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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!

Summer Workshops

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Sunday, June 3rd at the Swedish Club
Taught by Lilli Ann and Claire Carey
Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA

1. The Best of Richard Powers and More: Swing and Sokkie

We will take these two hours to review a few of the super cool variations taught by Richard on his last visit.

4-count Swing (Pretty much one-step with Swing moves so easy to use!), a few easy double rock step variations and a little bit of the Oh-So-Fun South African one-step dance Sokkie. This little dance will slide right into the rest of your social dancing!

Know basic swing at an intermediate level and join in the fun!

Register here through NWDance

2. Intermediate/Advanced Shadow Waltz

Shadow Waltz allows the lead and follow to both walk forward and with a quick little foot fudge, so many magical steps are possible!

This workshop is for dancers that have a solid foundation in Waltz. Swoopy stuff, cool arm behind-the-back stuff, hesitations and pivot stuff just for you!

Register here through NWDance

Greg Ruby and the Scofflaw Quintet at Dancing Till Dusk 2016

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14 joyous summer nights of dancing to live bands in downtown Seattle public parks in July and August. We hope to see you dancing in the parks again this summer!

Claire Carey and Max Libbrecht practicing West Coast Swing to the song "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele. (Because of copyright restrictions, you may need to watch this on YouTube.)

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Get out and dance!

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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 lot’s 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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