Details about the workshops included with your US Open event pass
2014 Workshop Schedule
- 11:00am - Robert & Nicola Royston
- Noon - Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann-Bennett
- 1:00pm - Ronnie DeBenedetta & Brandi Tobias
- 2:00pm - Brennar Goree
- 10:00am - Gary McIntyre & Susan Kirklin
- 11:00am - Michael Kiehm
- 10:00am - John Lindo & Jessica Cox
Past Workshop Instructors
Jessica Cox is one of the best-known west coast swing dancers in the world, and has garnered an astonishing number of awards and championship trophies.
Jessica has triumphed as a three-time Junior U.S. Open Champion, two-time US Open Showcase Champion, as well taking titles in Cabaret, Team, and Strictly Swing. She is also a four-time USA Grand Nationals Showcase Champion and won the coveted Phoenix Champion of Champions Jack and Jill.
Jessica is sought after domestically and internationally for her experience teaching and judging, and has been to more than a half-dozen countries this year alone to teach people how to swing. She is currently teaching with John Lindo, and their energetic and fun partnership has dazzled crowds around the world.
Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann-Bennett
Jordan & Tatiana have been partners since 2000, and are 8-Time US Open CLASSIC Division Champions, as well as Strictly Swing, Junior and Team Champions.
They travel 47 weekends per year spreading this amazing dance all over the world.
Ronnie DeBenedetta & Brandi Tobias
Brennar, from Virginia Beach, VA started dancing at the age of 8 when his grandmother taught him Carolina Shag. From that point on Brennar had the bug. He has been competing in Shag since the age of 9 and has won numerous titles including National Shag Dance Championships Junior Overall in 2004, 2007, and 2008, Grand Nationals Junior I champion in 2004 and Junior II champion for 2005-2008 with his previous partner Autumn Jones. He was a member of the award winning competition team, the National Shag Dance Team from 2004 through 2008. Brennar also won the team division at the US Open in 2008 with his Shag team, Southern Fried with Junior Pride, that he co-choreographed and coached.
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.
Michael started teaching dance when he was only 17 years old. His first professional teaching job was for "The Journey", a young adult night club where he taught large groups of students to dance the Hustle and basic Cha Cha. It was not very long before Michael began teaching full time at a popular dance studio in San Diego. Within two years Michael was offered a teaching position with another more reputable studio in La Jolla, CA.
Robert & Nicola 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.
Nicola started her dance career in Ballet and Musical Theater, first attending the prestigious North Carolina School of Performing arts, Dance Department. She then found couples dancing and has gone on to become a UCWDC World Champion, USA Grand National dance champion, US National Dance Champion as well as a many time Showcase Swing Dance Champion and in 2011 was inducted into the Living Legends Dance Society.