Instructors & DJ's

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Line Dance | Country Swing | Two Step

Adia Nuno, CA

Adia specializes in teaching many different line dance genres as well as country swing and two step. Her 10+ years of coaching/teaching cheerleading and Zumba serve as a foundation to her line dance instruction.  She has danced on the stagecoach Honky Tonk Dance team for 2 years.

 

Adia began creating line dance music videos as a fun way of honoring and celebrating artists and choreographers that continue to create beautiful songs and routines, as well as to highlight the love of dance that binds us all together.

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Line Dance | DJ

Rick Dominquez, CA

Rick Dominguez has been a Country Western DJ and a line dance instructor and choreographer for 25 years! Known for dances like Call Me Señorita, Do Si Do, Bambalam, Loosen Up My Buttons, Blue Jeans On, You Look Good,  Everybody Have A Good Time and Ex’s & Oh’s” as well as many other local favorites.

 

Rick teaches line dances throughout the country with various clubs and organizations and has been the resident DJ at Oil Can Harry’s in Studio City for 26 years and counting.

Rick is the creator of WWLA (Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles) a local country western dance convention now in it’s 8th year!

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Lifts | West Coast Swing | Technique

Reding Dance, TX

 Jacob Reding has been dancing social Country Western since Fall 2003. He started competing in Traditional and Freestyle Bar competitions in 2012 with Chelsea Barron and then took a break from competing in early 2013 for about 4.5 years.      

 

Jacob trained professionally as a ballroom instructor with Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Fort Worth in 2017 & 2018, where he studied many types of partnership dancing. He returned to bar competitions in August of 2017 with a vision to reclaim his spot as a top competitor along with his new partner, Shelby Patterson, through April of 2018. With Shelby as a partner, Reding_Dance had 6 straight competitions in which they took 1st Place in at least 1 category (Freestyle or Traditional).     

 

 Since then, Jacob has had several other outstanding partners compete with him, including, Anna Welch (featured in “Show Her Off” videos), Destiny Warren, Brianna Garcia, Sydney Koshnick, and Sydnie Dillard.      

 

Sydnie Dillard joined Reding_Dance in the Summer of 2019, and has made a huge contribution to the content we are able to put out. Her experience as an elite college gymnast at Arkansas has been instrumental in the continued growth and success of Reding_Dance.      

Jacob is very involved with Watermark Community Church’s Fort Worth campus and has a strong conviction towards community and using dance to build relationships, confidence, character, and communication.

 

**Since Covid restrictions let up in October 2020, Jacob and his competition partner, Sydnie, have advanced to FINALS in ALL of their last 24 competitions while achieving 1 - National Champion Title, 16 - 1st Place WINS (Including 7 Belt Buckles), 3 - 2nd Place awards, and 4 - 3rd Place awards. **

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Brazilian Zouk | West Coast Swing

Brunno Cezar Theororo, CA

Brazilian, Brunno started his partner dancing journey in 2001. In 2005, he dedicated his studies in Brazilian Latin Dances including Brazilian Zouk, Forró, and Samba de Gafieira to become a professional instructor.

Brunno started his career as an instructor, choreographer, coach, and performer in partner dances in 2006.

In 2011, Brunno expanded his dance repertoire and started training West Coast Swing. In 2014, he moved from Londrina, Brazil to Southern California where he started the San Diego Brazilian Zouk dance scene and also became a part of the West Coast Swing community. He has traveled across the U.S. teaching Brazilian Zouk as well as teaching and competing in West Coast Swing.

Brunno has trained and continues to train with some of the well renowned world instructors of Brazilian Zouk and West Coast Swing including Kadu and Larissa, William Teixeira, Renata Peçanha, Alex de Carvalho, Jaime Arôxa, Jordan and Tatiana, Maxence Martin, Michael Kiehm and Robert Royston. Brunno is recognized for his high quality instruction, connection, and unique style. He emphasizes the importance of fundamental technique and social dance ability to create well rounded dancers. Through the Global Professional Dance Instructor Association (GPDIA), Brunno has been a Certified Instructor for West Coast Swing, by Michael Kiehm, since 2014 and a Certified Brazilian Zouk Master Instructor since 2015.

Brunno currently lives in San Diego where he is an instructor, coach, choreographer, and performer with over 13 years of experience in partner dances, specialized in Brazilian Zouk and West Coast Swing.

