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Instructors, DJs and Judges  - 2024

Stephen Sayer & Chanzie Roettig

Steve and Chanzie's partnership began in 2010, and soon, they became international stars, winning many competitions in Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag. They have performed with Aretha Franklin, symphony orchestras, Dancing with the Stars, Jason Mraz and Adele, to name a few. They are inductees in the California Swing Dance and Camp Hollywood Hall of Fames. They continue to teach and perform all over the world, spreading their love for LA Style Lindy and Collegiate Shag.

Jeff Kroll, Wiskey/Moonshine Tasting Instructor

Jeff started ballroom dancing in college and pursued it for nine years. He discovered Lindy Hop and other forms of swing dancing, including his favorite, Balboa, throughout the 90’s. He started teaching Balboa nationally and internationally starting in 2003 with no end in sight.  Jeff was drawn to dancing in the first place because of his love for jazz and big band swing music. It is therefor no surprise that he is an active swing music DJ as well, with a special place in his heart (and in his feet) for Western Swing.

On the bar tending front, Jeff has been planning menus and shaking up spirited libations for nearly a decade for corporate and private events. His tent at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon is legendary. He trained for a short time at one of the nation’s top tiki bars, Forbidden Island, and was head bartender at the speakeasy themed bar Capone’s, both in Alameda, CA.

El Dedo, DJ

Hailing from the state of Arizona in the great Southwest, Dj el Dedo has amassed a fantastic album collection of authentic raw rockabilly, country and hillbilly boppers.  A perfect fit for the Western swing out! Renowned as one of the foremost Rockabilly Roots Dj's in the country, El Dedo has been a mainstay Guest DJ at viva Las Vegas and The New England shake up where he has co hosted many hillbilly boppers sets late into the night. Get ready to shuffle and bop on the honky tonk hardwood floor!

DJ Douglas Le Clair

DJ Doug LeClair (San Diego) is a preservationist of classic jazz, western swing, big band, R&B and jump blues music. He began with a college radio swing program in the late 90s and is considered San Diego's "first swing DJ" where he started as the house DJ for The Rocket Swing Club in El Cajon, California. He has performed at regular venues around town and this is his first time back out of retirement in almost six years.

James, DJ

Dj Jame is a staple of the Los Angeles rockabilly scene.

He is a DJ,  Promoter and Western swing Out fan favorite! He will be spinning your favorite and rare Honky Tonkin, and Hillbilly Trax on wax.  DJ James keeps the Jivers, Boppers and strollers coming all night long. This will be his 5th year as a Western Swing Out DJ.

Charlotte Del Rose, Host - Vintage Western Fashion Show

Charlotte Del Rose has been involved with vintage clothing since the young age of 14. She got her first job in a vintage clothing store  in 1981 and has worked in 11 different vintage stores in Los Angeles and back home in Texas. She has also worked for the producers of the Vintage Fashion Expo. Charlotte does hand sewing work & repairs of clothing, accessories, and jewelry for stores and private clients.  She has produced, directed, styled many 1920's thru 1940's era fashion shows for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the Egyptian Theatre. She has also styled 1930s & 1940s era weddings for clients, performers, and musicians.  Charlotte is an avid WWII reenactor and former Cowboy Shooter. Produces multiple  pop-up vintage sales and acted coordinator of the WSO's 2017 vendor room & fashion show. Everything vintage clothing and Western Swing Music are her passions. She is pictured here with Mr. Tiny of Tiny and Mary from 2017's Western Swing Out.

Christina Palomo, Judge - Best Dressed Competition

As Owner of Skirt Chaser Vintage-Burbank, CA Christina is fresh from judging the Vintage Swimsuit Competition at Viva Las Vegas, Christina will bring her enthusiasm for early western wear to the Western Swingout costume contest! She has a special place in her heart for all things western, especially the Mexican-influenced details on clothing, inspired by memories of the splendor of Mexican Rodeos and her Charro Grandfather.  Growing up, she collected scratchy old records of hillbilly and western swing and fell in love with these uniquely American styles of music… As a clothing collector and dealer for 20+ years she’s bought and traded some of the best and can’t wait to see what fancy duds you bring to the Swingout! 

DJ Dr. Nate

"DJ Dr. Nate grew up in Texas hearing his talented dad sing Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Elvis songs.  Sadly, he did not inherit his dad’s singing voice, so he spins the tunes instead! Dr. Nate was the Joe’s Tuesday night DJ & host for almost 6 years, before Covid closed it, and has been DJing professionally in the Los Angeles area for 15 years. Nate loves spinning a mix of genres that made dancing back in the “swing revival” days so fun, including Swing, Rockabilly, Western Swing, Jump Blues, and Doo-Wop. 


