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 19: The Polite Society Jazz Band

NW Dance Network is excited to welcome back The Polite Society Jazz Band to the Leif, featuring jazz piano legend Ray Skjelbred, everyone’s favorite drummer Mike Daugherty (of The Black Crabs and the Washboard Cutups), star Canadian bassist Jen Hodges, and others. They play both sweet and hot, mixing together Chicago-style swing, classic New Orleans sound, some blues, of course, and even a few waltzes. Come enjoy a great evening of music and dancing!

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm. Fusion Fun with Swing and One-Step

Are you tired of dancing the same dance style for a whole tune?  Winfield Hobbs and Nancy Fry will show you how to add a little pizazz to your dance, as you seamlessly move between Swing and One-Step.

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 NW 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 scented personal products. Thank you!

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November 16: Valse Cafe Orchestra

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Valse Café Orchestra, a Seattle institution that got together in 1999 with a singular goal: to win the hearts of good dancers by playing post-modern renditions of dance-hall classics. This award-winning orchestra’s eclectic repertoire celebrates the best dance music of bygone eras and cultures: Paris in the thirties, Strauss’s Vienna, Yiddish melancholy, Gypsy romance, Broadway show tunes, Ragtime Manhattan, as well as dual genres of swing – from the sophisticated syncopations of Duke Ellington, to the hot Texas two-steps of Bob Wills.

Though it started out as a “waltz band,” the orchestra has evolved into a true variety band—filling its programs with just about every genre of dance music, including Foxtrots, Cha-chas, Swing classics, Polkas, Tangos, Rumbas, and Waltzes of all tempos. The late artistic director of Valse Café, Susan Balshor, stated, “We don’t just play great music exceptionally well. Our goal always is to create romantic evenings of fantasy and pleasure.”

This dance features the Valse Cafés “Big” orchestra, an eight-piece group that adds cello, trumpet, and vocalist to its usual mix. The additional instruments let Valse Café play a wider selection from its dancer-friendly repertoire.

As this is the start of the year-end holidays, you might enjoy wearing festive attire for this wonderful evening of dancing.  It’s not a “dance ball,” but gowns and tuxes will be admired.

Pre-dance lesson: 7pm to 8pm with Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi

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 NW 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 scented personal products. Thank you!

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November 30: Rod Cook and Toast

Plan on enjoying some after Thanksgiving music and dancing on this fifth Saturday dance.  We are welcoming Rod Cook and Toast who most recently played for dancers at the popular Monday night dances at Hale’s Ale.

Rod Cook and Toast has been performing around the Pacific NW for over twenty years performing an eclectic mix of American roots music based in but not restricted to blues.  Their material includes both original and cover material ranging in style from Traditional Rock and Roll, Blues, Americana, Surf, New Orleans grooves, funk and elements of jazz.  The band consists of Rod Cook, guitar, vocals; Jon Bayless, bass, vocals and Chris Leighton, drums.  All three members have an extensive resume and are well respected throughout the Northwest music community. On November 30th Toast will be joined by Jim King on tenor sax, blues harp and vocals. Great music for swing dancing with some blues too.

Pre-dance lesson at 7pm:

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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