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.

April 18: The Wiretappers

The Wiretappers play a compelling mix of juke joint swing, dancehall honky tonk, and hillbilly jazz in the spirit of Bob Wills and Asleep at the Wheel. Expect some classic two-steps and romantic waltzes as well. Should be an evening to cut loose and enjoy the kick-ass dynamics of a great western swing band. We are pleased to have this versatile band back.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Scot McKay and Jodi Fleischman

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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May 16: Little Bill and the Blue Notes with Billy Stapleton

Little Bill and the Blue Notes have played for more NW Dance network dances than any other band. We had to postpone the dance on March 21st and we are so thankful that Bill can play for this dance.  Bill and various musicians 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, ace keyboardist Bruce Lavin, 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:  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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March 7: Pearl Django

We’re thrilled to bring Pearl Django back to the Leif Erikson Hall. For a couple of decades now, Pearl Django has been known for its compelling gypsy jazz. But precisely because the group’s swing music, a’la Django Reinhardt, made these musicians so popular, most of us hadn’t realized they also play other joyous dance music. Pearl Django is perfect for our dance with its selection of  Blues, Latin, slower Swing, Foxtrots and Waltzes. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to dance along with these splendid musicians: Jim Lerch, Guitar; Jim Char, Guitar; Michael Gray, Violin; and Rick Leppanen, Bass.

“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious accompaniment.”
—6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Guy Caridi and Nancy Fry, “Swing it Sideways: Triple time swing moves that rock and travel to the side.”

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.

Your donations to the refreshment table are much appreciated. To protect the hall’s wooden floor, please change from street shoes to clean shoes, non-marking shoes before dancing.  

For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with allergies or asthma, please do not wear perfume or fragranced personal products. Thank you!

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