Volunteer Opportunities


No matter what your skills, you have something valuable to contribute to NW Dance!

Here are our current needs –

Accountant/Bookkeeper – To do our annual tax return.

Board Member – This is a working board.  We don’t have an Executive Director.  Right now the board does that work.  We are looking for folks with organizational, fundraising, event planning and marketing backgrounds to start as ad hoc members and then possibly work up to full membership on the Board of Directors . Working committees include Marketing, Dances, Recruiting, or Fundraising.

Class Coordinator –  the class coordinator works directly with instructors to determine what classes will be offered in any given class session.  Class calendars are planned and promoted well in advance. Class coordinator also coordinates with the class registrars for information tracking and record keeping.

Dancing for the AgesMeet fellow dancers at retirement facilities around the area when live bands/DJs come to play and dance with the residents. This is an extremely rewarding position.

Dance Volunteers –  It takes an army to put on a dance such as setup, decorations, cashiers, shoe checkers, kitchen help and closers. Volunteers gain free access to the dances that they work.

Email Proofer  Proof our weekly email before it is sent out to our membership. Training available in Constant Contact.

LinkedIn Master – create a LinkedIn page and post appropriate volunteer opportunities to LinkedIn.

New Year’s Eve Dance CoordinatorWe need someone to coordinator our NYE dance.  There is already lots of processes and guidelines developed in our first three years’ of dances. The ideal volunteer for this position would have event planning experience, big picture insights and an attention to detail.

Photo Archivist – Develop an archive system for our photos that will allow those who use them to efficiently find what they need.

Dance Class Volunteers Coordinator – to help us balance our classes.

Registrar– Be the voice and face of NW Dance Network at our classes and class party. Take advance registration, staff the registration table at classes and dance party (dance when needed to balance the classes and your other work is already done). Training available.

Teaching Assistant TAs must be able to both Lead and Follow competently, must show they have the personality to effectively work with students and Instructors, and willing to comply with NWD’s Code of Ethics. NWD will encourage qualified TAs to learn to Lead & Follow additional dance styles. Under the direction of the Teaching Assistant Coordinator and the Class Coordinator, the TA assists with classes, dance with students and help to balance classes.  TA’s receive dance dollars in exchange for their service. Upon the publication of class schedules, the TA Coordinator will discuss recommended assignments of TAs with the Class Coordinator. Upon agreement, Class Coordinator will notify Instructors, Class Registrars and Office Manager. After completion of the first class in every class session, Class Coordinator will make a request of the TA Coordinator for Class Volunteers for the remaining classes.  Upon recruitment, the TA Coordinator will notify the Class Coordinator, who will pass along the names to Class Registrars and Office Manager.

Teaching Assistant Coordinator –The TA Coordinator and Class Coordinator will recruit and nominate potential TAs, based upon observance of dancing abilities.  Feedback from the Instructors regarding potential candidates will be  encouraged. TA candidates will be brought into classes as unpaid volunteers, where they can be observed by the TA Coordinator and Instructors. The TA Coordinator will take feedback from the Instructors and decide whether a candidate is qualified and will be invited to become a permanent TA.

Tweet Master –  Help us setup and maintain a Twitter account and post regular tweets.

Web Site Proofer –  We need someone to review the web site to make sure the information in the weekly email and the web site are consistent and get to the bottom of any discrepancies to make sure that both marketing vehicles are correct.


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Dancing Lives

A film by B.J. Bullert

A film about social dance, Dancing Lives is available on B.J. Bullert’s Vimeo channel. About the film, B.J. says: “Dancing Lives tells the story of those who have stepped up and onto the dance floor, overcoming their fears and discovering the joys of dance. Part history and part manifesto, the film offers an intimate glimpse into the mystery of partner dance when dancers, motion and music meet.”

