2017 Liberty Swing Staff

Instructors

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollman

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann have been a successful partnership for nine years. They are 11-Time US Open Champions, 6-time NASDE Champions, and Multi-Grand National Champions, as well as dominating the Classic Division throughout the past 6 years. At the UCWDC World's event they were given the Star Award for the Couple with the Most Impact on Swing, and Jordan won Best Swing Choreographer. They have won Swing Couple of the Year for 5 years straight on the web site: www.usaswingdance.net

Jordan & Tatiana have won Fox TV's "30 Seconds to Fame," appeared twice on CBS TV's "Star Search," danced in the motion picture "the Polar Express," won "America's Best Dance Couple" on ABC TV's "Good Morning America," and had speaking roles and danced in the movie "Love N' Dancing."

They Travel 47 out of 52 weekends per year, competing and teaching packed workshops all across the USA and Internationally. They are Certified Teachers in the Golden State Dance Teacher's Association.

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.

Ben Morris & Victoria Henk

Victoria Henk's shenanigans began at age 4 with ballet and gymnastics, with hip hop and jazz soon joining the mix at age 6. At the age of 8 she starting training at the Schwimmer's 5678 Dance Studio where she was quickly placed onto both the juniors West Coast Swing and Jazz teams. Victoria's passion and ability for both the solo dances and West Coast Swing was cultivated at the studio until she began to dedicate as much time to it is as she possibly could. When she began to compete she quickly met with success, culminating in her winning the 2014 NASDE All Star Tour and immediately afterwards beginning to place and final in Champions divisions. She now teaches hip hop at Buddy Schimmer's Dance Center, continues to train at the Edge Performing Arts Center in LA with the top choreographers in the world, travels around the globe to teach West Coast Swing with her new partner Ben Morris, and is a full time student at a University. In her spare time she likes to...wait...spare time? What spare time?

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.” A graduate of UCLA, he currently lives in Orange County, California, running his weekly dance Swingin the Blues and regularly guest teaching at several local colleges during the week. On the weekends Ben travels all over the world to teach, compete, mc, judge, and perform and is known for his fun dance style, infectious personality, and enjoyable workshops.

 

PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann

PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann have been partners for 4 years, during which time they have loved getting to share their love of West Coast Swing with others. With their passion in instruction and social dancing as much as possible, PJ and Tashina look forward to returning to Liberty Swing 2017. See you all soon, BOOM!

Sean McKeever & Courtney Adair

Together, Sean McKeever and Courtney Adair are one of the most exciting new partnerships in West Coast Swing. Since the beginning of their relationship (in dance and in love) three years ago, they have taught throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. With diversified training in hip hop and modern dance, their individual movement and musicality push the elements of modern swing. Known for their love of social dancing, enthusiastic workshops, and entertaining performances, they continue to inspire wherever they go.

Christopher Dumond and Tara Trafzer

Christopher Dumond and Tara Trafzer are one of the newest and most dynamic Classic couples on the West Coast Swing circuit today. In November of 2015, Chris and Tara formed their partnership and debuted their 2015-16 routine, Two Heads, at the US Open Swing Dance Championship making the top twelve finalists in the Classic division. Since the US Open, Chris and Tara have traveled across the United States and Internationally teaching workshops, judging a variety of West Coast Swing competitions, and performing and competing with their Classic routine. Chris and Tara have experienced much success competing with this routine at NASDE events, most notably taking first place in Classic at MADjam and Grand Nationals. In the NASDE Professional tour, Christopher placed second and Tara first for the 2016 season through their accomplishments in the routine, Champions Jack and Jill, and Champion Strictly Swing divisions. At the 2016 US Open, Chris and Tara were excited to debut their new routine, Rise, in Classic finals placing fifth.

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.ir classes informative yet enjoyable for everyone!


Judges:

John Festa
Blake Hobby Dowling
Phil LaMothe
Arjay Centeno
Gregory Scott
Lemery Rollins
Kay Newhouse
Matthew Smith
Patty Vo
Glenn Ball
Teddy Kern
Debbie Ramsey-Boz
more to come...

Djs:

Louie St. George
John Festa
Ruby Lair
Victor Loveira
Arjay Centeno

Master Of Ceremonies:

Robert Royston

Contestant Coordinators:
Demrey Leyva
Derek Leyva
Lee Jenkins
AnnMarie McCabe

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:
World Dance Registry

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