Enhance your dance at Northwest Dance Network with standalone dance workshops. The instructors will review basics and then introduce each topic in a playful way. Dance workshops allow time for guided practice as well as instruction.

What you need to know:

  • No partner necessary! While you can sign up with a partner, many dancers attend workshops solo.
  • Location: Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109.
  • Cost:  Each workshop is $20 if you pre-register by the Thursday before the workshop, or $30 if you pay at the door.
  • When applicable, dancers register as leads or follows, as they prefer. In some workshops, all participants learn both leading and following; these workshops are designated as open role.
  • If you are registering using a gift certificate, please contact us to register.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

Prerequisites: See individual workshop descriptions.

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

Sundays: 6 pm to 8 pm

Instructors: Sean Donovan, Guy Caridi, Nancy Fry, Cathy Footer, John Lozano, Wren Newman, Scot McKay, Ari Levitt

We’re excited! We’ve expanded our reach and invited some great instructors to teach a variety of workshops with us. These workshops are geared toward experienced dancers and intended to expand your dance fun and repertoire. Come try something new! 

Upcoming Workshops

Nia with Naomi Scher

Zoom Live-Stream Dance Class Series

Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

Nia is a practice of self-healing and self-expression through conscious navigation of body, mind, emotion, and spirit. It is composed of equal parts Dance Arts, Martial Arts, and Healing Arts using 52 simple moves. Cardiovascular for the body and cleansing for the soul, Nia invites us to move as a whole system, an integrated unit that chooses the sensation of pleasure and the state of joy in the body as our baseline. We expand our awareness of our movement vocabulary and our means of expression from there.

Nia movement as Medicine and easily adaptable for everybody of any fitness level.

Naomi Scher, a Nia Black Belt Instructor certified in Nia FreeDance and Nia Moving to Heal blends her lifelong passion for movement, dance, and the healing arts with the balanced beauty of Nia. 

For more information go to www.nianow.com or email naomi.e.scher@gmail.com

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July-December at 10-11 am

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Naomi Scher

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here 

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November: Nia with Naomi Scher

Zoom Live-Stream Dance Class Series

Tuesday and Thursday Mornings

Nia is a practice of self-healing and self-expression through conscious navigation of body, mind, emotion, and spirit. It is composed of equal parts Dance Arts, Martial Arts, and Healing Arts using 52 simple moves. Cardiovascular for the body and cleansing for the soul, Nia invites us to move as a whole system, an integrated unit that chooses the sensation of pleasure and the state of joy in the body as our baseline. We expand our awareness of our movement vocabulary and our means of expression from there.

Nia movement as Medicine and easily adaptable for everybody of any fitness level.

Naomi Scher, a Nia Black Belt Instructor certified in Nia FreeDance and Nia Moving to Heal blends her lifelong passion for movement, dance, and the healing arts with the balanced beauty of Nia. 

For more information go to https://nianow.com/ or email naomi.e.scher@gmail.com

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, November at 10-11 am

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Naomi Scher

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here 

 

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Wren Newman & Scot McKay – Three Workshop Series

A Zoom Live-Stream 3 Workshop Series

with Wren Newman and Scot McKay

Whether you have a partner or are sheltering in place alone or with your pet…  join us for 3 weeks of fun and challenge while we channel our inner Seabeck. There are no prerequisites for these workshops.  

Bio: Wren and Scot have been involved – together and separately – in partner dancing for over 15 years and have been teaching together for 5 years.  While West Coast Swing is their favorite social dance, their dancing/teaching repertoire includes Country 2-step, East Coast Swing, Nightclub 2-Step, Salsa, and more. Like everyone else, they can’t wait for the world to get back to dancing.

October 29th – Swing Triple Action!

We are going to spend the hour becoming very intimate with the triple step.  We will work on creating the perfect basic triple, and then find a thousand different ways to do a triple step.  We will give you a couple of 32 beats “dances” that you can practice on your own to get both the basic and the creative triples into your body.  Lots of music – lots of dancing – lots of fun….great for East or West Coast Swing…  triple the dancing pleasure.

