2015 staff are being confirmed.

SWING FLING - SUPERSTAR STAFF!

WEST COAST SWING
Robert & Nicola Royston
Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay
Kris Swearingen & Rebecca Ludwick

Jason & Annmarie Marker
Arjay Centeno & Kellese Key
Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal
Dean & Dawn Garrish
Ben Hooten & Taletha Jouzdani
 John Lindo, Debbie Ramsey-Boz

Robin Smith, Gary Jobst
Benji Schwimmer, Debbie Tuttle

SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY
Deborah Székel


HUSTLE
Daniel McGee & Ginny Carey
Jameson Kilburn & Christy Kam
Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich
Brian Gallagher,
Joyce Szili
Silvana Gallagher, Stephanie Risser
Kim Vanaman

DJs
 
Louis St. George,  Victor Loveira
Anthony DeRosa, Katie Fallon
Jameson Kilburn & Joyce Szili

TECHNICAL AWESOMNESS
Tim Johnson & Becky Larson (broadcasting & video)
Christienne Palmeiri (data management)
The Dance Jam Productions Team
Dave Moldover (executive director)

Robert & Nicola Royston (NY) Robert is one of the most successful competitive dancers in Country and Swing, winning many World and US Open titles. He is also a member of the UCWDC Hall of Fame. Together, Robert and Nicola have won multiple Showcase Swing Championships, Division 1 Country Grand Championships, and Cabaret titles. They hold multiple strictly swing and jack & Jill titles, and are Top 5 NASDE finishers. They have performed on numerous NYC Stages and on television shows, have choreographed for artists like Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and for films such as “Love N’ Dancing.” As internationally recognized judges and teachers, the pair travels, teaching, judging and performing their exciting choreography year-round.  www.roroproductions.com/
Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair (CA) As Sean McKeever and Courtney Adair are one of the most exciting new partnerships in West Coast Swing. Since the beginning of their
relationship, (in dance and in love) three years ago they have taught
throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. Known for their love
of social dancing, enthusiastic workshops and entertaining
performances, they continue to inspire wherever they go. Successes
include nominations for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, top
placements in the NASDE Jack and Jill tour and consistent top 5
finishes in the NASDE Classic division. They are excited to be back at Swing Fling!

www.seanandcourtneywcs.com
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins (MD) Gregory and Lemery have over 30 years dancing experience combined, including Country, Ballroom and Salsa. They have been focusing on competing in West Coast Swing together since 2009. They are the 2012 and 2013 NASDE Tour winners. They also placed 3rd at the 2013 US Open in the Showcase Division.  They are a unique couple who are excited to continue to share their art and knowledge with the dance world.
Kris Swearingen & Rebecca Ludwick dancing together in the winter of 2011, debuting their first routine at The Chicago Classic. Since then they have placed top 5 in the Classic division at numerous NASDE (National Association of Swing Dance Events) events along with a number of Jack n' Jill and Strictly titles. Rebecca combines her decades of ballet experience with Kris's hip hop inspired movement to create a style of West Coast Swing that has been described as "a beautiful combination of power and grace". When instructing they unite Kris's years of experience as a school teacher and Rebecca's extensive knowledge of dance to produce an atmosphere that is both extremely educational and thoroughly enjoyable. While understanding that people learn to dance for many different reasons, they ultimately strive to inspire dancers to have fun on the floor. http://www.krswing.com
Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay (FL) 
Jason & Annmarie Marker (MI) share a love for teaching, competing, judging and performing across the country. They both adore West Coast Swing, and are passionate about sharing the love of the dance with others. Annmarie has placed top 3 on the NASDE J&J Tour more than once and is known for her creative dance style. Jason is known for his smooth precision and took 4th place at the 2007 US Open. Together they form a dynamic partnership on the dance floor and offer a true balance of technical and creative instruction for leaders and followers of all levels. www.dance-n-groove.com
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal  Markus is an accomplished and award winning dance competitor, choreographer and instructor. He has been featured on Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, BET’s “106 and Park” program, and the movie Love N’ Dancing. He was a co-host of DC DANCING TEENS, a youth hand dance show that has been seen on Globaldancetv and shown on DCTV channel 95 in Washington DC. Trendlyon Veal is a dance instructor, choreographer, and competitor with over seven years of competition and teaching experience. Most rece has placed first in a number of Jack and Jill, Pro Am and Strictly Swing competitions. Markus and Trendlyon are both Tri State Connection Champions. Together they travel across the United States and internationally teaching, competing, judging, and performing at National Swing Dance events, in addition to volunteer and community outreach. They both routinely place among the top 5 in professional competitive divisions and as performers, their entertainment value is unmatched. www.facebook.com/pages/StuckOnSwing
Ben Hooten & Taletha Jouzdani (TX) both reside in Texas and are proud members of the Texas Wc Swing Community. They formed their partnership a few years ago while dancing in the UCWDC Country Circuit. They have joined forces again but this time they are bringing their talents together to compete and spread their love of teaching in the WC Swing Circuit. They are looking forward to debuting their NASDE Showcase routine in the very near future. Ben & Taletha have been longtime friends and have always enjoyed dancing and teaching together. They have very similar styles and technical approaches to the dance which has created a dynamic professional team. They are already known for their ability to create the perfect balance of technical and playful in their instruction.  Common themes in their workshops are musicality, creating a balanced dance, and dance as a conversation.
They are extremely excited about what the future has in store. And be sure to grab them for a dance, a chat or a lesson when you see them. 
More on Taletha at http://talethaj.com/Taletha_Jouzdani/About_Taletha_J..html
More on Ben at http://benhooten.wix.com/bensite#!about

