"Some people think that good dancers are born, but all the good dancers I have known are taught or trained." - Fred Astaire
Private lessons are one student or one couple with an instructor. Travis teaches many forms of partner dancing, see below;
Please Note: You must be 18 years of age or older (or have a parent with you at your lesson) to take private lessons.
Travis Kokkeler, DWT’s Owner / Instructor was originally taught and trained through the Fred Astaire System and has been dancing and teaching since 1995. He holds an Associates Dance Director Certification with High Honors and has performed and competed both professionally and with students in and out of the United States in the 26+ years he has been dancing. He has taken numerous professional coaching and training classes with various top-level ballroom and tango dance coaches.
Travis teaches private lessons and group classes in Bend, Oregon with a strong focus on performance & competitive level dance instruction in all forms of partner dancing which includes Swing, Latin, Ballroom, and Tango in both American and International styles.
Travis is available for private lessons to new students and/or wedding students when scheduling permits. If you are interested in the possibility of a private lesson, private group instruction for a function, wedding dance instruction, or choreography, please contact us at
(541) 600-2500 to inquire about current availability.
Dancing at your Wedding doesn’t have to be a scary thing! It would be our pleasure to help make your special day even more special!
We offer several options for private lessons for the Happy Couple, and, can usually use “your” song in addition to adding choreography to make the first dance truly memorable. You will both learn the basics of social dancing to keep you on the dance floor after your “first dance” as a married couple.
For the wedding party, we can tailor a group class package that will teach the basics of social dancing to help ensure everyone is up dancing and enjoying themselves at the reception!
If you are interested in taking wedding dance lessons you can click here for options and prices or give us a call at 541-600-2500 to discuss your specific needs and find out how to proceed.
Performance training is another way to further your dance experience and ability. Performance Choreography is available for your event or simply to further your dance training.
Competitions and Fun Trips are other services that DWT offers. Travis specializes in taking beginning students to the competition level. Competing is a fabulous way to show what you have been learning in your private lessons and test yourself against other dancers of your age and skill level from all around the country.
Specifically, ballroom dance competitions are held in and out of the United States and the majority that DWT attends are sponsored/governed by the National Dance Council of America. The competitions are usually held at large hotels or resorts. They are designed to promote “first time competitors as well as the highest amateur and professional” standards of dancing.
Off-site Instruction is typically a group class (or classes) taught by Travis at a private function (not related to DWT) and can be held at or away from DWT’s studio.
Examples would be Anniversary, Graduation, and Birthday parties, corporate functions, fundraisers, Club events, Small Group Get Together, etc. Classes are typically 75-minutes, and pricing is based on the projected total number of people that would be attending the class.
Please note that there is a per day/per event “off-site” fee that is a separate charge from the class/teaching fee depending on whether your event is at or away from the studio. In addition, the price structure changes if the event is on a weekday or a weekend.
If you are interested in scheduling a private function group class,
give us a call at 541-600.2500.