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.

January 18: Dina Blade and Swingin’ in the Rain

The Seattle-based band Dina Blade & Swingin’ in the Rain will grace us with their playful, innovative, and accessible dance music. A NW Dance Network favorite, Dina’s vocals and her effervescent band lit up the room on New Year’s Eve, 2018, and we’re so happy to have them back!

In her own words, Dina Blade is “truly passionate about singing (jazz and bossa nova) and making connections through music.”

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Nancy Fry. and Guy Caridi – “A New Decade Beckons, Enter It With Style!” Start the new decade by adding style and footwork to your Swing dancing.

Dance: 8pm to 11pm

Cost:  This dance is generously sponsored by Denise Hughes in honor of all those with January birthdays. There will be no charge for this dance, so this would be a great opportunity to bring your friends!

Location: Leif Erikson Hall, 2245 NW 57th St, Seattle

Parking: Free parking in the Banner Bank lot due to a cooperative relationship with the bank; it is located 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 scented personal products.

 

 

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February 1: Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints

Lucky for us, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints will be playing for our dancing pleasure on Saturday, February 1 at the Polish Culture Center.

Born out of a love of the early years of swing, Americana, and rock ‘n roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a popular Seattle-based band whose sound will transport you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks, and roadhouses. (Summer dancers may recognize them from Dancing ’til Dusk and the North City Jazz Walk.) With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share their love of music with the dancers. Enjoy dancing to Swing at different tempos and to some sultry Blues.

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:  Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle (just south of Madison Street). The upstairs ballroom has a 3000 sq. ft. hardwood floor! There will be a no-host bar.

Parking: Free parking is available in the adjacent lot. Additional street parking is free, but in high demand. You will find more parking south of Madison St.

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 scented personal products.
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February 12 : Class Party and Celebration Dance

Please join us in this celebration of the completion of our dance class session. We particularly want to encourage new dancers to come and dance. We will have a Valentine theme so please bring chocolate or another goodie to share.  Dressing in red will add to the ambiance.

  • DJ’d music by Sean “Gatorboy” Donovan and others
  • Dance demonstrations and mixers
  • Prizes
  • Honor the Northwest Dance Network volunteers
  • Please bring finger food to share
  • Did we mention dancing and fun?

Admission is free to new students, others by donation

Dance: 7 pm to 9:30 pm to the DJs

Location: Swedish Club, midway between South Lake Union and Fremont at 1920 Dexter Ave. N. 

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February 15: Radio Rhythm Orchestra with Pete Leinonen

It has been awhile since NW Dance Network has hosted the Radio Rhythm Orchestra, which was originally led by the late John Holte. Swing is the thing, but you can also Lindy, Foxtrot, and maybe dance some Blues to the big band sound of this orchestra. Their playlist includes the greatest arrangements from the swing era, as well as some of John Holte’s delightful original compositions.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Janice Eklund. East Coast Swing: Let’s add some Right-to-Right Combinations to your dance tool kit.

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 NW 57th St, Seattle

Parking: Free parking in the Banner Bank lot due to a cooperative relationship with the bank; it is located 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 scented personal products.

 

 

 

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