Kelly holds the US Open Classic Champion Title for 1988 and the US Open Jack & Jill Title for 1994. She has been inducted into both the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and The National Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She judges and Chief Judge’s at numerous national events and was the promoter for the Swing Break ’99-’00 conventions which encouraged competitors to lead or follow in competitions regardless of their gender identity. She has been teaching in the SF Bay Area since 1983.
Together, 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. With diversified training in hip hop and modern dance, their individual movement and musicality push the elements of modern swing. Known for their love of social dancing, enthusiastic workshops, and entertaining performances, they continue to inspire wherever they go.
Michelle is known for her smooth, interactive dance style. She is a three-time U.S. Open Classic Division Winner as well as many other titles including two-time winner of the Phoenix Champion of Champions. In addition to running her own studio, organizing & directing the Mountain Magic Swing Dance Convention, hosting the Sea Magic Dance Cruises and Train Magic Adventures, producing a line of instructional DVDs, and directing several local events, Michelle travels the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan teaching, competing, judging and promoting dance. Michelle is a Feather Award recipient for Best Classic Swing Dancer, was voted "Queen of Swing" at the 1994 National New Year's Dance Championships in Dallas, and was inducted into both the World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Two Time winner of the US OPEN Swing Dance Championships Showcase Division. Has been inducted into the World Swing Dance Hall of Fame, the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and the USOPEN Walk of Fame Legend of Swing. Received a Three Time Feather Award and a Three Time Dancers Choice Award. Has appeared on various T.V. Specials and commercials, and is a Certified Golden State Dance Teacher. Has placed first in many Champion Level Jack & Jill Swing competitions nationwide and has accumulated one of the highest female Jack & Jill contestant points in the World Swing Dance Councils Competitors Registry. Been in the Swing Dance Community since 1983. Teaches Workshops, and judges Nationwide and Internationally.
Joanna Meinl began dancing in 1990 at Ballet Etudes in Miami, FL, training in ballet, jazz and hip-hop. Joanna began partner dancing in 2002 training in Ballroom, Latin and Swing dance. In 2005 Joanna started competing on the national West Coast Swing circuit and since 2008 dances at the All-Star/Champion level. Joanna has placed top 5 at the US Open Swing Dance Championships in All-Star Jack & Jill, Open Strictly Swing, Sophisticated Swing, and Cabaret. Joanna has 15 years of teaching experience and incorporates both her exceptional technical training as well as her practical social dance experience into her dynamic teaching style. She calls the Bay Area, CA home, but travels nationally and internationally, teaching, performing, competing and sharing her love of dance!
Jack Smith aka “Jumpin' Jack” began dancing in the early 80's during the Country Western Craze. Jack taught all over the West Coast, and competed across the country excelling to the Champion Division in the early 90’s. In 1999 Jack retired from competition to pursue his teaching, MC’ing and DJ career; Jack is the creator of “Late Night” dancing. In 2012 he and his wife Rachele became owners of “The Clubhouse Dance Studio” in Placentia, CA. Jack is the founder of the Orange County West Coast Swing Dance Club and the co-founder of the Bakersfield B-Boppers. Jack was inducted into the Swing DJ Hall of Fame in 2006, the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2012, Swing DJ of the year award in 2012 and the US Open’s Walk of Legends in 2015.
Skippy Blair is known as the "Teacher of Teachers" and has been training Champion Dancers & Teachers over 60 years! She developed the Universal Unit System®, was the founder of the Golden State Dance Teachers Association, the Education Coordinator for the US Swing Dance Council for 9 Years, and Co-founded the World Swing Dance Council as well as being their Education Coordinator for for 20 years (now emeritis). She is an inductee of the “CA Swing Dance Hall of Fame”, a 1995 Feather Award recipient: "Person Who Most Influenced Couples Dancing", and was Voted the USA Swing Dance Network 2004 “Person of the Year”. Skippy has authored many Dance Textbooks for Universities, was a TV Choreographer and Dancer for 12 Years, and was Involved in the prestigious US OPEN since day one - now 33 years!
Markus Smith 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. Trendlyon Veal is a dance instructor, choreographer, and competitor with over seven years of competition and teaching experience. 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 one of kind!
Mark began dancing West Coast Swing in the mid 1980s. He became a constant social dancer and consistent competitor at many events including the U.S. Open. He has twice been presented the prestigious U.S. Open Dancers Choice Award, and in 2010 he was inducted in to the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Mark has over fifteen years of experience as a judge, referee, and head judge.
