2018 Staff will be updated here as they are confirmed. These amazing people were on staff in 2017

2017 STAFF - TALENTED, FABULOUS & FUN


PERFORMERS, PRESENTERS & JUDGES

Ben Morris & Victoria Henk
Gary McIntrye & Susan Kirklin
Diego Borges & Jessica Pacheco
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal
Tony & Larisa Schubert
Jerome & Bonnie Subey

Matthew Smith & Kay Newhouse
Phillipe & Flore Berne
Dean & Dawn Garrish
Steve Wilder & Lara Deni
Debbie Ramsey Boz
Glenn Ball
Kellese Key
Matt Auclair
Patty Vo
Carrie Lucas
Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina
Robin Smith
Hazel Ulrich
Alyssa Gillespie

SHAG
Ashley & Tobitha Stewart
Brennar Goree
DJ Craig Jennings
Northern Virginia Shag Club

SWOUK
Ashley Kent & Daniel Pavlov
DJs Sami Selo & James Kong

DJs  Louis St. George,  Victor Loveira
Katie Fallon, Larisa Schubert, Jes Ann Nail, James Kong, Mike Glasgow

MCs Robert Royston, Victor Loveira

TECHNICAL AWESOMNESS
Tim Johnson & Becky Larson (video)
The Dance Jam Productions Team
World Dance Registry & Paul Stoddard (Registration & Scoring)

MANAGEMENT
Dave Moldover (executive director)
Kay Newhouse (co-director)
Suzanne New (administrator)
Rick & Cindy Dauss (customer care)

CONTESTS
Dawn Garrish (chief judge)
Alexis Garrish (coordinator)
Erin & Tim Wall, Kendra Zara
Lori Rousar, Stephanie Risser-Loviera

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Alyssa Arter (Community Organizers Coordinator)

Tammy Davis (Newcomer Program Coordinator)
Kelli Kilgore, Amy Diane & Kendra Zara (Registration Management)
Jeff Stefanina & Debbie Tuttle-Stefania (Judge Hospitality)
Mary Jo Moon (Marketspace Coordinator)
Ashley Kent (Swouk Coordinator)

Robert Royston (NY) is an 8x US Open swing champion in 5 different divisions, who holds 4 World Country Dance titles, 3 USA Grand Nationals titles, and 4 Phoenix Champion of Champion Jack and Jill trophies. The '14 and '15 National Association of Swing Dance Events (NASDE) tour Champion, and a member of 5 different dance Halls of Fame, Royston has performed, choreographed, and produced on film, tv, and stage for over thirty years. His career-long devotion to being the best teacher he can be has led him to train in many systems of movement, and has helped earn him the reputation as one of the greatest teachers in the world of dance today. Oh... And he is the "voice" of over 20 events a year!
Ben Morris & Victoria Henk (CA) Current US Open Classic division champions
Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin (TX)


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.

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

Tony & Larisa Schubert (CA) have been making waves in the WCS circuit, rising quickly through the ranks and putting on an impressive showing with their awesome routine! This couple is one of the top up and coming couples in the WCS world, and are known for their unique brand of musicality. We are very excited about the energy they will undoubtedly bring.

Tony  fell in love with dance in college. He competed on the ASU ballroom team for 4 years and returned after graduation to help coach. He started west coast swing shortly after and hasn’t looked back since. Tony is competing at an all star champion level and is passionate about teaching and building his partnership with Larisa.

Larisa Tingle has been in love with music her whole life, from violinist to vocalist and finally to dancer. She is now competing at an allstar champion level and excited to share her dancing dream with her partner Tony. In addition to competing and teaching, Larisa started djing at local dances in Southern California but got known quickly for her groovy late night “Tingle Time” sets, becoming one of the sought after Dj’s on the convention circuit around the country.

Jerome & Bonnie 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,.
Ashley & Tobitha Stewart (NC)

Matt Auclair (MO) resides in St. Louis, Mo. Matt is a 6 time US Open winner. He competes and instructs all over nationally and internationally. Matt is best known for his crazy energy and patterns. Matt is excited to join in all of the fun that Swingfling brings.


