Instructors 2022

AKA "The Fellowship of the Swing"

Ben Morris

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.”

US Open 2017

Julie and Matt 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.

US Open 2019

Ariel Peck and Jesse Lopez

Ariel and Jesse are a talented couple who have recently competed in the US Open (pre-COVID). Ariel and Jesse have been critical to the KC Swing community with their emphasis on quality workshops, lessons, and social dances.

MWF 2019

Kris Swearingen

One of our local Kansas City greats, Kris has competed in the US Open multiple times over the years.

MADJam 2019

Chantelle Pianetta and Joel Torgeson

Chantelle and Joel are a showcase couple with dynamic movement due to their training in ballet, ballroom, and more dancing styles!

Chicago Classic 2022

Liz Kuhns and Kris Haney

Kris and Liz run our local Tuesday weekly social dances. They are known for their inspiring and easily comprehendible teaching style.


Nicole Zwerlein and Omar Gonzalez

Nicole and Omar are another routine couple ready to showcase their moves and their teaching!


Ken Rutland and Bryn Anderson

Bryn and Ken, known for some funky and groovy moves, have competed in the the US Open Classic Division

US Open 2019

Jeanne DeGeyter

Jeanne comes to MWF to boogie and teach our masters/sophisticated classes

Show Me Showdown 2018