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.

Oct 17: Class Party and Celebration Dance

Come one, come all to honor our great volunteers and celebrate the completion of our first fall dance class session. We particularly want to encourage new dancers to get out and dance.

  • 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 DJ’s

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

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October 20: Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints

Dancers cheered the music of Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints at Dancing til Dusk and the North City Jazz Walk. We are excited to have them play for the first time with Northwest Dance Network at the Leif Erikson Hall.

Born out of a love of the early years of swing, Americana and rock ‘n ‘roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of music with the dancers.  Expect to enjoy Swing at different tempos and some sultry Blues.

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Dance: 8:00pm to 11:00pm

Cost: $15 general admission payable by cash or check at the door, $10 students under 23 with ID.

Location:  Swedish Club 1920 Dexter Avenue North. 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.

Snacks:  Please bring a sweet or savory snack to share.

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November 17: Valse Cafe Orchestra

Seattle’s Valse Café Orchestra coalesced in 1999 with a singular goal: to win the hearts of 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 melanchol, Gypsy romance and Ragtime Manhattan. Also dual genres of Swing – the sophisticated urbane variety as well as a few Bob Wills barn-burners. Dancers will enjoy a rich variety of Swing, Waltz, One-step and even some Latin music.

As its name implies, the orchestra typically plays a preponderance of Waltzes, but the group’s program features 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.”

Pre-dance lesson: 7 pm to 8 pm

Dance: 8 pm to 11 pm

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.

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November 24: Little Bill and the Blue Notes at the Mercer Island VFW

We are looking forward to collaborating with the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and the Mercer Island Arts Council to offer this dance at the historic VFW Hall. The Hall is conveniently located just off of I-90 with easy access to both Seattle and the Eastside.

This evening we will feature an award winning blues band, Little Bill and the Blue Notes. Little Bill and the Blue Notes are an institution more than a band. Since 1956 Bill and various lineups have been wowing audiences with their take on rhythm and blues. They are a favorite at Northwest Dance Network. The dancers enjoy a variety of blues and swing in various tempos.  In 1959 the Bluenotes made the national charts with the teenage love song “I Love an Angel” and since then have released a bevy of recordings.  Joining Bill Englehart will be master guitarist Billy Stapleton, the Hall of Fame inductee Dick Powell on harmonica and keyboard and the tight and steady multiple award winning Billy Barner on drums.

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:  Mercer Island Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, 1836 72nd Ave SE,  Mercer Island, WA 98040

Parking:  Some parking at the clubhouse with additional parking at nearby Lid Park.

Snacks:   Please bring a hand edible sweet or savory snack to share.

More information about the Mercer Island VFW dance.

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