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.

November 18 Seattle’s Valse Cafe Orchestra

Seattle’s Valse Café Orchestra coalesced in 1999 with a singular goal: to win the hearts of good dancers with post-modern renditions of dance hall classics. The orchestra’s eclectic repertoire celebrates a romantic mélange of bygone eras and cultures: Paris in the thirties, Hapsburg Vienna, Yiddish melancholy, Gypsy romance, Ragtime Manhattan, and dual genres of swing – the sophisticated urbane variety as well as a few Bob Wills barn-burners.

As it’s name implies, the orchestra typically plays a preponderance of waltzes, but the group’s programs feature a mix of Swing tunes, Foxtrots, One Steps, Polkas, Two Steps and Tangos. The late Artistic Director of Valse Café, Susan Balshor stated: “Our goal always is to create romantic evenings of fantasy and pleasure.”  You might want to dress festively for this dance as we enjoy this holiday season together.

Shim Sham; The Orchestra will play Tuxedo Junction after the 1st break.  Winfield Hobbs will lead the Jazz Dance Shim Sham.  All are invited to dance what they know of  this pattern dance.

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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, WA 98107.

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November 29 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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December 16: The Buckaroosters

Whenever the Buckaroosters play the Little Red Hen near Greenlake, the place is packed and the energy is fantastic. Northwest Dance Network is thrilled to have them at the Leif Erikson Hall where there is plenty of room to dance. The Buckaroosters started out in 1998 with the idea of playing the music of the great Buck Owens as authentically as they could – complete with all of the duet singing, tele-twa… The twang is still there along with great music for dancing swing. And of course several waltzes that are ever so sad. We are going to have fun.

Please bring a snack to share.  You might want dress up a bit with your holiday duds.  Cowboy hats and boots optional.

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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 Street, Seattle, 98107

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