I already loved Bellingham as a place I wanted to live, and this dance community reinforced that desire. I began classes at little purple church owned by one of the members of the dance community and started brainstorming how to open a place to dance in Bellinhgam. I spent the next year, visiting open venues, laying out plans of what I desired in my business. I wanted to grow dance in this community, offer lessons so people could learn a variety of dances and use them here in Bellingham, or other places with the standard of dancing I had been taught. I wanted to open the door for others who might want dance as a career. I wanted to offer more classes to teens and pre-teens. I wasn't sure how it would be received, or if it would succeed or fail, but I went for it. Bringing all forms of partner dancing to Bellingham, and opening up a world and community of dance for people in Bellingham.
Today Bellingham Dance thrives. We went from one main studio for Partner Dance, to dancing almost 7 days a week in this area of the Northwest. Amateur groups and Dance Businesses have popped up with dances held; Mondays (Whatcom Swing), Tuesdays (Bellingham West Coast Swing), Wednesdays (Western Swing Kids), Thursdays (Blues Bellingham), Fridays Bellingham Dance Company Mixed Dance, Saturdays (Rumba NW, and USA Dance, Tango Popolare, BDC Club Dance, BDC Country Dance), Sundays (TangoLife Argentine Tango).
Bellingham has come a long way in dance. It is so exciting to watch and see the growth and popularity of partner dancing in our community. I only hope to continue to watch it thrive and get out to dance myself. :) We have been here more than 10 years teaching dancing and encouraging the socials :) We definitely plan to be here an