SWING FLING - SUPERSTAR STAFF!

PERFORMERS, PRESENTERS & JUDGES
Diego Borges & Jessica Pacheco
Kris Swearingen & Rebecca Ludwick
PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann
Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay
Jerome & Bonnie Subey

Jason & Annmarie Marker
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins
Dean & Dawn Garrish

Matthew Smith & Kay Newhouse
Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich
Doug Rousar,
Deborah Székely
Debbie Ramsey-Boz
Arjay Centeno, Kellese Key
Robin Smith, Robert Cordoba
Debbie Tuttle, Stephanie Risser
Lori Rousar, Lara Deni


DJs
 
Louis St. George,  Victor Loveira
Katie Fallon, Ian O'Gorman, Mike Glasgow

MCs Rob Glover, Victor Loveira

TECHNICAL AWESOMNESS
Tim Johnson & Becky Larson (video)
The Dance Jam Productions Team
Dave Moldover (executive director)

YOGA FOR DANCERS
Dana Simonetti



Diego Borges & Jessica Pacheco
(Brazil) Diego Borges has earned a degree in Physical Education from the Federal University of Ceará specializing in Dance Teaching Methodology. Jessica Pacheco is a graduate with a degree in accounting Sciences from the Federal University of Ceará. They are one of the pioneers in teaching West Coast Swing in South America and the first Brazilians’ to win an official competition in West Coast Swing. Diego & Jessica also hope to spread Zouk, one of the most widespread dances in Brazil, to the world outside. Currently, this very unique couple is traveling; teaching and spreading Zouk, and other Brazilian dances, and West Coast Swing to Brazil, Europe and the United States.
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
PJ Turner (TN) & Tashina Beckmann (CA) were brought together by a mutual passion: joy of movement through West Coast Swing. They began their partnership in May 2013, and debuted their 1st ever Classic Routine in July 2013 at Swingtime in the Rockies. Within their first year of partnership they consistently placed Top 5 at major US NASDE and other WSDC events in the Classic Division, having a phenomenal start with their "Feel Again" routine.  They have continued to place Top 5 with their 2nd and 3rd Routines. Almost immediately following their debut they started teaching at events & workshop weekends throughout the US. Throughout 2014 they traveled, taught, competed, performed and judged at National and International Events.  Promoters and students alike love their fun energetic personalities, humorous accents, professionalism, and passion for late night dancing. Their partnership is strengthened by the fact that their individual and now mutual life dreams were and continue to be professional dancers. They are so grateful they get to experience this together.
Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay (FL) are renowned worldwide for their precision, variety, and teaching methods within West Coast Swing. Since 2011, they have taken the circuit by storm with their Classic routines and are re-defining the learning process of the dance world. They will lead you through energetic dances while sharing their advice on all things dance.
Hugo and Stacy reside in sunny Clearwater, Florida and travel as competitors, judges, and choreographers for numerous events in different dance styles. Both continue to share their passion for dance and enjoy working with all levels of experiences. They work with top professionals in many different dance styles distinctly furthering their education and experience. Their philosophy is to introduce and foster fresh, comprehensive dance knowledge for their students by giving more of themselves within every experience.
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

