Seattle Civic Dance Theatre

Seattle Civic Dance Theatre


Julie Grooms Memorial Scholarship Fund

We invite you to join us in contributing to this new fund. It was launched to honor long-time Open Adult Ballet class student Julie Grooms. Julie represented three generations of students at our studio: Herself, her daughter Brandee Grooms, and granddaughter Sophia Acevedo. (Brandee and Sophia are currently enrolled in Open Adult Ballet and Level 1 Ballet, respectively.) Julie was a beloved student, company member, colleague, and dear friend of faculty member Dean Speer since 1982 and took classes at Dance! West Seattle for about 20 years.

Julie loved ballet and we thought it fitting to honor her memory by creating this fund to benefit current and future generations of dance students.

Our overall goal is $5,000 with an initial goal of reaching $1,000 this year. All donations of every size are welcome, are tax-deductible, and make a difference.

Checks should be made out to: Seattle Civic Dance Theatre (Dance! West Seattle's non-profit arm) and may be turned in at the studio office or mailed to:

Julie Grooms Memorial Scholarship Fund
c/o Seattle Civic Dance Theatre
9131 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

We thank you in advance for your consideration and generous support.


The Grooms Family
Dean Speer
Kim Dinsmoor
Snowflake Lane audition packets are due in three weeks!
We are looking for 50 dancers for this year's show!
Get paid $30/night to do what you love! Spread the word about this exciting job opportunity!
Contact [email protected] for more information!
Join us for the Snowflake Lane auditions! Spread the word!

SCDT provides a performing outlet for talented local dancers and culturally enriches the community and the city-at large through professional

Operating as usual

[08/20/21]   Hello families! We are looking forward to the upcoming December performance and are looking for volunteers who would like to join the SCDT (Seattle Civic Dance Theatre) Board. We are looking for parents who can help with ideas and are willing to help execute fundraising to support Dance! West Seattle's students needs for scholarships, costumes, pointe shoes, and other items.

Some areas we typically need assistance are with coordinating flowers for performances, coordinating/helping run the bake sale, chaperoning ballet babysitting and help chaperoning at performances which includes but not limited to: keeping the dancers where they need to be, making sure rules are followed behind stage, escorting to rest rooms, checking in/out dancers to their guardians at performances. Prior to the pandemic, we were also planning other events like a night to dine out at a local restaurant and a possible carnival-like event, but those plans were put on hold.

We have openings on the SCDT Board* for treasurer, secretary and unassigned members (members-at-large) who are willing to help with other areas such as fundraising ideas, hands-on projects or behind the scenes.

*Please note, these are volunteer positions, not paid
If interested, please contact Danielle Otey, SCDT Board President at [email protected]


Please help us keep our school open!
Below is a letter from Ms. Kim asking for your help to keep Dance! West Seattle/SCDT open while we wait to have classes in the studio again. Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated! Venmo: @Dance_West_Seattle

Hello to our Dance Families,
We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and words of encouragement during this time.
Our beloved school has been here for 37 years this month, teaching and shaping the love of dance in your children and you. Our hope is to continue this tradition for the next 37 years with your help.
In order to keep our space available our staff has chosen to not take a salary at this time, but of course this is not sustainable.
Please, if you are able, donate any amount to this program, to keep the proverbial lights on. No donation is too small!
Should you be unable to send financial aid, we ask you help in another way by sharing this message on your Facebook or Instagram page, in order to reach out to our extended Dance! West Seattle/Seattle Civic Dance Theatre families.
You may donate in the following ways:
VenmoWe have created a Venmo account for DWS, if you do not have this application on your phone it is very easy to set up!
Download the app (blue background and white V) and follow the set-up steps --- when you are ready to make a payment and/or donation to us, search @Dance_West_Seattle and you will find our account.
PLEASE make sure to include your name, amount you are paying, and your dancers name so we can keep our records straight.
Check (make payable to: DWS, 9131 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136)

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for helping to keep the joy of Dance alive in all of us.

With love and gratitude,
The Staff of Dance! West Seattle and SCDT Board
Kim Dinsmoor - Director
9131 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

[03/03/20]   Ballet babysitting for March 7th has been canceled


June Performance information is now available! Please check with the Dance! office if you didn't get it yet!


Here's a clip from the dress rehersal tonight, the girls did a fantastic job. Want to see more? Tickets are available! Performance is Sunday, December 22nd at 1:30pm, Highline Performing Arts Center


Oh my goodness! Pre-ballet was super adorable at dress rehersal tonight!

To see the full show, tickets are on sale at the studio or you can purchase at the door, Sunday December 22nd!

