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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:, series-classes

Spring Session

Sunday 2-Hour Workshops, March–May

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

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

Sunday, March 26: Fusion Blues, The Art of Slow Dancing — 3:30–5:30pm

Love those slow songs but weary of the high school hug/drape version? In our Blues Fusion workshop, we explore musicality as the source of our dancing! Like any artist, we’ll teach you to use music like the colors on a palette and connection like the canvas to make every blues dance a unique creation between you and your partner. Starting with basic rhythms, we’ll slowly work you up to listening to the tone and lyrics of many different kinds of songs. We’ll also take moves from other dances, adapt them to Fusion Blues.

Sunday, March 26: Intro Zydeco — 6:00–8:00pm

We’ll begin with the basics of both open and closed position for the hot SW Louisiana two-step dance called Zydeco and then build on, adding moves and styling. The music is hard-driving and playful roots music with elements of Cajun, Blues, Rock ‘n Roll and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. The dance creates beautiful connection and yet allows for inspired individual play and freedom. There’s a good reason it’s popular from coast to coast! Prerequisite: None.

See individual workshop descriptions, prerequisites and register here:


Thursdays, Apr 13th–May 11th

Different moves each session!

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

Instructors: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey

Beginning Waltz


Waltz has been called the “world’s most romantic dance” and is a must for every dancer’s repertoire. Experience the satisfying joy of moving smoothly with a partner as you learn to glide and twirl to the glorious music. Perfect for beginning to learn social dancing and for weddings! Prerequisite: None.

West Coast Swing 1.5


You have had a beginning West coast Swing class. now you need more practice and some moves that expand on what you’ve learned. These moves will involve hand changes, easier prep turns and whip basics. Get more comfortable with what you’ve learned and expand your repertoire so you feel dance-floor ready! Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning West Coast Swing.

Intermediate Cross-step Waltz


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 Moves and so bloomin' much fun! Prerequisite: Beginning Cross-step Waltz.


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.


Salsa con Todo, 211 North 36th St, Seattle 98103 (At the Center of the Universe, Fremont)
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.


Exit Space Dance (East Studio), 414 NE 72nd Street, Seattle
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!


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

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