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
Philippe & Flore Berne hail from France, now living and working in Montreal, Canada. Philippe’s background is in the competition world and Flore’s is the world of social dancing. Together, they evolved rapidly in national and international competitions and took it to the biggest French stages with Charly Moser’s dance Company (Feeling Dance Show), known for their numerous TV and live appearances. Today, they are emerging West Coast Swing Showcase champions. They also still compete in DanceSport and turned professional in the 2014 season, becoming Canadian Professional 10-Dance Vice-Champion at their first Canadian professional championship. www.philippeandflore.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. www.deananddawn.com
Steve Wilder (VA) is an All-Star West Coast Swing dancer from New York known for his entertaining teaching style and nonstop social dancing. He actually started dancing because he thought it would be a great way to meet women, but he immediately fell in love with dancing instead. In 2014, Steve began his career in teaching West Coast Swing throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York areas. During 2015-2016 Steve traveled and taught in and around New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia.  He loves creating an emotional and physical connection with his dance partners whether it be on the competitive floor or social floor. He looks forward to continuing his journey as an Instructor, Judge and Choreographer with his new dance partner Lara Deni. 

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
Debbie Ramsey Boz (Raleigh, NC) Co 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. 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. 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. http://www.musicanddance.com/
Glenn Ball (UK) Choreography is not only about the talent of each individual performer, but it is the sum of the parts. With many years of experience performing alongside the giants of the entertainment business, Glenn acquired the right know-how to unlock the full potential of a performance.
 
As a child, Glenn trained in all forms of dance and even won World Titles in Latin and Ballroom and Country and Western dance styles.
 
From a dance career which boasts of being the youngest ever member of the Spirit of the Dance touring company to touring world-wide with Take That and Kylie Minogue.
 
Glenn’s knowledge of dance is extensive to say the least allowing him to expertly deliver unique and various styles of performance.
 
His attention to detail and enthusiastic style has made it possible for Glenn to become one of the UK’s youngest, most innovative choreographers.  His list of credits already includes names such as X Factor, Got to Dance, Tarkan and The Saturdays.  He has choreographed numerous top 10 videos such as Chico Time and Bars and Melody ‘Hopeful’.
Kellese Key (TX) 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”!!
Patty Vo (TX) is a U.S. Open Champion and UCWDC World Champion. She began dancing at a local bar and soon after transitioned into competitive dancing and never looked back. She has gone on to win several Showcase Division and Champion Strictly and Jack and Jills. She currently travels globally, teaching, judging, coaching, and performing. Although abroad most weekends she still enjoys sharing her love of the dance and inspiring dancers with her fun and graceful style. When she’s not judging or teaching, you can always find her out on the social dance floor. In her teaching style, Patty focuses on connection, centering, musicality, footwork, and lead/follow techniques, also incorporating various aspects of her favorite dances: West Coast Swing, Country, Salsa, Ballroom, and Jazz.  Her classes are very challenging, innovative, and extremely insightful.  Her methods have produced some of the fastest moving and best dancers in the country.
Her dance training includes West Coast Swing, Ballroom, Salsa, Jazz, Lyrical, Hustle, Aerial Silk and Country.
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.
Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina (MD) 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/
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.
Hazel Ulrich (NJ) is a recent inductee into the Hustle Hall of Fame. She has been performing and competing in a variety of styles, including Hustle, WCS, Carolina Shag, Salsa, Lindy, and Zouk since 2000. She’s a Living Legend of Swing who loves helping dancers grow. With a strong focus on partnering skills and an ability to break down complicated movements into simple blocks, she will take your dancing to a new level of freedom.
Brennar Goree (NC) started dancing at the age of 8 when his grandmother taught him Carolina Shag. From that point on Brennar had the bug. He has been competing in Shag since the age of 9 and has won numerous titles including National Shag Dance Championships Junior Overall in 2004, 2007, and 2008, Grand Nationals Junior I champion in 2004 and Junior II champion for 2005-2008 with his previous partner Autumn Jones. He was a member of the award winning competition team, the National Shag Dance Team from 2004 through 2008. Brennar also won the team division at the US Open in 2008 with his Shag team, Southern Fried with Junior Pride, that he co-choreographed and coached
Alyssa Gillespie (VA) began dancing at the age of seven and by 16, she was instructing at a local ballroom studio.  In 2011, she was exposed to West Coast Swing and was instantly captivated with its’ innovative, playful, and expressive nature.  West Coast Swing became the primary focus of her dancing and Alyssa quickly rose through the competitive ranks to the All-star division.  Alyssa has a strong focus on technique and was honored with the inaugural Rose Mary Bartolini Technical Dancer Memorial Award.  With a passion for teaching, Alyssa strives to quickly develop confident, stylish, and well-rounded students regardless of their previous dance experience.
Asheley Kent (DC) studied many different styles of solo dance before getting into partner dancing.  She started salsa dancing in Ghana while there studying African dance, and then explored other Afro-Latin partner dances before finding Brazilian zouk in 2012.  Ashley helped grow the current generation of the zouk community in DC, holding weekly practice sessions at her home while the community was in its infancy.  She founded District Zouk in 2014 with three partners (all women who lead and follow), and has been teaching and organizing classes and events since then with local and visiting instructors.  District Zouk has been collaborating with Daniel Pavlov and Helen Chao to organize monthly swouk parties in the DC area.  This year Ashley is excited to co-host the new swouk party at Swing Fling and to work with Daniel Pavlov to teach a workshop on zouk foundations to help westies learn the basics of this dance she loves. 

