US Open Swing Congress 2017

November 27 – 29, 2017

Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel

The Open Congress is a 3 day long learning event immediately following The Open Dance Championships

Lectures    Workshops    Dance Theory
Evening Social Dances    Competition Reviews
Celebrity Participation    Multi-Media Presentations
Judging Analysis of Open Competitions

The US Open Swing Congress Mission

To educate our competitors on techniques and theories that will help improve their dance and elevate our dance globally. The staff is an elite group of highly skilled, teaching, professionals with many Championships to their credit. They will provide the competitors with an in- depth analysis through; reviews, commentary, construction/de-construction based on their competitive presentations at the US Open for 2016. The Congress will also feature forums, discussions and round tables that help us understand our History and brain-storm strategies to develop avenues for the future growth of our West Coast Swing Community. Our goal is to create the “Next Step” for our community and lead our community to the future. This Congress focuses on competitive dancers but is open to serious dancers of all levels.

Tentative Schedule

Final Updates to schedule should occur Oct 1st

Monday – November 28, 2016

4:00 PM Registration & Check – In
5:00 PM Cocktail Party for Staff & Guests
6:00 PM Opening Remarks – Phil
6:15 PM Opening Remarks – Benji
6:30 PM Yvonne Antonacci
7:00 PM Stan Jaquish
7:30 PM Question & Answer for Judges & Staff
7:30 PM Introduce “NEXT STEP FORUM”
8:30 PM Social Dance in City Bllroom

Tuesday – November 29, 2016

9:45 AM Group Warm Up
10:00 AM Mock Floor Trials Rehearsals/Private Lesson Time
12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM Lecture
2:00 PM Lecture
3:00 PM Workshop – Jordan & Tatiana
4:00 PM Workshop – Sharon Savoy
5:00 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM “Next Step Forum” – All Staff
7:30 PM Multi Media Presentation – The Past, Present, and Future?
8:30 PM Social Dance In City Ballroom

Wednesday – November 30, 2016

9:45 AM Group Warm Up
10:00 AM Mock Floor Trials Rehearsals/Private Lesson Time
12:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00 PM Lecture
2:00 PM Lecture
3:00 PM Performance Demonstration & Deconstruction & Analysis
5:00 PM Dinner Break
7:00 PM Final Lecture – Benji Schwimmer with Closing Remarks
7:50 PM Farewell Remarks – Phil Dorroll
8:00 PM Social Dance
10:00 PM Celebrity Performance

Creative Director: Benji Schwimmer


A third generation swing dancer, Benji Schwimmer holds records in nearly every category of West Coast Swing and has been swing dancing for 30 years this month!

Having an extensive background in most dance styles, Benji’s training, coaching, lecturing and choreography is a sought-after tool to both the recreational dancer to the most elite of competitors.

Outside of swing, “America’s Favorite Dancer” is the artistic director for various live tv shows and recently wrapped an upcoming series set for release mid next year. When not dancing, he coaches and choreographs for some of the highest Olympic-level figure skaters in the world and is a recognized Olympic figure skating coach.

Instructors: Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann


Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann have been a successful partnership since 2000. 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:

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

Robert Royston


Robert Royston’s professional career began on the competitive couples dance circuit in 1989. Quickly ascending the ranks, Robert successfully secured eight (8) “U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship titles,” six (6) different “World Country Dance Championship titles,” and two (2) “USA Grand National Championships Titles.” In addition, he holds national titles in Hustle, Salsa, and Cabaret. Inducted into the “California Swing Dance Hall of Fame” in 1999, Robert continued his rise as a dance legend becoming the youngest person inducted to the “UCWDC Country Dance Hall of Fame” in 2007. His inductions into the “World Swing Dance Hall of Fame” and the “Living Legends of Dance Society” in 2011 make him the only dancer ever inducted into all of these organizations. Robert’s exciting, high energy original work gained the attention of producers of the Broadway musical, “Swing!” This led to his appearance for 1-1/2 years in the 7 time Tony nominated musical as a principle dancer performing his own choreography. He later became the assistant choreographer for the first National Tour of the production. Royston’s work was highlighted in the production of “Gypsy of the Year on Broadway” at New York’s Palace Theatre, as well as “Destination Groove”, a Choreographer’s Showcase. His choreography again drew attention in the New York workshop production of “Urban Cowboy,” a production in which he also performed.

Instructor: Sharon Savoy


Sharon Savoy is an American dancer, choreographer and author. Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, she began studying dance at the North Carolina School of the Arts at age 15, and later moved to New York City to attend the School of American Ballet until the age of 19. Savoy danced in several ballet companies and later became a Star Search Dance Champion, Blackpool Champion, World Champion and U.S. Open Champion for her mastery in ballroom dance. She continues choreography and dance work in various T.V. shows, competitions and movies. She won the 2013 “World’s Best Female Dancer” at the Huading Awards, held inMacau, China.

Savoy is a three time World and four time Blackpool Exhibition Champion, as well as a seven time US Open and three time Star Search Dance Champion. She has been the featured Dancer in Hollywood movies such as, “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” and “Head of State.” Savoy has performed on PBS, Regis and Kathie Lee, Entertainment Tonight, the Miss America pageant, the 2000 Sydney Olympics and at the Kennedy Center for the performing arts.

She is a published author of a book, “Ballroom! Obsession & Passion” which provides an insider’s perspective of the world of ballroom dancing.

Savoy worked as a host and radio commentator of Yoursource T.V. while living in Washington DC, a judge for ballroom’s Blackpool event, a coach for Showdance National Champions and finalists in Paula Abdul’s show, “Live to Dance,” behind the scenes coach for the professional dancers of “Dancing with the Stars,” instructing them on lifts and specialty tricks she pioneered. She has since “ended her competitive ballroom exhibition career … with Savoy’s finale having come in the form her trump at the 2004 World Exhibition Dance Championships.” More recently, Sharon can be heard commenting on popular dance television series such as the BBC hit “Strictly Come Dancing”


  • Winner of “World’s Best Female Dancer” at the Huading Awards, held in Macau, China, 2013
  • World Cabaret Championship in Madison Square Gardens (1984)
  • Two Blackpool Exhibition Champion titles (1984, 1985) with partner Rufus Dustin
  • Three-time Star Search winner with partner Arte Phillips
  • Two-time World Champion in (1990, 2004)
  • Two-time Blackpool Exhibition winner (1990, 1992)
  • Seven-time U.S. Open Cabaret Champion with partner David Savoy

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