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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!


2021 Waltz Classes!

We will resume classes as soon as we feel we can keep you safe.

In our classes we cover great and creative, socially danceable moves as well as practical and fun technique for leads AND follows! These techniques translate to all your dancing and we have been really excited to see how participants in our classes from in the nine months from Fall to Spring have gained skill-sets only found in advanced dancers.

All participants must either know the Cross-step Waltz basic or have taken our Beginner Cross-step Waltz Intensive and be dancing at an intermediate level in some other dance.

Waltz taught by Waltz experts

Lilli Ann and Claire, a mother and daughter teaching team of over 10 years and have taught internationally.

Classes are limited to 12 students and are role balanced. Drop ins are possible with notice. All classes will include a videoed wrap up and personal attention when needed.

If you would like to be reminded, send us an email and we will let you know when sign ups are available, so you don’t miss a thing!

Class Locations


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

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!


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 or call 206-264-5646

Dance for Joy classes in Portland

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