Arjay Centeno (NJ) Arjay originally from California now currently resides in North Arlington, New Jersey. He began his love of dance in high school with hip hop, and after spending a few years in the Ballroom/Latin circuit, had great success in west coast swing with his then dance partner Melissa Rutz. He is still one of the fastest male dancers to climb the ranks to the champions division. Currently Arjay specializes in west coast swing; performing, teaching and judging around the world.
www.arjaycenteno.com

Kellese Key
(TX) has a resume one millions can only dream about achieving!  She has danced all of her life, starting at the age of 2 with extensive training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Clogging, and Theatre.  Coming into the Swing Dance scene in 1991, she quickly moved up the ranks winning her first US Open title within 3 years in the Showcase division.  Shortly after winning her first title, she was honored with the Feather Award for Best Showcase Dancer, an award voted on by her peers and the general dance population.  In 1996, Kellese met Brent Key.  After two short years of partnering, they won their first US Open title together in the Classic division, thus making Kellese the first female to ever win a title in both the Showcase and the Classic divisions at the US Open.  With Brent coming from the Carolina Shag World, and Kellese from the West Coast Swing World, they created a fusion quickly labeled by the dance community as Swag!  There is not enough paper to list all of Kellese’s accomplishments but her highlights include: 10 US Open Titles, of which 7 were in the prestigious Classic and Showcase divisions,  6 USA Grand National Titles in both Classic and Showcase, a World Swing Dance Championship Title in the Showcase division,  2007 Impact Couple of the Year,  2009 Induction into the Dallas D.A.N.C.E Hall of Fame and after all of this competition, Kellese’s passion for life and dance continue to infect dancers all across the globe!  Today, Kellese Key still travels around teaching, competing, judging and choreographing for her favorite dance of all time and is the proud owner/creator of Swank Dance Fitness, her latest venture in an attempt to expose West Coast Swing “One Triple Step at a Time”!!

