Instructor_RowdyDufreneRowdy has been dancing, teaching, judging and coaching for over 28 years. He was born and raised in South Louisiana, and began his dancing career by accident. He went out Country and Line Dancing one night and was hooked. About a year later he was asked to start teaching group classes in Couples and Line Dancing in a nightclub, at first he was hesitant, but it soon became a job he loved. Rowdy used to have a group class of over 500 or more line dancers when he started teaching. He started his competitive dance career with his first competition in Las Vegas back in 1991 and he has not stopped since then.

Rowdy currently lives and teaches in Austin, Texas, at the new Rhythms Social Dance Studio. Currently, Rowdy is competing and performing with Professional Country Dance Partner Gretchen Smith, in the past three years together they have won many Masters Classic Championships. They placed 3rd Overall in the Masters Classic Division at this year’s UCWDC World Championships, held in Nashville, Tennessee! They are both excited to see what the 2016 year brings for them as they continue their dance journey!

He also competes in the American Country Dance Associations top Couples and Line Dance Division of Superstars, and has won the Division more than anyone with former partners Suzanne McKown and Sherry Reynolds. He and Gretchen are the current American Country Dance Associations Superstar Champions!

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