Al Walker  


Al Walker

Al's passion for dance began with classes at "Avalon Dance Studio" in Spokane, Washington in 1999. He quickly became regular at Avalon, attending daily group lessons, private lessons, and practice sessions. Within a year, because he progressed so quickly and was a natural teacher, Al was asked to teach classes for Avalon and the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department.

During the next few years, Al dedicated himself to learning everything he could about couples dancing. He fine tuned his dance instruction techniques under Rick Gossard, the owner of "Northwest Dancesport Studios" in Federal Way and Spokane, Washington. He attended a wide variety of workshops offered in the Pacific Northwest, with such respected dancers as Frankie Manning (Lindy), Brian Jolly and Kristina (American Latin and Rhythm), Buddy Schwimmer (East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step), Christina Rosman (American Smooth, Latin and Rhythm), and Glenn Braunstein (Swing and Salsa). Al has won many awards in dance competitions, such as the Oregon Fall festival and the Coeur d'Alene Ballroom Spectacular.

In September, 2004, Al released his ownership of "The Dancing Place" Dance Studio in Spokane to his business partner and moved to Florida. Al then became active in the West Central Florida dance community. He was the 2006 First Vice-President of the Pasco Chapter of USA Dance and worked with non-profit fund raisers by arranging for demonstration dancers for their entertainment programs. Al taught classes at Pasco area Cares centers, community facilities, and Port Richey Dance Time.

Returning to Spokane in July, 2018, Al opened his at-home studio for teaching private lessons. He continues to be active in the Spokane dance community.

Al is certified as a dance instructor through Intermediate Bronze Level at the Teachers Standard, in Ballroom Smooth, Latin & Rhythm, and Social Dances. His specialty is using patience and humor to teach beginners. Al especially enjoys preparing a bridal couple for their wedding dance.


Al Walker  


Nance Danforth

Nance began studying jazz dance at "Avalon Dance Studio" in Spokane, Washington in 1997. She continued on to take classes in social dances, East Coast Swing and line dance. In 1999, Nance asked her instructor to find her another student to practice with after classes. That dance partner was Al Walker. Al and Nance became marriage partners several years later.

Nance is a professional artist. She creates the marketing materials for "Two Left Feet Entertainment" and her original oil paintings can be seen at www.moments.red. Nance also assists Al in private lessons.

self portrait, oil on canvas

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