2019 Instructors, DJs and Judges - 2020 TBA
This World Famous Dynamic Duo will be teaching a combination of Lindy Hop and Bal Swing. Both styles of dance perfectly suited to the tempo of Western Swing Music!
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 have been honored to have worked in Hollywood as choreographers, consultants and performers, with many credits to their name.
But with all these accomplishments, 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 and has kept them in demand these many years. They look forward to seeing all of you on The Western Swingout dance floor soon!
Stephen Sayer is dedicated to preserving the great American partner jazz dances of the 1920′s-1950′s. Originally from Dayton, Ohio Steve began dancing in 1998 at the age of 16. Falling in love with lindy hop and other dances of the swing era he traveled to the east and west-coasts to dance, study and learn the different styles of swing dancing.
In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles and soon began teaching weekly at Joe’s Bar and Grill in Burbank. In 2009 he began competing, winning many Los Angeles contests such as the Bayside Lindy Battle and the Paladino’s Jitterbug contest. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he won 1st place in the Collegiate Shag division at the National Jitterbug Championships with partner Fancy Dougherty. Also in 2011 he won 1st place with partner Chandrae Roettig at the National Jitterbug Championships and the US Open Strictly Lindy Hop divisions. In 2012 he and Chanzie won the Camp Jitterbug Strictly Lindy, US Open Strictly Lindy and came in 2nd at the International Lindy Hop Championships. In 2012 Stephen was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Today Steve teaches weekly at Madilyn Clark Studios in North Hollywood and has started the California Jubilee performance teams. He is committed to improving and pushing the limits of his own dancing as well as those who take his classes. His focus of connection to partner and music are what makes his dancing and teaching so unique.
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.
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 Jump Blues Richard is a long time LA rockabilly scene staple. He is an award winning JIver and DJs Viva Vas Vegas Annually. He is well known for his wide variety of original 45's and amazing taste in classic tunes!
Since forming 25 years ago, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys have toured continuously and become torchbearers of American roots music. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Robert "Big Sandy" Williams has few contemporaries. With the release of their new album "What a Dream It's Been," Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about. in his 25 plus years of music Big Sandy has amassed a significant collection of RnB, country, roots, and rockabilly music which he will use to keep us all boppin' along on the dance floor into the early hours at this year's Western Swing Out Weekender!
Another staple of the Los Angeles rockabilly scene this DJ and Promoter is a fan favorite! He will be spinning your favorite and rare Honky Tonkin, and Hillbilly Trax on wax.
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.
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!