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2019 JUDGES, INSTRUCTORS, PERFORMERS, VIPS & AWESOME PEOPLE
- More amazing dancers are being confirmed daily. Watch this space!

Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin
Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake
Ben Morris & Victoria Henk
Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham Munroe
Greg Scott & Lemery Rollins
Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross
Trendlyon Veal & Markus Smith
Jérome & Bonnie Subey
Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay
Austin Scharnhorst & Kali Casas
Steve Wilder & Lara Deni
Kenneth Rutland & Bryn Anderson
Benji Schwimmer
Nicole Clonch
Robert Royston
Brandi Guild

Glenn Ball
Alyssa Glanville
Dawn Garrish
John Lindo
Laureen Baldovi

Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina
Carmen Passi
Chuck Brown
PJ Turner
Gary Jobst
Robin Smith
Jeff Mumford
Jake Haning & Mackenzie Goodmanson
Sonya Desserault
Darius Zi (Zouk)
Jade Ruiz

Sharole Negrette
Tammy Brown
Ken Roesel

DJ SUPERSTARS
Ruby Lair, Louis St. George, Victor Loveira, Katie Fallon
John Lindo, Larisa Tingle, Koichi Tsunoda, Raymond Byun

MCs Robert Royston, Ben Morris, Victor Loveira, Glen Ball

EYE CANDY, GRAPHICS, VIDEO, STILLS & TECHNICAL WIZARDRY
Becky Larson, Tim Johnson
Dave Moldover's Dance Jam Productions team

MANAGEMENT
Dave Moldover (executive director)
Kay Newhouse (co-director)
Suzanne New (administrator)
Casey Daniels (administrator)
Rick Dauss (customer care)
Amy Diane & Kendra Zara (registration)
Dawn Garrish (chief judge)
Kam Avery (coordinator)


Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann (CA) World Wide West Coast Swing Superstars!
Ben Morris & Victoria Henk (CA) 2016 US Open Classic division champions


Benji Scwhimmer (CA) Many time US Open Showcase champion. TV star. International dance celebrity.

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’.NY) 
Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin (TX) Current and former US Open champions

Brandi Guild (CA) is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, coach, and choreographer who specializes in West Coast Swing.

Brandi holds titles in Country/Western, International 10 Dance, and West Coast Swing, however, it is West Coast Swing that has captured her heart. An active competitor, she travels the globe teaching, judging, and performing. She is known as one of the top technicians in the world and has the pleasure of sharing her knowledge with dancers of all levels.

Brandi currently lives in San Diego with her 2 children. She, along with her partner, Ronnie DeBenedetta, is director of City of Angels swing dance event in Los Angeles. www.Branditobias.com

Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake
(CA) 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. http://www.kylesarah.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.

Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross (CA) .
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
Myles & Tessa Munroe (Canada) are Canada’s West Coast Swing Champions and the highest ranked international dancers on the NASDE circuit, consistently placing 1st or 2nd in the Showcase division and placing 2nd at the US Open for the past three years. Myles 26 years of diverse dance training includes 6 UCWDC World Championship titles, and Tessa brings a professional coaching career to the partnership with university degrees in both Kinesiology and Education. As performers, they are known for their cutting-edge artistic choreography, innovative and high-risk acrobatics, and enviable musical expression. Their comedic approach and accessible delivery of correct foundational technique inspires and empowers students of all levels. They are ambassadors for modern, authentic West Coast Swing: teaching, judging, performing and competing 40+ weekends a year, all over the world. www.canadianswingchampions.com

Bonnie & Jerome Subey
Bonnie and Jerome met on the dance floor in 2012 and have been inseparable ever since.  Jerome is originally from Montpellier, France, and Bonnie is from Oklahoma City, OK, USA.  They now travel full-time: teaching, judging, and performing West Coast Swing all over the US and the world, competing in the champions division.  Between the two of them, they have over 25 years of partner dance experience, and pull from multiple and varied movement disciplines including hip hop, bellydance, acrobatics, and modern dance to create their unique style.  Jerome's technique and discipline from his background as a karate teacher complements Bonnie's artistry, versatility, and perceptiveness to form a remarkable partnership.  They currently perform routines in the Showcase division, and love to share their art and knowledge with others.



Steve Wilder & Lara Deni (VA) 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.  Lara is the 5th Place All Star follower in the 2016 NASDE Tour.

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. Steve’s placed 3rd in his first Invitational Jack-n-Jill, and he has continued to win awards throughout the years.
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.



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 countr

Austin Scharnhorst & Kali Casas
met in a local dance hall in 2012. After meeting they were both introduced to West Coast Swing, and began competing in 2013. After a few years of friendship they decided to compete with one another in the rising star division where they debuted their first routine in 2015. Since then they have gone on to win the first ever Rising Star Tour and are now traveling, teaching, judging, and competing on the showcase floor.

