Teachers

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann

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Jordan and Tatiana 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.

Ben Morris &  Victoria Henk

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Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer Ben began swing dancing at the age of 12. He is now a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner, and a featured dancer in the movie Love N’ Dancing and the Leann Rimes Music Video “Swingin.” He currently lives in Orange, California, but travels all over the United States nd the world, to teach, compete, judge, and perform. He’s known for his fun dance style, infectious personality, and enjoyable workshops.

Victoria Henk’s shenanigans began at age 4 with ballet and gymnastics, with hip hop and jazz soon joining the mix at age 6.  At the age of 8 she starting training at the Schwimmer’s 5678 Dance Studio where she was quickly placed onto both the juniors West Coast Swing and Jazz teams.  Victoria’s passion and ability for both the solo dances and West Coast Swing was cultivated at the studio until she began to dedicate as much time to it is as she possibly could.  When she began to compete she quickly met with success, culminating in her winning the 2014 NASDE All Star Tour and immediately afterwards beginning to place and final in Champions divisions.  She now teaches hip hop at Buddy Schimmer’s Dance Center, continues to train at the Edge Performing Arts Center in LA with the top choreographers in the world, travels around the globe to teach West Coast Swing with her new partner Ben Morris, and is a full time student at a University.  In her spare time she likes to…wait…spare time?  What spare time?

Maxence Martin Virginie Grondin 

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Maxence 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 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.

Maxime Zzaoui & Torri Smith

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Maxime, a European dance phenomenon started with ballet, jazz and all kinds of partner dances. His recognisable unique dance style and humour made him very popular throughout the WCS planet. He is gracefully switching to any dancing role, an outstanding spinner.

Torri  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.

Michael Kielbasa & Brandi Tobias

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Brandi  is a world-renowned dancer, teacher, coach, and choreographer who specializes in West Coast Swing.

Dancing was not a part of Brandi’s early life. Beginning at age 5, softball was her focus. It paid off, as she was awarded a full athletic scholarship to pitch for Marshall University. After making it to the final round of trials for the US Olympic team, Brandi was ready for the next chapter in her life.

Dancing happened by accident. A move to Las Vegas and a night out at a county/western club with her sister, Brandi found what she was meant to do. After joining a dance team, she took the bold step of moving to Michigan to pursue her first professional dance partnership. Less than 2 years later, she won her first world championship.

Brandi holds titles in Country/Western, International 10 Dance, and West Coast Swing, however, it is West Coast Swing that has captured her heart. An active competitor, she travels the globe teaching, judging, and performing. She is known as one of the top technicians in the world and has the pleasure of sharing her knowledge with dancers of all levels.

Brandi currently lives in San Diego with her 2 children. She, along with her partner, Ronnie DeBenedetta, is director of City of Angels swing dance event in Los Angeles.

Branditobias.com has been created as a hub for dancers of all levels who share a love of West Coast Swing. It is a positive, creative, collaborative environment to learn, share, and grow in your knowledge and understanding of the dance.

Michael

 

Michael has been training and teaching for the past 10 years, in most styles of
Partner Dancing. He lives in San Diego and teaches out of Starlight Dance Studio. As
one of the top Champion West Coast Swing Professionals Michael has been traveling
teaching and performing all throughout the United States and the World in countries
like Canada, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. He is
known for his Instruction, Choreography, unique Style and Approach. Michael is
dedicated to the growth of all dance and its recognition as a sport and exciting social
activity for everyone to enjoy.