AboutGroove NationDance Academy


WELCOME and thank you for your interest in Groove Nation, a Nationally-Awarded Dance Center! We offer unsurpassed dance instruction in a nurturing environment where the dancer can excel—both in dance technique and confidence. Groove Nation’s goal is to become Portland and Vancouver’s PREMIER center for the performing arts—offering training of dance, music and theater production.  Thank you for choosing Groove Nation and let us know what we can do to make your time with us EXTRAORDINARY!


Comprised of more than 12 professionals, our faculty is fully committed to your development and training. You are sure to find a favorite teacher in this diverse group! Our teachers work professionally in various aspects of their field and bring their expertise and knowledge into the classroom.  Information on each teacher is displayed on our instructor page; click “instructors” to read their bios.


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.


Creative Director and Groove Nation founder, Beau Sem. Photo by © Randy Kepple Photographs

MISSION: In 2003, Groove Nation was developed out of the passion that Beau and his wife Rose had; to inspire young people using a positive outlet of expression, such as dance, to develop them into leaders by building their confidence and self-esteem, and to serve their community in areas that were needed. Together, as Beau and Rose serve this vision that God put in their hearts, they have also inspired many to do the same!

BIO: Beau Sem is the founder and creative director of Groove Nation Dance Academy, as well as other performing dance companies. He started his training as a young dancer, in the urban streets and clubs of Portland and Las Vegas…before Hip Hop dance became mainstream in the studios.

With over 25 years of dance experience, Beau has become a teacher to the teachers. His 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 as one of Portland and Vancouver’s best hip hop choreographers, and he 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!

In addition to creating a successful dance center, over the past two decades Beau has also served as a leader and advisor for many organizations, locally and around the nation. With a childhood background as a refugee of Cambodia, and the troubling teen years he spent in street gangs, he began with an endeavor to help young people like himself find their self-worth and value in who they are, while discovering their passion in life. He has now turned this “endeavor” into his life mission; to not only to equip individuals 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.

As a spokesperson, Beau has been invited to speak at press conferences, youth and church events, juvenile detention centers, and various community organization meetings.  He has been featured several times by local media, and has been awarded the “Most Accomplished & under 40” award by the Vancouver Business Journal.


New Groove Performing Arts (the performance company branch of Groove Nation) is a 501C3, non-profit organization committed to cultivating and enriching the lives of youth in our community. We use their passion for the arts as a “vehicle” to reaching the youth and inspiring them to aim for their goals in life. Since the #1 influence in our culture is our entertainment industry, kids are learning behaviors and beliefs that are detrimental to lives. According to most sociologists, the decline of morality, ethical behavior and value-driven lifestyles is at an all-time high because of the absence of a positive and wholesome voice in this industry. Groove Nation’s response to this challenge is based on extensive research, which concludes that children involved in 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

• Tend to have better coordination, mental concentration and memory.

• Are better citizens (confident, considerate pro-social, and pro-civic).