Dance For Joy! Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Zydeco in Seattle and Around the Country

Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Zydeco in Seattle and Around the Country

Learn to Dance for 50% off!

First‑timer DFJ Student Two‑For‑One Coupon!

Just want to dip your toe in the water? Jump right in and take your first DFJ class for 1/2‑off,
or take a class with a friend and take the class 2‑for‑1! To use this coupon, email Lilli Ann when registering.

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. 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.


Lilli Ann and Claire Carey — Mother and daughter — demo/review what we taught in our recent Swing 6+8=Great!class. We have been dancing joyfully together for over 15 years. Check out our classes page for more info, and to see more dance videos, go to our Dance For Joy YouTube channel.

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For our latest dance classes in beginning and advanced East Coast Swing, Waltz, and Blues, go to our Classes page. The final mini-sessions before we break for summer start April 27th and 29th. Register now!

“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.

triangle image West Coast Swing Lab

Saturdays, 1-3pm
Exit Space, 414 NE 72nd St. in Greenlake, $20 at the door

Each week Claire assesses the group and then builds a workshop to take students to a higher level in their dance by focusing on a theme and then developing it. Each dancer will feel like they received just what they needed to become more comfortable, creative and fluid. You need to know your basic passes and whip to take these labs. For workshop descriptions, go to our Workshops page.

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triangle image 4th Saturday DFJ! Lesson and Dance

7:30-11pm, Russian Center, 704 19th Ave E, Seattle
$15 for the lesson and dance, $10 for the dance only

Now in it's 6th year with a pre-dance lesson and great music variety. Dance with lots of friendly people! No partner required! It's a winner!

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“This is my second Swing I and I'm taking Swing 2 right after. TIRED after 2 hours but I love it. I plan on taking Waltz next. You are a great organization, and wonderful teachers! I have a couple friends taking Swing I with me this time, both have taken other classes, and both think you are so much better than their previous experiences. I'm very glad I found you!” — Susan Larson

“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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