Instructors and Judges 2020
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 fluency 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 8 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!
Jessica McCurdy (Cox)
A California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee, Jessica is known for her fun, sassy, and sexy style while always maintaining and respecting the roots of Swing. Jessica is classically trained and has been dancing since she was 5 years old, entering her first US Open at age 6. She has triumphed as a three-time Junior US Open Champion, two-time US Open Showcase Champion, 4-time USA Grand Nationals Showcase Champion and winner of Phoenix Champion of Champions Jack and Jill as well taking titles in Cabaret, Team, and Strictly Swing. She appeared in the movie, Love-n-Dancing, with previous partner Parker Dearborn.
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.”
Jake Hanning and MacKenzie Goodmanson
Now sporting 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the US Open (watch the video below if you haven't seen it!), Jake and MacKenzie have solidified themselves as a force to be reckoned with as a routine couple. 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).
Matt and Julie Auclair
"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.
Kris Swearingen and Toro Eaker
One of our current Kansas City couples, Kris and Toro have competed in the US Open Classic division for the past two years.
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.
Haider Khan and Aly Yorek
Haider and Aly are All-Star dancers who support their local Colorado communities as event directors of 5280 Westival.
Ben Clemons and Linda Cuccio
Chris and Melissa Moy
Well known for their positive and structured learning program for new (beginner) dancers, they are the teachers for our beginner's track
Sheven Kekoolani and Anyssa Olivares
Mark and Mary Harris
Arthur and Colleen Uspensky
Stephen Weltz and Lisa Picard
Cari Chestnut & Jacob Gansert
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