Instructors & DJs


Instructors

Seattle Swing Dance Club brings a wide variety of instructors to teach our Sunday workshops.  Below are their bios and contact information.

 

Paul and Melinda Booth
Paul and Melinda are certified PDIA teachers, certified GSDTA teaches, and certified NDDCB judges. They started dancing in 1995, and have worked their way to the advanced level of WSDC competition. Paul and Melinda love social dancing first, and have traveled extensively around the country to over 100 WSDC conventions. In 1995, they performed a routine at the U.S. Open Masters Classic division. Teaching is now the source of the biggest rewards for the Booths.  They teach regular group lessons on Wednesdays in Issaquah, Saturdays in Kirkland, and teach private  lessons on Tuesday nights at their home.  Paul says. “Our spirits are lifted every time we see our students step on to the dance floor with new knowledge, control, and confidence!”  songscout.net
Robb Bryan

Robb says he has had a love for music all his life, and was even working on a music major once upon a time. Later, he found another great outlet for music when he started dancing Country Western, and then West Coast Swing, in 1993. He’s competed nationally in both Country and West Coast Swing and taught both in the Seattle area since the late 90’s. He started DJ-ing around 2004 and loves watching dancers respond to his music almost as much as dancing to it. Working by day as a mild-mannered IT guy, and by night as a DJ, dance instructor, and social dancer affords him little time for much else including sleep, but the love of music, dancing, and of the dancers themselves, keeps him going.

You’ll find Robb DJ-ing WCS every other Tuesday night at the Century Ballroom, teaching and DJ-ing WCS at China Harbor Restaurant on Thursday nights, teaching and DJ-ing Country Western at his own Country dances held on 2nd and 4th Friday nights at the Hayloft in Lynnwood, and teaching and DJ-ing WCS at some of the 1st-&-3rd Sunday dances held by the Seattle Swing Dance Club. Look for Robb on Facebook posting to the “Seattle West Coast Swing Dancers” group page.
Email: hayrobb@gmail.com

Lilli Ann Carey

Lilli Ann Carey, Owner of Dance for Joy! loves to dance almost anything, but focuses her teaching on many variations of Waltz and Swing, plus Zydeco, Nightclub 2-step, Polka, Foxtrot, and One-Step/Blues. Lilli Ann promotes dance through classes, workshops and events through her company, Dance For Joy!, including the Evening in Vienna Viennese Ball, now in its fourth year. You will find her teaching from both the Lead and Follow position several nights a week in Seattle. She has also teaches workshops in Portland, the DC area and Atlanta and has been a frequent instructor for Friday Night Waltz in San Francisco. www.danceforjoy.biz

Patti Conley

I have been totally immersed in dancing since 1997 and I’ve loved every minute of it.  I feel very lucky to have found my passion.  I have learned many dances and love them all.  West Coast Swing was my first and continues to be my favorite with Argentine Tango running a close second.  I also love east coast swing, salsa, waltz, hustle, country and night club 2 step.  But, like I said, I love them all!

I feel so fortunate to be teaching dance.  I am very happy to get to share what I’ve learned and love.  I am a teacher by profession, so it comes naturally for me.  Visit Patti’s website at www.swingdancefusion.com or contact her at 206-789-3958 or email patti@swindancefusion.com

Barry Douglas

Barry Douglas is an international performer and teacher with thousands of appearances around the world. Barry is certified with National Dance Council of America, Dance Masters, and Dance Educators of America. He is a Master Jazz Choreographer and a Certified Gold Bar Ballroom Instructor. His years of dance training have led to numerous regional and United States Championships in Latin, Swing, and Hustle.

Charles England

Charles England has been teaching in the Puget Sound and for Seattle Swing Dance Club for many years. In fact, Charles is celebrating his 25th year of teaching dance this year. Charles specializes in teaching beginners the basics and inspires them to get up and dance.