B.J. Bullert is a communication scholar and a documentary filmmaker. Her company, Seattle Films, is dedicated to producing works about the Pacific Northwest. (Source: bio on Antioch University website)

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Dancer’s Heart

By Noel Plumb

I fumble through my dance bag. I know it’s here somewhere, past the gum and mints, the Catalina swing-camp brochure, and miscellaneous dance steps scribbled on every type of scratch paper imaginable. An open safety pin, OUCH!!—I gotta get a real tie clip. Eureka, I found it! A chocolate Power Bar, (more…)

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Before You Sign Up: Different Types of Partner Dancing

By Dean Paton

Before you sign up for dance lessons, be aware that two vastly different kinds of partner dancing exist. They are separate worlds, really. So be sure to know which type appeals to you. (more…)

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What it Means to be a ‘Social Dancer’

By Laura Riva

Being a social dancer is a fantastic thing. It means that you feel, deep in your core, a desire to connect with other human beings. It means you have a desire to be empathetic, caring, and in tune with the energy around you. We desire to create, channeling our energy into a beautiful experience that is always present and never replicated in any other place. And, unlike many things, we choose to create these magical experiences with a partner.


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Taking Those First Steps … to a Dance

From the staff at Northwest Dance Network

Taking your first dance class can be a big – and sometimes scary – step in your social life. In that first class, you will find a surprisingly friendly, supportive group of people who are all in the same boat.

As your confidence and your dance vocabulary build, you decide to take the next first steps of entering the larger dance community – maybe going to a DJ’d class party. A few familiar faces, the support of (more…)

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Dancing: Just for the Fun (and the Health) of it!

By Janet Novinger

Actor John O’Hurley, a contestant in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” is perhaps the country’s best known poster boy for the fitness benefits of partner dancing. He wowed audiences with his dramatic interpretations of swing, waltz, cha-cha, tango and fast-step and dropped 20 pounds over a very few weeks of (more…)

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Keep Learning

By Micah Jacobson

What are you doing to improve your dancing? What are you doing to continue to learn?

In almost four years in the swing dance community, I’ve seen a lot of dancers get really good. The scene in general boasts a level of dancing that goes far beyond what I ever thought possible. I also have seen many dancers stay just about the same over the years, and I have even seen a few get worse. “How?” (more…)

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Dance and the Four Stages of Mastery

Thoughts offered by Dean Paton

Here perhaps is a more useful way to approach the pleasant discipline we call “learning to dance.” Instead of picturing the classes you take as a linear sequence – say, progressing through four levels of Swing – imagine yourself in an evolutionary process called the learning cycle, four distinct stages through which all human beings progress whenever they learn anything new. (more…)

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Dance Shoes: Seeking a Sole Mate

From the staff at Northwest Dance Network

Here is some advice on finding the right dance shoes. (more…)

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Statement of Behaviors

The mission of Northwest Dance Network is to inspire the art, joy, and excellence of non-competitive social dance. We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for dancers of all abilities and aspire for every dancer to enjoy a positive experience at Northwest Dance Network events.

To best achieve this, we expect all participants attending Northwest Dance Network events to:

  1. Treat instructors, staff, volunteers, dancers and other participants with courtesy and respect
  2. Obey all laws and follow any rules governing use of the facility
  3. Communicate and respect personal boundaries
  4. Refrain from making unwanted sexual advances
  5. Our dancers always may politely and kindly decline a dance
  6. If someone declines a dance with you, please accept their response politely and kindly
  7. Refrain from using foul, inappropriate, abusive verbal and non-verbal communication
  8. Support and encourage your partner rather than criticizing what you perceive as shortcomings
  9. Avoid dance moves that may put others or yourself at risk on the dance floor
  10. Practice good hygiene; avoid fragrances; wash hands or use sanitizer frequently; bring a change of clothing if you tend to perspire while dancing
  11. Promptly report any concerns regarding departures from these guidelines to the Dance Manager or any Northwest Dance Network board member
  12. Leave without incident if asked by Dance Manager of Northwest Dance Network

Instructors and other representatives of Northwest Dance Network further agree to:

  1. Model the highest degree of integrity and professionalism
  2. Listen to concerns from participants objectively and address them as immediately as possible and appropriate
  3. Make sincere efforts to ensure participant’s privacy and confidentiality when addressing complaints or concerns
  4. Bring concerns and complaints to the attention of the Northwest Dance Network Board

Revised  August 2018

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