On October 17, the NW Dance Board of Directors elected its new slate of officers.
President – Beverly Sanders
Vice President – Cheryl Davidson
Treasurer – David “Koz” Kositsky
Secretary – Michael Stevenson
Members of the Board include Marlene Bengeult, Karen Ludwig, and Larry Sinnott. Gayle McKool and Erin Aas are our ad hoc board members. Staff members Luann Ferguson, Don Morgan, Kathleen O’Callghan and Dean Paton support NW Dance.
In addition to those listed above, an army of volunteers contribute many hours to NW Dance every week. If you have been thinking about making a greater contribution to NW Dance, now would be a great time to do it. This productive and hard-working organization has lots of irons in the fire. Join the fun! If you would like more information on current volunteer opportunities or would like to serve on the board, email us at the link below.
In the last year, NW has:
• Hosted a sold out New Year’s Eve Dance
• Partnered with Breathless Waltz to bring you new dance opportunities
• Supported the Garfield Orchestra and Folk Life
• Actively balanced the lead-follow ratio in our classes
• Added new dance styles (if you haven’t joined us lately, it may be time to come back!)
• Hosted the largest Seabeck dance camp ever!
• Brought on a Compliance Officer and developed an enforceable Statement of Dance Behavior for your safety and peace of mind
• Developed a Code of Ethics for board members and staff
• Continued our Dancing for the Ages program which takes volunteer dancers into retirement facilities to dance with the residents
• Stepped up our fundraising
• Increased our instructors pay to a competitive rate
• Had unprecedented attendance at our class parties ($5 for non-students!)
And, you may be asking, what have we done for you lately? Well, as a matter of fact, as a result of a successful fundraising campaign and the generous support of our donors, NW Dance will be lowering the price of our dances and moving them to the Leif Erikson Hall, beginning December 17, 2016!
Anyone is welcome to attend board meetings. If you are interested in helping shape the direction of Northwest Dance Network, we hope you will join us.
Please check the calendar for the next meeting date. Meetings are typically on the third Monday of each month (barring necessary rescheduling) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the public meeting room at the Lake City Library, 12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125. Meetings are scheduled at this time and place in order to encourage efficiency and attendance: right after, we can all go dancing together at Waltz etcetera next door!
If you want more information or have questions about the board’s activities, please contact us. Here are links to our Bylaws, our Code of Ethics, and our Statement of Behaviors expected at all Northwest Dance events.
Beverly Sanders, President
Bev has been a board director since June 2011. She started dancing in 1998, as a lindy hopper. Since that time Bev has enjoyed learning a number of other dances and has built a community of friends around dance. She brings to the board over 20 years of professional experience in volunteer and board management, group development and outreach, grant writing, strategic planning, and consensus building.
Cheryl Davidson, Vice President
Cheryl joined the board in December 2012. Her interest in dance has been lifelong, beginning by teaching herself basic swing by watching American Bandstand. In college and later years she took lessons in modern, jazz, and various other dance forms, but more recently she has became more dedicated to partner dancing. “Moving my body through space with music while connected to my partner releases endorphins of joy, an experience of positive addiction,” says Cheryl, who is expanding her dance repertoire by learning zydeco and balboa. Retired from a profession in criminal justice, Cheryl continues to be active in social justice issues.
Michael Stevenson, Secretary
As an enthusiast of live musical performance, particularly blues, Michael’s interest in partner dancing was piqued as he watched others having fun swing dancing. A friend suggested lessons at Northwest Dance Network in early 2014, and Michael jumped right in. He soon found himself volunteering as Class Coordinator, and was invited to join the board in 2015. When he is not dancing or watching live music, Michael indulges his passion for skiing and kayaking.
David (Koz) Kositsky, Treasurer
A board director since June 2011, Koz found that the dance community in Seattle is very special and wanted to get involved to give back to it. Returning to dance after many years’ absence, Koz and a friend started taking lessons with several instructors at Northwest Dance Network: Dean Paton, Susan Balshor, Guy Caridi, Nancy Fry, and Sean Donovan. They inspired him to become a more accomplished dancer. When he’s not dancing, you can find Koz cooking at the grill. He loves to cook and used to own and operate a café and restaurant. Anymore, he indulges his cooking urges by offering, at auction, elaborate internationally-themed grilled dinners for non-profits around Seattle. He hopes to continue to make new friends on the dance floor and have fun learning more dance steps and techniques.
Marlene Bengeult joined the board in 2015. She has enjoyed volunteering with the organization for many years—loving to participate in all aspects, especially helping to find ways to support the growth of the organization and to help it thrive. In 2011, during a self-expression and leadership program, she created Dancing for the Ages, one of our outreach projects. Marlene started taking dance classes with Living Traditions, the precursor to Northwest Dance, after meeting dance instructors Walter and Nancyanna Dill at a holiday party in the early 1990s. She has been enjoying dance ever since. She says, “I love finding that perfect dance where it’s just me and my partner and the music and the dance! Joy!”
Karen appreciates the opportunity to support the dance community by serving on the board for Northwest Dance Network since January 2013. Formerly, she was Dance Chair for the Seattle Singles Mountaineers (2005 – 2010) and won the Mountaineer Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006. Karen has been dancing in a broad range of styles since age five, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern improvisational dance, swing, lindy hop, hustle, and Latin dance. She performed for three years with USA Dance-Seattle and was in shows that toured around Washington state: “A Chance to Dance” and “Take The Floor And Dance.” She choreographed and performed dances for Dare to Dance at The Broadway Performance Hall in 2013 and 2014. Karen holds degrees in Broadcasting / Visual Design and Psychology, and she also has experience in dance photography and videography.
Larry Sinnott, Immediate Past President
Larry has served as a director since September 2010. He is a registered architect with the small firm Sage Architectural Alliance. Dancing socially since 2006, Larry has particular interest in waltz and swing. He is also a community activist on the SR 520 Bridge Rebuild, on Sound Transit’s lightrail station location at Roosevelt, and on on the Coal-free Washington campaign.
Read our Bylaws.
Code of Ethics
Read our Code of Ethics.
Statement of Behaviors
Read our Statement of Behaviors expected at all Northwest Dance events.