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PROFESSIONAL STAFF
2016 staff will be added here as they are confirmed.

Workshops & Performances
by Swing Superstars:

Diego Borges & Jessica Pacheco
PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann

Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal
Jerome & Bonnie Subey

Dean & Dawn Garrish
Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich
Kay Newhouse & Matthew Smith

Also featuring:
Brennar Goree, Deborah Székely, Arjay Centeno, Kellese Key, Robert Cordoba, Jeanne DeGeyter, Carrie Lucas, Robin Smith, Gary Jobst
Debra Lynn Tuttle, Lara Deni, Lori Rousar


MC: Robert Royston
DJs: Louis St. George, Koichi Tsundona, Mike Glasgow

Shag experts
Ashely & Tobitha Stewart
Brennar Goree


Yoga for Dancers
Dana Simonetti

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

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

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.
Diego Borges and 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.
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. 
 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 one of a kind. Read more at www.stuckonswing.com
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.
Ashley & Tobitha Stewart (NC) have been competing on the Shag circuits together since 2008. They consider Carolina Shag, as being a dance with extremely deep roots, a sub-culture that is self-sustaining and a lifestyle that once it has infected you, it is very hard to leave behind. Ashley & Tobitha have been instructing Shag since 2009. They enjoy teaching locally and traveling regionally to Dance Events to teach Shag workshops. Both are very involved in the social and competition aspect of Carolina Shag. They both are members of the Competitive Shaggers Association (CSA) to help preserve the dance. They are the event directors for the CSA Carolina Shag Classic Contest at Swillies Hideaway. They are instrumental and extremely committed to the advancement of the Junior Shaggers. They also are involved with the Junior Shag Dance Team. Dancing is their love and passion, and they love competing as well as teaching!
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.
Jerome & Bonnie Subey (NJ) fd

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.
Deborah Székely (CO) "say kay" started dancing at three. At age 10 she performed at the famous Harvest Moon Ball with her Jr. company dance troupe, and at 16, competed on “Star Search”. She has been dancing and competing ever since. She trained in ballet, tap, and jazz and began teaching at age 15. She discovered West Coast Swing in 1995 and soon became one of the most accomplished West Coast Swing competitors. Among many other awards she has earned 3x US Open Swing Dance 4x NASDE championships. She is a California Swing Dance Hall of
Famer, was White Hatted In Calgary and was recognized among the National Living Legends of Dance. Deborah currently travels worldwide spreading her love and knowledge of Dance and West Coast Swing. She continues to place well as an active competitor in the champions level Jack and Jills and Strictly Swing contests.
www.szekelydance.com/
Brennar Goree (NC) Champion and Superstar in both the Shag and West Coast Swing communites.
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.
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
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”!!
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
Carrie Lucas offers over 25 years of experience as a Judge and Competitor.  She is a respected coach in the West Coast Swing Circuit. Known for her "Dance like a Lady" Styling and Sassy Syncopated footwork, Carrie has extensive training in classical dance, Ballroom, Latin and Country, which she credits for her appreciation in both the evolving nature of West Coast Swing, while respecting its traditional roots. As an active competitor, Carrie has numerous 1st place J&J wins, most notably: The "U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships" Masters, 2-time "SwingDiego" Masters, and is a "California Swing Dance Hall of Fame" Recipient.  https://www.carrielucas.com.
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/
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.
Jeanne DeGeyter (OK) has been dancing competitively since 1995, including Swing and Country in both couples and teams.  Her athletic, yet graceful, style stems from her younger years as a gymnast and cheerleader. She is a 10-time US Open Award Winner in a variety of divisions (including 5  US Open Swing Champion Titles), 2-time UCWDC Team Champion, 8-time ACC Top Teacher, and is a traveling Instructor, Judge and Event Director.  She carries a passion for WCS due the variety of music and interpretational aspects. …"West Coast Swing is the ultimate conversationalist on the dance floor.  From fun and playful to powerful and seductive, the diversity of this dance knows no boundaries, and can therefore never be boring to interesting people." www.jeannedegeyter.com
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
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  
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
Debbie Ramsey Boz (Raleigh, 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/
Dana Simonetti (NYC) (NYC) aka "Dancin' Dana" is a YogaWorks 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher & a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance & she's working on her 500-hour certification at Dharma Yoga Center, plus she is currently an Allstar-level West Coast Swing dancer & a previous Showcase competitor. As a result of her training as a Yoga teacher at the best Yoga teacher training schools in the world combined with 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. She teaches beginners as well as mixed level classes by offering modifications & instructions on how to use props and she is committed to the safety of students. 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.
victor Mike 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. 
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.
Koichi Tsunada (WA) started DJing locally in Seattle in 2012 and has been growing momentum ever since. In 2013 and 2014 he was a D.J. at larger events in Washington, Oregon, Vancouver BC, California, & Korea. He is recognized by many as being incredibly friendly, having a “weird” sense of humor and being well traveled. Koichi enjoys DJing because it is a way to bring joy to people & introduce something new to the local dance scene. Often times he can be found playing for the late night crowd at dance conventions & after every event, shares his songs with the public. He never expected the long-running tradition of requesting a “Koichi’s last song” to take him down the path of becoming a West Coast Swing D.J. He’s super excited to be able to a DJ staff at MADjam!
Tim Johnson (MI) works most weekends serving the dance community locally, nationally and internationally.  It began in 1998 with a passion for dancing and entrepreneurial spirit that guided him to establish Dance Fanatics. Based in Metro Detroit, Dance Fanatics hosts various 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 a sought after DJ and is also known for his technical skills with pro audio, lighting, and video. www.dancefanatics.com

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