2015 Liberty Swing Staff


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.

Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin

Prior to dancing together, Gary was a multi-time UCWDC World Champion and toured as a dance captain for the Original Broadway Show Swing. He was a choreographer for the Academy Award winning film Brokeback Mountain, the dance double to the lead actor in Love 'n Dancing and also appeared as a dancer in the Jennifer Lopez/Richard Gere version of Shall We Dance. Susan was a U.S. Swing and Cabaret Champion. Together they are unique that they compete and have been successful on three separate circuits: Country, Ballroom, and West Coast Swing. They are World Professional Smooth Finalists, UCWDC Classic Masters World Champions, Classic and Showcase Swing Champions, and U.S. Open Swing Cabaret Champions.

Christopher Dumond & Nicole Clonch

Nicole and Christopher have been dancing from a very early age training in all different dance forms. They joined forces March 2009 and have been dance partners ever since. In 2012 and 2013 they became the U.S. Open Swing Dance Champions in the Young Adult division. They both love this dance, trying to spread it and push themselves to become better teachers, dancers, and choreographers in the process.

Lee Easton & Fabienne Henshall

Are from London, England, have been dancing for the last 20 years and together for 7 as a partnership. In those 7 years they have consistenly been making Finals at the Biggest WCS events across the world in the Classic Division. They also compete in the UCWDC Masters Classic division and have placed amongst the top 3 couples at Worlds for the last 3 years.

They Maintain local classes and monthly dances as well as organise 2 international WSDC events. They travel far & wide teaching, performing and judging at dance events. They love what they do and hope that shows through their work and dancing.

Matt & Crystal Auclair

Matt and Crystal have been dancing together for 16 years, and have been teaching and competing together since 2003. They hail from St. Louis, and travel nationally and internationally competing, teaching and judging this dance that brought them together. Between them, they've got over 40 years of dance experience and training, and that's not including their daughter, Lily's, many years of intense training! They are SO EXCITED to be on staff at Liberty this year!

Hugo Miguez & Stacy Kay

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.


Dawn Garrish
John Festa
Jessica Cox
Phil LaMothe
Blake Hobby Dowling
Arjay Centeno
Bill Cameron
Maxime Zaoui
Barry Jones
Kellese Key
Demetre Souliotes


John Festa
Louis St. George
Ruby Lair
Sarah Vann Drake
Arjay Centeno

Master Of Ceremonies:

Robert Royston

Contestant Liaison:
Lee Jenkins

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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