Lauren fell in love with dance when she took an African dance class in college and started line dancing in 2016. She also dances on her way to work, in her living room, at the gym and everywhere in between! Dancing allows her to express herself while also relieving stress, and she is loving sharing it with others. When she’s not dancing she’s working with youth or adults with disabilities and spending time with her dog.
Country Dance Lessons
The Ponderosa Lounge & Grill offers free country-western dance lessons most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights starting at 7pm. Enjoy dance lessons with applicable cover charge starting at 7pm on concert nights. Types of country-western dance include Line Dance, West Coast Swing, Country Two-Step, Cha Cha and more. Our experienced teachers and large dance floor make the Ponderosa the best place in Portland for line dancing and other country-western dancing!
|Date||Time||Dance Instructor||Style of Dance||RSVP|
|Thursday, July 29||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Last Call | Song: Drunk and I Don't Wanna Go Home - Elle King & Miranda Lambert||RSVP here|
|Friday, July 30||7 PM||Alex D.||Line Dance: Watermelon Crawl (beginner) and Hicktown (intermediate)||RSVP here|
|Saturday, July 31||7 PM||Ann & Alex W.||Line Dance: Men in Black||RSVP here|
|Thursday, August 5||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Dance Her Home||RSVP here|
|Friday, August 6||7 PM||Carole D.||Line Dance: American Kids and Crash & Burn|
|Saturday, August 7||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Hollerback and Fancy Like||RSVP here|
|Thursday, August 12||7 PM||Ann & Alex||Line Dance|
|Friday, August 13||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: TGIF||RSVP here|
|Saturday, August 14||7 PM||Alex||Line Dance: South Side (beginner) and Ain't Too Cool to Dance (beginner-mediate)||RSVP here|
|Thursday, August 19||7 PM||Carole||Line Dance: Señorita and Goin' Hamm||RSVP here|
|Friday, August 20||7 PM||Alex||Line Dance: We are Tonight||RSVP here|
|Saturday, August 21||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: After Party|
|Thursday, August 26||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: Hicktown||RSVP here|
|Friday, August 27||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Lil Bit|
|Saturday, August 28||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: Cowboy Hip Hop|
Alex teaches both partner and line dances and competes in West Coast Swing, but his greatest accomplishment is catching the attention of his wife, Ann, through country dance. He started dancing as a teenager and has been teaching for 13 years around the Portland area. He loves anything that keeps him active and moving, whether that’s dance, working full-time as a firefighter, backcountry search and rescue, hunting, fishing or backpacking.
Ann has been dancing her whole life but started taking lessons in middle school. Though she currently focuses on West Coast Swing, two-step and line, she was also a part of a hip-hop company in college. She loves that she can go to a country bar in a new city and share the same dance language. When she’s not teaching dance or competing in West Coast Swing, she’s working in an intensive care unit or spending time with her husband, Alex, and their son.
Luke started dancing at the University of Oregon, and in addition to country dancing, teaches ballroom, Latin and swing–anything with a woman in his arms. When he’s not dancing he is working in marketing or spending time with his wife. Luke has been teaching for over 20 years and has won dance competitions throughout the United States.
(503) 283-1111 x4460
Chris Lee, General Manager
Monday – Wednesday 9 am-12 am
Thursday – Friday 9 am-2 am
Saturday – Sunday 8 am-2 am
10350 N Vancouver Way
Portland OR. 97217