Kitsap Ballroom Dance News

Lots of ballroom dancing occurs in Kitsap County. This dance calendar is divided into (1) dances, public invited; (2) lessons, public invited; (3) dances, private clubs; and (4) other ballroom dance news.

letter to the editor of the Kitsap Sun, 4 Jan 2020, “So much to learn about dance in 2020

Fun, activity, learning, consideration, awareness, and thoughtfulness were highlighted in this letter to the editor about ballroom dancing in Kitsap County

Letter, “So much to learn through dance in 2020,” Kitsap Sun, , 4 Jan 2019, 6A, print.

e-copy: at


21 Dec 2019: Kitsap’s 3rd Saturday Ballroom Dance:
Holiday Ball (sponsored by USA Dance Kitsap)
Dress: Semiformal. Please feel free to wear your seasonal sparkle or fun Christmas tie! Many dancers will be wearing suits and cocktail dresses, but all are welcome. Nice, casual dress for those not dressing semiformal.

7−8 p.m.                 Complementary Night Club Two Step dance lesson with Terry West
(Night Club Two Step is a romantic, slow dance that is easy to learn.)
8−10:30 p.m.          Open dancing with music by DJ Terry West.

Location: Bremerton Masonic Hall, 878 5th St, Bremerton WA
Costs: $12 per person (non-member), $8 per person (member), $5 Student.

What: Terry plays a variety of music so that everyone can get on the dance floor. You’ll hear West Coast swing, East Coast swing, waltz, night club two step, rumba, country two-step, foxtrot, cha-cha, tango, salsa, and others. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are available for when you want to sit down, rest, and talk.
USA Dance Kitsap dances are social dances. Feel free to ask others to dance. Ladies, please don’t be shy about asking gentlemen to dance. All dance skill-levels are welcome.

Upcoming Dances                        Theme                                  Evening Lesson
– 18 January                                  Winter Blues                        TBD
– February  We won’t have a 3rd Saturday dance this month because many people will be going to the Sweetheart Jamboree in Bellevue. Instead, many of us will go to the 4th Saturday Ballroom Dance that is hosted by USA Dance Tacoma at the Lakewood Elks.
– 21 March                                      Spring Swing                        East Coast Swing

Upcoming Outreach Demos by USA Dance Kitsap:             
– 21 February, 6:30 p.m., Naval Avenue Elementary School
– 4 April (afternoon): Kitsap Mall food court

* USA Dance Kitsap is a non-profit club dedicated to bringing the fun of ballroom dance to Kitsap County. For info, calendars, photos, and videos, please go to the website www.usadancekitsap and the facebook page—Night-Club/USA-DANCE-KITSAP-PENINSULA-CHAPTER-1025-393588768766/


Monday-night ballroom-dance lessons, sponsored by USA Dance Kitsap
Each 4-week lessons series starts the first Monday of each month.
Time: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Cost per four-week session: $40 (or $32 for USA Dance members)—or $12 per class for drop-ins (just $5 per class for students).  As always, singles are welcome!
“If you’re interested in signing up for class, or have any questions, we’d appreciate an e-mail ( so we can get your name on the class roster.”

Lesson Series on Monday nights for the next three months:

Month                   Lesson                                                       Instructor (s)
– November        Country Two Step                                    Soleman Krebs and Angie Kostoff
– December          Country Ten Step (that’s right, “10 Step”)    George and Jan Bahr
– January              Beginning Salsa                                        L.B. Bryant

* USA Dance is a non-profit club dedicated to bringing the fun of ballroom dance to Kitsap County. For info, calendars, photos, and videos, please go to the website www.usadancekitsap and the facebook page—Night-Club/USA-DANCE-KITSAP-PENINSULA-CHAPTER-1025-393588768766/

Educated Feet: ballroom dance lessons on a variety of days in Poulsbo or in Bainbridge Island.
Instructor: Sheila Phillips
Go to the website for information about lessons and dances.

Wednesday-night West Coast Swing Lessons [East Bremerton]
Note: Soleman and Angei are taking a holiday from lessons during the holiday period, so there are no West Coast Wednesday Swing lessons in December 2019. They will start lessons again on 8 Jan 2020.
— source: 13 Nov 2019 Facebook announcement by Angei.

