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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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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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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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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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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West Coast Swing | Line Dance | Styling

Brigitte Thompson, CA

coming soon

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Ninja WCS | West Coast Swing

Travis Swartzlander

Hello Edge Dancers! I am a WSDC Advanced level dancer and have been dancing West Coast Swing for over 3 years and competing for 2 years. I’ve worked with various Champion West Coast Swing Dancers including: Michael and Amber Cross, Robert Royston, Kyle, and Sarah Redd. Now I exclusively train under WSDC & UCWDC Hall of Fame Inductee, Laureen Baldovi, and WSDC All Star Jung Won Choe.

I am proud to be the Co-Owner/Creator of the White Rabbit Society WCS in Phoenix, AZ. My first partner dance was Country Swing. I picked up CS in the Country Bars of The Phoenix Area, over a 3 year juncture. Then one night I saw a couple dancing West Coast Swing, and the rest was history. My first dance/love, and one I’ve been doing for over 20+ years, is Hip Hop. I’ve done many different styles of Hip Hop including: Freestyle, Club, Choreo, Crew, Battle, and Krump. My lifelong influences are: Michael Jackson, Usher, Chris Brown, and Ceasare “Tight Eyez” Willis. I heavily infuse my past Hip Hop into my current West Coast Swing dance today.

Additionally, I have been teaching West Coast Swing for the past year and focus on Country Dancers trying to make the transition to West Coast Swing: I have been blessed to teach for: Desert City Swing, Country Nomads, Nomads Winter Convention, and of course The White Rabbit Society. For more information, booking, private lessons, and my dance journey check out: IG: ninja_wcs & whiterabbit.wcs Have a Blessed Day, ~Travis

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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 | 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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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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 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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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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DJ

Kelsey Lewis

Kelsey has been dancing for 10 years and DJing/Instructing for 4 1/2 years! She started DJing at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and has since DJ’d at line dancing bars and festivals including: The Canyon Montclair, The Canyon Agoura Hills, The Canyon Santa Clarita, The Canyon Pasadena, Off Base Bar, Stampede, Borderline Saloon, The Event Center, and Tailgate Fest. She has also been part of the Stagecoach Line Dance team and the Southern Cali Comfort Stagecoach performance team the last two years. Additionally, she competes in UCWDC Couples dancing, competing in two step, waltz, polka, Cha Cha, east coast swing, and west coast swing.

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Two Step | Dips & Tricks

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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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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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

Marie Kelly, CA

Marie Kelly is a line dance instructor in South Orange County! She fell in love with country music and line dancing when she was 17 years old.

 

Her favorite group to teach is beginners, bringing a welcoming, comfort, and ease in her teaching! She has taught at Harrah’s Casino Resort in Rincon, Pechanga Casino, Swallow’s Inn San Juan Capistrano, Goody’s Tavern San Clemente, Paddy’s Station San Juan Capistrano, MissionFest, Bad to the Bone BBQ, Heritage BBQ, Boots on the Beach, OC Tavern, The Cove, Jon Pardi concert, Coffey Anderson concert, Cam concert, Along with being featured on The Real Housewives of Orange County, KTLA, and had the amazing opportunity to teach 2 NFL stars!

 

In addition to her teaching she also has 6 kids and helps manage her husbands band The James Kelly Band! Marie not only brings a love for dance but truly enjoys making life long friendships along the way!

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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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Two-Step | West Coast Swing

Damon D'Amico

Coming soon

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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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

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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

Samantha has had a love for music and dancing since she was little. She was introduced to swing dancing in college and fell in love. Her love continued to grow as she learned more and danced at the local Country bars in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. After moving to Texas and putting a pause on dancing, she found it again by attending The Edge in 2021 and with this reignited passion, is learning to love it all over again.

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Samantha Quash