Dance Kepler

Argentine tango * swing * lindy * weddings * dance therapy * private lessons * tango for PD * F.A.Q.

Who can attend ?
Dance Kepler classes are open to all open-minded adults, regardless of age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Singles and couples are welcome.

New here ? Check out one of our Introductory courses. Yes, you can attend even if you've never danced before.

We've also got:

Advanced courses,

and Afternoon classes including

classes for People with Parkinson's and their friends and partners.

Keep up to date by joining our group Seattle Open Role Dance on Facebook.


Ginger and Sylvia embrace for tango

Introductory Courses

Introduction to Tango/Queer Tango
with Max Kepler of Seattle Open Role Dance

Develop your tango walk, front and back ochos, the giro/molinete combination, and the ocho cortado. New dancers will learn the five essential connections of tango. Continuing dancers will deepen their understanding of the course material and increase their skill in dancing the role less-familiar to them.

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 PM
March 16 - May 4, 2017
Wise Orchid Studio
2002 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

* Beginner-friendly * Always GLBTQQI-friendly * Singles welcome * All dancers will learn both roles and rotation is strongly encouraged for the best possible learning experience.

Course fee is $104 for eight weeks
Preregistration is required; enrollment is limited to 14 students.
Email now to reserve your spot: dancekepler@gmail.com.


Partner Dance for People with Parkinson's (All welcome)
with Max Kepler and Seattle Open Role Dance

Learning and practicing partner dance is helpful for people with Parkinson's, improving balance and posture and reducing many symptoms. Scientists don't yet know whether the therapeutic value of dance derives from its use of touch, rhythm, and intentional improvisation, or the social connections and intellectual stimulation that naturally arise during learning and practicing together. Studies do suggest that dancing is WAY MORE FUN than traditional exercise, and we think so too.

Open to Absolute Beginners
Thursdays at 1:00 PM beginning on 2/9/16
Phinney Neighborhood Center, Blue Building, Room 2
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle 98103
Suggested donation $15/class

Friends and partners welcome. For more info or to sign up, email Max at dancekepler@gmail.com, or call her at 425-522-2481.

Contact Max to learn about volunteer opportunities related to this class.


Open Role Swing/Lindy
with Rebecca Brightly and Max Kepler

Learn the original swing dance from a fun and feminist perspective. In this 8-week course, you will discover and deepen your joy of swing movement and music. Open Role dancers study both leading and following, opening up endless opportunities for playfulness, creativity, and skill mastery.

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 PM
January 10 - February 28, 2017
Studio Arcadia in the Central District, Seattle

Advance registration is required.
Enrollment is limited to 8 students.
$130 if paid by January 3rd
(normal session fee $160 for eight weeks)

Email Max: dancekepler@gmail.com to join.


Lindy with Max and Rebecca
Photo by Daniel Schreiber

Advanced Courses

Women's Open Role Tango Group
with Max Kepler and visiting guest instructors

On hiatus until Spring

Improve your leading, balance, and feel for the floor; Learn to move with power, assertiveness, and conviction. Understand tango from a new perspective.

Prior tango experience required but no prior leading experience needed. This group will help you improve your confidence by increasing your success in initiating tango movements. In the process of learning to initiate, you will also find that your tango interpreting skills become more refined. If you are a woman who enjoys practicing and dancing tango with other women, this class is for you.

Email Max with questions or to become a member: dancekepler@gmail.com.


Photo courtesy of Rich Hansen

Private Lessons

Individual (or small-group) instruction in partner dance, including basic and advanced partnering skills for dance, tango, swing, lindy, blues fusion, and Wedding Dance Preparation is available.

Private instruction is a great way to accelerate your learning. Direct coaching gives you immediate feedback, and your lessons are tailored specifically to your skills and interests.

Email dancekepler@gmail.com for rates and availablity, or call 425-522-2481.
Visit Max's dance bio to learn more about Max's teaching style and philosophy.


Photo by Josh Lieberman

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