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Arjay and Malia ~ Ben and Victoria ~ Christopher and Tara ~ Deborah ~ KellyKristinParker and Melissa ~ Robert

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Arjay Centeno and Malia San Nicolas
Conversational Styling – go beyond reacting to moments, learn to create them
Saturday, 2/17 at 1:00pm
Included in full weekend or Saturday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Junior Track in CA Salon 2
Sunday, 2/18 from 12:00-3:30pm
Included in full weekend or Sunday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Book Your Private Lesson with Arjay: arjaycenteno@icloud.com
Book your Private Lesson with Malia: maliasndance@gmail.com

Ben Morris and Victoria Henk
Workshop in CA Salon 2
Saturday, 2/17 at 12:00pm
Included in full weekend or Saturday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Connecting to your Partner – INTENSIVE SESSION
Sunday, 2/18 from 10:00am-12:00pm
in the Grand Ballroom
$40.00 all levels 2 hour intensive workshop, $55 at the door
(no personal videos allowed)

Victoria Henk’s dance shenanigans began at age 4 with ballet, gymnastics, hip hop, and jazz. She was introduced to West Coast Swing when she began training at the Schwimmer’s 5678 Dance Studio at the age of 8, and her love for both solo dancing and West Coast Swing was cultivated through the Juniors Jazz & West Coast Swing teams. When Victoria began competing she quickly met with success, winning the 2014 NASDE All Star Tour, then moving into the Champions division where she soon began to final and place.

Ben Morris waited until the ripe old age of 12 to begin his dance career and kicked things off with the Lindy Hop before adding West Coast Swing to the mix. He became a Champion dancer in both, and is now a 3 time US Open Swing Dance Champion, NASDE Routines Tour Winner, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, and California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner.

Ben and Victoria began partnering together in 2015, getting 2nd in the Classic division their 1st time competing together, and winning the 2016 US Open Classic Division. Together they travel around the world teaching, performing, and spreading their love for West Coast Swing.

Check out Ben’s website
Book your Private Lesson with Ben: benmorrisdance@gmail.com
Book your Private Lesson with Victoria: victoriahenkvh@gmail.com
Christopher Dumond and Tara Trafzer
Don’t Stop Movin’ – fundamentals of movement for leaders & follwers
Friday, 2/16 at 6:00pm
Included in full weekend or Friday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Junior Track in CA Salon 2
Sunday, 2/18 from 12:00-3:30pm
Included in full weekend or Sunday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Christopher Dumond and Tara Trafzer are one of the newest and most dynamic Classic couples on the West Coast Swing circuit today. Chris and Tara have traveled across the United States and Internationally teaching workshops, judging a variety of West Coast Swing competitions, and performing and competing with their Classic routine.

Together they have over three decades of dance training in styles including: Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballroom, Latin, and West Coast Swing. The majority of their training has come from the amazing Schwimmer family, including Buddy, Laurie, Lacey and Benji Schwimmer. The couple’s extensive training in diverse dance styles enhances their ability to reach dancers from all backgrounds.  Chris and Tara are now on their third routine and are excited for many more years to come.

Book your private lesson with Tara: taratrafzer91@gmail.com
Book your private lesson with Chris: c.dumond17@gmail.com

Deborah Szekely
Music Skills, Movement Drills, and the Thrill of Zen Connection – INTENSIVE SESSION
Saturday, 2/17 from 11:00am-1:00pm
in the Grand Ballroom 

$40.00 all levels 2 hour intensive workshop, $55 at the door
(no personal videos allowed)

Book your private lesson: nydebs@gmail.com or 832-771-0180
Kelly Casanova
Trading Places – role switch transitions
Friday, 2/16 at 7:00pm in CA Salon 2
Included in full weekend or Friday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Kelly Casanova has been teaching West Coast Swing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981. She is well known for encouraging her students to learn to both lead and follow. In addition to her local weekly classes and dances, Kelly has also spent a great deal of time traveling throughout the United Stated competing, teaching, and judging. Kelly holds several Championship titles, most notably: Kelly is an inductee into both the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame and has received several local awards for her contributions to the swing community. Among her many contributions, Kelly is proud to be a champion of gender free discrimination in swing contests for many years and hosted her own event in 1999 “Swing Break”-an event that allowed people to compete based on ability and not on gender.  Kelly currently teaches in Santa Rosa, Novato, and Emeryville.

Kristin Sorci
Shim Sham Shimmy – solo swing line dance
Friday, 2/16 at 8:00pm in CA Salon 2
Included in full weekend or Friday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Intro to Balboa – mix it into your WCS
Saturday, 2/17 at 2:00pm in CA Salon 2
Included in full weekend or Saturday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Kristin began dancing at a very young age, starting in jazz, tap, and ballet, as every “dance kid” does. She has a fifteen year background as a gymnast and coach, as well as specializing in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and West Coast Swing. She is a four time US Open Swing Dance Team Challenge Champion, and an American Lindy Hop Champion. She has choreographed for the COLSAC Theater Company in Los Angeles, Solano Youth Theater, worked with Cirque Du Soleil, IAGG -International Aesthetic Group Gymnastics, and is featured as a choreographer on the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” As a dancer and musician, Kristin’s focus is breaking down music to movement, inspiring students to think “outside of the box.“ Her style is complex and intricate, as well as extremely musical. She has traveled the world teaching, judging, choreographing, and competing, and feels extremely honored to do so.

Parker Dearborn and Melissa Rutz
It Really Shouldn’t Work, But it Does – exploring creative entrances and exits in patterns
Friday, 2/16 at 5:00pm in CA Salon 2
Included in full weekend or Friday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Book a Private Lesson with Parker: parker@dearbornswing.com
Book a Private Lesson with Melissa: mmrutz@aol.com

Robert Royston
INTENSIVE SESSION
Friday, 2/16 from 3:00-5:00pm
in the Grand Ballroom
$40 all levels 2 hour intensive workshop, $55 at the door
(no personal videos allowed)

WORKOUT with Robert
Saturday, 2/17 at 8:00am in CA Salon 2
Included in full weekend or Saturday’s day pass
(no personal videos allowed)

Robert teaches and judges all over the world and is a Champion several times over in the UCWDC and NASDE circuits.

Check out his website