Northwest Dance Network has dance classes for both beginning and experienced dancers. Classes usually meet weekly for five weeks.

New to partner dancing? You’ve come to the right place! Northwest Dance offers fun, supportive beginning dance classes in a variety of styles including swing, blues, waltz, and zydeco. In addition to our outstanding instructors, we have teaching assistants in all of our beginning dance classes, who provide personal guidance as needed. Beginning classes require no previous dance experience.

What you need to know:

  • No partner necessary. While you can sign up with a partner, many dancers attend classes solo.
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.
  • Cost: $60 per person for each 5-week series. Cost for students under 23 with ID is $45 for each 5-week series. On occasion, classes are taught over a time span other than five weeks, and in such cases costs may vary.
  • Dancers register as leads or follows, as they prefer.
  • Repeat our most popular 5-week beginning classes within a year for $45. Please see the class descriptions for classes that currently have this option.
  • Northwest Dance honors one valid discount per person per session.
  • If you are registering using a 10-class discount card or a gift certificate, please contact us to register.
  • If you are using a discount coupon (such as LivingSocial or Groupon) or have questions or concerns, please contact us.

In addition to classes, we also teach standalone workshops for dancers at a variety of skill levels.

Classes that we are currently teaching are listed below.  All classes are at the Swedish Cultural Center, 1920 Dexter Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109.

Class Sessions Feb 18 – March 21, registration open:

Sundays Feb 18 – March 18:
3:00 pm   Beginning Swing
4:00 pm   Intro to Zydeco
5:00 pm   Waltz 2

Wednesdays Feb 21 – March 21:
6:30 pm  Beginning Waltz
7:30 pm  Swing 2A
8:30 pm  Swing 3 (8 count)

Class Sessions Jan 7 – Feb 11 here

Sundays

Sunday 3:00 pm Beginning Swing

Hugely popular, energetic and fun, Swing is a great place to start partner dancing, and the music is marvelous. You’ll learn both single- and triple-time rhythms (for faster and slower tempos), along with cool moves and partnering fundamentals.

Prerequisites: None

When: Sundays, Feb 18, 24, March 4, 11, 18,  3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Sean Donovan and Nancy Fry

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Sunday 4:00 pm Introduction to Zydeco

Dive into the soulful, super happy Zydeco groove, and let the good times roll! We’ll learn footwork fundamentals and dynamic partnering, along with some hot freestyle moves. Come experience the incredible joie de vivre of this fabulously funky Louisiana music and dance.  No prerequisite.

Prerequisites: None

When: Sundays, Feb 18, 24, March 4, 11, 18,  4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Sean Donovan and Nancy Fry

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Sunday 5:00 pm Waltz 2

Reinforce what you know from Waltz 1 and revel in making your dance more graceful and deeply connected. We’ll learn a variety of fun moves and handy variations as well as essential right- and left-turning techniques.

Prerequisites: Waltz 1 at least once.

When: Sundays, Feb 18, 24, March 4, 11, 18,  5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Sean Donovan and Nancy Fry

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Wednesdays

Wednesday 6:30 pm Beginning Waltz

When first created in the 1800’s, waltz was considered sinful and a forbidden dance!  Today it is likely thought of as the world’s most romantic dance, and is a must for every dancer’s repertoire. Experience the satisfying joy of moving smoothly with a partner as you learn to glide and twirl to the glorious music.

Prerequisites: None.

When: Wednesdays, Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi

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Wednesday 7:30 pm Swing 2A

Have you been bitten by the Jitterbug?  In this session, we’ll continue where we left off in Swing 1, grooving into the next level of swing dancing.  Let’s add more moves, turns and styling while we have fun!

Prerequisites: Confidence with Swing 1 material.

When: Wednesdays, Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi

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Wednesday 8:30 pm Swing 3 (8 count)

This intermediate-level class will introduce you to 8-count Swing.  You’ll discover that adding two beats to the Swing you already know “fits” the music and will open up a variety of new possibilities.  As a bonus, we’ll also include some slow Lindy.  Come open the door to a whole new world of Swing dancing!

Prerequisites: Confidence with Swing 2 and triple-time rhythm

When: Wednesdays, Feb 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Instructors: Nancy Fry and Guy Caridi

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