Benji Schwimmer (DC)
Dean & Dawn Garrish (MD) are two of the most prominent teachers of both country and west coast swing dance in the Maryland/DC area. They have been teaching and competing in the dance community for over 25 years. With extensive knowledge in competitive dancing they have won two UCWDC World Titles, 6 US Open Swing Titles, and over 50 Top Teacher Awards. Dean and Dawn are legends of the dance world and continue to influence dancers of all levels seeking to refine their skills. 
Deborah Székely (TX) is a member of the Dallas D.A.N.C.E. Hall of Fame and a five-time US Open Swing Dance Champion with over 25 years of performance and teaching experience. Deborah brings a phenomenal style and presence to social and competitive west coast swing. Her natural creative talents and years of technical training in ballet, jazz, tap, and swing dancing make her a remarkable instructor. Both in private and classroom environment, she is an effective, brilliant instructor. Continually, she places at or near the tops of invitational jack and jill and strictly swing categories. Deborah travels about 40 weekends each year sharing her knowledge of dance.www.szekelydance.com/
John Lindo (CA) After beginning in country-western dance in 1992, John Lindo quickly made his mark on the West Coast Swing circuit by garnering an astonishing number of awards and championships in Jack-and-Jills and Strictly Swings. Some of his First Place awards include the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, Phoenix Champion of Champions. He is also sought after internationally for his experience and teaching, having traveled to five countries in the past year alone. John currently resides in New Jersey and Northern California and is an influential presence in the New York City West Coast Swing scene.
Debbie Ramsey Boz (NC) Co Director & Artistic Director of MAD Academy and the only Swing Dance Hall of Fame Dancer in North Carolina.  She has over 50 years dance experience and over 37 years experience as a professional choreographer, actor, dancer and educator. While living in Los Angles she made her film debut as a fresh 16 year old dancing, horseback riding and choreographing for feature films, commercials and television shows. Some of her partners and students have been, Donald Sutherland, Brendon Frasier, Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton.  Her film and television dance credits include lead dancer with Donald Sutherland in Younger And Younger, Back To The Future 1 & 2, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Hill Street Blues, Murder She Wrote, Simon & Simon, The Fall Guy and Major Dad. As an educator and choreographer for the social dance communities, Debbie is considered a Grand Master Instructor. This Three Time Winner of the Feather Award for "Top Female Teacher in the United States" travels Nationally and Internationally instructing at teacher training seminars and educating thousands of dancers each year in the art of dance. Debbie is a Two Time Humanitarian Award Winner on both the East and West Coast for her impact on and support of Swing Dance Communities across the Nation. As a professional routine choreographer Debbie has choreographed routines for U.S. Swing Dance Champions, World Swing Dance Champions, Ballroom Champions and of course Film and Television. Debbie holds many titles on her own including U.S. Swing Dance Champion, World Swing Dance Champion, California Swing Dance Champion, Swing Jack and Jill Champion and the list goes on…. http://www.musicanddance.com/
Tybalt & Hazel Ulrich (NJ) Hazel and Tybaldt Ulrich began dancing together professionally in 2000, and have been inseparable since, performing and teaching a wide range of partner dance. In competition, they have won Hustle Classic, Theater arts, Just Dance, and Jack and Jill, in West Coast Swing Classic, Showcase (honest), and Jack and Jill, as well as Cabaret, Triple Threat (WCS, Hustle, Salsa), and some decent placements in Carolina Shag, Balboa, Houston Slow Whip, and Lindy Hop. They’ve directed numerous teams in these dances as well as Country Two Step and Argentine Tango. Tybaldt is currently the Competition Coordinator for IHDA, and would love to help explain the Pro/Am Guidelines, Hazel is being inducted into the Living Legends of Swing, and would love a dance.
