Island County's Only Certified Ballroom Instructor
In 2005, I went to a wedding and I had the opportunity to dance; a mostly fake it and shake it experience – but I enjoyed it. I decided I’d look for dance lessons. I did the Internet searches and came up with several locations. I tried several different teachers and location looking for "that fit".
A year or so later, I decided to pursue getting certified as a ballroom dance instructor. Certification required passing an oral and performance-based exam , which was adjudicated by a Certified Examiner. I had to demonstrate knowledge of the each dance's history, musical and technical knowledge, and be able to dance both lead and follow all 15 figures of each of the dances we teach. And finally, I had to show how that I could teach both lead and follow parts. The process took approx. two years, hundreds of hours of private instruction, and $10,000 to complete.
I've been teaching ballroom dance since 2007, which includes 15 dances at the bronze and silver level (beginning-intermediate-advanced levels). my emphasis is on social dancing, verses competative, but we include good technique for efficient and elegant dancing. i teach to "dancing for the long-term" and what's needed to avoid injury to self or others around us.
Just in case you want to know a touch of pre-dance history, I retired from the Navy in ’94 and took up residence in Silverdale (Kitsap Peninsula). I moved to the south end of the island in 2000 and then relocated to Oak Harbor in 2010.
I'm a member of three dance organizations:
We also teach American silver level in Foxtrot , Waltz, Cha Cha and Rumba. We teach International style Quickstep.