Lynn Gross

Lynn Gross has been teaching group and private lessons in partner dancing for twenty years.  Lynn is also a west coast swing competitions judge and holds teaching and judging certifications through Golden State Dance Teachers Association and has been judging local, regional and national swing competitions for many years.   Lynn is currently the chief judge for the Seattle Swing Dance Club competitions program and teaches for the club’s Progressive series.   Lynn also teaches various classes throughout the greater Puget Sound and periodically throughout the Northwest and California.   Learn more about Lynn and her classes on her website www.lynngrossdancenw.com or contact her at 206-313-5678 Lynn@LynnGrossDanceNW.com

Deron Hayes
Marc Imlay

Marc Imlay has been dancing since 1998.  Professionally, he has been a yoga/meditation instructor since 1973, a chiropractor since 1981, and an acupuncturist since 1988.  Marc brings his interest and experience in kinesiology, energy flow, and mindful expanded consciousness to his dancing and instruction.

Marc’s philosophy of dance is, “Dance is play for adults.  Adults need to play just as much as children do, or even more.  Dance is not just enjoyable, it is one of the most healthy things a person can do.  It is excellent exercise, a means of interacting positively with others, and an avenue of self-development and learning that is virtually endless.  All these have been shown to increase health, happiness, and longevity.”  Visit Marc’s website at www.swingdancefusion.com.

Chris Jones
Ari Levitt

Ari Levitt has been partnering, teaching, and performing dance in the Greater Seattle area, nationally, and internationally for over 25 years.  An award-winning dancer, teacher, and performer, his breadth of styles include Salsa, Tango, Latin, Lindy Hop, Swing, Balboa, Blues, and Ballroom.  He is the creator of several innovative new dance styles: “Fusion Waltz”, “Fusion Swing”, & “Fusion Night Club 2-Step” which he has been busy introducing in workshops throughout the country.  When off the floor, Ari works as a physician and  entrepreneur. www.rolluptherug.com

Jim Minty

Jim Minty’’s teaching focus is on helping people to “feel” their dance vs. learning to dance a pattern. Using innovative techniques and teaching tools, Jim’s desire is to help dancers achieve an understanding of the dance and what they need to work on whether from a competitive or social dance perspective. Jim can coach you with your routines to ensure you are giving your best performance or teach you to go from walking to having fun on the dance floor.

Jim is a complete resource as certified G.S.D.T.A instructor, judge, chief judge and national competitor. He has more experience than anyone else in the Northwest covering all aspects of the WCS world. He has been teaching and competing all over the U.S. since 1996 and has been instructing locally in Canada and Washington since 1987. While Jim has training, teaching and competing experience in ballroom and country dance he currently specializes in West Coast Swing, Night Club 2-Step and Hustle. Jim is the event director for Seattle’s Easter Swing, our national dance convention. Learn more about Jim, his classes, and video’s at his website  www.nwdanceconnection.com or contact him at 425-260-5956 or jim@nwdanceconnection.com.

 

Katie Schneider

Katie Schneider has been dancing West Coast Swing over 10 years, and competing nationally at the Champion/All-Star level since 2005.   Her background includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Dance, and she has studied jazz, ballet, modern/contemporary, country and swing. She’s a very experienced teacher and is known for her focus on technique, the lead/follow relationship, and her creative musicality.  She teaches group classes and private lessons in the Seattle area, and has traveled around the country and internationally teaching swing.

Joshua Sturgeon
Roberto Villamarin

Roberto Villamarin, originally from Ecuador, South America, has an extensive background in a wide variety of dance forms including Ballroom, Latin and Argentine Tango. He studied West Coast Swing in California and other areas of the US with most swing world champions and national convention judges. This learning experience and his exciting competition journey at WSDC (World Swing Dance Council) national events inspired him to teach west coast swing with a solid dance structure but with an eclectic approach that precisely constitutes the beauty and the diversity of west coast swing.  Roberto teaches, and choreographs for dancers of all levels at DanceSport International and tours the nation with Seattle dancer and instructor BriAnne Green to share the joy of west coast swing with others and to support dance communities with limited opportunities for the enjoyment of dancing.  Roberto Villamarin specializes in crossing over dancers from all forms of dancing into educated social dancing for he believes that a quality of dance approach at the earlier stages provides a solid foundation that will cultivate creativity, musicality and artistry in new generations of social dancers. For more information about Roberto’s activities and dance instruction, please contact him at rvillamarin@uwdglobal.com, call 425-753-8086, or visit www.uwdglobal.com.