Nate just DJ'd and Emceed Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend #27 this past month, and will be appearing at several festivals this summer, including the Hot Rod Rock & Rumble. He DJ's regularly at the Burbank Moose Lodge, Secret Island Tiki Lounge, and Clifton's Republic. He hosts the weekly show "Swingin' & Rockin' - Get Up & Dance" on and has a channel at"


Marshall Watson, AKA Professor Watson, is a vintage vinyl and swing era music DJ. He is founder and producer of Swingtronic, a vintage nightlife event company established in 2013. Swingtronic runs a monthly event at The Airliner in LA where Watson is the resident DJ. Professor Watson also DJ’s at various vintage style events in Los Angeles and swing dance events throughout the nation. Along with being a DJ, Watson is also a professional swing dancer and dance instructor. 


Professor Watson is proud to be returning to the Western Swing Out Weekender and looks forward to spinning his Western Swing, Honky Tonk and vintage Country tunes for your listening and dancing pleasure!

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Christopher Burkhardt is an Orange County-based collector of vintage cowboy boots. He and his wife Cathie Ann currently own over 4 dozen pairs of unique collectible leather art.
In 1980, Burkhardt opened his first Western store in Kalamazoo, Mich. dubbed the Tumbleweed Connection. 
His Western boutique featured kickers from many of the top manufacturers during the Urban Cowboy craze. He soon became an avid collector, visiting boot-making sites like Mexico, El Paso and Santa Fe where he had custom boots made for him and his wife. Most of the boots in the collection have well-worn soles from two-step and swing dancing over the past 40 years.
He also published the nationally-distributed Western lifestyle magazine, "That’s Country," which featured numerous pictorials and interviews on cowboy boots. 
At the WSO Boot Contest at 3 pm on Saturday, you will find several categories of competition - and it’s all in fun! 
Prizes for Best Vintage Pair, Flashiest Boots and Most Beat-Up Boots allow patrons to show off their favorite kicks while the audience determines the winners by applause.


Dj Jump Blues Richard 

has been playing for over 20 years in Southern California at different vintage style events like Tom Ingrams Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, Christina Coffey’s The Western Swing Out, Mando Dorame of Royal Crown Quartet’s Resident DJ at Secret Island Tiki in Long Beach, California and various Rockabilly events all over So Cal. DJ Jump Blues Richard plays the musical styles of 40’s Jump Blues, 30’s & 40’s Swing, 50’s Rockabilly, 30’s & 40’s Western Swing. 


WSO is excited to share, a uniquely curated Tequila tasting experience. In true south west vintage spirit, we invite you to explore the world of Tequila and uncover the complexity and beauty of this ancestral spirit. Immerse yourself in

the cultural history and production of Agave tequiliana, Blue Weber Agave, the only variety of agave that produces Tequila. Our discussion will include cultivation practices, roasting and fermentation techniques, along with

distillation styles. Learn the fundamentals of the Tequila industry, while exploring and tasting the flavor profiles of newly introduced expressions of Blanco, Resposado. Añejo and Extra Añejo. You can expect to get to know your own palate, be confident in what to purchase for your home bar and what to ask for in a cocktail. Embark with us, on a tequila tasting journey to discover all there is to appreciate about Tequila and Agave spirits.


 Who is ready to dance non stop?? Well you do not have to look any further! 

Hello everyone my name is Corina from Cori's school of dance.

 I have been teaching rock n’ roll jive for almost six years. I won two jive competitions the first at a 2015 car show and the second at the world famous miss Sophia Wolff’ s Viva Las Vegas jive competition! I placed third place in the VLV bop contest, and I was officially the 1st woman ever to place in the second annual bop contest. 

My main goal as an instructor is to get you dancing and learn the wild side of rock n’ roll and jive which is my first love in dance and always will be! I want to spread that joy and get you dancing! 

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David and Kim met in a dark, smokey Swing dance class at a bar in 1994. By 1996 they were teaching Swing dance together at the world famous Brown Derby. It was there that they first learned to teach a class that was both informative and entertaining. Over the years they have honed their skills as teachers in small and large class rooms around the world. As competitors David and Kim have numerous titles together from The National Jitterbug , International Lindy hop, and US Open Championships, just to name a few. They have also been inducted into the California Swing Dance hall of Fame, both individually and as a couple. David and Kim’s real passion is teaching and sharing their love of all things Swing. They are known for their humorous and comprehensive teaching style that draws inspiration from Southern California Swing history. They look forward to seeing all of you on a dance floor soon!

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