[12/19/19]   Dress Rehersal is tomorrow, Thursday December 19th. Dancers need to be at Highline and ready with hair in place, makeup and in class uniform or costume by 5:30, rehersal starts promptly at 6:30pm!


I was so busy I doubt there's any pictures of me (Danielle) but here's a few of my husband and SCDT board member, John and another board member's husband, Zane cooking breakfast this morning! Thanks guys it was so amazing!


Food from this morning's pancake breakfast. It was really good and we had awesome volunteers cooking it up!


Dance! West Seattle dancers prior to our event this morning. They did such a fantastic job! Can't wait for the Magical Dollmaker at Highline Performing Arts on Sunday, December 22nd at 1:30pm. Tickets are on sale now! Please contact Dance! West Seattle to reserve your seats for this fantastic annual performance.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 206-938-3062


Photos of our venue prior to opening the doors for our pancake breakfast fundraiser this morning 12/01/19


Seattle Civic Dance Theatre Pancake Breakfast | Seattle Civic Dance Theatre

I'm getting ready to go shopping for our Pancake Breakfast fundraiser tomorrow! I'm getting Gluten-Free pancakes also!

Don't forget to bring family or friends or people visiting from out of town! Today is the LAST DAY for discount tickets - $12 for adults, $10 for kids 3-16yrs old. Tickets at the door will be $15 and the proceeds go to dancers for scholarships, costumes and pointe shoes.

Here's the link: This fundraiser is to benefit Dance! West Seattle for the purpose of helping with the cost of pointe shoes, costumes and scholarships. Breakfast runs 8:30-11amWe will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Gluten-free pancakes will also be available.


Dance! West Seattle



Need a date night?? How about this Saturday! We still need families to sign up, we don't want to cancel!!! All proceeds go to our ballet school for scholarships.

$40 for the first child, $10 for siblings. Pizza for dinner and we encourage costumes. There's games, face painting, a movie, and lots of fun!!!

Here's the sign up:!/showRSVPSignUp/4090f4fafaf2ba1f94-october


There are still some spots left for Babysitting Night on 10/26!

Register HERE:


Dance! families:
We are hosting a Parent's Night Out next Saturday on October 26th from 5-9pm. Costumes encouraged!

Have a friend and want to go out with them but they need a sitter? They are welcome too!


Seattle Civic Dance Theatre supports Dance! West Seattle through our Board and via fundraising activities. Our goal is to help dancers reach their potential and we help offset costs for our annual production of the Magical Dollmaker, we grant scholarship requests, help purchase costumes and pointe shoes.

Current board members:
Danielle Otey - president
Aimee Kelly - secretary
Lisa Stromme Warren - communications
Caitlin Huertas - fundraising
John Otey - website
Ana Hermosillo - member at large
Kim Dinsmoor - Dance! West Seattle artistic director & owner

You can donate directly to SCDT to help with the above mentioned items, just scan this code. Thank you!


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Dance! West Seattle and Seattle Civic Dance Theatre families and friends - THANK YOU!


It's show day! Best of luck to all the Dance! West Seattle dancers taking the stage today!


Dance! West Seattle

Forget to pre-order flowers? Don't want to stop before the show? Don't worry - we have you covered with extras!

$10 bouquets will be available for purchase before the show on Saturday! All profits go to Seattle Civic Dance Theatre Scholarship Fund to cover dance costs for families who need help!


You put in the hard work - now is the time to enjoy the show! Good luck this weekend to all the dancers!


Timeline Photos


Seattle Civic Dance Theatre's cover photo


Photos from Seattle Civic Dance Theatre's post


Last minute notes


Dress rehearsal in full swing! Can't wait until Sunday!


Dance! West Seattle

Are you ready for dress rehearsal?
- gel, hairpins and hair net for the perfect bun?
- clean tights, shoes, and class uniform?
- stage makeup?

We'll see you Thursday at 5:30 at Highline !


Our dancers are ready to perform at Seattle Center Winterfest. Come get in the holiday spirit with us!

Dance! West Seattle


A great day for rehearsal and a show! Winterfest at Seattle Center tomorrow, show week in 2 weeks - it's a busy December!


Eat, Breathe, Sleep, Dance

Concert dancer Jordan expresses the beauty and joy of ballet on her Hawaiian vacation.



Support the SCDT Scholarship Fund this #givingtuesday - donate online today!


Holiday breakfast tickets are going fast! We are 80% sold through!

Saturday, November 25th - doors open at 10:30

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Here's a clip from the dress rehersal tonight,  the girls did a fantastic job. Want to see more? Tickets are available! ...
Oh my goodness! Pre-ballet was super adorable at dress rehersal tonight!To see the full show,  tickets are on sale at th...
Eat, Breathe, Sleep, Dance





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