A Washougal man with some serious dance credentials is sharing his knowledge with local residents.
Dave Watson currently teaches “Beginning Ballroom Dance” Monday nights at Washougal High School. The seven-week course, offered through Washougal Community Education & Recreation, is focussing on waltz and West Coast swing dancing.
Watson has been teaching dance professionally for 39 years. For the first 15 of those years, he competed professionally in standard, smooth and rhythm styles.
Watson, a former owner of three Fred Astaire studios in New Jersey, has been an independent instructor for more than 25 years. In 2004, he opened Ballroom Parkrose — a studio in Portland.
“For a while, it was one of the top competitive studios in the country,” Watson said.