Bonnie and Jerome Subey
(NJ) met on the dance floor, and from their first contact, the passion was apparent. Even though they come from different countries (with different languages!) and different dance backgrounds, their dance styles complete one another, giving Jerome and Bonnie a specific style entirely their own. Their complementarity as a couple brings out the passion they have for dancing, teaching, and always wanting to improve. They have both completed the GPDIA judging intensive and are now certified judges,.
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal  (MD) 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
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins (MD) have over 20 years dancing experience combined.  Greg started in American Ballroom but competed in country winning many titles.  He also has a background in ballet, jazz and hip hop.  Lemery started in International 10 Dance (both Ballroom and Latin) and won many titles including: 3rd in the world pro/am 10 dance, 5Th in the world and 3rd in the USA pro/am Latin.  She is also skilled in American Ballroom, Salsa, and Argentine Tango.  Greg and Lemery are currently focusing on West Coast Swing, Greg winning many All-Star J&J and Strictlys. Together they have solidified their place within the top 5 couples in Showcase Division this year and are both currently at the top of the NASDE tour.  They are a unique couple who are excited to be dancing their third routine together.  They are nurturing instructors who believe that a strong foundation leads to a higher obtainable level and look forward to sharing their love of dance with you.
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.
Kay Newhouse & Matthew Smith (MD) bring a focus on creative, fun, and inclusive social dancing everywhere they teach. Matt began dancing when he was just five years old, and moved into West Coast Swing intensely more than fifteen years ago. Drawing on his many years of experience in this rapidly changing dance, he combines a contemporary sense of lyrical musicality with a passion for the fundamentals of west coast swing. Kay fell in love with West Coast Swing in the Washington DC area in the mid 90s, and has traveled to visit WCS dance conventions and social scenes around the country for many years. A successful competitor and a sought-after dance partner on the social floor, she is known for her playful, inclusive partnering and her friendly warmth. Both Matt and Kay balance a sense of the fun of performance and competition with a strong belief that the essential soul of this dance resides within everyone's reach, on the shared social floor. Together, their clear, accessible teaching emphasizes responsive partnership to build mutual creativity and social proficiency within the framework of West Coast Swing. www.KayWCS.com
Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich (NJ) Recent inductees into the Hustle Hall of Fame, Hazel and Tybaldt have been performing and competing together in a variety of styles, including Hustle, WCS, Carolina Shag, Salsa, Lindy, and Zouk since 2000. She’s a Living Legend of Swing, he has an Ethnomusicology degree, they both love helping dancers grow. With a strong focus on partnering skills and an ability to break down complicated movements into simple blocks, they will take your dancing to new levels of freedom.
Doug Rousar (WI) 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! http://www.rousardance.com
Deborah Székely (CO) 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/
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/
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”!!
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/
Robert Cordoba (FL) Dance Champion.  Coach.  Choreographer.  U.S. Swing Dance Champion.  Hall of Famer.Dancing, teaching, performing, choreographing and judging for over thirty years. He started competing in International Latin at the age of sixteen when he was a member of two U.S. International Latin American formation teams (placing 5th and taking the bronze medal at the World Ballroom Formation Team Championships). He was a top U.S Amateur competitor representing the at events throughout until he switched to West Coast Swing in 1990. Within two years he won his first U.S. Open title. For the past twenty years Robert has averaged approximately forty weekends per year traveling around the world to teach West Coast Swing. His impressive list of accomplishments includes: 7 U.S. Open titles, 4 consecutive USA Grand National titles, 4 consecutive N.A.S.D.E. titles, multiple J&J and Strictly Swing titles, was voted best Classic Swing Dancer by Dance Action magazine, was awarded “U.S. Open Social Dancer”, and he was the first person to win 3 consecutive US Open titles. Robert is a member of the “Super 7″ – dancers who won BOTH the Showcase and the Classic Divisions at the U.S. Open. He is a California Swing Dance Hall of Famer, Dallas D.A.N.C.E. Hall of Famer and a World Swing Dance Hall of Famer. Robert Cordoba has judged every major event including the Grand Nationals and U.S. Open multiple times. Robert can be reached directly at robcordoba@aol.com.
Debra Lynn Tuttle (MD) Debbie Lynn Tuttle is a full-time professional dance instructor in the Washington DC area. 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 has earned many Top Teacher awards with ProAm students. Experience  http://dancewithdebbie.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/