Sharlot maintains a long successful career as a Performer, a Champion Dancer, a Certified GSDTA Master Instructor, and Judge within the West Coast Swing Community. Her notoriety and expertise as a master stylist has influenced many champion dancers worldwide. Sharlot continues to mentor and muse within the West Coast Swing Dance Community.
Jim Tigges has been actively engaged in the swing dance community since focusing on west coast swing in 1992, after beginning ballroom dancing in 1990. Jim and his wife, Cathy, have been competitors and ‘students of the dance’ and were mentored by many of the icons of the swing dance world. From 1997-200, Jim and Cathy were Convention Coordinators for the GPSDC (Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club) “July 4th Convention." Besides having been an active competitor and his experience as an event director, he has also been a Judge, Head Judge, Scorer and Emcee at numerous events around the nation. Since 2001, Jim has been honored to contribute to the swing dance community as an Executive Director of the WSDC, and serves as Event Liaison, developed the Membership Database and is the Swing Dance Hall of Fame Coordinator.
Helen Tocco is a vibrant, popular swing DJ for competitions and social dance alike. She DJs regularly at local dances in and around her home in Los Angeles, California, as well as many national events. Before moving to California in 2007, she could be found spinning tunes and teaching lessons weekly in Maryland and the DC area. She now has over 13 years of experience teaching and DJing west coast swing, and looks forward to being part of the team for the first Sacramento All Swing event.
Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer, Ben began swing dancing at the age of 12 and is now a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, and 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion. He runs his weekly dance and travels all over the world to teach, compete, mc, judge, and perform and is known for his fun dance style, infectious personality, and enjoyable workshops. Victoria's dance shenanigans began at age 4, and at the age of 8 she starting training at the Schwimmer's 5678 Dance Studio. When she began to compete she quickly met with success, including winning the 2014 NASDE All Star Tour. She teaches at Buddy Schimmer's Dance Center, continues to train at the Edge, travels to teach West Coast Swing with her new partner Ben Morris, and is a full time student.
Laureen is a 4-time UCSDC World's Masters Division Champion (1995-1998) and has won 8 US Open Swing Titles, including Classic (1995), Superstar Invitational (1996 & 1997), Showtime Invitational (1998), Teams (1993, 1994, & 1996), and Showcase (2003). She retired from UCWDC and moved to NYC to dance on Broad in "Swing!" from 1999-2001. The California Swing Dance Hall of Fame awarded Laureen the Nova Star, the Rising Star, and in 2014 inducted her into the Swing Dance Hall of Fame. In January of 2015 she was inducted into the UCWDC's Legends of Country Dance, and was honored in the Hall of Fame in January 2016.
Both Matt and Samantha discovered a passionate love for swing dancing at a very young age. Lindy Hop was Matt’s gateway to wanting to learn any dance style he could find and trained in ballet, jazz, modern and many other partner dances. Striving to capture the image, character and spirit of vintage dance, he is now the highest ranked crossover dancer doing both Lindy Hop and West Coast swing. Samantha’s focus started with West Coast Swing, following in her mother’s footsteps, and then grew towards all styles dance as well. She was honored to be inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame as well as being the first woman to make finals in a Champion division as a leader. In 2016 Matt and Samantha decided to combine their 30+ years of West Coast Swing and Lindy Hop experience to spread their passion for ALL Swing Dances! #itsallswing
Carlito Rofoli has spent more hours in a judge's chair than many have spent dancing. With so many years of dancing as a beginner, he brings a unique and untainted perspective to any elite panel of judges because he's seen it all - over and over again. You'll find him social dancing in the ballroom late at night and all day too. Inducted into the WSDC Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame as a Golden Star.
Jason & Yvonne Wayne have each been dancing for over 20 years. They began their partnership in 2005 and in the last 10 years have established West Coast Swing university in the US and Canada. They host the Nor Cal Swing dance challenge and teach to thousands of kids each year in schools and special cotillion programs. They believe that building their back yard of dancers is the key to growing our dance community worldwide.
We are so excited to announce your staff line up including top instructors, judges, MC’s, and DJ’s from around the country. You will find them to be a carefully selected group from many era’s and styles of swing.
Dani Canziani has been teaching WCS private and group classes for over 20 years as well as coaching and choreography. In addition to teaching and coaching, she is well known as a national judge, working swing and country events from the West to East coasts. Prior to judging, Dani administered and ran scoring systems for country and swing events for about ten years.
Dani is the President of The World Swing Dance Council (WSDC) and a representative on the Board of the National Association of Swing Dance Events (NASDE). She has also been the Convention Chair for the Capital Swing Dancers' Presidents’ Day Convention, Sacramento, for 22 years running.