Dance Classes

Our Next Class

April 6 & 13   7:30 – 8:30 pm

Jana’s Class is FREE for students and newcomers!!  Yes, you read that right,  FREE!


Each lesson is an hour, from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m., after which there’s a social dance to requests for the rest of the evening, until about 10:30 p.m.  Come join us and see what Jana has up her sleeve in the way of fun dances, you can expect to learn dances that will be done at SBD for years to come.  The lessons are $12 each (or FREE!) or $55 for the longer series ( 5 classes), which includes the entire evening of dance. Come dance with us!

For folks wishing to come after the lessons end at 8:30 p.m., we suggest a donation of $5 for the evening of dance.

Our Instructors: Jana and Bob

Jana Rickel Jana2

Jana has been studying and teaching Balkan dance for many years,  her easy going and friendly style make learning even the most challenging dances fun.

Classes are held in 4 to 6 week series and geared for beginner and intermediate dancers.  People can participate in single classes, but of course you will get the most from attending a whole series, as many dances take more than one lesson to learn solidly. Classes are sometimes planned in conjunction with other special events or live music parties so you are prepared to enjoy yourself to the fullest at all our events.

Bob Cohen

BobBetween Jana’s Classes, Bob sometimes teaches a class or two.  He started folk dancing as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester in NY in 1969.  His passion for folkdance grew over the years and he has been teaching off and on since the 1970’s. Bob has a repertoire from all over the Balkans, but he is especially fond of Hungarian folk dance.  When asked about his teaching, Bob states,  “teaching motivates me to really understand a dance well enough to break it down for others.  It’s a fun challenge to find a way to get people past their struggles to enjoying a dance.”

Catalog of Dances Taught – A list of dances tought at all SBD classes

Click the above link for a complete list of dances that have been taught over the last several years.

Come Dance With Us Every Friday Night!

Traditional participatory dances of Southeast Europe
Dancing to recorded music 7:30 – 10:30
Capitol Hill Seattle Russian Community Center
704 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112. [Map] On the corner of 19th Ave E & E Roy St
all ages – line dances – great music – good exercise – good company – fun!