November 5th- Technique made fun! We promise!!

We all love to dance but working on our technique always so sounds boring.  We promise to change that with an hour working on a technique that will not only help with all your dancing styles but all your day to day movement as well.   We will be working on balance, moving through time and space, and our posture and pitch.  And don’t worry – this is a dance class – we will still be dancing!

November 12th – West Coast Swing: Playing with the music 

This will be an hour of musicality and styling.  Show what you hear in the music!  Been learning all those line dances from Sean?  How can you put some of that movement into your WCS?  Haven’t taken those yet?  No worries…    We are going to work on truly playing with music.

This is a 3 workshop series including November 5th: Dance Technique November 12th: West Coast Swing Styling

  • Taking all 3?  The drills from week 1 are designed to show you where the phrasing is in the music which will help with week 3’s play……  the techniques from week 2 are designed to help you own your movement to effectively show your creativity and not negatively impact your partner. (When we can all start partner dancing again….)
  • Only taking 1 or 2?  No worries!  Each class has a stand-alone curriculum.  You don’t need to take them all to have fun and learn.

Prerequisites: None

Time: Thursday at 7-8 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Wren Newman & Scot McKay

Registration: Please click the links below to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

 

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November 19: Nightclub 2-Step & Foxtrot Moves, Music, & Mojo

A Zoom Live-Stream Workshop 

With Michelle Badion

Please join Michelle Badion on Thursday evening, Nov. 19th as she shares her methods of connecting to dance and music in a fun and musical way. The workshop will include moves, styling, and technique to Nightclub 2-Step and Foxtrot music. The emphasis remains on practices for the solo dancer.

From Michelle, ”I miss partner dancing, so I have crafted this class to have all the aspects of dancing that I love except the partner. I enjoy getting into a rhythm and letting the music take me away. I spend hours curating a fun, easy, and nostalgic playlist. This class will transport you back to 2019”

The first half-hour will be Nightclub 2-Step, and the second half will be Foxtrot. We will dance to a variety of old and new music.  Let’s make solo dancing fun!

Time: Thursday, November 19 at 7-8 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Michelle Badion

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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December 3: Jazz Dance for Beginners & Northwest Slide Review

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop

With Guy Caridi

Let’s dance! In this workshop, we’ll explore simple, fun movements that will bring awareness and joy to your whole body.  We’ll play with various steps and turns, and keep it easy for all ages and all abilities.  And we’ll review our original line dance “Northwest Slide”!  This class is perfect for those with little or no dance background, actors & singers looking to add dance experience to their skill set, or partner dancers wanting to expand their dance potential.

Guy has been teaching, performing, and choreographing for 27 years.  He is a well-known and much-appreciated staple in the Seattle dance and musical theater community.

Time: Thursday, December 3 at 7-8 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Guy Cairdi 

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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December 10: Jazz Dance for Beginners

A Zoom Live-Stream Dance Workshop

With Guy Caridi

If you enjoyed last week’s workshop and are ready for more, let’s get moving!  In this stand-alone workshop (last week is not a prerequisite) we’ll play with easy and fun jazz movement while improving your dance skills.  After this workshop, you may feel your dancing is like tasting a fine wine: “An overdose of freshness.  The invigorating top note of a peppery hip roll.  The pure and noble trail of a box step.”  Just in time for the holidays.

Guy has been teaching, performing, and choreographing for 27 years.  He is a well-known and much-appreciated staple in the Seattle dance and musical theater community.

Time: Thursday, December 10 at 7-8 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Instructor: Guy Caridi

Registration: Please click here to register. After registering via Eventbrite, they’ll send you an Order Confirmation email with the Zoom Meeting link at the very bottom of the email. Please scroll down to the bottom of that confirmation email to find the Zoom link!

Cost: Suggested registration fee of $10, but pay what you can. Registration fees go towards paying our staff and instructors. We, therefore, rely on your generous donations in order to underwrite various registration fees. Thank you. Click here

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