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.

August 18: Brian Lee and the Orbiters

Brian Lee plays many of the blues clubs in the Puget Sound region and they are one of our favorite bands.  We really love dancing to them on the large wood floor at Leif Erikson Hall. Brian and the Orbiters deliver dynamic and engaging performances with melodic vocals, exceptional song writing, and superb harmonica, slide guitar, and guitar. You will enjoy top-flight musicianship and a cool repertoire of Brian’s original tunes from the broad blues tradition.  The Washington Blues Society awarded Brian Lee and the Orbiters the Best Traditional Blues Act “Best of the Blues” awards for 2015, 2014, and 2013!

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00pm to 8:00pm.  Winfield Hobbs will teach blues, micro style from a macro guy.

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:  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.

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

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Sept. 1: Two Scoops Combo with Eric Moore

Two Scoops Combo with Eric Moore is a perennial favorite at NW Dance and we are delighted to have them back for this casual summer dance. Two Scoops serves up a unique blend of rollicking boogie-woogie humor and heart-felt blues. Eric “Two Scoops” Moore stirs fun into his audience with the touch of a master chef and his legendary ability to transport listeners to Chicago, Kansas City or New Orleans.  The band delivers generous portions of crowd-pleasing hits for the dancers that include East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Cha Cha, and a Waltz or two.

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:  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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Sept. 15: Little Bill and the Blue Notes Featuring Dick Powell

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.

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.

Pre-dance lesson: 7:00pm to 8:00pm West Coast Swing with Scot McKay and Wren Newman

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:  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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September 22: Stickshift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives

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, Stickshift Annie with Kimball Conant and the Fugitives. They have shared the stage for over a decade, delighting audiences through the Puget Sound area. Annie’s vocals combine elements of blues and jazz with a unique sultry, sensitive tone. Dancers love this band because the musicians not only play wonderful Swing music and smoldering slow burner Blues, but sprinkle in a mix of Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Rumba and even a few Waltzes.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Sean “Gatorboy” Donovan and Nancy Fry

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.

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