As in previous years, we invited a some of the best teachers in the world. Three of our couples are US Open finalists. Even more, they are all known for their love for the dance and all-night long dancing.
Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay are award winning dancers based out of Florida. They have been dancing professionally for over 10 years in many different styles, best known for West Coast Swing. They teach, perform, judge, and choreograph internationally.
Hugo Miguez and Stacy Kay 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 routines and social dances while sharing their advice on all things dance.
“West Coast Swing is just like marriage; it’s all about positive manipulation. ” — SIR JOHN KIRKCONNELL
John Kirkconnell is a person.
Alyssa Glanville has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She started in Lindyhop and Folk Dancing. 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 in May with a degree in Communications and Business and now is studying to become a Personal Trainer.
PJ proudly hails from Knoxville, TN and has been dancing since the age of 10. His initial start to dancing was in clogging, but only years later he started line dancing, country dancing, and then eventually discovered West Coast Swing. He quickly realized that WCS was a perfect match for his personality. He currently competes in Classic Division, and loves dancing in Jack & Jill's and Strictlies where he has had much success.
PJ is known for his ability to interpret music in his own unique style. PJ was honored to receive the “Social Dance Award” at Boogie by the Bay 2011 and the “Bob Preiss Social Dance Award” at Swing Diego 2012. You will often hear PJ say that when he steps onto the dance floor, his goal is to make his follower smile. It is clear that he has a very high success rate at achieving this goal!!!
PJ's nickname "Paco Jose" stems from a misunderstanding of what PJ actually stands for, ever since then it has stuck.
Tashina started dance training at the age of 2 ½ and hasn’t stopped since. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO where she practically lived at her dance studio. She has classical training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Ballroom, Country Ballroom and West Coast Swing.
Tashina knew from the start that Dance was her passion and love of life. After high school she moved to CA to attend the California Pacific Performing Arts College and was selected to perform with The Young Americans. During her 2 ½ years with the company, Tashina trained, toured and performed throughout Europe. In the summer of 2009 Tashina left the Young Americans and moved back to Colorado and started training in Country Ballroom. This was her first exposure to partner dancing. Her love for partner dancing continued to grow, and after attending ‘Swing Diego’in May 2010, Tashina moved to San Diego that August.
"The rest is history" as they say it. She partnered with PJ and you know the rest.
Also you know that Tashina is Tazmanian for "work that booty". Her nickname is now officially Taz.
Sean McKeever and Courtney Adair’s partnership extends beyond the dance floor and is rooted in their love for one another. They began dating in 2010 and started their partnership in West Coast Swing within the next year. An engagement followed 2 years later. They have spent the last 6 years together, traveling, training, teaching and competing, to become one of the most established and prolific couples in swing.
Over this time they have accrued numerous national titles in strictly swing and jack and jill competitions, several awards on the NASDE circuit, and consistent top placements as one of the world’s top Classic Swing Division couples. They are most well known for their innovative and intellectual teaching, approachable and social attitudes, and unique interpretation of traditional West Coast Swing.
With diversified training in hip hop and modern dance, their individual movement and musicality push the elements of modern swing. Known for their love of social dancing, enthusiastic workshops and entertaining performances, they continue to inspire wherever they go.
Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer; Ben Morris began swing dancing at the age of 12 and is now a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner, and a featured dancer in the movie Love N’ Dancing and the Leann Rimes Music Video “Swingin.”
A graduate of UCLA, he currently lives in Orange County, California, running his weekly dance Swingin the Blues and regularly guest teaching at several local colleges. On the weekends Ben travels all over the world to teach, compete, judge, and perform and is known for his fun dance style, infectious personality, and enjoyable workshops.
Brandi Guild is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, coach, and choreographer who specializes in West Coast Swing.
Dancing was not a part of Brandi’s early life. Beginning at age 5, softball was her focus. It paid off, as she was awarded a full athletic scholarship to pitch for Marshall University. After making it to the final round of trials for the US Olympic team, Brandi was ready for the next chapter in her life.
Dancing happened by accident. A move to Las Vegas and a night out at a county/western club with her sister, Brandi found what she was meant to do. After joining a dance team, she took the bold step of moving to Michigan to pursue her first professional dance partnership. Less than 2 years later, she won her first world championship.
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.
Chuck Brown is a Champion level competitor with over 18 years of experience. He is recognized as a top international instructor, judge, DJ, event promoter and dance business consultant. Chuck has won numerous national competitions and awards, including placing at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships several times.
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. His dance training includes West Coast Swing, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Blues, Carolina Shag, Lindy Hop, Salsa, House, Country and African.
Chuck’s teaching methods have produced some of the fastest moving and successful competitors and dancers in the Unites States as well as Internationally. He has taught all over the globe, including Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Korea, Singapore, United Kingdom, Russia, the USA and many more. He is an incredibly passionate and tough teacher who cares about his student’s dance goals as well as their friendship.