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Meet Bonnie Wallace of Power Source Dance in Pasadena and Glassell Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bonnie Wallace.

Bonnie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Power Source Dance came out of a desire and passion to dance. I have been dancing all my life and danced with a company in the 80’s. I danced through two pregnancies and motherhood. In 2007, I began teaching just one class a week. It was only an hour, but I focused on offering a rewarding and inspiring class, using movements and music that I liked. After a couple of years I added a half-hour to that one-hour class, then added another class, and another. Now I teach three, one-and-a-half hour classes a week, in two different studios. My adult clients range in age from their 20’s to their 70’s! There is truly, something for everyone, if you like to move! In addition, I teach a tweens level class, which requires different techniques as a teacher.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I started small and took baby-steps. But starting your own business takes guts. It’s a financial commitment, time commitment, and you’re putting yourself out there. When people don’t come, or they don’t come back, you can take it personally. I have had to realize that I cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time. In fact, my customer base is small. I have to stay true to what I do, while trying to attract as many people as possible, knowing that only a fraction will return, for a variety of reasons. So, I focus on creating an experience, and providing a beneficial and uplifting workout that will build strength, flexibility, grace and balance. If I am inspired and working hard, like-minded dancers will want that too. I appreciate sites like yours that help spread the word. Thank you!

Power Source Dance – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Power Source Dance is unlike any other dance or exercise class. It is non-stop movement to eclectic world and popular music. It is a journey through your body: stretching, reaching, breathing and moving with grace, strength, and technique. For those who dance, it feels contemporary and authentic. For non-dancers, who want exercise, you will move in ways that might be foreign but feel natural. Power Source Dance is really two classes in one. Some stay for the first hour, which is full body workout that is accessible but challenging. And others stay for the full 1.5 hour for more focused choreography.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is always out in front of you. There is always something to work for, you’ll always want more. I am still reaching for success and until I have to stop moving and dancing, I cannot say I’m done and succeeded.

Success is an emotion. You feel it or you don’t. It’s not about what other’s think or say or do. It’s how you feel, inside, and if you’re happy with what you’re doing day in and day out.

Success is a point of view. You always have something to be grateful for and to the extent that we can be grateful and appreciative, the more successful we are.

Success is a goal that we all should have. It’s not a plaque to hang on the wall, or certificate or trophy. It’s the process of getting what you want and once you get that one thing, you need to have another goal to keeping working towards.

Success for me is to continue to develop inspiring and challenging movement is important to me. I want to provide a positive and rewarding work-out. I want my students to feel like they’ve done something valuable. It is a process, you’re never done getting better, but we see and feel improvements. My students enjoy the creative and physical challenge, while feeling they are learning and making progress. My class is a journey; after the hour, or hour and a half, you should be changed. It’s not for everyone, but for those who enjoy the stretching, reaching, breathing, moving and dancing, it’s a gem in a big city.


  • Classes are $10 for the first hour. $12 for the full 1.5 hours.
  • Readers can get first class for $5.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Mondays, 6 PM and Fridays, 9 AM
    Athletic Garage, 121 Waverly Dr., Pasadena
    Wednesdays, 9 AM
    Live Arts LA, 4210 Panamint Street, Los Angeles
  • Website:
  • Phone: 626-644-4845
  • Email:
  • Instagram: #powersourcedance
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Image Credit:
Brenda St.Hilaire

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