with an extraordinary reputation
All members of our staff work as a team to ensure the studio is run in a highly efficient and well-organized manner. From program administrators to event coordinators, GN employs only dedicated individuals who love what they do, and whose primary goal is to support our growth and vitality.
Comprised of more than 30 professionals, our faculty and staff is fully committed to your development and training. You're sure to find a favorite teacher in this diverse group! Our instructors work professionally in various aspects of their field, and bring their expertise and knowledge into the classroom.
In 2003, Groove Nation was founded out of a passion that Beau and Rose had, to touch the lives of kids, and put them on a path of success. Using the arts, they help build kids into leaders, helping them accomplish their personal goals and dreams. Together, as Beau and Rose serve this vision this God put on their hearts, and they have also inspired many others who have worked with them to do the same!
Groove Nation founders, Beau and Rose Sem.
Beau Sem, founder and creative director of Groove Nation Music and Dance Academy, as well as other performing dance companies. He started his training as a young dancer, in the urban streets of Portland and Las Vegas…before Hip Hop dance became mainstream in the studios. Now with over 25 years of experience, Beau has become a teacher to the teachers. His choreography style has been described as entertaining, innovative, and inspirational, and he is considered one of the pioneers and leaders within the industry. His creativity, originality and technique has awarded him numerous awards, and has been recognized both nationally and internationally for his work.
From master classes and in depth intensives, to competition adjudications, Beau is highly sought after for his coaching style, expertise, and ability to connect and inspire dancers of all ages and skill levels. His passion is evident, consistent, and above expectation!
With a childhood background as a refugee of Cambodia, and the troubling teen years Beau spent around street gangs, facing hopelessness, and neglect, he began with an endeavor to help young people like himself find their self-worth and value, while discovering their passion in life. As a struggling teen of Fort Vancouver High School, it was his passion for dance that helped him feel like there was something to live for, when times felt the most bleak. This positive outlet in his personal life, turned this “endeavor” into his life mission; to not only to equip kids with the tools needed to overcome adversities, but to also enable them to stay ahead of the game, by teaching ways to thrive in the midst of misfortunes and still develop the core person within. Dance is the vehicle we use... to teach leadership and success principles, and to give kids a second home where they can feel "safe". Together, with our non-profit program New Groove, we have served tens of thousands of kids in the community, many of which have gone to colleges, started their own businesses or have come back to work with us, and help others like themselves.
extensive research concludes that children involved in the DANCE & THE arts:
• Consistently outscore those with low exposure to the arts.
• Are 25% more likely to feel satisfied with themselves and eight times more likely to win awards for academic achievement over those students who are involved in sports, academic activities and community service programs
• Are 31% more likely to continue education after high school
• Are better citizens (confident, considerate pro-social, and pro-civic).
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Our New Groove Program is a 501C3, non-profit committed to "inspire and equip ordinary kids into becoming tomorrow's community leaders, by utilizing their passion for the arts, providing key leadership training, and cultivating a safe environment for growth, we show kids how to use their gifts to impact the world around them"
In a time where teen suicide has gone up by 70% in the last ten years, the economically disadvantaged are at 68%, just in Clark County, the high school dropout rate is 22%, and the amount kids using drugs and/or alcohol is over 38% , New Groove needs partners like you to help change the trajectory of countless lives while helping them accomplish their goals and dreams instead. By learning life skills, displaying love and that someone believes in them, teaching leadership and success principles, and giving kids a second home where they can feel safe, is the proven method for which we have used for over 15 years, and have seen them aspire to do great things in life.
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Beau and Rose have served as leaders and advisors for many organizations. Beau has also been interviewed by local media and invited to speak at press conferences, youth events, and juvenile detention centers, and has been awarded multiple awards including, “Most Accomplished & under 40” award by the Vancouver Business Journal, and "Distinguished Alumni" by Fort Vancouver High School.
Groove Nation not only serve hundreds of kids and families weekly, but we also believe in teaching to give back and serve one another’s visions. Over the years, we have partnered with numerous of organizations, schools and programs, in order to help them accomplish their goals as well.
This list is extensive, but we want to list a few:
Vancouver School District, Evergreen School District, Vancouver Parks and Recreation, Washington Childcare Consortiums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Washington State Family Youth and System Roundtable (FYSPRT), Not-For-Profit Network Roundtable, NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness), SeaMar, Vancouver Rotary, Arts Clark County, Leadership Clark County, 100 Women Who Care, Clark County Live, and Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. We have also worked with: SEI, Bloom Collective, The Children’s Center, Doernbecher Children Hospital, Share House & Can We Help (homeless programs)
Groove Nation is one of largest studios in the Portland Metro Area. We have over 20,000 square feet of dance space and music rooms, and can accommodate a variety of parties and events in our spacious event center.
Our high-energy facility includes:
7 dance studios, 6 music rooms, and 1 large 3200sqft venue space.
Each dance studio is equipped with high-tech sound system, DJ lights for fun atmosphere, viewing windows and cameras in rooms for safety and parent observation, and floating dance floors to prevent injury.
Our spacious lobby has FREE WIFI, and is a great place to visit with friends or work from your laptop.
For dancers who have breaks in between classes, we have a student STUDY HALL AREA to do homework.
Siblings can also have fun while they are waiting in their own special KIDS PLAY ROOM, filled with toys, books and games!
Our parking lot is HUGE designed to easily drop off kids without congestion, and we are conveniently located near grocery stores and coffee shops so you can run errands while the kids are at dance!
Groove Nation Facts:
- Year Founded: 2003
- Founders: Beau and Rose Sem
- Enrollment: 500+
- Years Competing: 15- Platinum Gold Winners, FDA Judges Choice Awards, Studio Awards, Choreography Awards
- Secret of Our Success: High standards for excellence, dedication and commitment to the craft of choice, genuine love for young people and a passion to see them become leaders. This along with our amazing instructors and dedicated dance parents working together, to see young artists rise up as leaders and become positive force in their community.
- Favorite Saying: “Great success picks up where others left off”