Dance! West Seattle

Dance! West Seattle


Today at Ballet 1 virtual rehersal
Babysitting event coming up for Dance! West Seattle Families. All proceeds go to scholarships and dance students in need!
Magical Doll Maker rehearsal!
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
Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner! Snowflake Lane, the nightly holiday performance and parade at The Bellevue Collection, is hiring 46 dancers for its 2019 season, and we would love to see you at our auditions in September! Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions!
Believe it or not, the holidays are right around the corner! Snowflake Lane, the nightly holiday performance and parade at The Bellevue Collection, is hiring 46 dancers for its 2019 season, and we would love to see you at our auditions in September! Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions!
So great to work on The Magical Doll Maker with these talented dancers!
NGroove Dance is coming to you!

N'Groove Dance Competition - West is gonna be lit!

We are looking to partner with a few studios in the area to help spread the word, contact us at [email protected] if interested


Dance classes and professional dance instruction in West Seattle for 30+ years. Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap & Hip-Hop. Dance! West Seattle began as Seattle Civic Dance Theatre in 1983 and has has been serving the West Seattle Community for 30+ years!

Their school is located in the lower level of the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse across from the Fauntleroy YMCA and a few blocks from the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal. Programs at Dance! West Seattle include beginner through advanced level classes with a professional faculty that incorporate workshops, master classes, annual school concert community performances, lecture demonstrations, annual Chri

Operating as usual


Time to register for Fall classes!

Let's Dance!!

Time to register for Fall classes!

Let's Dance!!


“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche


Let's Dance! 🩰

Let's Dance! 🩰


Our beautiful in-studio Ballet 2 dancers! 🩰

Our beautiful in-studio Ballet 2 dancers! 🩰


Throwback Thursday with some of our DWS dancers 🩰

Remember to stretch today!!

Throwback Thursday with some of our DWS dancers 🩰

Remember to stretch today!!


Jump into the week with JOY!! ☀️

Let's Dance! 🩰

Jump into the week with JOY!! ☀️

Let's Dance! 🩰


Jump into the week with JOY!! ☀️

Let's Dance! 🩰

Jump into the week with JOY!! ☀️

Let's Dance! 🩰

Photos from Dance! West Seattle's post 02/16/2021

SNOW!! ❄️


Performed by:
Dance! West Seattle
Contemporary Levels 2 & 3

**Do Not Share**


We are so happy to have classes happening IN studio & via Zoom! Work hard dancers!! 🩰
If you are interested in signing your little up for class and/or yourself, send DWS an email today!


Hello Dancers and Families!

We are following CDC guidelines with sanitizing between each class, keeping 6foot distances, having thermometer checks and hand sanitizer available as each student enters the room.

Also, we are fortunate to have windows to open as well as the class door to keep good air circulation for the students.

Please remember: Wear masks in doors and distance in the Halls for transition times.

Please note: that we are waiving the $25 Annual registration fee for the rest of 2020 and will need to implement back in January 2021

We cannot do drop- in classes, so you must commit September 8, 2020 through December 24th 2020, to make this work.

“In Studio” Class and Times are:

Pre- Ballet – Tuesday 3:30 – 4:00PM 1 space available

Tuesday 4:00-4:30 PM 2 spaces available

Saturday 9:00 – 9:30 AM 4 spaces available

Saturday 9:30 – 10:00 AM 1 Space available

Tuition for Pre-Ballet, 1 class per week is $65 monthly, Total of $260.00

Ballet I - Tuesday 4:30 – 5:30 PM 1 space available

Thursday 5:00 – 6:00 PM 4 spaces available

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00 AM 4 spaces available

Tuition for Ballet I, 1 Class per week is $120 monthly, Total of $480.00

2 classes per week is $165.00, Total of $660.00 (ie:1 zoom, 1 in studio)

Ballet 1 Zoom is held on Wednesday 4 pm

Ballet II – Mondays 5:00-6:00 PM 1 space available

Wednesday 5:00 – 6:00 PM 5 spaces available

Tuition for Ballet II, (2) 1hour classes per week is $165.00, Total of $660.00

Please choose 1 day in studio and come to the other ballet 2 class on Zoom Thursdays at 3 pm

Ballet III FULL (May remit tuition monthly) – Monday 6-7 PM

Tuesday 5:30 – 7 PM

Thursday 6-7 PM

Intermediate/Advance Ballet, 5 spaces available. (May remit tuition monthly)

Monday 7-8:30 PM

Tuesday 7-8:30 PM

Thursday 7-8:30 PM

ZOOM Class Schedule will continue as is through December 24th, 2020

Links will be sent when you pay.

