Northwest Dance Network holds live-music dances twice a month. We offer a pre-dance lesson taught by local or visiting instructors one hour before the dance starts.

  • Pre-dance lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Dance: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Lesson and dance $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID (unless otherwise noted). This price is for the entire evening; we have no separate charge for the pre-dance lesson. Occasionally a special-event dance will cost more.
  • Location: Locations may vary. Please see the descriptions for individual dances.

From time to time, Northwest Dance also holds class parties, which are DJ’d dances offered at the end of a session of series classes. These dances are excellent opportunities to try out new dance skills! Class parties are free to anyone enrolled in the recent series classes, with a $5 suggested donation for everyone else.

Aug 3 The High Note Band

We are looking forward to welcoming the High Note Band for their first dance at the Leif Erikson Hall. The High Note Band delivers a satisfying blend of blues, funk and soul. Songs you may know, songs you may not recognize, and some great originals! 

High Note Group is fronted by Joel Astley, this year’s winner of Washington Blues Society’s Best Male Vocalist award, nominee for Best Blues Performer of the year, and winner of the Best Blues Harmonica award two years running. He has collected several other nominations from the Washington Blues Society over the past three years. He has risen quickly to local favor, and can be seen playing and sitting in with multiple award-winning bands and musicians around the region. 

Rafael Tranquilino is known best for his work with The Rafael Tranquilino Band, a power trio consisting of guitar, bass and drums that fuse rock, blues and funk with an alternative and fresh sound. Rafael comes from a musical family, playing music since he was ten years old. He acted as musical director for the Randy Oxford Band before branching out for himself and launching his own band.

Lissa Ramaglia, long time northwest favorite bassist with luscious vocal chops, was inducted this year into the Washington Blues Society’s Blues Hall of Fame. Add this to her already impressive list of accolades!

Tom Dostal is an accomplished musician with an impressive resume including 12 years in the percussion chair with the Andy Williams Moon River Orchestra, as well as long stints with entertainers ranging from Glen CampbellRobert Goulet, and Petula Clark, to British blues-rock goddess Elkie Brooks.

It will be a great night of music for dancing.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with John Lozano

Dance: 8pm to 11pm

Cost: $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID.

Location:  Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 N.W. 57th St. Seattle

Parking:  Through a cooperative relationship with Banner Bank, immediately east and next door to the Leif, free parking will be available at this dance in the Banner Bank lot. Parking is also available at the Ballard Health Club immediately south of the hall.

Details:  Please bring a sweet or savory snack to share. Check that your shoes are clean and do not mark the floor.  For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with sensitivities, allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragrances. Thank you!

It’s Summer:  While the Leif Erikson Hall is air conditioned, you might want to wear your summer best to help stay cool.  Dressy shorts or a bright sundress will make you more comfortable

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August 17: Gus Clark and the least of his problems

We are heading east to Mercer Island to the first ever Northwest Dance Network Hoedown. We hope you put your gardening tools down and come join the fun. Wear your cowboy duds or summer best. We have the perfect band; Gus Clark and the least of his problems.

Over the years, Gus Clark has proved himself as a staple of the Seattle music scene. He is an accomplished musician and singer who delivers classic barn-burners, good time dance tunes, bittersweet heartbreak ballads and his own originals. The music will be an unmatchable mix of early jazz, jug band, country blues, old time, Cajun, and Klezmer.  Joining Clark will be his “musical sibling” the Virginia raised fiddle virtuoso and singer/Songwriter Annie Ford.  The dynamic duo are the perfect music for the Hoe Down at the Mercer Island VFW. Other musicians likely to be on stage include, Kelly Van-Camp on drums, Austin Jacobsen bass, Jonah Byrne fiddle, Owen Thayer pedal steel guitar, and Nate Rogers piano,

The dance will be held at the Historic Mercer Island Veterans of Foreign War’s Keewaydin Clubhouse. It was built in 1922 and has since been used as a community gathering place.  The clubhouse features a 1500 square foot hard wood dance floor and room for socializing.The windows open to the breeze from Lake Washington. There is some parking at the VFW, with additional parking 2 blocks away on the lid over I-90. Across the street is the historic Roanoke Tavern.  And we will have a cash wine and beer bar at the VFW.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm

Dance: 8pm to 11pm

Cost: $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID.

Location: Mercer Island VFW, 1836 72nd Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Take  I 90 east towards Mercer Island. Exit on West Mercer Way, Exit 6.

Details:  Please bring a sweet or savory snack to share. Check that your boots are clean and do not mark the floor.  For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with sensitivities, allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragrances. Thank you

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August 31: Seattle Houserockers

We are moving this dance on what most people consider the last weekend of summer to the Ballard Elks.  The Elks Lodge sits on the shores of Shilshole Bay overlooking the stunningly beautiful Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain Range. The dance floor  features a full wall of windows providing a panoramic vista of Shilshole Bay – The perfect place to share a potluck starting at 6pm.   the Pre-dance lesson at 7pm will be truly special with Walter Dill and Celina Dill  Then welcome the Seattle Houserockers.

From gut-wrenching blues to a get-down funky number, this band covers all the bases. Featuring  Dan Newton on guitar and keyboards, John Lee on bass, and Marty Lockwood on drums. All performers additionally contribute to vocals. Classic Rhythm and Blues, New Orleans Beat, swing, boogie and straight up blues are all served with feeling. After decades of performing and contributing to dozens of recordings, members of the Seattle Houserockers are journeyman professional musicians who have performed at festivals and in clubs all over the world.

The dance floor has plenty of room for seating and we may purchase drinks from the window to the bar.

Potluck:  from 6pm. Please bring finger food, savory and sweet  to share.  Plates and utensils provided

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Walter Dill and Celina Dill

Dance: 8pm to 11pm

Cost: $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID.

Location:  The Ballard Elks is located just North of West Marine at 6411 Seaview Avenue. There is plentiful free parking (more…)

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