This was the 2014 staff. 2015 staff are being confirmed.


Robert & Nicola Royston
Joshua Sturgeon & Lindsey Nastos
Doug & Nicki Silton
Kris Swearingen & Rebecca Ludwick

Jason Miklic & Sophy Kdep
Sabastien Cadet & Blandine Iche
Jason & Annmarie Marker
Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal
Ben Hooten & Taletha Jouzdani
Luis Crespo & Jennifer Pasetes
Doug & Lori Rousar
 Debbie Ramsey-Boz
, Dawn Garrish
  Jason Barnes, Arjay Centeno
Robin Smith, Gary Jobst
Kay Newhouse, Lara Deni
Sabrina Paxmann-Stewart

Deborah Székely

Daniel McGee & Ginny Carey
Jameson Kilburn & Christy Kam
Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich
Brian Gallagher,
Joyce Szili
Silvana Gallagher, Stephanie Risser
Kim Vanaman
Billy Marti, Jaime Serna

DJs & MCs
Robert Royston, Louis St. George
Helen Tocco, Victor Loveira
Katie Fallon,

Jameson Kilburn & Joyce Szili

Robert & Nicola Royston (NY) 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.
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!
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins (MD) Gregory and Lemery have over 30 years dancing experience combined, including Country, Ballroom and Salsa. They have been focusing on competing in West Coast Swing together since 2009. They are the 2012 and 2013 NASDE Tour winners. They also placed 3rd at the 2013 US Open in the Showcase Division.  They are a unique couple who are excited to continue to share their art and knowledge with the dance world.
Doug & Nicki Silton (CA) have been dancing Showcase together since 2013. Married and dance partners for lives, they travel the globe sharing their love of West Coast Swing. Doug found WCS via Lindy Hop & Carolina Shag. Nicki discovered it via Line and Country Dancing. In the commercial dance industry, Doug and Nicki are represented by GTA. Their combined credits include being featured in movies, on TV shows, and in commercials and music videos. Doug has choreographed for Bette Midler and performed numerous times at Carnival: The Choreographer's Ball. As a couple, Doug & Nicki work regularly with featured dancers and choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and Live To Dance.
Sébastien Cadet & Blandine Iche (Montpellier, France) are frequent competitors around the globe and popular social dancers everywhere they go. Blandine has background in ballroom ,rock, salsa and African dance. Sébastien has been dancing acrobatic rock for more than 16 years. Together thay have been competiting with thier West Coast Swing choreography. Individually they are many time Jack & Jill and Strictly Swing champions They have been influential in the growth of West Coast Swing internationally.

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.
Jason Miklic & Sophy Kdep are professional dance instructors, choreographers and performers based in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.  They travel all over the country teaching, competing, performing, coaching and judging at dance events and dance studios.  They encourage everyone to Live like there’s no tomorrow, Love without prejudice, Laugh often & DANCE from the heart.
Joshua Sturgeon & Lindsey Nastos (OR) Joshua began his life of partner dancing when he walked into a country barin the Seattle area on his 21st birthday. Soon after, he migrated to ballroomwhere he spent a few years competing and teaching for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Boise, Idaho. He then moved back to Seattle where he gotheavily involved in salsa, spending the next two years dancing, teaching, traveling, and performing with the prestigious Salsa Salvaje dance troupe. After dabbling in multiple forms of dancing for 12 years, he decided in 2010that WCS would be his home. He currently competes at the All Star level and is known for the unique style he brings to the floor. Robert Royston says of him, “He is the perfect combination of what’s new about swing, andthen what’s kinda retro-cool about swing... He’s like Usher meets Sinatra.”Lindsey started dancing at the age of six. Over the past twenty years she has had extensive training in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hiphop, acro, Flamenco, and gymnastics. In her last two years of regional contemporary competitions, her solo was undefeated in the northwest, alsoreceiving multiple titles, awards, and scholarships. She won third place at nationals before going on to study dance full time at the University of California, Irvine. After her time there, she worked as a dancer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines for five years, traveling the world and dabbling in many new styles of movement. Shortly after discovering west coast swing, Lindsey skyrocketed through the ranks to become an All Star in barely overa year. She’s now known for her movement quality, natural presence on stage, and passion for any and all kinds of dancing.In November, 2014 Joshua and Lindsey celebrated their one year anniversary as a partnership with a 6th place finish at the US Open inthe Classic division. After their debut at the Open the previous year, they hit the swing circuit aggressively, traveling and teaching in the US and abroad, amassing two Top 5 Classic awards by the end of the year: Capital(4th) and Palm Springs Summer (3rd). They’ve started this year off with a bang, coming in 4th at America’s Classic Championships. They are known for their hilarious chemistry, exciting and on-the-fly social dancing, fun and challenging workshops, and the unique choreography within their routines
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.
Markus Smith & Trendlyon Veal  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.
Luis Crespo & Jennifer Pasetes (CA) are both competitive West Coast Swing dancers and instructors in World Swing Dance Council (WSDC) circuit and together compete in the Showcase Division (since 2011) in the National Association Swing Dance Events (NASDE) circuit. Luis Crespo is a multi - U.S. Open West Coast Swing Champion, California Swing Hall of Fame Finalist, and teaches both nationally and internationally. Jennifer Pasetes currently competes as an All Star dancer and has placed at numerous WSDC and NASDE sanctioned events. Together, they combine their love for dance and each other to bring fun workshops and exciting flavor on the dance floor! "If you're not dancing, you're wasting your feet!"
Ben Hooten & Taletha Jouzdani (TX) both reside in Texas and are proud members of the Texas Wc Swing Community. They formed their partnership a few years ago while dancing in the UCWDC Country Circuit. They have joined forces again but this time they are bringing their talents together to compete and spread their love of teaching in the WC Swing Circuit. They are looking forward to debuting their NASDE Showcase routine in the very near future. Ben & Taletha have been longtime friends and have always enjoyed dancing and teaching together. They have very similar styles and technical approaches to the dance which has created a dynamic professional team. They are already known for their ability to create the perfect balance of technical and playful in their instruction.  Common themes in their workshops are musicality, creating a balanced dance, and dance as a conversation.
They are extremely excited about what the future has in store. And be sure to grab them for a dance, a chat or a lesson when you see them. 
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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.
Dawn Garrish (MD) was the first UCWDC masters level Country Dance World Champion and holds 6 US Open swing titles including Showcase, Cabaret, Team & Champions Jack & Jill. She has been teaching for over 20 years in both communities. She is the main choreographer at the US Naval Academy Theatre where her shows include Damn Yankees, Oklahoma, Guys & Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun, and Hairspray. Along with her husband Dean she hosts one of the longest standing weekly dances in the DC area. Dawn is the Dance Jam Productions chief of judges.  
Deborah Székely (TX) 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
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….

