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.

October 7 Mach One Jazz Orchestra

This 17-piece variety big band entertains with a broad array of musical styles. From sit-down traditional or contemporary big band jazz, to popular dance and swanky swing dance tunes – their music will entertain! The featured vocalists add to the excitement of both the contemporary and traditional jazz. Expect to enjoy big band music that you will want to dance Swing, Latin, Blues, and more to. We know you will enjoy dancing to their big band sound.

Since the band’s start in 1998, the Mach One Jazz Orchestra has performed often at local dance events and Northwest Dance Network is pleased to welcome this big band back.

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (note the new starting time)  with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry.  Introduction to Balboa, a great way to enhance your swing and have fun.

Dance: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  (Note we are now starting our dances one hour earlier).

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 98107.

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October 11 Class Party and Dance

Please join us Wednesday to dance and celebrate those dancers who have just finished a class series.  We want to encourage the “new” dancers to get out and use their newly learned skills.

There will be dancing of course, but there are usually some demonstrations and a mixer or two.  The evening is informal, and it would be great if you brought a snack to share.

Dance: 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. to DJ’s  Lilli Ann Carey and Zachariah Cassady

Suggested Donation: $5 or more.  Free for recent class graduates.

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

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October 21 Washboard Cutups

Washboard Cutups is the band you would have heard in the back room of a speakeasy during Prohibition. Northwest Dance Network is excited to have them back for some great dancing. Percussionist and singer Mike Daugherty (Yes Yes Boys, Blue 4 Trio, Gigantor, Black Crabs) has formed the hottest new band in the Northwest to play blues, stomps, rags, and early jazz for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Mike is excited to feature these fine musicians: Bert Barr plays the hot cornet and has been the leader of the Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band for over 45 years! Dave Loomis blows the slide trombone and has been playing traditional jazz since he was a teenager. Banjoist Kevin Johnston started playing at the tender age of 5 in his family band. At 10, he opened for the legendary Eddie Peabody. Taylor Kent is the youngest band member, but plays the bass and tuba like an old pro. He recently left the Spokane Symphony to play hot jazz in Seattle. While the Washboards are great to listen too, we will be dancing – some fast Swing, One Step, and hopefully some sultry Blues.

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (note new starting time).

Dance: 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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 98107.

Thanks to Banner Bank there is complimentary parking in their lot immediately east of the Leif Erikson Hall.

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