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Workshops & Intensives

Workshops are included with US Open event pass purchased prior to July 1st 2015

2015 Intensive Schedule

Robert & Nicola Royston Instensive

Three hours of training with Robert & Nicola Royston $90.00. Intensives must be purchased separately. Hurry to ensure your spot. Space may be limited.

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“Our special three hour intensive at this year's US Open will be a mixture of body movement drills that you can do at home without a partner, combined with a better understanding of connection and a deciphering of all the different opinions you hear in west coast swing! We will show you that there are many ways to do the same thing RIGHT!!”

SATURDAY
10:00am - 12:00pm - Robert & Nicola Royston
SUNDAY
10:00am - 11:00am - Robert & Nicola Royston

GSDTA Dance EXCELLeration INTENSIVE

MARY ANN NUNEZ will be teaching this 4 Hour GSDTA Intensive - continuing a 15 year legacy for the Universal Unit System® – The scientific approach to learning West Coast Swing. ALL levels of dancers are welcome. Be the partner everyone wants to dance with.

For only $100 - Participants receive 4 hours concentrated training, AND detailed printed educational materials from Skippy’s latest Dance Textbooks.

WEDNESDAY
12:00pm - 5:00pm - Mary Ann Nunez

2015 Workshop Schedule


$15.00 per hour, Buy in bulk, 4 for $50.00, & SAVE

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THURSDAY
5:00pm – Deborah Szekely
6:00pm – Michael Kiehm
FRIDAY
10:00am – Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross
11:00am – Maxime Zzaoui & Torri Smith
Noon - Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann-Bennett
1:00pm – Brennar Goree & Autumn Jones
3:00pm – Michael & LeAnn Norris
SATURDAY
Noon – Benji Schwimmer
SUNDAY
11:00am – Kyle Redd & Sarah Van Drake

Workshop Instructors

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.

Mary Ann Nunez

Mary Ann Nunez

Two Time First Place Winner of the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship Showcase Division. Inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Presented the Walk of Fame Award at the 2007 US Open. T.V. Appearances on Dance Fever, In The Swing (T.V. Special) and various Commercials. Three Time Feather Award for Most Outstanding Female Dancer in the United States. Three Time Dancers Choice Award for Favorite Female Dancer, (Presented at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships). First Place Winner of numerous Jack & Jill's Nationwide, which includes five-time 1st place winner at the Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club on the 4th of July weekend. Have accumulated one of the highest points for Jack & Jill contests in the Competitors Register from the World Swing Dance Council. Teach Workshops Nationwide. Received the Technical Dance Award from the GSDTA Reunion. Certification from the GSDTA (Golden State Dance Teachers Association).

Deborah Szekely

Deborah Szekely

Deborah Székely “say kay” started dancing when she was three years old. At the age of 10 she performed at the famous Harvest Moon Ball with her Jr. company dance troupe, and at 16, competed on “Star Search” with Tyce Diorio from “SYTYCD” She has been dancing and competing ever since.

Formally trained in ballet, tap, and jazz, it was during her first year of medical school that Deborah decided to follow her one true passion: dance. She left medical school and began teaching line dancing at the famous “Denim and Diamonds” in NYC, and jazz at Dance Manhattan. She also waited tables to make ends meet in the tough world of being a dancer in New York City.

Deborah was introduced to West Coast Swing in 1994 and was hooked immediately. she has 5 US Open titles, 8 Grand National, 4 NASDE She is a Dallas Dance Hall of Famer and a California Swing Dance Hall of Famer She was White Hatted in June of 2014 and in November was inducted into National Living Legends of Dance.

Deborah continues to travel the world teaching, competing, and spreading her love of West Coast Swing and Jazz. She is also a proud, native New Yorker.

Michael Kiehm

Michael Kiehm

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.

Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross

Ben McHenry & Cameo Cross

Cameo is a graduate from The University of Arizona, with a BFA in Dance and went on to dance with River North Dance Company in Chicago. From a very young age, Cameo has been exposed to dance. Her parents, Michael and Amber Cross, are National Swing Champions and are still teaching and choreographing today in Phoenix, Arizona. As a child she traveled the swing circuit with them and soon won her own title of National Junior Swing Champion in 1996. Currently, Cameo is competing on the national swing circuit and is a recent US Open Champion. Along with training in west coast swing, Cameo has trained for many years in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern and tap. She has also had the pleasure to be part in choreographing for Wii and Kinect dance video games, in stores NOW! Recently, Cameo has moved to California and is currently dancing at Disneyland in the parade, along with traveling the swing circuit competing Classic with Ben McHenry!

Ben’s a quiet guy. We’ll update more on him soon. Rest assured, he’s awesome.

Maxime Zzaoui & Torri Smith

Maxime Zzaoui & Torri Smith

Maxime Zzaoui finished in Top 5 at US Open and organizes large WCS events in France

Torri smith has been dancing west coast swing for over 15 years. She has 6 US Open junior titles and 5 adult titles. She was the first person to win both the Classic and Showcase division in the same year when she was only 18 at the 2010 US Open. Torri is the current undefeated Showcase champion with her partner Benji Schwimmer. She enjoys traveling the world teaching the dance that she loves.

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann-Bennett

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann-Bennett

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

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.

Brennar Goree & Autumn Jones

Brennar Goree & Autumn Jones

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.

Michael & LeAnn Norris

Michael & LeAnn Norris

Michael Norris and LeAnn Best, have been dance partners in the Carolina Shag for 15 years, winning for the first time in the Junior I Division of the National Shag Dance Championships in 1994. They swept the Jr. II division for the next 5 consecutive years, taking 1st place from 1996 through 2000. In 1996, they won the Best Overall Award at the National Shag Dance Championships, the first ever for a Junior Division couple. They repeated as Best Overall Champions in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2002! Moving into the Pro Shag Division in 2001, they placed second and the next year won their first Professional Div. title at the National Shag Dance Championships.

Benji Schwimmer

Benji Schwimmer

In 2007, Benji Schwimmer was invited to perform on the opening of season three and to become the first SYTYCD alumnus to choreograph on the show. His west-coast swing choreography of a high-octane number, "The Rockafeller Skank," brought both the audience and the judges to their feet. Executive producer and head judge, Nigel Lythgoe, said that the piece finally invoked the magic that was lacking in the new season.[citation needed] The swing piece became a crowd favorite on the national tour in 2007.

Kyle Redd & Sarah Van Drake

Kyle Redd & Sarah Van Drake

Kyle and Sarah are 5 time NASDE Champions, hold 11 US Open Titles and are 8 time Grand National Champions. As a partnership, they have been teaching, competing, performing, judging and choreographing all over the world for 12 years. They are the only couple to hold a US Open Swing Dance Championship title in both the “Showcase” and “Classic” Divisions.

This innovative couple love what they do and it shows every time they step on the floor. They have performed 24 West Coast Swing Routines all over the world and are constantly driving to evolve style while strengthening technique. Kyle and Sarah are best known for their ability to teach their innovative style while preserving the fundamental roots of West Coast Swing.