — that’s hard to find as part of dance classes. I was so glad you didn’t try to teach more than a few moves, but instead focused on how to lead, follow, and connect — things that help in any dance. After all, connecting is the reason to dance with someone else, otherwise I’d just go dance alone!” Amy H.

“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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