Al's passion for dance began with classes at "Avalon Dance Studio" in Spokane,
Washington in 1999. He quickly became regular at Avalon, attending daily group
lessons, private lessons, and practice sessions. Within a year, because he
progressed so quickly and was a natural teacher, Al was asked to teach classes
for Avalon and the Spokane Parks and Recreation Department.
During the next few years, Al dedicated himself to learning everything
he could about couples dancing. He fine tuned his dance instruction techniques
under Rick Gossard, the owner of "Northwest Dancesport Studios" in Federal Way
and Spokane, Washington. He attended a wide variety of workshops offered in the
Pacific Northwest, with such respected dancers as Frankie Manning (Lindy), Brian
Jolly and Kristina (American Latin and Rhythm), Buddy Schwimmer (East Coast
Swing, West Coast Swing, Nightclub Two Step), Christina Rosman (American Smooth,
Latin and Rhythm), and Glenn Braunstein (Swing and Salsa). Al has won many
awards in dance competitions, such as the Oregon Fall festival and the Coeur
d'Alene Ballroom Spectacular.
In September, 2004, Al released his ownership of "The Dancing Place"
Dance Studio in Spokane to his business partner and moved to Florida. Since
then, Al has been active in the West Central Florida dance community. He is the
2006 First Vice-President of the Pasco Chapter of USA Dance and has worked with
non-profit fund raisers by arranging for demonstration dancers for their
entertainment programs. Al has taught classes at Pasco area Cares centers,
community facilities, and Port Richey Dance Time.
Al is certified as a dance instructor through Intermediate Bronze Level
at the Teachers Standard, in Ballroom Smooth, Latin & Rhythm, and Social Dances.
His specialty is using patience and humor to teach beginners. Al especially
enjoys preparing a bridal couple for their wedding dance.
Nance began studying jazz dance at "Avalon Dance Studio" in Spokane, Washington
in 1997. She continued on to take classes in social dances, East Coast Swing and
line dance. In 1999, Nance asked her instructor to find her another student to
practice with after classes. That dance partner was Al Walker. Al and Nance
became marriage partners several years later.
Nance is a professional artist. She creates the marketing materials for
"Two Left Feet Entertainment" and her original oil paintings can be seen at
www.NanceDanforth.com. Nance also assists Al at dances, DJ gigs, and private