Instructors


Couples Dance

Rowdy Dufrene
Meredith Stead
Shawn Swaithes &
Anthony Ferrara-Swaithes
Elkin Najar & Sidney Grant
Michael Sims
Lee Jenkins
Michael Frank
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DJs

Louie St. George
John Festa
Hank Whitmire
Mein Samala
John Quarto Von Tivadar
Kelli Kilgore
Tina Velotis

Line Dance

John Robinson
Judy McDonald
Nelson Clarke
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West Coast Swing

John Lindo
John Festa
Samantha Buckwalter
Jonathyn Jackson (aka. Phoenix Grey)
Erica Smith
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Couples Dances

 

Rowdy Dufrene

Rowdy has been dancing, teaching, judging and coaching for over 28 years.Read More…

 

Meredith Stead

Meredith judged the dance competition at the 1994 Gay Games in New York. Read More…

 

Shawn Swaithes &
Anthony Ferrara-Swaithes

These world class instructors and husbands are thrilled to share their passion for dance with the LGBTQ community once again at this year’s DC Out!Read More…

 

Elkin Najar and Sidney Grant

Bogota, Colombia native, Elkin discovered tango while studying to become a sociologist. Sidney is the 2011 USA Argentine Tango Champion. Read More…

 

Michael Sims

Michael has been providing lessons, choreography, and performing in American Style Ballroom, Rhythm, Swing and Salsa. Read More…

 

Lee Jenkins

Lee first attended a local country dance with his sisters in high school. He loved it so much …Read More…

 

Michael Frank

Michael has been dancing, choreographing, coaching and teaching country 2-step and swing for over 20 years.Read More…

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Line Dance

 

John Robinson

John discovered country dancing in 1993 while visiting Nashville for a work-related trade show. Read More…

 

Judy McDonald

Judy is an accomplished dance instructor, judge and award winning choreographer who has instructed all ages in …Read More…

 

Nelson Clarke

Nelson found his footing on the Country Line Dance floor at the early age of 11.Read More…

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West Coast Swing

 

John Lindo

John is an indispensible figure at international, national and local West Coast Swing Dance events. Read More…

 

John Festa

John, a Champion level dancer, embodies a true swing style that is the essence of origin of swing dancing Read More…

 

Samantha Buckwalter

Samantha began dancing at the age of 7 under the guidance of her mother Kelly Buckwalter Casanova. Read More…

 

Jonathyn Jackson
(aka. Phoenix Grey)

Jon’s been dancing to his own beat his whole life, though as a kid he called it “Flailing with Confidence” rather than dancing. Read More…

 

Erica Smith

Erica Smith is a versatile dancer from Beltsville, MD with extensive backgrounds in ballet, hustle, salsa and west coast swing.Read More…

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