Youth Teams

Olympic Ballroom Dance offers 2 unique and exciting formation team opportunities for ages 12-18.

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Youth Performance Team

FALL 2019 to Spring 2020  –  for ages 12 – 18

The Performance Team offers a highly engaging opportunity for learning and performing ballroom dance. We are looking for teens that can be dedicated to achieving a high level of success as a team, and have the ambition to consistently improve. During your experience on team, you will learn exciting routines, tricks, and work hard together to synchronize formations. The team will have fantastic local performance opportunities–in theaters, competitions, and festivals/fairs!

Rehearsals are held twice a week, for 1.5 hours each. The team will participate in about 7-10 local performances over the course of the 2019-20 season. Enrolling in a technique class is encouraged for team members, but not required.

This is an AUDITION team. Dancers with all levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome to audition!

Auditions for the 2019-2020 team were held in June. Contact us if you are interested in future auditions and would like to observe a team rehearsal!

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Performance Team details:

  • September 9, 2019 to May 21, 2020
  • Mondays & Thursdays at 4:30-6 pm
  • Tuition: $95 per month (9 months), plus $110 costume fee ($55 due in June 2019 after auditions; remaining $55 due with February 2020 tuition).
  • Team AUDITIONS are held every year in June.

OBD’s 2018-19 Youth Team performances included the following:

  • The CFD Masquerade Ball  (Capitol Building, Olympia)
  • The Olympia Dance Festival  (Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia)
  • Dance to Make a Difference Charity Gala  (Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia)
  • Dance Festival Northwest  (Corbet Theatre, Centralia)
  • Portland Open DanceSport Competition
  • Lacey Spring Fun Fair   (Marcus Pavilion, Lacey)

Jill Pelton

Team Director

Youth Beginning Team

Fall 2019 to Spring 2020   –   for ages 12 – 18

The Beginning Team offers a more recreational, relaxed-pace, casual & low-stress team experience! A good introduction to dancing on a formation team, this team is a good choice for those with busier schedules or those preparing to audition for our full performance level team. No auditions required, simply sign up and come have a great time making new friends and learning some fun and easy routines! The team will also participate in several local performance opportunities to show off what you learn!


The Beginning Team will rehearse one day per week for 1.5 hours, and participate in about 3-4 local performances over the course of the 2019-20 season. We welcome new team members anytime during the year, provided there is available space. Enrolling in a technique class is encouraged for team members, but not required.

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Beginning Team details:

  • September 9, 2019 to May 21, 2020
  • Mondays at 6:15-7:45 pm
  • Tuition: $55 per month (9 months), plus $50 costume fee ($25 due at time of registration; remaining $25 due with February 2020 tuition).
  • Join ANYTIME during the year! (if space available)

OBD’s 2018-19 Beginning Team performances included the following:

  • The Olympia Dance Festival  (Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia)
  • Private Showcase at the Marymount event Center  (Tacoma)
  • Lacey Spring Fun Fair   (Marcus Pavilion, Lacey)

Jill Pelton

Team Director

Youth Ballroom & Latin Dance Classes

For ages 8 to 18, Olympic Ballroom Dance has the perfect class to start or continue your ballroom journey! Classes can be joined at anytime during the year.

for Grades 6 to 12

Introduction to ballroom dancing

Entry-level class for those who are brand new to ballroom dance, or have less than one year of training. This 60 minute once a week class will learn steps and technique from select Ballroom, Latin, and social dance styles. A few examples may include Cha Cha, Samba, Waltz, Foxtrot, and Swing! A fun, no-stress introduction to the many different varieties of ballroom dancing, as you learn to dance with a partner and move around the floor!

This class will officially begin in Sept and end in May, but students may join at any time. The year will finish with a performance opportunity at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair.

$40 per month
  • Tuesdays at 5:20 pm

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for Grades 6 to 12

Bronze International Latin & Ballroom

Beginning level in International style training for those who have completed the Intro to Ballroom class, or similar experience. This 60 minute weekly class will learn a wider variety of Bronze syllabus steps from the International Latin & Standard ballroom styles, with a focus on technique and competition. Examples include Cha Cha, Rumba, Jive, Waltz, and Quickstep!

This class will officially begin in Sept and end in May, but students may join at any time, provided they have the appropriate pre-requisite or experience. The year will finish with a performance opportunity at the Lacey Spring Fun Fair.

$40 per month
  • Thursdays at 6:15 pm

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for Grades 6 to 12

Silver International Latin & Ballroom

Intermediate level in International style training for those who have completed Bronze level training. Instructor approval required to join class. This class will add onto Bronze knowledge with Silver syllabus steps from the International Latin & Standard ballroom styles, with a higher level of focus on technique and partnering. Class members will be expected to be competing with a partner at local competitions.

This class is not currently scheduled, due to low student enrollment during previous seasons. If you are interested in this class and would like to see it on the schedule in the future, please contact us!

for Grades 3 to 6

Elementary ballroom mini-classes

A program for pre-teens to join in on the fun of ballroom dancing! Each 6-8 week session of 60 minute classes will focus on learning a short routine chosen from either ballroom, Latin, or social dance styles. We’ll slowly introduce the concept of dancing with a partner, while having fun exploring the basics of technique, movement, and stylization! Throw in some games and new friends, and it’ll be a great time!

Classes will end with an in-studio showcase for family and friends.


SESSION 2: Oct 22 – Jan 7

This session is extra special! The class will be learning a Charleston routine to perform at our upcoming New Year’s Ball event on Jan 11, 2020! It will be a costumed performance with the Youth Teams in the newly restored Olympia Ballroom downtown, as part of OBD’s exciting 1920s themed formal fundraising event!

Oct 22 – Jan 7 (no class on Nov 26, Dec 24 & 31) = 9 classes, plus dress rehearsal on Jan 9 (required).

Cost for the session is $98, plus a $25 costume fee (they will get to keep their costume!).

Required items to go with costumes: tan dance tights and black short-sleeve leotard for girls; black dress pants and white long-sleeve button-up shirt for boys. All students must obtain ballroom dance shoes OR jazz shoes are also allowed (tan for females, black for males).

2nd Session: Oct 22 – Jan 7

$98 tuition, plus $25 costume fee
  • Tuesdays at 4:15 pm

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