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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!


Dancers at an elegant ball

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Saturday, December 5th
The Polish House, 1714 18th Avenue, Seattle
Leads Register Now!

The music will be tunes to dance to — songs remembered, our special favorites, and perhaps a few tunes reminiscent of days of old. The talents — Julie King on piano, Karen Iglitzen on violin and Marni Rachmiel on wind instruments — will play Waltzes, Jigs, Swings and more! Fabulous friends, coffee, tea and beautiful treats! Leads, register today!

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Last Minute, Last Chance Ball Prep workshop
Thursday, December 3rd, 6:30-9:30pm

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North

Bohemian National Polka class session
Saturdays, November 14, 21 and 28, 2-4 pm

Exit Space Dance 414 NE 72nd Street Studio 2, near Greenlake

These classes are fun for all — see our Workshops page for more information!


Claire Carey and Nick de Vore demonstrate West Coast Swing at Dancing 'til Dusk, July & August 2015

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Thursdays, 6:30-9:30pm
Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109, register through NWDance

This session we're teaching West Coast 1 and 2 and Waltz 2: Introduction to Cross-step Waltz through NWDance. We're looking for couples and follows; if you want to lead, call Lilli Ann. For class descriptions, go to our Classes page.

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Get out and dance!

triangle image 4th Saturday DFJ! Lesson and Dance

7:30-11pm, Salsa con Todo, 750 North 34th Street in Fremont
Live music dances $15; DJ dances $15 for the lesson and dance, $10 for the dance only

Now in it's 8th year with a pre-dance lesson and great music variety. Dance with lots of friendly people! No partner required! It's a winner!

Join our email list to learn what will be taught — see event dates and details here!

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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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