2014 Liberty Swing Staff

Instructors

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollman

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann are two of the most influential performers, choreographers and teachers on the west coast swing circuit today. Residing in Long Beach, and Santa Monica, California, they continue to travel internationally. The pair became fast friends at age 12, after drawing each other in a jack & jill contest, and winning over 8 other couples. In 2000, their first year dancing together as partners, they won the US Open Young Adult title. The next year, they became the youngest couple to win in the Adult Classic Division at the US Open, both at 18 years of age, and went on to secure six US Open Classic Division Swing Championship titles over the next ten years. Jordan and Tatiana are entertaining, professional teachers and ambassadors for west coast swing travelling around the world sharing and widening their knowledge and love for dance. www.jordantatianaswing.com

Benji Schwimmer & Torri Smith

Benji Schwimmer  (CA) & Torri Smith  (CA) are the current US Open Swing Dance Champions in the Showcase Division!

Benji was voted Americas Favorite Dancer on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance(Season 2). Later, he went on to choreograph for both the US and International versions of the show, as well as Idol, MTV, VH1, Americas Got Talent, and Dancing With The Stars. Benji works as an Artistic Director and Choreographer for some of the Worlds Biggest Pop Stars. He has won nine US Open Titles, and has choreographed more winning US Open routines than any other person. Benji co-starred in the 2010 film Leading Ladies. In addition to his talents as a dancer, Benji is also a songwriter, producer, and vocalist for the band The Weekend Forecast.

Torri  lives in Murrieta, CA and has been dancing since she was 3. She concentrated on jazz, tap and ballet early on until she was introduced to West Coast Swing by Buddy and Laurie Schwimmer (Kauffman). Since partnering in 2007, Brennar & Torri have won the youth US Open Youth Swing titles for 2007, 2008, and 2009. Torri also became the first female competitor to win both the Showcase and the Classic divisions at the US Open last November, competing in showcase with Benji Schwimmer. Torri and Benji are alway the current US Open Swing Dance Champions in the Showcase division.

Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake

Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake (CA) have been on the forefront of innovative west coast swing for over 20 years. Residing in Fresno, California, Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake are the holders of 11 US Open titles, are five time NASDE champions, and eight time Grand National Champions, and they are the only couple to hold US Open Swing Championship titles in both the Showcase and Classic divisions. Competing together for over 12 years, they are known for their smooth footwork and precise, and direct teaching styles. Kyle and Sarah have choreographed and performed over 24 routines. Travelling all over the world, Kyle & Sarah teach both the fundamental roots of west coast swing, and their own modern styles.

Robert & Nicola Royston

Robert is one of the most successful competitive dancers in Country and Swing, winning many World and US Open titles. He is also a member of the UCWDC Hall of Fame. Together, Robert and Nicola have won multiple Showcase Swing Championships, Division 1 Country Grand Championships, and Cabaret titles. They hold multiple strictly swing and jack & Jill titles, and are Top 5 NASDE finishers. They have performed on numerous NYC Stages and on television shows, have choreographed for artists like Kellie Pickler, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, and for films such as “Love N’ Dancing.” As internationally recognized judges and teachers, the pair travels, teaching, judging and performing their exciting choreography year-round.

 

Ben Morris & Jennifer Deluca

Ben Morris & Jennifer Deluca are talented performers and teachers with years of dancing experience. 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." Jennifer Deluca currently resides in Orlando Florida. She has been dancing since the age of 5 with credits that include a college ballroom dance team at age 13 and placing second in the NASDE circuit overall in 2007 and 2008. Currently, both Ben and Jennifer focus on west coast swing; performing, teaching and judging around the world.

Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair

Sean and Courtney bring to BC the latest techniques, movements and musicality from California that they use in their championship dances. As a partnership Sean and Courtney have taught, judged and competed at events throughout Europe, Canada and at NASDE events in the United States. Both were nominated for the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and finished top three in the NASDE Jack and Jill Tour in 2010. Sean and Courtney have placed 5th in the Classic routine division as well as numerous wins in other divisions, both together and separately. They have choreographed and coached for several successful routine partnerships hailing from their hometown of Santa Rosa. One of their proudest accomplishments has been teaching and encouraging dancers everywhere they go and helping their local community to grow in northern California.

Arjay Centeno & Rachel McEnaney

Bio Coming Soon

PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann

PJ Turner and Tashina Beckmann were brought together by a mutual passion:
joy of movement through West Coast Swing. Beginning their partnership in
May 2013,and debuted their 1st ever Classic Routine in July 2013.
Regardless of the long distance partnership (Tennessee to California) they
have placed Top 5 at major US NASDE events, having a phenomenal start.

Tashina began her dance training at 2.5 yrs old and has studied all the
classic forms of dance for the past 23 years. In 2010 she started
competing Country Ballroom and West Coast Swing. PJ competed in Clogging
at 10 yrs old followed shortly by Line Dancing and then he fell in love
with West Coast Swing. He was honored to receive the "Social Dance Award"
at Boogie by the Bay 2011, the "Bob Preiss Social Dance Award" at Swing
Diego 2012, and recently winning the 2013 NASDE Jack & Jill tour. Both PJ
& Tashina highly value social dancing, especially late night, sharing this
amazing style of dance


Judges:

Dawn Garrish - contest coordinator
John Festa
Jessica Cox
Phil LaMothe
Teddy Kern
Blake Hobby Dowling
Melissa Rutz
Arjay Centeno
Erik Novoa

Djs:

John Festa
Louis St. George
Eric Cudmore
Anthony DeRosa
...and more to come....

Master Of Ceremonies:

Robert Royston
Grace Killelea

Contestant Liaison:
Teddy Kern

Table Coordinator:
John Lindo

Event Staff:

David Roque, ballroom coordinator
Allison Chase, office manager
Kim Hayden, volunteer coordinator
Anthony DeRosa, website
Paula Edgar & Michael Frank, staff room
Barbara Jackson, Facebook Liaison

Event Registration and Scoring:
Time and Place Event Management

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