We have a team of amazing instructors and support staff! Each and everyone of them with their own unique set of skills and will to bring the best energy possible to the event. Obviously our main instructors are the core essence of the weekend and we are very proud to present this year's amazing line-up, wonderfully suited for the theme of our event!
Mario "Swing Daddy" Robau started dancing at the age of sixteen. He won the Southwest Regional title for the first time at the age of seventeen and began teaching professionally in 1986. Since 1990, Mario has traveled at least 40 weekends per year judging, teaching, deejaying, and emceeing at various dance workshops and conventions throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia in the swing, country western, and shag dance circuits. Mario's Competitive credentials include: 2 time U.S. Open Classic swing dance champion; U.S. Open Team Champion and co-choreographer; 10 time Dallas Dance champion; 6 time Southwest Regional champion; 10 time Texas State champion; 10+ City Houston Championships; undefeated slow whip champion; 4 time Grand National Champion; 2 time Phoenix Jack and Jill Champion; Dallas Dance Hall of Fame; Youngest person inducted into Swing Dance Hall of Fame. As an instructor, Mario was the first and only West Coast Swing instructor to teach professionally in all 50 states. He was also the first to develop the traveling "weekend intensive" workshop.
Maxime started dancing at the age of 5 in Lyon, France. He studied contemporary at the Conservatory for 6 years before starting his career in the West Coast Swing community. He is now one of the top male professionals, and was the first European to place in the top 5 of the Classic division at the US Open 2012. Torri began dancing when she was 3 years old in California, USA. She has studied other dances, but has always been a part of the West Coast Swing community; she has won the Young America/Young Adult divisions a total of 6 times at the US Open. Torri was the first and only person to win both the Classic and Showcase division in the same year at the 2010 US Open, and continued to win the Showcase division for the next 4 years. They have since built an amazing partnership travelling the world teaching and dancing together. They love the fun and social atmosphere of West Coast Swing, and always want to make their classes informative yet enjoyable for everyone.
Patty is universally regarded as one of the top female West Coast Swing dancers in the world. She is known for her superb "feel for the music," creativity, versatility, and especially her dynamism and charisma on the dance floor. She is also a highly respected international instructor, judge, and competitor. She has won numerous national competitions and awards, including also placing multiple times at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. Patty travels all over the world sharing her vast knowledge in WCS and other dance forms. She is a tough teacher who focuses on technique (centering, musicality, footwork, lead/follow skills, etc), musicality, timing, creativity, and most important of all, having fun. Her classes are challenging, innovative, and insightful. Her methods have produced some of the best dancers in the USA. Her dance training includes West Coast Swing, Ballroom, Salsa, Jazz, Lyrical, Hustle, Lindy, and Country.
Doug Silton, professional dancer, choreographer, performer, and instructor, has been dancing since 1988 and has been teaching, competing, and performing internationally since 1998. He travels the globe sharing his love of social dancing, technique, as well as judging on the WSDC and NASDE circuits and competing in the Showcase and Sophisticated dance divisions. Originally from Los Angeles suburbia, Doug traveled to Maine for his undergraduate degree in Art History from Bowdoin College (class of 2000), lived abroad in Florence (1998-1999) where he started teaching swing dancing. Doug is a top competitor (Showcase Division) and judge on the NASDE West Coast Swing tour, a 3-time American Lindy Hop and Blues Champion, and a 2-Time World Swing Dance Champion. Doug is the only competitor to ever be a finalist in Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Carolina Shag in the same year at the US Open Swing Dance Championships.
Dillon and Chantelle met social dancing at Mission City Swing in 2014. They enjoyed dancing with each other early on, and even did an intermediate strictly together at Desert City Swing in Arizona in 2015 (you’re sure to enjoy that video if you can find it!). They both performed routines with other partners throughout the years, but it was not until the end of 2017 that Chantelle reached out to Dillon about doing a Showcase routine. It only took a few practices to realize that her extensive background in ballet and his versatile background in sports and acrobatics would form the basis for a very athletic showcase performance. With the early success of their first routine, Work Song, they began to study and practice the dance together. Eventually, their dedication led them to enter into the realm of teaching, judging, and all facets of the West Coast Swing world. Today, they compete, teach, and perform all over the world.
If you want to learn a little bit more about WCS and how it all went about, you should check out this video from MADJam 2019, where Robert Royston holds a seminar explaining the roots and development of West Coast swing over the years. The clip is about an hour long, but worth every minute and a must see for anyone who loves our dance!Video clip!