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About Travis

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 27+ 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 in all forms of beginning social through competitive level partner dancing.

 

​If you are interested in 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. 

What We Teach:

Dancing Salsa

Private lessons are one student or one couple with an instructor. Travis teaches many forms of partner dancing, see below;

 

 

  • American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz, and Peabody.

  • American Rhythm: Cha Cha, Rumba, East Coast Swing, Bolero, Mambo, Samba, Merengue, West Coast Swing, Hustle, Night Club, and Salsa.

  • International Standard: Slow Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot, and Quickstep.

  • International Latin: Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive.

  • Argentine Tango: Tango, Milonga, and Vals.

  • Specialty: Vintage, Charleston, Country Western, and others not listed, by request.

Please Note: You must be 18 years of age or older (or have a parent with you at your lesson) to take private lessons. 

Wedding Lessons

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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. 

Performing & Competition

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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 DWTDS 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 DWTDS 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.  

Private/Off-Site

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Off-site Instruction is typically a group class (or classes) taught by Travis at a private function (not related to DWTDS) and can be held at or away from DWT’s studio.

Examples would be an anniversary, graduation, or birthday party, team-building event, corporate functions, fundraisers, club events, small group get-togethers, and more.

 

Classes are typically 45 or 90 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.

New to DWTDS? Start Here!

  • Read the latest COVID-related Studio Guidelines, here, prior to signing up for any lessons.

  • Begin with the Introductory Special. It’s a 45-min. Private Lesson for a single or couple that will introduce you to the basics of social partner dancing. This gives you a chance to see what you like about dancing, what your goals might be, etc. You can register for the Introductory Special online HERE.

  • Once you’ve registered, we will call you (usually within 24 hours during the week) to schedule your first lesson.

  • Come to the studio, learn the basics, and have fun dancing on your Introductory Special!