Northwest Dance Network fills several staff positions to make our various activities successful. Most of these are volunteer positions. Links are available below for contacting each person on the staff. General contact information is also available on our Contact page.
Tiffy Daud, Office Manager, Registrar
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!
Tiffy also works as a Programming Assistant for GeekGirlCon, an organization that empowers women and girls to pursue their passions—whether they love science and technology, comics, literature, gaming, or anything else.
Darlene Demick, Head Registrar
Darlene Demick is proud to be head registrar for Northwest Dance. She is the first face of contact, greeting and welcoming students when they arrive to begin their classes. She supports the dance organization/instructors through preparation, registration and closure at dance classes and workshops. Darlene’s background as an Executive Administrator for various companies provides background for promoting excellent customer service to the dance instructors and class participants. Darlene has enjoyed music and dancing all of her life. She was a square dance and round dancer for many years and performed at many events in the Kitsap County Area. Darlene has been following and dancing with NWD for almost 6 years and loves the connection and fellowship with the people she has met.
Dean Paton, Dance Manager
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. When he teaches rotary waltz, Dean stresses mastering the core of the dance—turning left, turning right, transitioning between the two—then helps dancers use this foundation as a platform on which to build organic, graceful movement as well as a few elegant moves. Contact the Dance Manager.
Katherine Branigan, Dance Volunteer Coordinator
Katherine is a sought after dancer who enjoys most every kind of dance. She has been dancing and volunteering for Living Traditions and now with Northwest Dance. If volunteering at dances is something you are interested in, please feel free to contact her or introduce yourself at a dance. Each dance needs at least about 10 volunteers to make it a success, and there are many roles to fill. Contact the Dance Volunteer Coordinator.
Luann Ferguson, Accountant
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, DFA Coordinator
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 Morgan, Marketing Coordinator
Don coordinates our efforts to market our dances, classes, and other activities to our network of dancers and the larger public. His mum made him take dance lessons when he was a teenager and he’s been grateful ever since. Don has taught dance from Ballard to Belgium and was Executive Director of Northwest Dance from 2004 to 2009. His approach to dance emphasizes cooperation with and connection to his partner—as well as becoming as good as he can be and dancing as much as he can! Don loves slow waltz, zydeco, and clogging and is trying to learn Argentine tango. He also loves to encourage all ages to glide across the floor and feels that, above all, building community is what makes Northwest Dance special. Contact the Marketing Coordinator.