Danny McGee & Ginny Carey (PA) have been dancing together 12 years.  In that time, they have acquired numerous awards.  Most notably, Daniel and Ginny are the current World Hustle Champions, a title they have held for two years.  In addition to their joint accomplishments, Daniel is the founder and co-owner of Top Hat Dance Studios of Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA.  Daniel is currently serving his second term as president of the IHDA, the organization in which he has served on the board since 2003.  Adding to Daniel’s performing and choreographic credits, Daniel also holds an Associate Standard and Licentiate Theatre Arts certification with ISTD as well as an Associate Hustle certification with IHDA/DVIDA.  Hailing from Lancaster, PA, Ginny has been trained and tested in the Checcetti style of ballet since the age of 2.  Ginny has studied extensively with the Lancaster School of Ballet, Ukraine’s Donetsk Ballet and the Ballet Theatre of Lancaster.  Upon moving to Philadelphia, Ginny continued her training at the University of the Arts with teachers from the Joffery Ballet Company, Koresh Dance Company, and Philadanco. Ginny also holds a Licentiate Theatre Arts certification with the ISTD and an Associate Hustle certification with IHDA/DVIDA.  Together Daniel and Ginny have developed a solid, recognizable dance partnership that is known for its lyrical and dynamic attributes. http://tophatdancestudio.com
Jameson Kilburn & Christy Kam as a relatively new partnership have exploded onto the competitive partner dance scene in a huge way. In the past year they have consistently placed in the top three at all of the major events that they have attended and are an exciting addition to the competitive dance floor.  Together, they bring a unique flavor to partner dancing, drawing from their dance training and experience in Hustle, Ballroom, Latin, Ballet and Theater dancing.  Jameson is co-owner of Top Hat Dance Studio of Philadelphia and Lancaster where he can be found teaching group classes and private lessons in many styles of dance.  Jameson is also proud to be a certified member of the US Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD) and has been an active board member of the International Hustle Dance Association (IHDA) for the past 6 years.  Christy started as a ballerina trained under the Royal Academy of Dance and found partner dancing in 2000 when she moved to Philadelphia to study at U Penn, eventually winning the US Championship title for American Rhythm in 2006 and 2007 and for 9 dance in American Rhythm and American Smooth in 2007 at the USA Dance Nationals. http://tophatdancestudio.com
Gary Jobst (NC) Gary teaches, judges and performs all over the United States and Europe. Hi as been teaching and dancing for more than 25 years and his experience as a chief judge covers more than a decade. Gary's reputation as a fair, well organized and impartial chief judge is undisputed. His “Competition tips” workshops have been a huge success everywhere they are given, his straight forward, honest and humorous approach to competition makes these classes invaluable. Gary has a love for teaching that is very evident in his workshops and private lessons. You will experience his focus on technique and connection along with many fun and leadable patterns for West Coast Swing, along with his “relationship focused” partnering concepts. www.garyjobst.com 
Douglas Rousar (OH) works full-time as a dance instructor, event director, chief judge, coordinator, and competitor. He has been involved in various forms of music and performance arts since early childhood. Once discovering west coast swing in 2001, was quick to fall in love with the dance. Doug has competed successfully in sophisticated swing divisions, and remains a repeating finalist in many jack and jill and strictly champions and all-star divisions. Although Doug feels technique is the single most important aspect to becoming a great social dancer; he builds his teaching philosophy and approaches life and his students with the motto: If it’s not FUN it’s not worth it! www.rousardance.com/
Robin Smith (NC) has been dancing, teaching, and competing in dance for over 25 years. For the past 12 years, he has focused exclusively on west coast swing, studying with only the best in the business. With a diverse professional background in music, dance and martial arts, he has a unique understanding of body movement and has a knack for conveying that understanding to his students. He has won multiple top-teacher awards and loves sharing his vast knowledge and passion for west coast swing. www.robinsmithswing.com/

