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 the Pom Foundation Lao Summer Camp the first two weeks of August to instill what they’ve learned during Kinnaly classes.

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 one junior instructor and one adult who oversees the overall classroom. Minimum age requirement: 5 years-old.

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.

Throughout the year, Kinnaly is requested to perform for various community events. The management team will send an email to parents asking if they want their child to participate in the performance. Although performing is not required, we do encourage students to participate because we think it’s a great boost to their self-confidence and a source of empowerment to perform on a stage.


2019 Kinnaly Dance Class Offerings

Dok Mai Basics Dance

Ages 5-7

Sundays, 2:15pm - 3:00pm

10 spots

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

Xieng Mieng Beginner Dance

Ages 8-11

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

10 spots

This is a new class that will teach dances centered around various Lao mythical warriors & sword dances.

Mala Beginner Dance

Ages 8-11

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

10 spots

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

Champa Intermediate Dance

Ages 12-18

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

10 spots

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.

Kinnaly Select

Ages 16+

Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

7 spots

This is a select class. Instructor permission required.


Tuition $130

  • Per child for full year (January - June)

  • Includes (1) Kinnaly t-shirt


  • First Day: January 7th, 2019

  • Last Day: June 23rd, 2019

  • Class Sessions: Sundays


Momentum Music & Dance Academy

15811 Ambaum Blvd SW Suite 160

Burien, Washington 98166

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Kinnaly Hair Ornaments & Belt

You can purchase a Kinnaly Hair Kit OR individual items as needed to complete your kit. Please Note: These items are strictly for Kinnaly students only and are not sold to the public.

  • $150 Kinnaly Hair Kit (includes all of the following items listed below)

  • $10 Khao-Pom (black hair bun)

  • $20 Sai- Kham (strand/cuff for base of bun, gold)

  • $30 Pak-Pinh Khao (side-bun hair ornament, gold)

  • $40 Dok Mai Wai (flower hair ornament, gold)

  • $50 Lao Belt (gold)

  • Costumes will be loaned out for performances