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.
Country Dance Lessons
The Ponderosa Lounge & Grill offers free country-western dance lessons most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7pm. Enjoy free 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, June 24||7 PM||Ann & Alex W.||Line Dance||RSVP here|
|Friday, June 25||7 PM||Luke A.||West Coast Swing||RSVP here|
|Saturday, June 26||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: Homesick and Heartache on the Dance Floor||RSVP here|
|Thursday, July 1||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Aces & Eights | Song: Dead Man's Hand - Moonshine Bandits|
|Friday, July 2||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: TBD|
|Saturday, July 3||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Toes - Zac Brown Band|
|Thursday, July 8||7 PM||Alex D.||Line Dance: Crash & Burn (beginner) and All Day (intermediate)|
|Friday, July 9||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: TBD|
|Saturday, July 10||7 PM||Luke A.||2-Step|
|Thursday, July 15||7 PM||Ann & Alex W.||Line Dance: Money|
|Friday, July 16||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: TBD|
|Saturday, July 17||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Simple - Florida Georgia Line|
|Thursday, July 22||7 PM||Ann & Alex W.||Line Dance: Sun Goes Down|
|Friday, July 23||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Big City Summertime - Brian Wright|
|Saturday, July 24||7 PM||Kat N.||Line Dance: TBD|
|Thursday, July 29||7 PM||Lauren W.||Line Dance: Last Call | Song: Drunk and I Don't Wanna Go Home - Elle King & Miranda Lambert|
|Friday, July 30||7 PM||Alex D.||Line Dance: Watermelon Crawl (beginner) and Hicktown (intermediate)|
|Saturday, July 31||7 PM||Ann & Alex W.||Line Dance: Men in Black|
Carrie Fay A.
Carrie Fay has a lengthy background in ballet and jazz, but over the past few years has fallen in love with West Coast Swing, Country Two-Step and line dance. She has worked in the country music radio industry and feels completely at home in the middle of a country song (or country bar, for that matter). She currently teaches high school English, piano lessons and is a local photographer. When she’s not dancing, Carrie Fay is most likely hiking or camping with her two kids.
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.
Michelle grew up dancing at Polish festivals with her family. In 1991 she discovered country dancing at Black Angus Steakhouse and never looked back. She has won dance competitions in both California and Oregon and choreographed dances for the Portland Bridal Show for five years. In addition to teaching dance, Michelle works in higher education. In her spare time, she attends rodeos, rides her motorcycle and spends time with her husband and two dogs.
Lauren is new to teaching, but not to dancing—she 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.
(503) 283-1111 x4460
Chris Lee, General Manager
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 12 am
Sunday - Saturday: 8 am - 12 am
10350 N Vancouver Way
Portland OR. 97217