John, a Champion level dancer, embodies a true swing style that is the essence of origin of swing dancing – he learned swing dancing from his parents who are also avid dancers. His smooth and pure West Coast Swing is polished by Festa’s former ballet training.In the mid-1990s, John originated the most prominent West Coast Swing scene that New York City has ever seen, the North River Bar. His music, ambiance, and dancing put New York City on the West Coast Swing “map”.As a judge, he is particular to the technical details of connection and musicality. As a dancer, he perhaps one of the most elegant. And, as a DJ he his remarkable. There is a reason why people will always talk about John Festa when they talk about West Coast Swing music, he has captured the essence of swing.