Northwest Dance Network fills several staff positions to make our various activities successful. Most of these are volunteer positions.
Rachel Argueta joined the NW Dance Network team in June 2020 as an intern and is now a graduate from the University of Washington where she studied Entrepreneurship and Marketing. Rachel grew a love for dance watching people dance to salsa and merengue at family functions and to this day Spanish music always gets her up and moving on the dance floor!
She is working on building multiple online businesses, including a marketing agency, and is supporting NW Dance through handling and maintaining the website and social media.
As Editor for NW Dance Network, volunteer Kippy Dalton pores over every word and comma before they are published in the newsletter (since 2019) and on the website and in marketing materials (2021). Since she was old enough to read, Kippy has secretly edited every piece of writing she has ever laid eyes upon, but mainly in her head.
Kippy’s enthusiasm for ballroom dance dates back to her junior year as an exchange student to Austria; while her peers were forced by their parents to attend dance classes every week, she was over the moon about it! She would like to relearn some of her old favorites: Vienna Waltz, Foxtrot, and Swing.
As Office Manager, Tiffy Daud manages inquiries to Northwest Dance and provides support to our classes, workshops, and other events. She began her love of dance as a tap dancer in childhood. After discovering partner dancing, she developed a particular love for swing dancing, including East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, and Lindy Hop. Come say hi to her on the dance floor!
Luann Ferguson has loved being a part of the Northwest Dance community since 2011 as a participant in dances and classes. She loves the people and spirit that she came in touch with at Seabeck Dance Camp in 2011. In 2015, she took a more active part by becoming the accountant for the organization. Accounting and dancing have been a big part of her life since she was a teenager; now she has a place to combine both talents. Luann is a CPA with her own practice and brings fresh ideas as well as experience. Her closing comment, “See you on the dance floor.” Contact the Accountant.
Gayle McKool coordinates our Dancing for the Ages outreach program, which brings social dance to elderly people living in group settings. Gayle has been an active volunteer her entire life and relishes the many volunteer opportunities our organization provides. She relocated from Texas six years ago and loves life here in the Northwest. She began her social dance experience with ‘Mrs. Smith’s Cotillion’ in junior high and after that awkward beginning didn’t partner dance for decades. She resumed partner dancing 11 years ago and has been joyfully pursuing many dance styles ever since. She particularly enjoys Cajun and zydeco, East Coast swing, waltz, two step and most recently, Carolina shag. Contact the DFA Coordinator.
Don was voted the Seattle Dance Sage. He helps with special events and spreads the word on the joys of partner dance. His mum made him take dance lessons when he was a teenager and he’s been grateful ever since. Don was Executive Director of Northwest Dance from 2004 to 2009. His approach to dance emphasizes cooperation with and connection to his partner. He loves to encourage all ages to glide across the floor and feels that, above all, building community is what makes Northwest Dance special.
Dean Paton manages our bi-monthly dances. He abandoned the baseball diamond for the dance hall in 1994, and fell so hopelessly in love with waltz that he founded the Valse Café Orchestra, an ensemble committed to the art of playing music for dancers. He teaches waltz and foxtrot classes regularly at Seattle’s Century Ballroom.