Connect To Dance


Welcome to the wonderful world of dance!

I have been teaching dance in Portland since 2007 with my business partner Uwe. We currently teach lessons Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at the beautiful Laurelhurst Club in SE Portland. Our classes vary from Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, Salsa, Nightclub 2-Step, and Foxtrot and are offered in 6-week sessions. Please check our website,, for the current offerings. It is our great joy to introduce you to the fun of dancing and a wonderful community of dancers! Come test-drive the first night. We're pretty sure you'll be hooked.

I also offer private lessons if you are interested in learning or perfecting your dancing skills. Contact me for available times at [email protected]


2 employees
17 years in business
Serves Portland , OR

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How often

Once a week, Multiple times a week, Recommendations available

Student age(s)

14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Number of students

One person, Two people, A group of 3 – 5 people, A group of 6 – 10+ people

Dance style

Ballroom, Swing, Salsa

Goals and interests

Developing a hobby, Preparing for a wedding, Working out and physical health

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  • Reviews

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    D. D.

    As I think upon the dance instruction I’ve received through Uwe and Colleen for over seven years now, it’s with thankfulness for the skills they’ve taught me in social dance (Cross-Step Waltz, Nightclub Two-Step, and East Coast Swing, specifically), and for getting to be part of the dance community they’ve created. I so look forward to Tuesday evenings when I can be back in class and with my regular dance friends there.
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    February 29, 2020


    Richard R.

    I would be amiss if I didn’t give a special acknowledgment to Colleen Suzanne. She was able to teach me the steps that I wished to learn while building my confidence. She taught with unfailing kindness, enthusiasm and patience.
    Uwe and Colleen are a wonderful team; intellect and heart. But I’ve also been in numerous dance classes when Colleen was the primary instructor. She is a fantastic teacher. And my wife and I have had privates with her as well. It is with a sense of gratitude that I say that I would recommend her. If you want to learn to dance and have fun doing it, try Colleen!
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    January 28, 2020


    Antonio S.

    I have been taking group classes with Connect to Dance for about a year now and it has been blast every second! Uwe and Colleen do a phenomenal job making the material easily digestible. Not to mention as a lead having the opportunity to dance with multiple follows, helps one prepare for the social dance floor.
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    January 27, 2020


    Ann F.

    The private lessons are fully catered to what the student needs. Colleen in these private lessons observes your dancing and pinpoints and help you with your areas of challenge. Then her coaching and modeling and practice help you really improve.
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    January 27, 2020


    Richard R.

    I once thought that I could never dance. But with lessons that were full of patience and presented in a non-judgmental style, I learned: waltz, night club two step, swing, cha cha and more, When I needed one on one instruction, I got it. When I needed repetition or clarification, I got that. I felt nurtured and supported. Uwe and Colleen are a great combination.
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    January 27, 2020


    Jonathan P.

    We have been taking lessons with Colleen and Uwe for almost a year now. It has been a joy.
    We were completely new to dance and they recommended we tune up with some private lessons with a Colleen. Best decision we ever made from a dance perspective. Colleen’s attention to detail helped us get through some early hurdles.
    We highly recommend Connect to Dance to all our friends and are very happy to be a part of their community.
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    January 26, 2020

    Frequently asked questions

    I work with students in two ways:

    1. Private lessons. We usually meet at the Polish Library in north Portland, most often on Thursdays, Fridays or weekends when the hall is available. The lessons are generally 60 minutes and can be for an individual or a couple. Occaseionally I have peopel ask for a lesson with friends so we have have a small group of four people. Lessons are $75/ hour for 1-2 people, $15/ additional person.

    2. Wonderful group classes! Uwe and I teach at the Laurelhurst Club on Monday nights and at the Polish Library on Tuesday nights. Please check the class offerings at our website to see the current classes. The sessions last 6 weekes and usually cost about $90-$100/session, depending on the legnth of class. These are super fun classes of wonderful people who have been dancing with us for year. An absolutley deligtful community!!

    Peope ask me and all I can say is that my mom said, "You came into the world dancing!"

    Family dancing as I grew up, high school dance team, ballet and tap classes and basically an affinity for dancing and a willingness to try anything once.

    Uwe started dancing as a teen in Germany and then continued when he came to the United States for school in his early twenties. He has been teaching dance for 20+ years as a side profession. He is truly an artist when it comes to dancing and creates beautiful moves each week.

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