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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 partner dancing creatively and playfully 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 Swing, West Coast Swing, Waltz and more in Seattle. We are committed to bringing the delight of holding hands and dancing the night away to you through group dance classes, private dance lessons, dance workshops and dance events. Come play with us!


July 16th- Save the date! Lilli Ann's Big Birthday Dance

Lilli Ann's Big Birthday Dance with a variety of DJ's. Come help me celebrate a Big Birthday! All at OmCulture — details to follow!


Creating a Collaborative, and Inclusive Community—

Dance for Joy! & Om Culture Presents…

The Well-Rounded Dancer Series

Learn 9 Dances in 9 Months!

Broaden your horizons, claim your flexibility, and gain confidence!

We believe that it’s great fun to know a variety of dances – to confidently dance to whatever music is played. And as you take each of our class sessions, you’ll dance and learn more successfully since you will be building skills as you go. Just 9 months of classes will get you there; One Waltz- (Cross-step, Shadow, Rotary/Turning and 3/4 Airborne) each session paired with one of these classes- Nightclub 2-step, Foxtrot, One-step/Blues, Traveling Triple-time Swing and even a little Polka. Multi-class discounts to make it even easier!

Wednesday Night Classes and Dances

Classes are 6:30-7:30 and 7:30-8:30.

All classes held at:
Om Culture in Wallingford
2210 N Pacific Street

Taught by Lilli Ann and Claire Carey, national and international instructors for over 14 years.

We teach to both Traditional & Eclectic/Alternative music so you can dance to anything! Each class will introduce ways to play and be creative!

Dances are from 8:30-9:30 (or later depending on attendance). Dances FREE! All are welcome! Come meet new people and try out new moves or maybe even role-reverse(!) in a supportive environment!

To register for classes see our registration page.

Session 1

  • Sep 14 – Oct 26 (no class Oct 5)
  • Intro to Cross-step Waltz
  • Beginning East Coast Swing

Session 2

  • Nov 2 – Dec 14 (no class Nov 23)
  • Intro to Foxtrot
  • Int/Adv Cross-step Waltz

Session 3

  • Jan 11–Feb 15
  • 6:30-Intro to Nightclub 2-step
  • 7:30-Shadow Waltz

Here is Claire and I dancing the Turning Waltz in Provence, France.

Session 4

  • Mar 8 – Apr 12
  • 6:30-Traveling Triple-time Swing & Polka
  • 7:30-Intro to Turning Waltz

Session 5

  • Apr 19 – May 24
  • 6:30-Intro to One-step/Blues
  • 7:30-Int/Adv Cross-step Waltz

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A new weekly Sunday evening dance at OMCulture!

I'm excited to announce that we have a new dance at Om. Ari and I will be participating as one of the DJ's and instructors.

$20 for the lesson and dance (sliding scale available); $15 for the dance only. Great vibe and snacks provided!

Sunday Dance at OmCulture

2210 N Pacific St.
Easy street parking
Lesson from 7-8, dance from 8–10:30pm
$20 dance and lesson; $15 dance only


“Lilli Ann...our waltz class has been more than I expected. You are ingenious in teaching how to lead and follow. Have attended a few classes over the years, and never received such good info. That really is just what I needed, after dancing for so many years with one partner. Looking forward to the next series and plan to go for the Swing class, also. Kay is having a fabulous time, too. Thanks so much.” —B Johnson

“Lilli Ann, one of the dancers here… Francine, was singing your praises the other day after having attended the Richard Powers workshop in Seattle...she went on at length about your skill as a teacher and dancer, and was amazed and very grateful at/for all she had learned from you....very appreciative...just heaping truckloads of praise on you... she was impressed with Richard Powers, but went on and on about you... of course, I already know how wonderful you are, so just sat there smiling and nodding as she gave you the highest compliments... atta girl! Hope you and yours are well… ” —Ron

“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

About the Christmas Ball...

“The Ball was wonderful last night... beautiful dancers, great music, dear friends, scrumptious desserts, and a delightful hostess. Thank you, Lilli Ann Carey for creating this event. xo ” —Marlene

“Lilli Ann (and Paul, who generously helped finance the event), thank you so much for all the time, work and love that went into creating the Ball last night. It was such a beautiful evening, I’m glad I took lots of photos to remember the event. There were so many special moments to the evening and I especially liked the send off with the little bells of joy! Nicely done! ~Thanks again, ” —Wendy

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