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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!


Lilli Ann and Claire Carey demonstrate Cross-step Waltz, from their upcoming Cross-step Waltz class. For more on events and workshops, or if you'd like us to teach for your group, send Lilli Ann an email!

Classes return with Waltz Mastery: 5 sessions of Intermediate and Advanced Waltz classes

Wednesdays 8:15-9:30. Class begins promptly at 8:35.
NEW LOCATION! Nest, 6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115.

  • Session 1: Cross-step Waltz — Sept 12th – Oct 17th
  • Session 2: Rotary Waltz — Nov 7th–Dec 12th
  • Session 3: Cross-step Waltz — Jan 16th–Feb 20th
  • Session 4: ShadowWaltz /Varsouvienne — Feb 27–Apr 3rd
  • Session 5: Rotary Waltz/Mazurka — Apr 17th–May 22nd

For more info see our Classes page.

New class location at the beautiful sun-drenched dance studio Nest.

Dance classes now at eXit SPACE—theNest!

Dance classes are now at theNest, a beautiful sun-drenched studio at 6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115. See you there!


A couple enjoys dancing at the Glittering Christmas Ball

Thanks for joining us for the Glittering Christmas Ball!

Hello Everyone,

I really enjoyed seeing all of you and sharing your warmth and it was a true pleasure to create and produce the ball for you. I’m not the only one who puts on this event, so I'd like to thank some really important contributions of effort. Paul Griffin rented the hall and spent Friday evening mopping the floor and putting out the tables and chairs with the help of the facilities manager and was of course there to the end working. We owe a lot to the Polish Home for their care taking of the beautiful hall and wish the Polish Home and Association a glorious 100th Anniversary.

I also want to thank Craig Krueger, Claire Carey, Mark and Cassidy Perez, Roger Burkhart, Dan Steifel, Jason Anderson, and Christine Billroth for careful set up and teardown, and to Mark and Margot for jumping in to help with clean up. And finally to Walter Harley (Sound), Julie King, Dave Bartley, Karen Iglitzen, Fred Nussbaum, Andre Feriante, Claire Carey, Za Thomaier and Dina Blade for music and performances.

Many of you had formal pictures taken and additionally, Gail Wodzin also took many other wonderful pictures of the event and decorations. You will find them here!

Feel free to send me other pictures of the event you feel I should have.

Wishing you all the Happiest of Holidays with love, kindness and fun abundant!

~Lilli Ann

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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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