FREE Practice Dance

May 18, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
August 10, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
September 8, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
November 9, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

Between some of our Step-by-Step classes we offer a FREE practice dance.
The class is mainly for those students in our class, however we do welcome anyone who would like to attended FREE of charge.

This is a practice dance so most of the music will be medium tempoish (there likely won’t be many songs that are either too fast or too slow for most experienced dancers)

FREE dances are DJed by various people

We do ask a few things from all attendees:
1)  Teaching on the dance floor is never acceptable, but especially here.  Students are part of the Step by Step class and a learning a specific curriculum.  The curriculum is not necessarily the same as you have experienced (even previous step by step classes).  It’s best to just let them practice their side passes, whips and push breaks and let any corrections happen either in class or by an instructor.
2)  These are students in a class, they may have issues trying to follow your 18 count whip with back flip into cartwheel finishing with the splits.  These students are learning basics.  If you know to how to lead something cool and they think its cool, awesome, but please don’t scare them.
3)  West Coast Swing is a social dance, be nice and have fun

Schedule of FREE dances:
May 18th, 2015 (after level 3)
August 10th, 2015 (after level 2)
September 28th, 2015 (after level 3)
November 9th, 2015 (after level 4)

Step-by-Step (2015 dates!)

September 28, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
October 5, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
October 12, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
October 19, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm
October 26, 2015
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

West Coast Swing, Step-by-Step is the instructional series developed specifically to provide the Seattle dance community with a step-by-step curriculum for West Coast Swing dancing.

These classes will give you an introduction to partnering, technique and the foundational patters of West Coast Swing. Four levels of classes are offered throughout the year by the area’s most qualified and accomplished professional instructors; Lynn Gross, Jim Minty, Katie Schneider, and Nancy Clark. At all levels, this series is perfect for the beginning dancer and also the more experienced dancer needing a brush-up on the basics.

If you have any questions about the Step-by-Step class please contact Karen Villamarin at


Register online for Step by Step Level 4!

Reminder, memberships expire June 30, so if you were a member you will need to renew your membership which can be done by going HERE

Please select student type:
Lead or Follow

Level 1: Schedule: Mondays, June 1 – 29, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: Russian Community Center (Map and Directions)
Level 1 starts at the beginning with 6 count patters.
Instructor: Katie Schneider

Level 2: Schedule: Mondays, July 6 – August 3, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: Russian Community Center (Map and Directions)
Level 2 moves into Spins and 8 count patterns/whips.
Instructor: TBA

Level 3: Schedule: Mondays, August 17 – September 14, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: Russian Community Center (Map and Directions)
Level 3 slingshots into tucks and hammerlocks.
Instructor: Katie Schneider

Level 4: Schedule: Mondays, September 28th- October 26th, 2015, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Location: Russian Community Center (Map and Directions)
Level 4 steps into Whip variations and more turns.
Instructor: Jim Minty


Cost: (per 5-week level class)

SSDC Member Price: Pre-Register $70 / At Door $80
Non-SSDC Member Price: Pre-Register $95 / At Door $105
Juniors age 17 and under (parent/guardian must be present) Price: $50

For information about SSDC membership, click here

To purchase an SSDC membership online, click here

Prerequisites: None for Level 1. Previous completion of the prior levels for each subsequent class. You are no longer required to re-take any classes!
If you have taken previous classes in the Progressive Series you may enroll in the next class level.

Russian Community Center (Map and Directions)

NOTE: Dates, times, instructors, etc are subject to change with availability of instructors, staff, and the facility. Please check back here for changes or feel free to contact us.