Dance Workshops

Stompede Workshop

Workshop Overview

Get ready to dance like you've never danced before! No tedium here – you'll find an energy and excitement that make these workshops feel like special events themselves. We're inviting back many of our favorite, most dynamic instructors from past years, with over 50 hours of workshops in up to four rooms running simultaneously.

We offer instruction for all levels, from beginning to advanced, and all kinds of dance styles, including two-step, waltz, east coast swing, west coast swing, line dancing, and more. New to country-western dancing? Immerse yourself in the weekend and emerge from it dancing like you never thought possible! Already experienced? Learn new moves and perfect your form.

- Stompede registration includes all standard workshops for the weekend.
- A day pass ($40) includes admission to all standard workshops for the day.
- Day passes are purchased on-site.
- The fee for a single class is the same as the day fee ($40).

  • Friday, November 1 (4 sessions, 1–6 pm)
  • Saturday, November 2 (4 sessions, 10 am – 4 pm)
  • Sunday, November 3 (4 sessions, 11 am – 4 pm)

PREMIUM WORKSHOPS

Our regular offerings of workshops cover a wide range of topics for all levels to suit all of our attendees, but the classes tend to be quite large. Our Premium Workshops are designed for those who wish to learn in a more intimate setting: these workshops will be restricted to no more than twelve dancers (six leads and six follows). Advance reservations must be made, and there will be a nominal fee of $10 per workshop. Details to be announced in September.


Instructors

We're proud to present these illustrious instructors coming to the 2018 Stompede -- with more to come!

Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box (North Hollywood, CA) has taught for over 25 years American Smooth & Rhythm, International Standard & Latin, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, and Country Two-Step, competing in all styles and receiving numerous awards. He has instructed at the Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles, and this will be his eighth year teaching at the Stompede.

Samantha Buckwalter

Samantha Buckwalter

Samantha Buckwalter (Los Angeles) began dancing at the age of 7 under the guidance of her mother Kelly Buckwalter Casanova. Her competitive dance career began in 2001 and she now competes with the top Champion dancers. In 2009 she became the first woman to make finals as a leader in the Champions Division of a NASDE event. She continues to travel all over the world competing, coaching, and teaching with her dance partner Matt Richey.

Kelly Casanova

Kelly Casanova

Kelly Casanova (San Francisco Bay Area), two-time US Open Swing Dance Champion, has been teaching West Coast Swing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981. She has travelled throughout the United States competing, teaching, and judging. In 1999 her ground-breaking swing event, “Swing Break,” allowed same-gender couples to compete. Kelly was inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2004. website

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez (Los Angeles) has been a DJ for 27 years, currently spinning at Oil Can Harry's in Studio City on both country-western nights as well as the retro disco Saturdays, and many other clubs in the LA area. Rick is also a line dance instructor and well-known choreographer. He is the founder of the award-winning country-western dance troupe, The LA Wranglers, now in its 18th year, and the creator of Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles (WWLA).

Matt Ellinger

Matt Ellinger

Matt Ellinger (San Francisco) performed with the award-winning Barbary Coast Cloggers for twenty years and served as the Artistic Director from 1999-2009. He finds great joy in clogging, and has taught the dance form throughout the U.S. Matt Ellinger is a researcher by day and is often seen zooming around San Francisco on his bicycle.

Lee Fox

Lee Fox

Lee Fox (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), IAGLCWDC Dance Competition Director, has been teaching ballroom, latin, and swing dancing for over 40 years and CW dancing for over 25 years. He was a finalist in ballroom at the 1998 and 2002 Gay Games and IAGLCWDC champion in 1998. He has judged many times internationally. He was choreographer for numerous dance troupes including the Southern Country South Florida Dream Team, the SunDancers, Heels On Fire, and more.

Phoenix Grey

Phoenix Grey

Phoenix Grey (Portland, OR) discovered West Coast Swing in 2010. He then began his professional dance training by exploring every style he could get his hands on, but Swing remains his first and greatest love. Phoenix’s advocacy for role-based dancing helped change competition rules in mainstream West Coast Swing to allow nontraditional dancers. Phoenix was among the first in the world to achieve a dual “All-Star” competitive ranking both as a lead and as a follow.

Troy Inman

Troy Inman

Troy Inman (San Diego) has performed with Banevolks International, Dance Force, and DanceFx, and he is the co-founder and Artistic Director for Contact Dance Theatre - UNstrictly Ballroom. Troy is an aerialist specializing in the “silks” and is a big lover of AcroYoga. When not dancing, cross-fitting, or hanging upside-down, Troy is an executive at a global marketing technology company.

Jon Lee

Jon Lee

Jon Lee (New York) is the director/choreographer for the award-winning Manhattan Prairie Dogs! If you’ve seen them, you love them, if you haven’t … well get on the stick!! When he is not flicking his heels and twirling his skirt in a Prairie Dog routine he can be found in New York City flicking his heels and twirling his skirt at the Big Apple Ranch. Jon is one of the producers of the Big Apple Ranch, along with Susanna Stein.

Jonno Liberman

Jonno Liberman

Jonno Liberman (Los Angeles), a former Olympic roller skater, accidentally stumbled into the world of line dancing at the Sundance Saloon while living in San Francisco in 2012. It wasn’t long before he began creating his own line dances, which have gone on to earn several choreography awards, including two UCWDC World titles. Someof his most popular line dances include "Get Ugly," "Do It Like This," and "The Wolf."

Michael Metzger

Michael Metzger

Michael Metzger (San Francisco) began dancing in 2005 and immediately felt like he had found his tribe. Within a couple years he began teaching, and not long after he began choreographing. He loves bringing the joy of line dancing to as many people as possible, and he enjoys creating dances of diverse styles and difficulty levels. Something for everyone. He looks forward to seeing you in class, dancing, playing, and laughing.

Scott Schrank

Scott Schrank

Scott Schrank (Atlanta) has been line dancing since 1998. He has won top awards at numerous competitions in both IAGLCWDC and in the “Mainstream” dance world. Scott has been choreographer of Southern Line Atlanta since 2000. He has written over 60 line dances to date, including Georgia Winder, Somewhere WIth You, and Working It.

Carlton Thompson

Carlton Thompson

Carlton Thompson (Phoenix) was born and raised in Napa, CA and started line dancing at the age of fifteen. Carlton has been the lead line dance instructor at Charlie's Phoenix for the past ten years. From 2009 to 2015 Carlton was the director and choreographer for the Phoenix Heatwave dance group. Facebook page. Check out his contagious energy on his YouTube channel.

Rosa Turi

Rosa Turi

Rosa Turi (Long Beach) has been a country music DJ and Line Dance instructor for over 21 years. Known for her hip-hopish dance style, she teaches her line dances to all music genres. Rosa currently DJ’s and teaches line dances at Cowboy Country and The Executive Suite in Long Beach, as well as local line dance classes in Lake Forest and Irvine College. This is her fourteenth year participating with Stompede.

Sara Willis-Hilbrich

Sara Willbrich

Sara Willbrich (Washington, DC) started country-western dancing a couple of decades ago at LGBTQ venues in the Bay Area. Sara moved to DC about 10 years ago and discovered a whole new kind of two step – "progressive." For several years Sara competed in IAGLCWDC's CW couples division. She also founded the swing team DC Roleplay. Recently, Sara has been focusing on her family and social dancing, and is excited to teach again at the Stompede.