November 14-17th, 2013  Hyatt Dulles - Herndon, VA

West Coast Swing

Social Dancing - Workshops - Fun Competitions
 

 
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2013 PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Workshops & Performances
by Swing Superstars:

Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake
John Lindo & Jessica Cox
Robert & Nicola Royston
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins
Luis Crespo & Taletha Jouzdani
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal
Kris Swearingen & Rebecca Ludwick

Robert Jackson & Connie Gauthier
Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair
Edson Modesto & Cintia Fiaschi

Extra Special Staff
Deborah Szekely

MCs:
Robert Royston, Doug Rousar
Also featuring:
Arjay Centeno
Dawn Garrish

Gary Jobst

Robin Smith
Doug Rousar
Jason Barnes
Debra Lynn Tuttle


DJs:
Louis St. George
John Lindo
Victor Loveira
Tim Johnson
John Festa

DCSX staff are available for private lessons during the weekend. Contact them directly for rates and availability.

Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake (CA) have been on the forefront of innovative west coast swing for over 20 years. Residing in Fresno, California, Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake are the holders of 11 US Open titles, are five time NASDE champions, and eight time Grand National Champions, and they are the only couple to hold US Open Swing Championship titles in both the Showcase and Classic divisions. Competing together for over 12 years, they are known for their smooth footwork and precise, and direct teaching styles. Kyle and Sarah have choreographed and performed over 24 routines. Travelling all over the world, Kyle & Sarah teach both the fundamental roots of west coast swing, and their own modern styles.
Robert & Nicola Royston. 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.robertandnicola.com
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. 
Sean & Courtney
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
John & Jessica
John Lindo (NJ) & Jessia Cox (CA) are two of the best-known west coast swing dancers in the world, and have garnered an astonishing number of awards and championship trophies between them. Among John’s First Place competitive awards are the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, and the coveted Phoenix Champion of Champions. Jessica has triumphed as a two-time US Open and four-time Grand Nationals Showcase Champion, and the coveted Phoenix Champion of Champions.
John & Jessica are both sought after domestically and internationally for their experience teaching and judging, and have been to more than a half-dozen countries this year alone to teach people how to swing.
Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson & Connie Gauthier (MD)

Edson Modesto & Cintia Fiaschi (Brazil) started their partnership in 2006. They are  profissional dancers in Brazilian ballroom styles and some that are practiced in Brazil like Samba de Gafieira, Zouk, Samba-Rock, Bolero, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Forró, Chá-Chá, Pagode, etc. Study and innovation stood out for all these years on their job. Started on West Coast Swing in 2010. He was champion in Brazil, with Samba-Rock, participated in Dance with the Stars on Globo TV and have some international wins in West Coast Swing. She has lectured in various parts of the world, spent two years in Asia and 1 year in Italy working with dance and also collects some international titles. Together they created the Stilo Refinado Dance Company for performances, workshops  and Big Shows.

Luis Crespo (CA) & Taletha Jouzdani (TX) Luis Crespo has over 10 years of dance experience in ballroom, latin, and west coast swing. He is originally from New York City, and currently resides in California. He feels the most expressive in west coast swing. He earned a US Open Strictly champion title in 2002, and a US Open Showcase 3rd place in 2009. Luis is known for his unique styling showcasing break-dance and ballroom backgrounds. Taletha Jouzdani has been teaching partner dancing for over 14 years and is known for her ability to create the perfect balance of technical and playful in her instruction. Currently, Taletha teaches independently in Austin, Texas, where she is a member of the staff at Austin City Dance Club. She has extensive training in various partner dance styles including Country, Latin Social, Hustle, Ballroom and of course West Coast Swing. Taletha currently competes in in Jack & Jill and Strictly Swing at the All Star/Champion level (placing 2nd in the NASDE Tour for 2010). Together, Luis and Taletha work as professional, competitive dancers teaching across the US. They work to recognize smooth, crisp, sharp style in both their classes and performances.
Kris Swearingen (Overland Park, KS) & Rebecca Ludwick (Chicago, IL) are up and coming all-star champion dancers working hard this past year to become a dominant in the Midwest and on the national scene. They hold multiple top five placements in the classic division and a number of titles in all star jack and jill and strictly competitions. Recently, Rebecca was a golden ticket tour champion at the US Open and Kris tied for third place on the NASDE jack and jill tour. Both teach at local studios in their cities of residence as well as at large conferences across the United States.
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal. 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. 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. She 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.
Arjay Centeno

Arjay Centeno (NJ)  Arjay is from California and 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

 

Deborah Székely 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 currently resides in Texas. http://www.szekelydance.com
Debbie Lynn Tuttle
Debra Lynn Tuttle (MD)
Gary Jobst (AR) began dancing in 1989 in the country western scene. He competed in many UCWDC World Champion Division 1 competitions, and holds two US Open titles. He is the chief judge at many swing events throughout the country. He currently enjoys teaching, judging and performing all over the United States and Europe.
 
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!
Jason Barnes
Jason Barnes (NC) or "Jzone" is tall.  He’s not the most politically correct teacher in the business, but that is one of the many things that make him unique. He encourages group interaction with back and forth communication in his workshops.  “Never be afraid to ask me a question or tell me a joke.” He is also a choreographer, MC, coach, judge, DJ, performer and competitor who has won over 350 titles over his 18 year dance career.  Along with a West Coast Swing, U.S. Open Team title, and the 2-Step Across America National Championship, Jason has earned many Top Teacher awards in Ballroom, Country Western, Hustle and West Coast Swing. www.westcoastswingzone.com
Robin Smith 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
John Festa  John Festa (NY) born into a family of dancers, was dancing since the beginning. Growing up in New York, John was taught Lindy Hop, and fell in love with west coast swing to become a pivotal figure in both the local and national west coast swing scenes. He is trained and greatly experienced in many styles of Swing. John not only competes, judges, and teaches, but his choreography has been renowned and influential throughout the nation. www.swingislove.com
victor Victor Loveira (LA) 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.
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 30 years of DJ experience, DJ Louie is never missing what to play next, and loves keeping a dance floor rocking.
Tim Johnson (MI) has been a professional DJ 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.

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