Lovetta Downes

Jazz, Acro, Turns & Leaps


Lovetta Downes, a California native, received her B.A. in Theater and Dance from Sonoma State University and her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. 

Her performance experience has been an eclectic mix of theme parks, dance concerts of all genres, art galleries, site-specific improvisations and with a collegiate Jazz Dance Company which she founded and directed. 

She has choreographed fashion shows; musicals, competition pieces and company pieces for Youth Theater groups and Universities; taught many styles of dance at various studios; co-directed a fifty-member, award-winning Performing Company of children and teens and has received Choreography and Educator awards for her work. 

Lovetta was also on the dance faculty at San José State University in California for 4 years, where she taught all levels of Jazz and Hip-Hop.  Since moving to Washington, she has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, North Seattle Community College and various dance schools in Skagit and Snohomish Counties. Currently, she teaches dance and choreographs competition pieces for Performing Companies and soloists throughout the Snohomish and Skagit areas.

Ms. Lovetta is going into her 10th year of teaching at PacWest Performing Arts! 


5 Questions with Lovetta

1. How long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching for well over 20 years collectively.

2.What made you want to be a teacher?

Teaching dance is the perfect fit for me!  I love to dance/choreograph and teaching constantly challenges me to be innovative in both areas. I love working with young people and watching their progress as they grow into beautiful artists and amazing young adults.  I am constantly “On Stage” when I am teaching and I like to be goofy and make them laugh and smile while engaging them in their learning.

3. What are your teaching philosophies?

I believe that learning to dance should be fun at any age! I like to use humor in the classroom while also encouraging hard work, safe technique practices, and constantly improving one’s creative and technical artistry.  I feel it is my job to light the “spark” that will lead to a lifetime of enjoying dance.  I believe in leading by example.

4. What kind of music do you listen to when not teaching?

I listen to the same types of music as in the classroom.  You can often find me jamming to Toddler Tunes while cruising in the car with my young son.  On long commutes, I listen to talk radio.

 5.What non-dancing hobbies do you have?

I am a fitness passionista. I enjoy weight lifting, strength training, high intensity interval training and any class that challenges me to push myself physically.  I also just enjoy spending time with my two kids, especially in the outdoors!