Stephanie Risser (PA) has won numerous hustle competitions, including International Hustle & Salsa Competition, Disco America, and MadJam. Her background lies in extensive ballet training all through grade school and in college where she graduated from the University of Hartford with a BFA in Dance Pedagogy. Stephanie has since been teaching and performing for multiple different schools and companies. Currently she teaches partner dance for two dance studios primarily focusing on hustle, swing, ballroom and ballet. www.stephaniedance.com/

Kim Vanaman (MA) is a successful teacher, performer, judge and choreographer. Currently residing in Massachusetts, she is one of the primary sources responsible for keeping hustle alive in the New England region. She is one of the founding members and current regional representative for the International Hustle Dance Association, and consistently finishes top-3 in national hustle pro jack & jill competitions. She has won several top-teacher awards, and her extensive focus and experience keep her as one of the most sought-after instructors in the nation.

Silvana Gallagher (PA) is known as one of the top theater and hustle dancers in the United States. Having a successful 10-year partnership with partner Brian Gallagher, Silvana is now focusing on her ever-increasing skill as an instructor. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she travels nationally teaching, judging and competing in hustle. Silvana’s enthusiastic approach to teaching and performing are evident on her audiences as well as her students.

Joyce Szili (MD) has been Hustle dancing and competing since the mid 70's. For the past 18 years she has instructed, judged and DJ'd at many national dance events. In the early 80's she appeared on the syndicated dance show "Dance Fever" and in the video "Shake Your Groove Thing" with Peaches and Herb. She has successfully competed nationally with professional and amateur partners and has received numerous Top Female Teacher Awards.
Joyce has directed, coached and choreographed local Hustle Dance Teams for over 10years and has also produced, directed and choreographed several full length variety/dinner shows. Joyce is on the Board of Directors of the International Hustle Dance Association,  serving as Membership Director. www.justhustle.com

Brian Gallagher (PA) is a long-time hustle champion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is known for his dynamic execution of hustle and is focused on promoting and teaching hustle dancers and competitors. Brian trained in ballroom and latin dance prior to his hustle career and incorporates travelling, shaping, syncopations and speed in his hustle choreography in a way that is easily noticed. Brian excels at the breakdown of patterns, and helps his students understand the major components of the dance.

Louis St. George is a full-time professional DJ. Serving primarily the west coast swing and line dance crowds, Louis travels year-round providing the highest quality music for dancers of all types. With over 15 years of DJ experience, DJ Louie is never missing what to play next, and loves keeping a dance floor rocking.
victorVictor Loveira (PA) Originally from Houston, Victor has over 30 years experience as a DJ and over 17 years experience as a swing DJ. Victor's first WCS event to DJ was The Texas Classic in 1995 in Dallas, Texas. From that point on, he has had the good fortune of DJing many of the countries’ top swing events including The US Open, Dallas DANCE, Boogie by the Bay, USA Grand Nationals, Americas' Classic, Liberty Swing, Swing Diego, Swing Fling, Summer Hummer, Nashville Classic, Worlds and Phoenix. Victor has also traveled internationally to DJ at prestigious swing events in London. To his credit, Victor is considered by peers to be one of the top Swing DJs in the business and travels approximately 40 weeks in a given year. In 2005, Victor was honored with the AllSwing DJ of the Year Award. He won Best DJ of 2011 at the first annual Westie Awards Gala, an honor bestowed on him by his west coast dance peers. In 2012, Victor was inducted into the Allswing DJ Hall of Fame.
Debra Lynn Tuttle (MD) Debbie Lynn Tuttle is a full-time professional dance instructor in the Washington DC, Northern VA and MD region. She is a UCWDC Champion, Pro-Am Instructor, and Dance Event Coordinator. Lessons include individual, couple, group classes, specialty workshops with a concentration in West Coast Swing (WCS) and Hustle dance styles, as well as providing private lessons in most of the ballroom dances. Her dance roots go back to days in ballet, jazz, modern, improv, hula and international ballroom and she studies extensively with many top professionals plus has the distinction of being a Premier West Coast Swing Dancer. Her experience and accomplishments in the dance community provide her students with an extensive knowledge base to learn and grow. She knows what it takes to become an accomplished dancer. She also teaches the basics for building confidence in dancing, and gives tips to help you look good when dancing in social settings.
Debbie Lynn has received the TOP Female Teacher 2005-8, 2010-11 Swing Fling and 2005-7,2009-2013 Madjam Event and 2013 DC Swing Experience  http://dancewithdebbie.com/
Katie Fallon (OH) is a West Coast Swing and Hustle DJ from Ohio who loves sharing her passion of music. In 2011 she was introduced and trained by a fellow DJ and started DJing for local dances around Cleveland. As time passes, Katie continues to inspire people at dances and events in the Midwest and progressively around the United States. Her goal is to work hard on providing the best experience through social and competition music alike! “
Tim Johnson (MI) has been DJing professionally for over 13 years. Locally in Flint Michigan, he both teaches and DJs a variety of dances year round. He has years of study in music, science, physics, electronics and computers. Travelling to many dance weekend events he has had the pleasure of using his talents, and working with some of the best in the business. Tim considers a great DJ to be more than a collection of equipment, but an artist, entertainer, and technician. He provides a great mix of music to entertain an entire audience. www.dancefanatics.com

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