Dawn Garrish (MD) Dawn Garrish (MD) has been teaching social and competitive dance in the Washington, DC area for over 32 years. She started as a baton twirler at the age of 5, winning the US Title in Dance Twirl at the age of 12.    It wasn’t until she hit the local bar scene that she fell in LOVE with couples dancing. Her knowledge in Competitive Country Dance and West Coast swing is extensive. She holds 7 US Open swing titles in 4 different divisions.  She was the first Masters Country Dance World Champion.  She has won over 25 Top teacher awards, and was inducted into the Country Dance Hall of Fame in 2016. She has been judging for over 25 years and found her niche as Head Judge 15 years ago.  Since then she can be found as the Head judge of many event across the US. She was recently inducted into the Swing Dance Hall of Fame this past November at the U.S. Open.  



Kay Newhouse (MD) 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. Now co-director of DCSX, Swing Fling and MADjam, she brings friendly warmth and attention to each of us as valuable members of a social dance community. As a teacher & event organizer, she 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. She is known for being playful and inclusive, and for a focus on respect and cooperation. Her classes with teaching partner Matthew Smith emphasize responsive partnership to build mutual creativity and social proficiency within the framework of West Coast Swing. www.KayWCS.com


Laureen Baldovi
(CA) is a 4-time UCWDC World’s Masters Division Champion (Country Dance, 1995-1998) and has won 8 US Open Swing titles in the Classic (1995), Superstar (1996, 1997), Showtime Invitational (1998), Teams (1993, 1994 & 1996), and Showcase (2003) Divisions. She retired from UCWDC competitions in 1999 and moved to New York City to dance in a Broadway show called ‘Swing!’ until 2001.
The California Swing Dance Hall of Fame awarded Laureen the Nova Star in 1998, the Rising Star in 2002, the Shining Star in 2016, and in 2014, she was induced into the World Swing Dance Council’s Hall of Fame. In January, 2015, the UCWDC inducted Laureen into their first Legends of Country Dance category, and in 2016, they inducted her into their Hall of Fame.


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!


John Lindo
(CA) After beginning in country-western dance in 1992, John Lindo quickly made his mark on the West Coast Swing circuit by garnering an astonishing number of awards and championships in Jack-and-Jills and Strictly Swings. Some of his First Place awards include the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, Phoenix Champion of Champions. He is also sought after internationally for his experience and teaching, having traveled to five countries in the past year alone. John currently resides in New Jersey and Northern California and is an influential presence in the New York City West Coast Swing scene.
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.
Jake Haning (GA) An enthusiastic, and creative dance professional specializing in West Coast Swing. He started his dance journey twenty years ago, learning many dances, including Lindy Hop and Ballroom styles. He has since found his passion in competing and teaching others.

 By implementing the principles of musicality, he facilitates students' natural desire for movement and expression through dance, which he believes can fulfill their desire for challenge, growth, and freedom.

Gary Jobst (NC) Gary’s passion for dancing began when he discovered Country Western couples and line dancing in the late 80s. He began competing on the UCWDC couples circuit and worked his way up to Division 1. In the early 90s he was bitten by the West Coast Swing bug. Gary now holds 2 US Open Swing Dance titles. Gary is the Chief Judge at many swing events throughout the USA and Europe. Gary teaches, judges and performs all over the United States and Europe. He has more than a decade of experience as a Chief Judge. He is an Advanced Elite Certified GPDIA West Coast Swing Instructor. Gary has a love for teaching that is very evident in his workshops and private lessons. He maintains a base in Charlotte, NC where he teaches every Tuesday at Lynn’s Dance Club. He is  one of the members of The Charlotte Westies Social Club. He can be found teaching and dancing in the Charlotte area as well as the surrounding communities.

Gary is available for private lessons, coaching, judging, Chief Judging, workshop weekends, contest coordination, event workshops and Emcee. For more information about scheduling please contact Gary via email at gary@garyjobst.com

