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.

June 1: Hot Club Sandwich

“Hot Club Sandwich is a string band made up of some of the most consummate musicians in the Pacific Northwest. Its members take pride in their knowledge of the great jazz and orchestral movements that spread across nationwide, alongside their more local musical history.”
–  Jonathan Frahm, PopMatters 2/13/18

This hot jazz string band was founded  fifteen years ago in Olympia, WA.  Each band member is also a song writer and they are about to release their fifth album, No Pressure.  The Hot Club Sandwich repertoire carries a reverence for Gypsy Jazz along with folkloric influences from around the world that flourished during the same era. In some cases, the band has been known to venture into Western twang territory, including in collaboration with the late legend Dan Hicks.  Expect a great variety of danceable music including swing, foxtrot, waltz, big band and country.

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:  Free parking will be available at this dance in the Banner Bank lot due to a cooperative relationship with Banner Bank, immediately east and next door to the Leif Erikson Hall. Free parking is also available at the Ballard Health Club lot immediately south of the hall and east of Classic Consignment, through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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 fragranced personal products. Thank you!

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June 9: En Canto

 

En Canto is Seattles premiere forró band. Their shows are passionate and spirited journeys into the swirling rhythms of Brazil. The music is fueled by forró (which also refers to the dance) and is a combination of rhythms known as baião, xote and arrasapé. The sound is charged primarily by twin accordions and infiltrated with the jazz backgrounds of several of the musicians. Led by Brazilian born vocalist Adriana Giordano, En Canto was featured at the New York Forró festival in 2018 alongside Forró in the Dark, a widely known and popular New York-based collective (band) of Brazilian expatriates that formed in 2002. En Canto presents monthly forró events at Studio Current in Capitol Hill, and performs regularly at music and dance festivals around the U.S. and Canada.

Dance: Sunday June 9, 7pm to 9pm

Cost:  General admission is $15 payable by cash or check at the door.

Location: Swedish Club,1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109. 

There are three parking lots at the Swedish Club, including one across Dexter Avenue that offer free parking.

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June 15: Ron Bailey and the Tangents

Ron Bailey & The Tangents have been the hit of Music Mondays at Hale’s Taproom. Ron has been playing in Seattle since the early 70’s. He has performed with the Electrodes, The Dynamic Logs and for 15 years performed with the Hank Williams review at the Tractor Tavern. Ron will be joined by other experienced Seattle musicians that might include, Mark Dalton, Rod Cook, and Steve Flynn. Expect to dance lots of swing but also blues and some americana funk.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Dean Paton

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:  For all Northwest Dance Network dances you can park free in the Banner Bank lot due to a cooperative relationship with Banner Bank, immediately east and next door to the Leif Erikson Hall. Free parking is also available at the Ballard Health Club lot immediately south of the hall and east of Classic Consignment, through the generosity of an anonymous donor. After 9pm free parking is available at JoAnn Fabric.

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 fragranced personal products. 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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July 6: Two Scoops Combo with Eric Moore

Two Scoops with Eric Moore is a perennial favorite at NW Dance and we are delighted to have them back for this casual summer dance. Two Scoops serves up a unique blend of rollicking boogie-woogie humor and heart-felt blues. Eric “Two Scoops” Moore stirs fun into his audience with the touch of a master chef. His legendary ability to transports listeners to Chicago, Kansas City or New Orleans. The band delivers generous portions of crowd-pleasing hits for the dancers that include east coast swing, west coast swing, cha cha, and a waltz or two.

Parking:  Free parking will be available at this dance in the Banner Bank lot due to a cooperative relationship with Banner Bank, immediately east and next door to the Leif Erikson Hall. Free parking is also available at the Ballard Health Club lot immediately south of the hall and east of Classic Consignment, through the generosity of an anonymous donor.

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 fragranced personal products. 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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