(This includes Ballet, Stretch & Strength and Contemporary)

Acceptable Payment Methods are checks made out to: D!WS

Venmo: @dance_west_seattle

Warm Regards, Your Dance! West Seattle Staff




We miss you! ❤️ 06/09/2020

OBT Preview: Zooming Along With ZOOM

Here is Mr. Speer's preview piece of what would have been Oregon Ballet Theatre's June show. Enjoy!


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:
Venmo: We 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


A very big congratulations to our DWS senior, Celia! We are so proud of you, love you and wish you the absolute best in your next journey.
Celia has a new baking business in the works! Follow @6footbakery and get a sneak peek at what you're in for. Her menu will change every weekend, everything is individually packaged due to Covid and they wear masks and gloves while baking! Give her a follow!


Even the bear is being proactive, so we can be active together soon!!
Thank you for the share Mindy ☀️


Beautiful shot by one of our dancers, thank you Ella! ❤️


Beautiful photo by one of our students, Gwen. Thank you for sharing ❤️


Happy International Dance Day!! 💃✨


Flashback Friday! Our wonderful Ballet 3's performing in the December show ✨


G Suite

Enjoy all!

Ballet made for ARC Dance by Dean Speer, © 2002.


We are having a BLAST teaching you all via Zoom. Keep it up, stay hydrated and we will see you for class! 💃


Dear Members of the Dance! West Seattle Family:

I hope you enjoy and find inspiring this You Tube LINK to a ballet that I made for ARC Dance (Seattle’s chamber-sized professional ballet company) in 2002.

It’s set to one of Bach’s French Suites for keyboard and the accompanist at the piano here is the great Bach specialist, Anita Cummings.

For fun, let’s make this a bit of a study session and contest!

1. In several short sections, the first is a tribute to my father – the dancers are actually spelling out his first name. Can you see what it is? It was a surprise for him and even the dancers didn’t know they were doing this when we made the ballet.
2. What other formations are the dancers making during the ballet?
3. How many?
4. You’ll also see a pas de deux (duet partnering) that goes in complete reverse at its end…can you spot that, too?
5. How can you tell the dance is going to stop at the end with a big finale?
6. What kind of groupings do you see? Twos, fours, a solo, and ?
7. There is a common “thread” that connects each section to the other. What is it? (Hint: How do the dancers go on and off?)
8. What do the dancers to at the very, very end? What’s that called?

In addition to some really excellent nifty dancing, for those that aspire to Pointe work, you’ll see the women on Pointe throughout.

The fifth (5th) person who answers all the questions correctly will win a copy of my book On Technique. So, look at the video and send your responses in!

While I cannot be with you in-person, keep on dancing!

Dean 
Dean Speer


Life doesn't get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient. No matter what, make it part of the dance ☀️


We just conducted our 1st virtual ballet class on Zoom!
So good to see my dancers!
See you again tomorrow ladies! 03/19/2020

10 things you didn't realise your dance teacher does

Because we love to share dance with our students! Starting work at 3pm every day may seem like the best job in the world. In reality it's MUCH MUCH more than that.


Dancers work hard in silence and let the success speak for itself ✨Happy Monday!


Life is a beautiful dance ☀️


We are open today! Let's dance 💃🕺


Dean Speer (faculty member) is giving the audition class for NW Dance Intensive's summer program (held at The Evergreen State College in Olympia). Thursday, 01/30, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., with live piano accompaniment (Randy Plut).

All students, Levels III and up are welcome to take! $40 registration fee. Please see attached flyer or go the website:


Show Day! Join us TODAY for The Magical Doll Maker at 1:30pm at the Highline Performing Arts Center -- tickets can be purchased at the door!


A sneak peak into our wonderful show!
Join us this Sunday, December 22nd for The Magical Doll Maker ✨ at 1:30pm. Tickets can be bought Saturday (yes, we have class!) Or Sunday before the performance. @ Highline Performing Arts Center


Thank you to ALL who joined us at the Pancake Breakfast! What a great way to bring in December & congratulations to all raffle winners! The countdown to showtime begins.... 🎄



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