Every Sunday we hold traditional Lao music and dance classes at Momentum Dance Academy in Burien, Washington. Classes take place from January through June with open registration in December. During summer break, many of our students attend attend our parent organization's, Pom Foundation, Lao Summer Day-Camp the first two weeks of August.

All of our music and dance classes are taught by junior instructors (advance level students who have been in the program for over five years). Each class has at least two junior instructors and one adult (Kinnaly Co-Founder or Pom Foundation Officer) who oversees the overall classroom. Minimum age requirement: 5 years-old.

Students are assigned a class at the beginning of the year that is dependent on their age, how quickly they learn, their skill set, and their maturity level. Students learn in a group setting and are expected to work as a team and support one another to effectively learn the dances. We believe this teaching structure helps to foster long-lasting relationships and create a positive and inclusive environment. We rent 4 studio spaces at Momentum Dance Academy which feature professional dance floors and floor to ceiling mirrors.


2018 Dance Classes

Mala (Beginner)

Ages 8-12

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This class focuses on the distinguishing rhythm and beat, "bouncing," balancing, hand & foot coordination, understanding the meaning of songs, and cultural etiquette.

Dok Mai (Basics)

Ages 5-7 years old

Sundays, 2:15pm - 3:00pm

This class is a great basic introduction to learning about Lao traditional dance and finding the rhythm and beat!


Kinnaly (Advance)

Ages 16+

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This class focuses on dynamic solo and group performances, complex formations, self costuming, stage presence, quick-pace learning, leadership skills, and cultural etiquette.

*Prerequisite: Instructor permission

Champa (Intermediate)

Ages 13-18

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

This class focuses on lines/formations, facial expressions, group synchronization, flexibility, endurance, having elegance and grace in movements, understanding the meaning of songs, and cultural etiquette.


Tuition & Fees

  • $100 per child for FULL year (January - June)



Momentum Music & Dance Academy

15811 Ambaum Blvd SW Suite 160

Burien, Washington 98166

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