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.

September 21: Little Bill and the Blue Notes

Little Bill and the Blue Notes have played for more Living Traditions and NWDance.net dances than any other band.  Bill and various lineups have been wowing dancers with their take on rhythm and blues. Expect great music to dance East and West Coast Swing, Blues, and some Latin. These musicians are the real thing and are truly a Blues tradition in Seattle.

Bill Englehart has opened for legendary acts such as BB King, Robert Lockwood Jr. and Buddy Guy. The singer, songwriter and bass player has a roomful of awards including NW Hall of Fame, the W.C. Handy Award and the BB Life Time Achievement Award. Joining him are master guitarist Billy ‘Stapes’ Stapleton, the Hall of Fame inductee Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboard and the tight and steady multiple award winning Billy Barner on drums.

The pre-dance lesson at 7pm will feature Wren Newman and Scot McKay.  These extraordinary instructors are sought out throughout the Seattle area.    Both are on the faculty of the upcoming November Seabeck Dance Camp.  Expect to enjoy the lesson and improve your dancing.

Pre-dance lesson:  Sugar and Spice, with Wren Newman and Scot McKay:  Learn how to add some spice to your sugar push and sugar tuck to add a bit of flavor to your dancing.  

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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October 5: Rainy City Riff Raff

We are so excited to have Rainy City Riff Raff, a swingin’ eight piece variety band, back to play for our dancing pleasure. This group has something special… three hot, happening HORNS! Fire ’em up over a solid four-piece rhythm section, add great vocals, then enjoy. The result is an upbeat mix of classic hits played with style – and an audience that’s all smiles. Expect to enjoy Swing, Blues, Latin and a Waltz or two. What a combination! A big band sound in the beautiful Leif Erikson Hall.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm. Mark the Rhythm with your Movement: Lilli Ann Carey and Claire Carey will help you play with both moves and styling to capture the rhythm of the music. What might you hear in a swing tune and how can you add it into your dance? And, if you’re a follow, how might you contribute more fully into the conversation?

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 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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October 19: The Polite Society Jazz Band

NW Dance Network is excited to welcome back The Polite Society Jazz Band to the Leif, featuring jazz piano legend Ray Skjelbred, everyone’s favorite drummer Mike Daugherty (of The Black Crabs and the Washboard Cutups), star Canadian bassist Jen Hodges, and others. They play both sweet and hot, mixing together Chicago-style swing, classic New Orleans sound, some blues, of course, and even a few waltzes. Come enjoy a great evening of music and dancing!

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Winfield Hobbs

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 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 scented personal products. Thank you!

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November 16: Valse Cafe Orchestra

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Valse Café Orchestra, a Seattle institution that got together in 1999 with a singular goal: to win the hearts of good dancers by playing post-modern renditions of dance-hall classics. This award-winning orchestra’s eclectic repertoire celebrates the best dance music of bygone eras and cultures: Paris in the thirties, Strauss’s Vienna, Yiddish melancholy, Gypsy romance, Broadway show tunes, Ragtime Manhattan, as well as dual genres of swing – from the sophisticated syncopations of Duke Ellington, to the hot Texas two-steps of Bob Wills.

Though it started out as a “waltz band,” the orchestra has evolved into a true variety band—filling its programs with just about every genre of dance music, including Foxtrots, Cha-chas, Swing classics, Polkas, Tangos, Rumbas, and Waltzes of all tempos. The late artistic director of Valse Café, Susan Balshor, stated, “We don’t just play great music exceptionally well. Our goal always is to create romantic evenings of fantasy and pleasure.”

This dance features the Valse Cafés “Big” orchestra, an eight-piece group that adds cello, trumpet, and vocalist to its usual mix. The additional instruments let Valse Café play a wider selection from its dancer-friendly repertoire.

As this is the start of the year-end holidays, you might enjoy wearing festive attire for this wonderful evening of dancing.  It’s not a “dance ball,” but gowns and tuxes will be admired.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi

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 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 scented personal products. Thank you!

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