Jay Offutt  has been coaching and teaching in the Seattle area for over 30 years. He is a former national competitor in Swing, Hustle and Latin and continues to coach and compete with students who wish to take their dancing to the highest level. He was co-owner of the Dance Workshop for 20 years and opened the Dance Experience as a sole proprietorship in 2001. 

Jay has earned many prestigious titles, has appeared on numerous TV shows and had the honor of introducing Hustle as a Command Performance before Governor Booth Gardner and other government officials in 1991 during Washington State’s first official observance of National Ballroom Dance Week.

Jay is  actively involved in the promotion of dance in the Seattle area. For 17 years he was co-organizer of two major dance competitions, the Northwest Dance Extravaganza and the Crystal Ball.  In 2005 he co-organized Dance America Seattle and he continues to support local dance organizations though participation in local events. 

Jay also began teaching at Edmonds Community College in the spring 0f 2005 as a co-curricular activity for employees and students. The success of these classes demonstrated the need to have a formal dance program at the college. During winter quarter 2006, Jay became a member of the faculty in the Humanities Division at Edmonds Community College where he teaches Salsa, Swing and Latin dance styles. His passion and enthusiasm for dance, along with his unique and energetic teaching style, make it easy and fun to learn to dance.