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Head DJ

Ron Major, CA

Ron Major is one of San Diego’s premiere DJ’s, Ron has been djing since the age of 16 and became a professional DJ at the age 20.  Ron has djed in clubs from Downtown San Diego to Las Vegas.  

 

In 2010, Ron went from EDM/HipHop DJ to Country Western Mixer where he became 1 of 3 Dj’s at Incahoots San Diego, LiveNation’s Country Party DJ and KSON’s Party Dj where he worked the Honky Lounge’s at CountryFests. 

 

 Ron is currently spinning music at the Renegade Country bar in Lakeside and soon at the Barn in Ramona.  Ron is known for his amazing 2 steps sets and other couple dance’s sets.  Ron enjoys working with all the line dance instructors and always looking for the next big line dance to make you dance. 

“When Ron Major is in the mix, you know you’re going to get your dance fix.”

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West Coast Swing | Line Dance | Styling

Brigitte Thompson, CA

coming soon

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Country Swing | Line Dance

Dirt Road Dancing, ID

People love to dance, and we love to teach." Dirt Road Dancing was founded upon cultivating the knowledge of dance through, curiosity, empowerment, and passion. Troy and Elise have a combined 17 years experience and have been sharing their love of swing with the Treasure Valley together for 7 years. Elise tested out her first dance floor at the University of Idaho where she discovered her unrealized potential and a burning desire to dance. In 2009, Elise met Troy. Although he knew very little about country swing, he was willing to take a risk and discovered a new found talent for country dancing. They love converting classic country dance styles into a faster modern edge swing and believe creativity is key to a great dance.

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DJ 

Christian "DJ Keahi" Summerfruit, CA 

We are proud and excited to announce that we are bringing on Christian “DJ Keahi” Summerfruit as an EDGE partner to help us put on an amazing event in 2022!

Christian has been a big supporter of The Edge since the first Event in 2020. You may recognize Christian as a DJ who played critical roles in the success of the 2021 event, including helping set up and maintain audio systems. Christian was also the 3rd place winner for The Edge 2021 Country Swing competition.

Christian is super excited to be partnering with us to put on The Edge 2022 to bring about an amazing experience for dancers, instructors, performers, artists, and spectators alike. Having assisted Philip (“BootScootin”) Victor during the stay-at-home order in bringing dancing to San Diego County and having created a lot of great relationships with the Southern California Country Dance Community. Christian says the thing he looks forward to the most is "being able to help put on The Edge 2022 and bring new dancers into the community as well as help dancers of all levels find new styles or new tricks to keep them passionate about dancing." Additionally, he is excited to help grow the dance community grow stronger and more unified.

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 Line Dance

Aleigha Easton, CA

Aleigha was born and raised in Ramona CA where her childhood and young adult life revolved around competing in rodeo. She learned to partner dance at the various rodeos she traveled to, and then got into to choreographed dance when she joined the dance productions team in high school, where she fell in love with hip hop dance and performing immediately.

 

She found her passion for line dancing at Incahoots in San Diego. After 6+ years of line dancing socially, she decided to cross over into teaching when a new bar started planning to open in her home town. She now serves as the entertainment director and dance instructor at The Barn, and teaches private lessons and parties on the side.

 

When not on the dance floor, you’ll find her running her salon in Ramona as well as working full time behind the chair, and riding dirt bikes on the weekends!

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Country Swing

Country Nomads, AZ

We are a veteran owned and operated business and just like in the military we are very dedicated and meticulous. At Country Nomads have created a simple and easy format to learn Country Swing called The Nomad Method. The Fundamentals we teach are Frame, Connection, and Control (FCC). FCC will not only allow you to dance safely, efficiently, and effectively but you will look stylish and smooth.

 

With our progressive learning approach you will always be learning something new building on your skills from the ground up. Every lesson builds on top of each other until you reach your desired goal. We are constantly learning to bring you the best of the best.

 

Throughout our travels we have learned different styles and how to utilize them within Country Swing. Our knowledge makes our style unique within the world of Country Swing. We hope that as a company we can continue to travel and bring everyone the happiness that Country Swing brings us. 