Terry West

Terry is a musically inclined, athletic and spiritual individual whose main interest is to create the opportunity for others to enrich their lives through the recreation of dancing. He has performed this work for the last 21 years as a dance instructor, DJ, and a major promoter of West Coast Swing in the Seattle area. He has provided Seattle area swing dancers with weekly West Coast Swing classes and dances as well as weekend workshops featuring the country’s top professionals. Visit his website at www.terrywestproductions.com or contact him at cutarug@gmail.com.

Andy Vanosdale

 

DJ’s

Paul “Song Scout” Booth

Paul took an interest in the music played for WCS early in his dancing career. After encouragement from several sources, he was invited to DJ a weekly Saturday night dance starting in April 2002. Song Scout Saturdays has grown every Saturday night since then. Paul was one of the first swing DJs to organize national on Napster, and helped in the forming of the national DJ groups on Yahoo. Paul DJs locally and nationally, including Mad Jam, Fresno, Swing Diego, Sea to Sky, Swing Couver, Seattle Easter Swing, Bridgetown, Monster Mash, British Columbia Dance Challenge, Dance and Play, Summer Dance Camp, New Years Dance Camp in Palm Springs, and Reno Dance Sensation. Paul loves crowded floors and empty seats!

Robb Bryan

Robb says he has had a love for music all his life, and was even working on a music major once upon a time. Later, he found another great outlet for music when he started dancing Country Western, and then West Coast Swing, in 1993. He’s competed nationally in both Country and West Coast Swing and taught both in the Seattle area since the late 90’s. He started DJ-ing around 2004 and loves watching dancers respond to his music almost as much as dancing to it. Working by day as a mild-mannered IT guy, and by night as a DJ, dance instructor, and social dancer affords him little time for much else including sleep, but the love of music, dancing, and of the dancers themselves, keeps him going.

You’ll find Robb DJ-ing WCS every other Tuesday night at the Century Ballroom, teaching and DJ-ing WCS at China Harbor Restaurant on Thursday nights, teaching and DJ-ing Country Western at his own Country dances held on 2nd and 4th Friday nights at the Hayloft in Lynnwood, and teaching and DJ-ing WCS at some of the 1st-&-3rd Sunday dances held by the Seattle Swing Dance Club. Look for Robb on Facebook posting to the “Seattle West Coast Swing Dancers” group page.
Email: hayrobb@gmail.com

Chris Jones
Hareesh Kapoor
Terry West

Terry is the Granddaddy of all West Coast Swing DJ’s in the entire Northwest. He was the very first DJ to put on his own West Coast Swing dances in the Seattle area, which he started way back in 1992 when the SSDC was still having live music at all of their dances.

In 1995, Terry was contracted to DJ for most all SSDC dances and the Easter Swing Convention and has provided DJ and instructor service for our club every year since.

In 1996 he hosted workshops, featuring top professional WCS instructors, which were attended by many dancers throughout Washington, Oregon and Canada. Soon after, those inspired dancers formed Swing Clubs in Portland, Spokane and Vancouver BC and Terry provided sound & DJ service for their national swing conventions.

Subsequently, he became nationally recognized and was a DJ at the prestigious US Open in 2002 & 2003 and at the Phoenix Swing Convention in 2005.

In recognition of his many years of excellent Swing DJ service to the dance community, he was inducted into the Swing DJ Hall of Fame in 2007.

Today, Terry is also recognized as Seattle’s top Ballroom DJ and currently DJ’s dances and events for the Washington Dance Club, Pacific Ballroom Dance, The Verve Ballroom, Northwest Dance Extravaganza, The Crystal Ball, USA Dance Kitsap, The Rockin’ Horse, The Hayloft Dance Hall and China Harbor.