Bill Bartlett started dancing at Paul Armstrong studios in Salem, OR at age 12. He studied tap with Carole Long, Gene GeBauer, Paul Armstrong; and Emery Clay at Clay Brother’s Studio in Portland, OR. Ballet with Robert Erwin, ballroom dancing from Don Allen Studios and Dale Rittermeyer at Arthur Murray Studios. After completing his training at Arthur Murray Studios he began teaching and received high school credits in his senior year for his work teaching.
Winning first place with his tap dancing in Carl Hawley’s Mr Talent statewide competion awarded him a one week expense paid trip to Hollywood.Within one year moved to Southern California, studying tap with Eddie Gay ( noted teacher of film star Vera Ellen ) and jazz with Bill Roberts.