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Zouk | Followers Styling

Paula Cavalcanti, CA

Pro Choreographer, Coach, Instructor, Dancer & Performer, originally from Londrina, Brazil Paula Cavalcanti is living in San Diego since 2014!

 

Paula offer group classes, private lessons, and workshops. She also teach at events, choreograph routines as well as wedding dances.

 

Her specialty is in choreographies, dance classes for women empowerment and partner dance connection. She also focus on expansion, consciousness, and awareness of body movements.

 

Her goal is to heal the body and soul through the motion of dance! With more than 20 years of dance experience, she brings her knowledge and training from Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Brazilian Latin Dances, Brazilian Zouk, and West Coast Swing to her choreographies, workshops, group classes and individual lessons. Her passion is to lead, direct, and guide students to develop a deep connection with their bodies, emotions and feelings in order to express and create through movement and dance individually and with a partner.

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Line Dance | Partner

Cindi Massengale, CA

Cindi is a fun, out-going instructor, with a playful attitude and a “Fake It ‘til You Make It” motto! “It’s all about having fun, enjoying time with friends or family, listening and dancing to great music, and learning to dance at your own pace!”

 

As a country music enthusiast, you can find Cindi every Friday night teaching line dance at Cowboy Country & Thursday nights at The Gaslamp in Long Beach, Monday & Wenesday night Community Center classes, as well as at many special events and private parties throughout Southern California. Her past major events include The Shipkicker Country Music Festival at the Queen Mary, the 4th of July Extravaganza on The Queen Mary, Coastal Country Jam in Huntington Beach and San Diego, Boots In the Park in San Bernardino, and Round Up at LA Live

 

Cindi ’s love for music and dancing has transitioned into a fulfilling career, starting with Drill Team & Cheerleading in school. She began teaching Aerobics & line dancing in the early ‘90’s.

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Two Step | West Coast Swing

Robert Campos Jr, AZ

Coming soon

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Brazilian Zouk

Yana Tr, CA 

Hi! My name is Yana, I'm a Russian-born dancer from Saint Petersburg, Russia currently residing in San Diego, California. I’ve been dancing since I was 8 years old, and spent my first 15 years performing a variety of European, Middle-Eastern, and other folk dances. I’ve performed in several countries and across the United States and appeared in several Russian National Television shows. After coming to the United States I discovered and fell in love with the world of Brazilian Zouk. Over the past few years, I’ve attended a number of trainings, festivals, and lessons across North and South America and continued to polish my skills to bring me to where I am today.

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Two Step

Russ Bradchulis, CA

Russ has competed in numerous two step, country, swing, and ballroom competitions across the country, earning World Championship titles in the United Country Western Dance Council’s Line and ProAm divisions, as well as winning finals in West Coast Swing and Country Two Step Tour competitions. Recently, Russ was honored to win the United States Line Dance Choreography Competition’s Phrased and Newcomer / Novice divisions at the Vegas Dance Explosion.

What He Teaches: Line Dance, Two Step.

Favorite places to dance: All over SoCal!

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Country Swing | Styling

Sarah Stokes, CA

As a dance instructor for almost 20 years, Sarah is passionate about helping people find their join in social dancing. She believes that having a fun, educational, & encouraging dancing experience should be accessible to everyone & not just top dancers. Sarah teaches a variety of different Styles of dance: Country (country swing, two step, line dance) and has a background in ballroom dancing from her time previously spent as an instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She currently teaches out of her private studio located in Northern California. 

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Line Dance | Emcee

Philip Victor Ongert, CA

Philip Victor is the calves behind the BootScootin' movement.  This long-time emcee & performer from FL stumbled upon line dancing a few years back in SD, at a time when he didn't really care for country music and as it turns out, was pretty bad at figuring out line dancing (his words). But those humble beginnings didn't stop him from pursuing what is now one of his greatest joys (...the others being improv comedy & working with kids), and as it turns out: enjoying country music.  

 

Philip is truly grateful for the many opportunities he has had across the US & Canada to teach tens of thousands of people how to line dance, incl many festivals, bars, workshops, corporate events, & Boardwalk dance sessions.  His advice to beginners: "stick with it, don't be too hard on yourself, sing along while you dance, & don't forget some upper body choreo."    He sends love out to his SD Dance Family, his good buddy, Keahi, all of the enthusiastic followers of the BootScootin channel, & every person who he has ordered/persuaded/dragged out onto the dance floor to try a dance.  Yip Yip YEEHAW!!!   #DanceIsLife 

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Line Dance 

Candy Sherwin, CA

Candy has been dancing since she was 9 years old, and has been fortunate enough to make a living as a performer and a teacher.  Her background in ballet, jazz and musical theatre provides a unique perspective to country dancing, allowing her to break things down in a specific way. 