Carmen Passi
has been part of the West Coast community since the beginning of Wcs in Chicago starting the Chicago Rebels (still going strong) & former owners of the Chicago Classic. Carmen is a strong supporter of WCS..” A true Ambassador of our Dance” Currently, Carmen has been judging for many top competitions for more than 20years.  Carmen and his wife, of 53 yrs.Rosa, attend many events and enjoy the Company of dancers around the World!
Chuck Brown is a Champion level competitor with over 18 years of experience. He is recognized as a top international instructor, NASDE Circuit and US Open judge, DJ, event promoter and dance business consultant.
Chuck is known for his musicality, creativity, versatility, and especially, his amazing lead on the dance floor. It has been said by many of the top pros, that Chuck is one of the best social dancers in all of West Coast Swing.
Chuck’s teaching methods have produced some of the fastest moving and successful dancers in the World. He has taught in over forty countries. He is an incredibly passionate and tough teacher who cares deeply about his student’s dance goals as well as their friendship; it’s evident in his workshops and private lessons. He has and is significantly impacting the Global West Coast Swing community in a positive manner.
Debbie Tuttle-Steffanina (MD) Debbie Lynn Tuttle 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/
Jeff Mumford (IA) With his combination of strength, technique and creativity, Jeff Mumford continues to seek out and master life's great challenges. A dance professional who achieved the highest level of competition in five years, Jeff teaches and judges West Coast Swing nationwide. His commitment to fitness is built on a background in medical work, anatomy and physiology training, and NASM Personal Training education. He also puts all of his techniques to practice himself, clocking many hours at his beloved Doghouse Crossfit. Military service in the US Army also helped create Jeff's method, including a tour of duty with Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Despite a lot of hard driving work and competitive experience, Jeff still appreciates the three minute work of art he is able to create with a partner and says his greatest inspiration is his clients. 
Alyssa Glanville has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She started in Folk Dancing and Lindyhop. While she loved dance, she spent a lot of her youth playing soccer and showing horses competitively. It wasn't until she started ballroom when she was 15 that she was first exposed to West Coast Swing. She immediately fell in love with the dance, especially the creative aspect drawn from other dances. Since then, Alyssa has trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Zouk, and Ballet. She uses her knowledge from those dances to enhance her WCS. She just graduated from University last May with a degree in Communications and Business and now is studying to become a Personal Trainer. She travels around the world with her partner John Kirkconnell sharing their passion for this dance. While competing at the Champion level, she has placed top 5 in many Pro Level Jack and Jills and Strictlies and loves the chance to share her art amongst her peers. She truly loves the social dancing aspect of this dance and can't wait to see you on the social floor!
Tammy Brown from Baltimore Maryland. A 2006 U.S.Open Champion. Won first place in the Sophisticated Swing Division with her partner Kevin Fitzhugh also approx 1 year later winning 1st place in the team division at the U.S. Open. She started Hand Dancing in 1997 and competed in many competitions placing in the top 5 at The Mad Jam, Virginia State Open (now DCSX), Swing Fling and others. Three years later, became interested in West Coast Swing. Started competing in many swing divisions, Jack and Jills, Strictly Swing, Classic,Sophisticated, Invitational and champion divisions. Placing top 5 in many of those categories. She started teaching WCS and Hand Dance the year of from 2004 until recent  to hundreds of area students. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels and competed as a pro-am instructor in strictly and routine division with her students.  In recent years, she has been the coordinator of an Amateur Jack and Jill at the Steady Steppers Vegas Jam in Las Vegas. Teaching special workshops such as Spins and Turns for ladies and Gents and Ladies Styling. She continues to teach West Coast Swing.
Jade Ruiz  (CA) her love for the subtle way the body can move to music has been her inspiration to learn as many different styles of dance as possible. Starting out at the age of three, She took lessons in Hip hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary gradually moving into partnership dancing in High School.  Jade has always been a competitor and performer but teaching is were her true passion lies.  She continues to study various styles of dance as well as how to teach movement to both beginners and more experienced dancers. Currently Jade coaches and choreographs routines for couples and singles in both Professional/Amateur competitions for West Coast Swing, American Smooth and American Rhythm

Ruby Lair
  (Houston, TX) began DJing for the west coast swing dance community in 2008 at the Melody Club in Houston, TX and continue to DJ there most Friday nights. "My love of music is only rivaled by my love of dancing. I really do spend countless hours seeking out new music to share with west coast swing dance community. I love to see a floor packed with dancers and playing music that makes people want to dance. My music sets contain a mixture of swing, blues, pop, r&b and more. I am truly honored to have been named the 2010 DJ of the Year by the AllSwing DJ group. I was also nominated for a WAG Award as 2010 DJ of the Year." Currently member of the AllSwing DJs Group and Global Swing DJs Group, Ruby frequently DJ parties, dances, and competitions locally and nationally.


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 15 years of DJ experience, DJ Louie is never missing what to play next, and loves keeping a dance floor rocking.

victorVictor 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.


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!
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) Tim Johnson (MI) is a full time dance professional who serves the dance community locally, nationally and internationally. It began in 1998 with a passion for dancing and an entrepreneurial spirit that guided him to establish Dance Fanatics. Based in Metro Detroit, Dance Fanatics hosts a variety of 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 an entertaining instructor and sought after DJ who is also known for his technical skills with pro audio, lighting and video. www.dancefanatics.com

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