Jordan & Tatiana
They have been partners since 2000, and are 13-Time US Open Champions, Multi Grand National Champions, and the most celebrated couple in West Coast Swing. Their TV and movie appearances include 30 Seconds to Fame, Star Search, Good Morning America, The Polar Express, Love N’ Dancing, CMT Video Awards and LeAnn Rimes Swingin Video. They travel 47 weekends per year teaching and performing all over the world.
Benji & Torri
Benjamin “Benji” Daniel Schwimmer (born on January 18, 1984) is an American professional dancer, choreographer, actor, and lead singer of the band “The Weekend Forecast”. On August 16th, 2006 he was crowned “America’s Favorite Dancer”, as the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance and has choreographed for both the U.S. and the international versions of the show. Benji artistically directs for LeAnn Rimes and Paula Abdul. He co-starred in the 2010 film Leading Ladies.
Benji is known for his versatility in mixing the arts of solo dance and partnering. He works for the non-profit group, Dancers Everywhere Making a Needed Difference (D.E.M.A.N.D). Benji is songwriter, producer, and vocalist for pop-rock band The Weekend Forecast.
Torri, lives in Murrieta, CA and has been dancing since she was 3. She concentrated on jazz, tap and ballet early on until she was introduced to West Coast Swing by Buddy and Laurie Schwimmer (Kauffman). Torri fell in love with swing dancing and competed at her first U.S. Open at the age of 7. She has not missed an Open since then. She currently has been honored with winning the Young America Division in 2001 and 2002 and the Young Adult Division in 2006 with her previous partner, Josh Mosier, as well as the team division with her teammates on Jump Start II in 2005.
Torri also has trained in International Style Latin Dance and competed for several years in this discipline in which she won the Junior II Division title at Nationals in 2005. She has appeared in Disney’s Suite Life of Zack and Cody in 2006 as a dancer. She also worked as assistant choreograher to Benji Schwimmer on Fox’s hit television series So You Think You Can Dance in the United States as well as Canada in 2007 and 2008. In April of 2009, she danced with Benji on ABC Dancing with the Stars performing with Demi Lovato.
Maxence & Virginie
Maxence Martin is the only french dancer who reached the West Coast Swing Champion title.
Ex-Champion of judo and black belt, he started his dance carrier in Lindy-Hop. Quickly falling in love with WCS, he started his training in 2007 with the Greatests in California. He reached Champions level in less than a year. Involved in the West Coast Swing community and travelling all over the world to share his knowlegde and his passion for this dance, he was recently rewarded with Award of the Best International Dancer at the Westie Awards Nominations ceremony of 2011. He showed his 2 first routines at the US Open with his famous partner Kelese Key (Texas).
Maxence is one of the most talented, appreciated and kind dancers of his generation.
Virginie Grondin is one of the best West Coast Swing dancers in Europe right now, and she is progressively proving herself in the United States. In particular, she won the UK Open and the Midland Swing Open in 2010. She placed in the Champions division at three of the biggest american events : Boogie By the Bay (San Francisco), MadJam (Washington) and Swing Diego (San Diego).
Virginie began her dance training when she was only five years old. Beginning with the rock’n'roll and the Boogie, she moved to individual dances, like modern jazz, classical and contemporary dance. She studied in the National Superior Dance Conservatory and succeeded in the technical final examination. She discovered West Coast Swing in 2007, she’s growing very quickly in the community, thanks to her previous training and her natural talent for this dance.
Maxence and Virginie started a great partnership in 2012 between the two best french WCS dancers. They made finals in the huge Classic division in Swing Diego this year.