Lori Rousar (OH) began dancing and competing at country events in 1998. After a few years, she changed her focus from country to West Coast Swing and Hustle. Currently, Lori is a successful All Star competitor and her passion for West Coast Swing has her traveling across the country competing, teaching and judging at several events. Through her playfully styling, technique and musicality, Lori encourages others to apply their own unique qualities to this dance. She truly enjoys the social aspect of dancing and is extremely grateful for the wonderful family it has brought to her life.
Lara Deni (VA) began her teaching career at 15 in her mother’s dance studio. A year later she was performing with an adult dance troupe and traveling the East Coast and Canada as a professional adjudicator for youth Tap, Jazz and Ballet dance competitions. She trained in Tap, Jazz and Ballet, achieving a BFA in Dance. Teaching and competing on the Ballroom/Latin and Lindy circuits, Lara brings a wide range of knowledge and understanding to her classes. Lara won Top Teacher Award at DCSX 2014 and MadJam 2015. She and former partner Keith Stremmel won 5 Titles Nationally in the Classic Rising Star division, and she has won over 15 National Titles/Placements in All Star Jack & Jill and Strictly divisions. In 2015, she started a youth program, and she has just started to bring West Coast Swing to other Virginia communities far outside of the Metro DC area. She encourages and helps her students attain their goals in dance, while making the process of growing and learning a fun and rewarding one. Lara specializes in teaching, performing, choreographing and judging West Coast Swing. www.denidanzco.com
Rob Glover (MA) Originally from Liverpool, England, Rob Glover was introduced to the performing arts at the young age of 6. Rob first trained at Chilterns School of Dance & Drama for four years during high school. Rob then went on to train at Mersyside Dance & Drama Centre, a private college dedicated to the performing arts.
Rob auditioned alongside 40,000 people and was selected to become one of 12 competitors on the prime time BBC1 television show ‘Strictly Dance Fever’ (Britain’s version of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’). Upon completion of the show, Rob joined the cast of the stage show ‘Simply Ballroom’ on its world tour where he performed in South Africa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the United Kingdom, including London’s West End.
Dancing aside, it was during his time at both Chilterns & MDDC, he found his true passion for Acting & Voice Over. He went on to excel at all levels in his London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) & Guildhall examinations in Acting, Drama & the Speaking of Verse & Prose.

Louis St. George (NH) 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.
Dana Simonetti (NYC) aka "Dancin' Dana" is a YogaWorks 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher & a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance. She's also an Allstar-level West Coast Swing dancer & a previous Showcase competitor. As a result of her training as a Yoga teacher at one of the best Yoga teacher training schools in the world plus all her extensive Dance experience around the country which also includes a background as a professional Lindy Hop Swing performer & teacher and as a Ballet dancer with numerous prestigious companies, Dana understands the connection between the body & different dance/movement styles. In her Yoga For Dancers teaching, Dana emphasizes proper body alignment & care together with good technique which will then better one's dancing short & long term and she educates people on how Yoga helps improve one's physical & mental states which can also help their approach to stress & competitions in addition to how Yoga enriches their mind, body & soul as a living breathing person. Dana naturally enjoys sharing her Yoga knowledge with people in the various Dance communities.
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! “
victorIan O'Gorman (NC) Aka: “Twerk Team Captain,” is ecstatic to be joining the Swing Fling 2016 DJ staff! He has DJ’d locally for the past two years and won the DJ Challenge at Trilogy of Swing in 2014. Since then, he has continued to actively compete and travel on the WSDC circuit and enjoys any opportunity to share music with others. See you on the dance floor!
victorMike Glasgow (MD) has been an avid WCS social dancer and competitor since around 2000. Frequenting events around the country he is now competing at the All Star level. Mike has become a popular WCS DJ in the D.C. area over the last several years. 
Tim Johnson (MI) Tim Johnson (MI) is a full time dance professional who serves the dance community locally, nationally and internationally. It began in 1998 with a passion for dancing and an entrepreneurial spirit that guided him to establish Dance Fanatics. Based in Metro Detroit, Dance Fanatics hosts a variety of dances, workshops and seminars including weekly and monthly West Coast Swing parties titled West Coast Wednesday and Second Saturday Swing. In addition to working locally, he also enjoys working at dance events throughout North America in various capacities.  Tim is an entertaining instructor and sought after DJ who is also known for his technical skills with pro audio, lighting and video.
 www.dancefanatics.com

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