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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!


New Classes on Saturdays

Single class Jan 15; Series Jan 22–Feb 26 (6 Saturdays)
At Exit Space in Greenlake

COVID Protocols — Important!

You must be vaccinated and boosted if you are past 6 months since your last vaccination. In addition you must wear a well-fitting K-95 or better mask. Email with a copy your vax card or proof of vaccination.

New DFJ! Single Class — $20 at the door

Review your Cross-step Basic: Saturday January 15th, 1:45-2:45 — $20

You’ve had a taste of Cross-step Waltz — get a quick review so you can feel comfortable in our upcoming classes. Be on time — this is a quick one!

New DFJ! 6-class Series — $70/class at the door

Session 1, January 22nd-Feb 26th (6 Saturdays)

These classes are 1 hour 15 min so you can have plenty of time to practice!

2-3:15pm — Beginning/Intermediate Cross-step Waltz — $70
3 moves—10 variations. We are picking 3 easy to learn cross-step moves that have great variations. This class will open up your cross-step waltz dance and make you feel like a rock-star!

3:15-4:30pm — Intermediate/Advanced Cross-step Waltz — $70
This class is always fun and challenging. Join the advanced dancers as they kick butt with preps, pivots, and re-directions. This class is an eye opener to boost all your dance. Remember that feeling when you have accomplished something awesome?

Go to our Registration Page to sign up!

Session 2: March 5th, March 12th, March 26th–April 16th (6 Saturdays, no class March 19th)

Classes to be announced!

Class Location

eXit SPACE—theNest, a beautiful sun-drenched studio at 6600 1st Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

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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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