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

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. Come play with us!

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Dancing til Dusk Starts July 11!

Join us for Dancing til Dusk 2019, 13 summer evenings of free music, dance lessons and dancing in downtown Seattle parks! Events are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30pm; the 1st hour is a beginning dance lesson — no experience or partner required!

Bands include Zydeco, Swing, Tango, Country & Western, Blues and Salsa. Events are in Hing Hay Park, Occidental Square, Westlake Park, and Freeway Park, all in downtown Seattle.

To see the full schedule (evenings and locations vary), go to We look forward to seeing you there!

Lilli Ann and Claire Carey review their most recent Cross-step Waltz class. You can subscribe to Lilli Ann's YouTube channel and receive all of our new videos in your inbox!

Our Fall class session in Int/Adv Fall Waltz will begin Wednesday September 18th. All participants must either know the Cross-step Waltz basic or have taken our Beginner Cross-step Waltz Intensive (August 24 & 25) and be dancing at an intermediate level in some other dance.

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.

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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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