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Partner Dance Instruction in Waltz, Swing, and Blues in Seattle | Classes

A wide variety of people learning to dance at Dance for Joy

Dance for Joy! offers great dance instruction in a great environment!

We teach solid skills in Waltz, East-Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Blues and other dance styles that connect you to your partner and to the music while you're both having fun. You learn as you play!

This Fall Lilli Ann and Claire collaborate with NWDance for their classes! You’ll find them at the Swedish Club on Dexter on Thursday nights! Their classes page is at: nwdance.net, series-classes

Early Winter Session

Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, December-February

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
6:00–8:00pm

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Individual workshops are $25 each if you preregister, or $30 at the door.

Jan 29: Intro to Foxtrot — 6–8pm

Originally a Ragtime pattern dance offshoot from One-Step using the novelty of slow and quick steps, Foxtrot was quickly popularized as a creative partner dance. One of the earlier versions and most commonly known today is the SSQQ (Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick) style. Fun, useful and easily combined with Swing, it allows you to gracefully and playfully travel around the dance floor and to easily express your dance to match the music!

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:
nwdance.net/series-and-workshops/workshops

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Thursdays, January 12th-February 9th

Different moves each session!

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Beginning Waltz

6:30–7:25pm

When first created in the 1800s, Waltz was considered a sinful and forbidden dance! Today it is perhaps the most romantic dance. Gliding, twirling, almost floating, it is a great way to enjoy a true partner connection. At almost every type of dance — swing, contra, zydeco, Scandinavian, and, of course, weddings, they will play some waltzes. Prerequisite: None.

A West Coast Swing Crash Course

7:30–8:25pm

One of the hottest styles on the social floor, this dance is full of dynamic motion and creative play. We will teach you basic patterns and build on those moves so that you can enjoy a 3 minute dance. We will explore a different kind of communication where energy is at the core of connection, and how these elements allow for incredibly gentle, but truly exciting variations Prerequisites: Confidence with the fundamentals on one partner dance.

Waltz 3: Cross-step

8:30–9:25pm

You've been dancing Cross-step and know the basic variations. This class will add more challenging variations, and combinations while refining your basic, your partner and music connection. New variations first introduced this past October 2016 at Friday Night Waltz in Palo Alto. Prerequisite: confidence with Waltz 2: Cross-step or equivalent.

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Late Winter Session

Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, February–March

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
6:00–8:00pm

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Individual workshops are $25 each if you preregister, or $30 at the door.

Sunday, Feb 19: West Coast Swing — Spiff Up Your Basics — 6:00–8:00pm

This class is perfect for those who have a comfortable understanding of basic passes and pushes. We will show you ways to expand and subtly alter those basics to create very different feeling moves. You will have doubled or tripled your moves with this one cool workshop!Prerequisite: Basic West Coast Swing

Sunday, Mar 19: Intro to Cross-Step Waltz — 6:00–8:00pm

We'll explore the early 20th century Waltz form called Cross-Step that is danced here and in waltz communities all up and down the West Coast. This variation is particularly beautiful for slower tunes and will add a delightful flowing, playful style to your repertoire. Prerequisite: Waltz 1 and comfortable with Waltz basics.

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:
nwdance.net/series-and-workshops/workshops

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Thursdays, Feb 16th-March 23rd — No class Feb 23rd

Different moves each session!

Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Beginning One-step/Blues

6:30–7:25pm

This dance is an easy versatile walking dance that can be danced to slow swing, and blues tunes. It has a light playful energy and introduces variations like grapevines, pivots and more. We will also add a little blues styling into this class for slower tunes. Great for intermediate dancers, but very approachable as an introduction to closed position dances for the beginner. And you’ll find the skills are easily transferrable! Prerequisite: None.

Waltz 2—Romantic Waltz

7:30–8:25pm

This class is great for those dancers moving up from beginning waltz and those that have been waltzing for awhile that would like to add some beautiful flair and moves to your repertoire- some with variations on things you already know! We will add open frame, zig zag and some pretty and accessible spins to your dance. Prerequisites: Waltz 1.

Intermediate Nightclub Two-step

8:30–9:25pm

Looking for some creative and accessible new moves? We will work with flow and redirection to accentuate this special flowing dance. Prerequisite: Must know the basics of NC 2-step.

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Class Locations

Swedish Club

1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA
Swedish Club
Parking: There's parking in their lot if you're early, or on the street.

Fremont

Salsa con Todo, 211 North 36th St, Seattle 98103 (At the Center of the Universe, Fremont)
salsacontodo.com
Directions:
Take 99 to the N 46th Street exit and go west (towards Ballard). Take a left on Fremont Anevue N. Go down the hill and take a left on 36th Street just before the Fremont Bridge. Salsa con Todo is on your left in the first block.

Greenlake

Exit Space Dance (East Studio), 414 NE 72nd Street, Seattle
exitspacedance.com
Directions: N 50th Street Exit from I-5, north on East Greenlake Way N, West on NE 72nd St.
Park on street or in lots. Currently, parking on 5th Ave NE is still free all day. After 6pm, metered areas are free.

Private Lessons

If you need to get up-to-speed for that upcoming wedding or class reunion, quickly improve specific skills, or don't see the right class for you, private lessons are the answer! go to our Registration page, e-mail Lilli Ann, or call her at 206-264-5646 to find out more!

FAQs

New to dance or new to Dance for Joy? Not sure if this is for you? If you are a new student, you may try your first class session for 1/2 price, or 2 people for the price of one if you'd like to bring a friend. Or you may try the first night of the class only for just $5! See our Registration page.

Where are the classes? See locations at left for directions and parking.

What shoes and clothes do I wear? Clean, non-marking low heeled or flat soled shoes are best. All dance spaces have beautiful floors and we are committed to keeping them that way — please wipe off the bottom of your shoes before walking in. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in — most people dress casually.

Missing classes? Going to miss a couple of classes due to vacation or work and know this before the class session begins? Class pro-rations are taken on a case-by-case basis. If you miss a class during the session, arrive a bit early the next week and we will catch you up. We also usually review the previous weeks material in the first part of class and review all material on the final day of class.

What are the advantages of registering early? For all classes, please register early — space is limited, and we seek to balance roles (relatively equal number of leads and follows) and will wait-list if necessary to maintain that balance.

Other questions? email lilli@att.net or call 206-264-5646

Dance for Joy classes in Portland

For information on classes with Uwe Hessinger in Portland, go to PortlandDanceEclectic.com