Phoenix-lrgJon’s been dancing to his own beat his whole life, though as a kid he called it “Flailing with Confidence” rather than dancing. The “Flailing” was largely comprised of cliché movie dance moves combined with a heavy influence from Michael Jackson choreography. For a high school talent show, he taught himself the choreography to Thriller and then taught it to his friends. The performance was a hit, and the crowd loved it.

In 2010, Jon discovered West Coast Swing, and a new life passion in partner dancing. From there, he began his professional dance training by exploring every style he could get his hands on: Ballroom, Salsa, Blues, Argentine Tango, and most recently, Zouk…. but Swing remains his first and greatest love. He knew early on that he enjoys following even more than leading, which has spurred him to excel in both roles, having claimed multiple 1st place wins on the national circuit as both a lead and a follow. Exercising both roles has given him a broad understanding of the intricacies of partner dancing, as well as crafted him into an extremely versatile social dancer and a wonderful teacher and trainer for both leaders and followers. Dancing is his light in life, and he’s eager to share that light with the world.

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