WORKSHOP: “How to Be a Hustler”
Time: Thursday at 5:00 PM
This class will cover proper footwork, connections and styling for common hustle patterns. We’ll also cover simple techniques to help swing dancers feel comfortable with hustle timing and combinations.
Shay Dixon has become well known throughout the dance industry for his style, exhaustive technique, and charisma on the dance floor. His 15 years of dance training spans from latin, ballroom, hustle, salsa and Swing, to ballet, hip hop, contemporary & theater arts. Under the leadership of Ralph Ramirez & Billy Fajardo, Shay has captured eight professional championship titles in hustle & salsa, 3 professional cabaret titles, many triple threat/ just dance competitions and he won the World Hustle Championship title in 2009. In 2010, he was chosen by Maria Torres (acclaimed choreographer from SYTYCD & numerous broadway shows) to be featured in her dance company. In 2012-2014, he served as the vice-president of the International Hustle Dance Association establishing a competitive syllabus and criteria for hustle dancing throughout the globe. He is currently the Director of the LA Hustle Movement, which is reigniting the growth of the hustle community in Southern California
Erica Smith is a versatile dancer from Beltsville, MD with extensive backgrounds in Hustle, West Coast Swing, and Ballet. A World Professional Triple Threat Champion (Hustle, West Coast Swing and Salsa), Professional Just Hustle Champion, US Open Hand Dance Champion, and a successful All-Star/Professional West Coast Swing competitor, Erica is a brilliant dancer who guarantees to leave an impression on her audiences and her students.
In 2007, TV Guide Magazine coined Erica the “Disco-Dancing Lawyer” after appearing on “So You Think You Can Dance.” In 2010, Erica pioneered and co-choreographed the first ever Hustle Flash Mob which has been viewed more than 63,000 times. The International Hustle Dance Association named Erica Smith a “New Pioneer” for her contribution to Hustle. In 2016, Erica was inducted in the Disco America Hustle Hall of Fame.
In addition to competing, Erica is very passionate about sharing her love of dance with her students. Erica has won more than 15 Top Teacher awards since 2012. A sought after instructor, Erica travels to approximately 15 competitions and workshop weekends per year as an invited instructor, judge and performer. Locally, Erica is the Director of JT Swing Teams DC — a performance based West Coast Swing Team. She can be found teaching weekly beginner and intermediate West Coast Swing lessons at Evolution Danz and at other local dances as a guest instructor.
Erica C. Smith, J.D., LL.M. B.A., Hood College (Honors Program) J.D., University of California, Berkeley, School of Law LL.M. in Trial Advocacy, Temple University, Beasley School of Law