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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 partner dancing creatively and playfully 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 Swing, West Coast Swing, Waltz and more in Seattle. We are committed to bringing the delight of holding hands and dancing the night away to you through group dance classes, private dance lessons, dance workshops and dance events. Come play with us!


Hello Dancers!

Claire and I have been asked to teach for NWDance and we are excited to get back to doing what we love!

New Classes – A little something for everyone!

5 Wednesdays: October 27th–November 24th

6:30pm — Beginning Waltz/Cross-step for newer Waltzers

We will start with beginning slow waltz basics and weave in the beautiful and popular slow waltz form known a Cross-step waltz. These basics and turns flow seamlessly together with crossing figures. We will dance these with inspiring music allowing you to discover a new love of waltz. Our music will draw from from a wide spectrum including folk and pop waltzes. Not your grandmothers waltz! Prerequisite- None

7:30pm — Swing 2 — Kicking it up a notch!

You have been dancing swing and taken at least one other swing 2 class. Now we expand on Swing 2 moves, add more complexity, breaks and some 8-count patterns. This class is about stretching a little and a lot of play. Prerequisite- Confidence with triple-time swing

8:30pm — Intermediate/Advanced Cross-step Waltz

You solidly know the basics of cross-step waltz (even if you haven’t danced it for awhile). This class will offer moves that stretch your brain, delight your creative side and will give you a lift on the social dance floor. We will review the basics and then build up moves with free spins, grapevines and more. We will even toss in some new moves created for our Russian friends in St Petersburg and their summer workshop this year! Join us for the fun! Prerequisite- Solid confidence with the cross-step waltz basics.

Location and Registration

Payment: $80 payable by card for pre-registration or cash or check at the door

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Parking: there is upper and lower level parking available which is adjacent to the Swedish Club and additional parking is available across the street.

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Safety Precautions

There is this pandemic thing, so we put our heads together to figure out how to offer safer classes indoors.

So we are requiring KN94, KN95 or N95 masks that are well fitting and snug to the face. All participants must have proof of vaccination. We will also be leaving doors open at the Swedish Cultural Center (lower level)- for cross-ventilation. Bring your sweaters! Finally, if you do not wish to rotate, bring a partner!

We look forward to dancing with you!

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“Lilli Ann...our waltz class has been more than I expected. You are ingenious in teaching how to lead and follow. Have attended a few classes over the years, and never received such good info. That really is just what I needed, after dancing for so many years with one partner. Looking forward to the next series and plan to go for the Swing class, also. Kay is having a fabulous time, too. Thanks so much.” —B Johnson

“Lilli Ann, one of the dancers here… Francine, was singing your praises the other day after having attended the Richard Powers workshop in Seattle...she went on at length about your skill as a teacher and dancer, and was amazed and very grateful at/for all she had learned from you....very appreciative...just heaping truckloads of praise on you... she was impressed with Richard Powers, but went on and on about you... of course, I already know how wonderful you are, so just sat there smiling and nodding as she gave you the highest compliments... atta girl! Hope you and yours are well… ” —Ron

“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

About the Christmas Ball...

“The Ball was wonderful last night... beautiful dancers, great music, dear friends, scrumptious desserts, and a delightful hostess. Thank you, Lilli Ann Carey for creating this event. xo ” —Marlene

“Lilli Ann (and Paul, who generously helped finance the event), thank you so much for all the time, work and love that went into creating the Ball last night. It was such a beautiful evening, I’m glad I took lots of photos to remember the event. There were so many special moments to the evening and I especially liked the send off with the little bells of joy! Nicely done! ~Thanks again, ” —Wendy

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