 – When WCS Wednesday lessons are occurring, they occur as follows:
     – Basic lesson: 7:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m.
     – Intermediate lesson: 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
– Where: McCloud’s Family Bar and Grill, 2901 Perry Ave., East Bremerton
– Instructors: Soleman Krebs and Angei Kostoff
– Cost: $8 for one lesson; $12 for both lessons
     For more information, go to

Thursday-day ballroom-dance lessons [Elks Club in Bremerton]
– When: most Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Jan’s classes on hold for the holidays until 9 Jan 2020.
– Where: 4131 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton; phone 360-479-1181.
– Who: Public is invited. Partners not required. Students are requested to arrive 15 minutes early for class registration. Leather-soled shoes or regular dance shoes recommended. Contact Jan Madison at or 360-633-7662 to register. All are welcome. Just tell the front desk that you’re attending Jan’s class.
“Weekly Thursday hourly dance classes will be held starting January 9 at 11:30 am for a monthly fee of $48 per person for four Thursday classes. $5 cover if staying for the dance that follows.  Lunch is available for purchase. Full service bar.  RSVP classes 360-633-7662″.  Membership required after 12 visits.” 
— source: 14 Nov 2019 email from Jan Madison.

Sunday afternoon lessons [Eagles Club in Port Orchard]
Lessons Sunday from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and then open dancing from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Lessons are open to members of the public as you’ll be signed in as guests of the instructors, Jan and Mary. You can then stay for the open dancing (cost: $5 nonmembers, $3 members). Address: 4001 Jackson Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366.  Phone: (360) 876-2338



Note: At private-club dances you must be a member or a guest of a member to attend. Both the Elks and the Eagles allow nonmembers to attend dances if they take lessons before the dance and are signed in by the dance instructor.

Bremerton Elks Thursday afternoons (except holidays)
The “Tea Dance”  12:30 – 3:00 p.m.    Lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 4131 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton; phone 360-479-1181.
Cost: $5 cover charge.
Note; Jan Madison’s 11:30 a.m. Thursday ballroom dance lessons are on hold through the holiday season; they will start again on 9 Jan 2020. Source: 14 Nov 2019 email from Jan Madison; for more information, contact Jan Madison at or 360-633-7662.) 

Bremerton Elks Club Friday-night dances
When: 7:30 p.m. many (but not all) Friday nights. For details, call the Elks Lodge at 360-479-1181.
Where: 4131 Pine Rd NE, Bremerton; phone 360-479-1181.

Eagles Club Friday-night dances [Port Orchard]

When: Fridays: open dancing from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Music: country and top-forty.|
Where: 4001 Jackson Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366.  Phone: (360) 876-2338.

Eagles Club Sunday-afternoon dances [Port Orchard]
When: Lessons occur from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. and then open dancing from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: 4001 Jackson Avenue SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366.  Phone: (360) 876-2338.
Note: nonmembers can attend lessons, be signed in as guests of the instructors (Jan and Mary), and then attend the open dancing (cost: $5 nonmembers, $3 members; this money is applied to charitable causes).

Winter Club dances [Bremerton]
Winter Club hosts a formal (tuxedos and gowns . . . suits and cocktail dresses) dinner-dance on the first Saturday night of each month for six Saturdays (Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb., Mar, and Apr). Suits and cocktail dresses are OK for guests. The April dance is a very popular costume dance, and the theme for the April 2020 dance is Mad Hatters tea party (from Alice in Wonderland). To learn how to join this club, please go to a USA Dance Kitsap event. Many members of USA Dance Kitsap are also members of Winter Club, and they can invite couples to Winter Club.



(To see up-to-date Seattle and Tacoma dance news, go to ) (19.11.21)


4th Saturday Ballroom Dances, 7:00-10:30 p.m., sponsored by USA Dance Tacoma, chapter 1023. Lakewood Elks Lodge, 6313 75th St. West, Lakewood, WA 98499

     28 Dec 2019 Holiday Gala
nightclub two-step lesson with Christine Luders

     25 Jan 2020 Country Western
cowboy cha-cha lesson with Char & Allen

     22 Feb 2020 Mardi Gras
tango lesson with Christine Luders

     source: USA Dance Tacoma flyer, Nov 2019.

Manhattan Dance Club
AmVets Center, 5717 South Tyler Street, Tacoma  98409
Wednesdays, lesson at 6:30 p.m., open dancing from 7:30 p.m to 10 p.m.
(see for information.


Sequim VFW  Every Saturday, 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
country, country two step, rock, and waltz

Sequim Elks (no details yet)

Elsewhere on the Olympic Peninsula

Please see the website Olympic Peninsula Dance (accessed 18 Nov 2019)
– information about dances and dance lessons in Port Angeles, Port Townsend, and Gardiner.

14-16 Feb 2020   Sweetheart Jamboree [Bellevue]
held at The Bellevue Hilton, 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
1-800-445-8667 or Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (425) 455-1300