Stephen Sayer & Chandrae Roettig (Los Angeles, California)
Teaching Collegiate Shag & Hollywood Style Lindy Hop
Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig-Gomez are dancers/instructors who specialize in LA/smooth style lindy and collegiate shag. While they have a love for all things that swing, their primary influences and inspirations come from the Los Angeles Jitterbugs of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Their partnership began in late 2010 and together Steve and Chanzie have taken First Place titles in several national swing competitions. In 2011 they won 1st place in the Lindy Hop divisions at the National Jitterbug Championships and US Open Swing Dance Championships. In 2012 they took 1st Place in the Lindy divisions at Camp Jitterbug and again at the US Open. In 2014 they regained their 1st place title at the National Jitterbug Championships and also took their LA Shag team to a 1st place victory in the team division.
You can find them teaching and performing all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. They are committed to improving and pushing the limits of their own dancing as well as those who take their classes, while keeping their regional style of swing alive.
Nick Williams (Los Angeles, CA., USA)
Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy.
His successes include World Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion, National Jitterbug Champion, International Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Champion, American Classic Balboa Champion and California Balboa/Swing Champion.
He is also an accomplished choreographer and has been featured on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. As an instructor, he is known for his ability to break down movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning environment. His true love of music and dancing will forever inspire him to learn, teach, and grow. In 2004 and 2010, Nick was honored to be recognized by the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Kate Hedin (Colorado, USA)
Following in the path of her great ancestor, Swedish explorer Sven Hedin, Kate has traveled to the greatest unknown regions of following and footwork. Aside from a love of classically inspired Lindy Hop, she is most known for her unique and elegant style of Balboa.
The result is an impressive resume. Kate holds championship titles in almost every major competition, including the American Classic Balboa Championships, the International Lindy Hop Championships, the Euro Balboa Cup, and more. She is also a highly sought-after competition judge. In 2012, she released two highly praised DVDs specifically for Balboa followers on technique and aesthetics. As a teacher, Kate is known and loved for her logic-based language, her unique methods of teaching technique, and, overall, never leaving student followers disappointed.
She is proud to have held, along with her friends at Get Hep Swing in Cleveland, the Guinness World Record for longest dance party ever (52 hours, 3 minutes). Her fashion is admired by many, her lines desired as far as the Orient. She also does trapeze.
David Frutos & Kim Clever (USA)
Teaching Lindy Hop & Charleston
David and Kim met in a dark, smoky Swing dance class at a bar in 1994. By 1996 they were teaching Swing dance together at the world famous Brown Derby. It was there that they first learned to teach a class that was both informative and entertaining. Over the years they have honed their skills as teachers in small and large class rooms around the world.
As competitors David and Kim have numerous titles together from The National Jitterbug , International Lindy hop, and US Open Championships, just to name a few. They have also been inducted into the California Swing Dance hall of Fame, both individually and as a couple. David and Kim have been in much demand in Hollywood as Choreographers, consultants and performers. Their many credits include: David lynch's Mulholland Drive, Disney's Pearl harbor, Sony's 13th Floor, televisions Everybody Loves Raymond, Brian Setzers Jump Jive an' Wail music video, and the MTV awards.
Even with all these accomplishments, David and Kim's real passion is teaching and sharing their love of all things Swing. They are known for their humorous and comprehensive teaching style that draws inspiration from Southern California Swing history and has kept them in demand these many years. They look forward to seeing all of you on a dance floor soon!
Jean & Bromley Palamountain (San Francisco, CA.,USA)
Teaching Lindy Hop
Jean and Bromley Palamountain first teamed up in August of 2004. Jean only wanted to take a free dance lesson when she saw the flier for a dance troupe, The Movement, back in 2001. She never expected swing dancing to take over her life. In mid-2004, Jean began social dancing and met her dance and life partner, Bromley Palamountain. Since then they have been teaching classes all around the Bay Area and the world and have opened up one of the hottest swing dance venues in Oakland, CA called The Dancers’ Den. Jean has won numerous awards at prestigious events including Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, The U.S. Open and Boogie By the Bay and is also an accomplished hip hop dancer, and a former member of the world renowned group “Culture Shock”. Don’t be fooled by her 5’0 stature or “ballerina” dance move, when it comes to teaching, Jean means serious business… sometimes. Jean strongly believes in pushing a class to the limit and making lessons challenging, yet keeping the element of fun in every one of them. Jean hopes that her students will be able take the concepts from her classes and build them into their dancing to make it their own.
Together they are known for their explosive aerials, high energy, and passion for the dance. Jean and Bromley love to showcase their talents in competitions, jam circles, and on the social dance floor. Jean and Bromley ardently spread the coolness of Lindy Hop wherever they go, enjoying teaching and the many friends they have met within the dance community.
Nick Jay (California, USA)
Teaching West Coast Swing
Nick Jay, one of the founding members of West Coast Swing University, has rocketed his way up the WSDC (World Swing Dance Council) standings to reach champion level in only 4 years. He has been dancing for over 20 years and is an internationally renowned instructor and performer. Over the past 12 years he has taught all across the United States as well as Central Europe and the United Kingdom. The smooth and graceful movement that Nick possesses is what he passes to all those he works with. Nick is the perfect instructor for anyone who is looking to progress in their dancing. In addition to West Coast Swing, he also teaches country western, latin, ballroom, and youth cotillion. Some of Nick’s most prized accomplishments are winning 1st place in Champions Strictly Swing as a follower at the 2007 Albuquerque Dance Festival with his brother Jason Wayne. He has also won both 1st and 2nd place in the North Bay RESDC (Redwood Empire Swing Dace Council) Invitational in the same contest.
And his most prized accomplishment:
His first ever 1st place trophy in a national competition taken away for being too young!!
Jimmy Formelio & Cindy Meyer (Florida, USA)
Teaching West Coast Swing
Dancing together since 2002, Jimmy & Cindy are known in the West Coast Swing and Lindy world for their energetic and dynamic dancing. They have won many titles including the Florida State Championship Freestyle Swing and West Coast Swing. On staff for many national swing dance events, Jimmy & Cindy instruct, compete, judge, and social dance into the early morning. Besides over 15 years teaching together, Cindy brings an intense classical ballet and athletic background adding to Jimmy's ability to manipulate momentum and energy to simplify even the most difficult movements and tricks.
In 2016, Jimmy & Cindy set the GUINNESS World Record for the "Most Dance Spins (one-foot) by a Couple in 60 Seconds." They rocked out 102 Spins in one minute to test the sustainability of their one-foot Spin technique they have fine tuned over the past 10 years. Their students for spin technique range from novice to professional dancers and find great success improving their spinning.
Michelle Crozier (San Jose, California)
Teaching West Coast Swing
Michelle Crozier first saw West Coast Swing in 2009 while working as a janitor at her local ballroom studio, a job she had originally taken to help pay for lessons in the Rhythm and Smooth styles. She quickly fell in love with West Coast Swing and started training in the dance. By 2012 she was competing and teaching lessons.
Michelle has continued her education in several different dance and movement theories and works to incorporate that knowledge into her dance and instruction. She now dances in the All Star division and has participated in the Rising Star Tour. Her proudest achievement is facilitating the continuing growth of the South Bay West Coast Swing community through her weekly dance class, known as Do Your Own Swing.
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