Here are the questions most asked about our Team. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact our Team President Maryann Watkins.
We perform a wide variety of ballroom, Latin and social dance styles. Our routines include Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Rumba, West Coast, and East Coast Swing to name just a few. Our signature dance is the Viennese Waltz.
THE GOLD ROUTINES ae typically for our more experienced dancers. The Gold Routines may also compete in addition to performing at various functions. Joining the Gold Routines requires approval of our coach. Gold Routines members are encouraged to also participate on the Formation Team.
THE FORMATION TEAM welcomes dancers of all levels. Team members work on dance routines and learn dance technique. The Formation Team may compete, but mostly performs for dance and community events on a frequent basis.
As a 501c(3) non-profit organization, we do request a donation to perform at public events. Donations help to offset team expenses such as coaching and costumes. Based on the complexity and duration of the performance you would like at your event, the suggested donation ranges from $100 to $300. Requests for routines that are tailored for a specific theme require additional team practice, and coaching, and therefore a higher donation may be appropriate. Please contact our Team President to discuss specifics regarding an appropriate donation for your event.
It’s fun, exciting, a great way to meet new people who share your love of dance, and an excellent way to exercise. There is really no other organization that has lasted as long and done as much with ballroom dancing in the Seattle area as this team. It only takes commitment and enthusiasm.
Absolutely! We love it when you come and watch, and it’s a great “no pressure” way to see what team dancing is all about.
Yes, you can participate in practice sessions until the beginning of the next full month without paying any fees or dues. For example: If you begin attending practices on the 10th day of the month, you can participate for the remainder of the month at no charge. At the beginning of the next month, you will be asked to join the team, and begin paying monthly dues to continue coming to practice.
Yes, we welcome new dancers! As you work with the team, your dance skills will develop and grow. You will have the advantage of learning from an excellent coach, and working with other dancers who are also new, to experienced dancers who are excited to share their talents with others. Many of our most advanced team members originally joined with little or no dance experience.
No. We rotate team members in and out of the formation so that everyone gets a chance to learn the routines and dance with a partner.
Wear something that is comfortable and easy to move in. Men wear black pants and a black shirt. Women wear a turquoise top, and depending on the dances we are working on, black pants, or skirt for Latin and swing dancing, and a long black circle skirt for ballroom dances such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Tango and Viennese waltz. Dance shoes are also recommended. We can help you find places to purchase shoes, and practice attire if needed.
General practice sessions are held on Sundays from 3 – 6pm. Coaching sessions are held on Wednesdays from 7 – 10pm. Within those times the schedule can vary depending on what team a member is on, and the requirements of the specific routines being worked on.
The monthly dues for joining one team is $40, and $55 for joining both teams. Team members are also required to join the US Dance, Inc., national organization. The national organization has a yearly membership fee of $70 for competing dancers (Performance Team), and $35 for social dancers (Formation Team). Team members participating on both teams pay at the $70 level.
Team members do not generally pay for costumes. The Team owns a wonderful collection of costumes that include men’s tuxedos, women’s ballroom gowns, and Latin dresses, as well as accessories for members to wear during performances. Team members do provide their own dance shoes and practice attire. In addition, women must also purchase nylons and appropriate undergarments for performances as well as the team make-up colors through our very own MaryKay consultant.