 

Country dancing, both 2-step and Line, became an integral part of Candy’s life in 1991.  She has been blessed to share her passion in the greater LA area at many venues, private events, and 8 line dance cruises. She has been the lead instructor at Borderline since 1995, and prior to that taught at InCahoots Glendale and Denim and Diamonds Woodland Hills. 

 

Candy’s line dance channel, candysherwin.com, was developed as an online reference and support to the community she loves so dearly.  She continues to teach and choreograph daily, and is ever so grateful to her wonderful husband, Joe Mika, for his constant love and support. 

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Line Dance

Kristal Lynn Konzen, CA

Kristal Lynn Konzen was born and raised in Southern California, and has embraced the country line dance community throughout California. She regularly takes classes and is in constant colleagues in order to be up to date with new dances and make new connections. Her dance roots stem from studio dancing in ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop since she was three years old and started teaching in the dance studio she worked at starting at age 16.

 

In 2008 she made semi-finals for the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, and during her trip to Dallas, fell in love with country two step and line dancing. In 2013, she gained a coveted teaching spot at her favorite local country bar Borderline Bar and Grill and became the resident College Night Dance Instructor. She had been an instructor for Borderline since and helped create the Borderline Dance team which she has directed since the formation in January 2019.

 

Kristal Lynn has taught the last three years at Stagecoach Country Music Festival as well as at the Annual Central Coast Country Dance event. She has taught the last four years at Conejo Valley Country Western days, hosting and teaching at the annual Conejo Valley Days and at LA Live Roundup in 2016 and 2017. She also enjoys teaching private events, parties, charity events, and even specializes in choreography.

 

Her choreography and line dances are taught in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Richmond. Most recently her line dance "I Got This (Can't Miss)" was endorsed by country music star Jerrod Niemann and has been taught in several states across the country. 

 

Dancing is her passion and her dreams are to continue to bring her love of dance and choreography to as many people as possible, making friends along the way. Whether you learn a new dance step, a new line dance, or just leave class with a smile on your face, these memories make her job fulfilling.

 

Find Kristal Lynn on Instagram and Facebook at @KristalLynnDance and subscribe to her YouTube channel for Line Dance Instructions and Demo Videos.

Event Staff

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Event Coordinator

Souraya Lorenz

Souraya got started doing cheer and dance as a kid. In college she was introduced to the country swing style at a local country bar in Tucson,AZ and fell in love! More recently she has started competing in line dance and other country ballroom styles (two step, west coast, waltz, etc.) through the United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) circuit. 

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Souraya Lorenz

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Project Manager | Event Coordinator

Leslie Perez

My love for line dancing and the country community grows more and more with every 8 count! How it all began…..following Country Sole on facebook and youtube! You can see his passion for dancing in all his videos and it looked like soooo much fun and I definitely wanted to learn. I reached out to my now dear amazing super talented friend Bj (country Sole) and asked if he knew of any line dance lessons closer to home since his lessons where a short drive (San Diego).

 I was opened with open arms by everyone, the “regulars” there are my now amazing friends that I not only dance with but I’ve made endless memories that I will cherish forever. I went from being intimidated to try something new that made me feel like I had to left feet, to having a sense of belonging and smiling all through the dance floor and having a right and left foot.

 Line dancing not only keeps my girls and I active but it lets us be ourselves some place where we will never be judged, where we will be encouraged to follow our dreams and always be welcomed with open arms. 

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Leslie Perez

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Event Coordinator

Samantha Quash

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Samantha Quash

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Event Coordinator

Caitlin Rogers

Caitlin is a 5th-grade teacher who fell in love with dancing at any early age through hip-hop, jazz, and lyrical. After high school, she was introduced to the line dancing scene at the bars and fell in love. Years later, she found the circuit scene and was blown away! She's a regular at Stampede in Temecula, CA, and travels around San Diego County to dance up a storm.

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Caitlin Rogers