Jason Barnes (NC) 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. 

Tybalt & Hazel Ulrich (NJ) Hazel and Tybaldt Ulrich began dancing together professionally in 2000, and have been inseparable since, performing and teaching a wide range of partner dance. In competition, they have won Hustle Classic, Theater arts, Just Dance, and Jack and Jill, in West Coast Swing Classic, Showcase (honest), and Jack and Jill, as well as Cabaret, Triple Threat (WCS, Hustle, Salsa), and some decent placements in Carolina Shag, Balboa, Houston Slow Whip, and Lindy Hop. They’ve directed numerous teams in these dances as well as Country Two Step and Argentine Tango. Tybaldt is currently the Competition Coordinator for IHDA, and would love to help explain the Pro/Am Guidelines, Hazel is being inducted into the Living Legends of Swing, and would love a dance.
Danny McGee & Ginny Carey (PA) have been dancing together 12 years.  In that time, they have acquired numerous awards.  Most notably, Daniel and Ginny are the current World Hustle Champions, a title they have held for two years.  In addition to their joint accomplishments, Daniel is the founder and co-owner of Top Hat Dance Studios of Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA.  Daniel is currently serving his second term as president of the IHDA, the organization in which he has served on the board since 2003.  Adding to Daniel’s performing and choreographic credits, Daniel also holds an Associate Standard and Licentiate Theatre Arts certification with ISTD as well as an Associate Hustle certification with IHDA/DVIDA.  Hailing from Lancaster, PA, Ginny has been trained and tested in the Checcetti style of ballet since the age of 2.  Ginny has studied extensively with the Lancaster School of Ballet, Ukraine’s Donetsk Ballet and the Ballet Theatre of Lancaster.  Upon moving to Philadelphia, Ginny continued her training at the University of the Arts with teachers from the Joffery Ballet Company, Koresh Dance Company, and Philadanco. Ginny also holds a Licentiate Theatre Arts certification with the ISTD and an Associate Hustle certification with IHDA/DVIDA.  Together Daniel and Ginny have developed a solid, recognizable dance partnership that is known for its lyrical and dynamic attributes.
Jameson Kilburn & Christy Kam as a relatively new partnership have exploded onto the competitive partner dance scene in a huge way. In the past year they have consistently placed in the top three at all of the major events that they have attended and are an exciting addition to the competitive dance floor.  Together, they bring a unique flavor to partner dancing, drawing from their dance training and experience in Hustle, Ballroom, Latin, Ballet and Theater dancing.  Jameson is co-owner of Top Hat Dance Studio of Philadelphia and Lancaster where he can be found teaching group classes and private lessons in many styles of dance.  Jameson is also proud to be a certified member of the US Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (USISTD) and has been an active board member of the International Hustle Dance Association (IHDA) for the past 6 years.  Christy started as a ballerina trained under the Royal Academy of Dance and found partner dancing in 2000 when she moved to Philadelphia to study at U Penn, eventually winning the US Championship title for American Rhythm in 2006 and 2007 and for 9 dance in American Rhythm and American Smooth in 2007 at the USA Dance Nationals.
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. 
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!
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.
Sabrina Paxmann - Stewart (FL) 

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.

