Steve & Lara began their partnership in 2016. Together they have helped grow the WCS community in the DC Metro Area and now are one of the most sought out instructions in their area. In the last three Open Swing Championships they placed top 3 in the Sophisticated Routine Division. They have also place top 5 in numerous Invitational and All Star/Champion Jack n Jill divisions. Lara and Steve both compete, teach and judge at many national events.
Lara began her teaching career at an early age of 15 at 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. With a training and competing in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Salsa, Ballroom and Latin, Lara brings a wide range of knowledge and understanding to her teaching. Lara has her BFA in Dance, and she is certified as a NDCA Pro/Am Teacher and WSDC Judge.
Steve Wilder originally started dancing in New York in 2014 to meet women, but he immediately fell in love with dancing instead. 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.