Instructors and Judges 2019
Michael Kielbasa and Brandi Guild
Michael and Brandi are masters of their trade. Both known for their talent in multiple styles of dance, they bring a level of experience and teaching expertise unmatched by most couples. Among their many accomplishments are multiple top 5 finishes in the US Open Classic Division with various partnerships.
Ben McHenry and Cameo Cross
Ben and Cameo, fondly known as "Bameo", have been a consistent force in the west coast swing world for many years. Both dancing since youth, the couple boasts 6 (now 7?!!!) US Open finals divisions and multiple top 5 placements. Also, they are the event directors for Swingtacular, so don't forget to check out their event as well!
Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer, Ben Morris began swing dancing at the age of 12. He is a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, 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”.
Jake Haning and MacKenzie Goodmanson
While one of the newer couples on the west coast circuit, Jake and Mackenzie have shown an electric connection, now sporting a 3rd place finish in the 2018 US Open (watch the video below if you haven't seen it!) They both have multiple years of dance experience under their belt......and MacKenzie can do some crazy splits (which makes one of our event directors cringe from a self inflicted split attempt hamstring tear).
Kris Swearingen and Toro Eaker
Kris, a true born Kansas Citian, and Toro, an adopted Kansas Citian, have been tearing up the circuit with their new routine (see below). Come check out some of the current central figures to Kansas City swing.
Trained from youth, Nicole has the ability to perform moves with insane strength and flexibility. Her innate talent, combined with her hard work, have led to multiple US Open Showcase division titles. Nicole's drive is based upon her passion and love for this dance, which shines through in every venture she crosses.
A second place finisher in the US Open Showcase Division and Cabaret Division, Jesse knows how to lift (as well as dance of course). Jesse brings a seriously competitive edge to dancing but knows how to kick back and have fun during social dances. Also, we are proud to have him as another one of our current central figures in KC swing dancing.
"Matt is a six-time, national swing dance champion and in the year 2000 he participated in a year long tour called Swing Dance America during which he performed for the ambassadors of six major countries in Tokyo, Japan. The following year, he represented the United States at the Austrailian Jitterbug Championships in Brisbane. In July 2007, when the St. Louis Imperial Dance Club hosted their annual "Academy Awards of Swing," the dance community voted Matt Auclair not only as the Best Male Swing Dancer, but also as the Best Male Swing Dance Instructor in the St. Louis area. Over the Labor Day weekend of that year, he won first place in the Champions Strictly Swing division of the Dallas D.A.N.C.E. Championships, and he is the youngest dancer ever to be inducted into the Dallas Dance Hall of Fame."
We ripped this bio from the website of a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TYPE OF SWINGDANCING WHICH ISN'T EVEN MATT'S MAIN DANCE!!! That right there should tell you what a badass Matt is.
Chris and Melissa Moy
Ben Clemons and Linda Cuccio
Haider Khan and Aly Yorek
Sheven Kekoolani and Anyssa Olivares
Mark and Mary Harris
Kyle Patel & Aimy Patel
Jacob Gansert & Cari Chestnut