Kim Vanaman (MA) is a successful teacher, performer, judge and choreographer. Currently residing in Massachusetts, she is one of the primary sources responsible for keeping hustle alive in the New England region. She is one of the founding members and current regional representative for the International Hustle Dance Association, and consistently finishes top-3 in national hustle pro jack & jill competitions. She has won several top-teacher awards, and her extensive focus and experience keep her as one of the most sought-after instructors in the nation.

Silvana Gallagher (PA) is known as one of the top theater and hustle dancers in the United States. Having a successful 10-year partnership with partner Brian Gallagher, Silvana is now focusing on her ever-increasing skill as an instructor. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she travels nationally teaching, judging and competing in hustle. Silvana’s enthusiastic approach to teaching and performing are evident on her audiences as well as her students.

Joyce Szili (MD) has been Hustle dancing and competing since the mid 70's. For the past 18 years she has instructed, judged and DJ'd at many national dance events. In the early 80's she appeared on the syndicated dance show "Dance Fever" and in the video "Shake Your Groove Thing" with Peaches and Herb. She has successfully competed nationally with professional and amateur partners and has received numerous Top Female Teacher Awards.
Joyce has directed, coached and choreographed local Hustle Dance Teams for over 10years and has also produced, directed and choreographed several full length variety/dinner shows. Joyce is on the Board of Directors of the International Hustle Dance Association,  serving as Membership Director.
Billy Marti(NY) Marti teaches at Stepping Out Studios in Manhattan. He began dancing at age 18 and quickly realized that it would be one of his life’s passions. Currently, Billy specializes in Hustle and travels the US competing and teaching. Billy takes pride in teaching and has a great ability to thoroughly prepare students for competition and showcase performances. He never fails to enhance the student’s musical and technical articulation of the hustle dance.
Jaime Serna (NY/NJ) has trained with some of the most prominent Hustle legends in the country and competing on the national Hustle circuit for the past 17 years holding numerous titles as an amateur and several since becoming a professional, Jaime has taught Hustle classes and workshops at various dance studios in New Jersey and at DanceSport in New York, NY. He is currently teaching independently in the tri-state area. He has been on staff at Disco America, World Hustle Dance Championships, New York Hustle Congress, Swing Fling and Swing Dance America. Jaime's passion and talent for Hustle, combined with his precise movements and smooth style has made him a prominent figure in the Hustle scene. He continues to compete Pro/Pro and with his Pro/Am students receiving top honors at events around the country. Jaime's goal is to inspire his students to develop their own personal style and to be the best they can be while having FUN, whether it's preparing for a competition, or just social dancing. Jaime believes in using traveling patterns to move around the floor to show footwork and flair.

Brian Gallagher (PA) is a long-time hustle champion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is known for his dynamic execution of hustle and is focused on promoting and teaching hustle dancers and competitors. Brian trained in ballroom and latin dance prior to his hustle career and incorporates travelling, shaping, syncopations and speed in his hustle choreography in a way that is easily noticed. Brian excels at the breakdown of patterns, and helps his students understand the major components of the dance.

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.
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.
Kay Newhouse (MD) is known for her playful and musical dance style, clarity of teaching, and friendly warmth. An enthusiastic participant in the thriving DC West Coast Swing scene since the mid 90s, and a successful national competitor and teacher for fifteen years, Kay believes that even as comps add excitement and focus to our shared experience, the one-on-one creativity of the social floor is the most essential expression of the legacy and future of West Coast Swing. She has a deep understanding of teaching and learning, and loves to share a good connection, whether during a challenging and focused lesson, in a hilarious conversation, or in a super-fun dance with a new friend.
Lara Deni (VA) has a deep love of many dance forms but especially West Coast Swing. With a BFA in Dance and over 15 years of teaching and competition experience, dance is her true passion in life.  Lara has a magnetic enthusiasm to continually give back to the community what she has learned and experienced. She teaches mostly West Coast Swing, but also teaches and competes in Lindy, Salsa, Country, Latin and Ballroom.  As Through her childhood years, being a competitive gymnast and figure skater helped Lara develop a deeper understanding of turns & spins, which she is known for today. Her diverse background has helped develop her unique ability to understand students from all walks of life and styles of dance, creating a easy and faster learning experience for students. Lara is a national competitor in the Classic Division, with her partner PJ Fritzler, and the strictly and Jack & Jill All Star divisions. She looks forward to showing those at Swing Fling how to embrace West Coast Swing and fall in love.
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
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! “
Helen Tocco (Los Angeles, CA) is a vibrant, popular swing DJ for jam-style competitions and social dance alike. She DJs regularly at both local dances in and around her home in Los Angeles, California, as well as many national events. Before moving to California, she could be found spinning tunes and teaching lessons weekly in Maryland and the DC area. Though her roots are in lindy hop, Helen started west coast swing dancing in 1999 and with several first place wins through the advanced level jack and jills and strictly competitions, became an all-star level dancer. She has now over 10 years of experience teaching and DJing west coast swing. Her mix of soulful and inspiring music always gets dancers moving their feet.
Tim Johnson (MI) has been DJing professionally 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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