Daniel Pavlov (MD) was trained in more than 10 different dance styles before falling in love with west coast at the 2013 Mid Atlantic Dance Jam. Over 8 years of partner dancing helped him understand west coast swing connection from a variety of perspectives, while more than 6 years of experience in dance education gave him the ability to quickly connect with students from different dance backgrounds. This year, he will be working with Ashley Kent to smoothly “translate” her knowledge of Zouk foundations for the westies at Swing Fling, and to help them explore this incredible Brazilian dance during the new swouk party on Saturday night!
Sami Selo (VA)
Louis St. George (KY) 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.
Victor Loveira (NC) 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.
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!
Jes Ann Nail (NY) started DJing in 2013 after dancing West Coast Swing for 3 years and discovering her love for the diversity of music WCS had to offer. Coming from traditional Ballroom to WCS was musical liberation for her which sparked an interest in pursuing a side career DJing in the WCS community. Being a Ballroom Instructor by profession coupled with some prior experience as a DJ, allowed for a seamless transition into the WCS world. She enjoys collecting a variety of music but her favorites include Contemporary and Indie Pop, Blues, and Acoustic Covers. Jes Ann calls New York City home but enjoys traveling the US and Europe teaching, competing, and DJing to become the medium between two of her passions, dance and music.
Craig Jennnings (VA) is a native of King George, VA. He began collecting beach music as a young boy on trips to Myrtle Beach with his family and has never stopped.  Craig began shagging in 1995 when he joined the Northern Virginia Shag Club (NVSC).  He began DJ'ing for the club in May of 1996.  Since then he has played regularly for NVSC while also playing private parties and for other shag clubs including the Battlefield Boogie Club, Lynchburg Shag Club, Danville Shag Club, and Roanoke Shag Club. He is the contest DJ for the Eno Beach Shag Contest in Durham each year and has played for the Richmond Shag Club weekend party, Boogie on The Bay Shaggers at Heart, the Raleigh area Capital Kickback, the Charleston Shag Society’s “Ski Boogie” event, the Steel City Boogie party in Pittsburgh for 4 years, and the Northern Virginia Capital Shag Classic for 20 years. He has also played at the Grand National Dance Championships in Atlanta 5 years, DJ Throwdown in Myrtle Beach, the Virginia Beach Music Festival & Living Legends in Va. Beach, Central Virginia Junior Shaggers jam, Thirsty's 2 in Greensboro, Boulevard Grill (4 years) and Ducks (15 years) during SOS.  Craig became a member of the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJ's in 1996 and served as Treasurer in 2001 and 2002.  He served on the Board of the Competitive Shaggers Association from 2001-2004 and served as president in 2003.

James Kong
(MD) made his DJing start in Pittsburgh beginning in 2012 and became a local favorite. After moving to DC, James returned to DJing in 2016 as DC dances opened up their late night slots to “power hour” DJs. James (a.k.a. DJ LOJYK) aims to delight and inspire dancers with with his varied and dynamic sets. At Swing Fling James will prepare a unique music selection for the "Swouk" party Satruday night. This will include music that works well for both West Coast Swing and Zouk.

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