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 includes admission to all standard workshops for the day.
- Day passes are purchased on-site. ($50 on Friday and Saturday, $40 on Sunday)
- The fee for a single class is the same as the day fee.

  • Friday, September 4 (5 sessions, 10 am – 5 pm)
  • Saturday, September 5 (5 sessions, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Sunday, September 6 (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 will be announced in early August.


Instructors

We're proud to present these illustrious instructors at the 2020 Stompede, with many 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 ninth year teaching at the Stompede.

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

Helen Chao

Helen Chao

Helen Chao (Oakland, CA) currently competes at the All-Star level in West Coast Swing and has taught internationally. Helen is a proud alum of DC Roleplay and a current member of an all-female routine swing trio, Triversity. In November 2018, Helen and partner Lia Brown became the first same-sex couple to win the Rising Star Tour.

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez (Los Angeles) has been a DJ for 28 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 19th 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 began his professional dance training by exploring every style he could find, but Swing remains his 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. website

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.

Ron Jenkins

Ron Jenkins

Ron Jenkins (San Francisco) Ron first started dancing in Chicago in 1993. He has enjoyed teaching at Sundance Saloon for many years. He performed with the Barbary Coast Cloggers from 2001 to 2007 and then began same-sex ballroom dancing in 2007. He and his dance partner, Photis Pishiaras, have won many titles in California, the US and North America, and medaled at the 2010, 2014 and 2018 Gay Games. Ron is also a founding member of Vima Vice Squad.

Michelle Kinkaid

Michelle Kinkaid

Michelle Kinkaid (San Francisco Bay Area) is a 4-time US Open Swing Dance Champion. Numerous other titles and awards include both the World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. In addition to running her own studio, Michelle has a line of instructional videos, and is the organizer of the Mountain Magic Swing Dance Convention in Lake Tahoe, NV. website

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.

Ari Levitt, MD

Ari Levitt, MD

Ari Levitt (Seattle) has been teaching and performing nationally and internationally for over 30 years. He is one of this country's leading innovators in the areas of "blended" social-partner dance, cross-step waltz, "fusion" waltz, "fusion" swing, and night club 2-step. He is director of numerous dance events throughout the world, including Waltz Week in Vienna, Mexico Dance Week, and more. More info: www.rolluptherug.com.

Jonno Liberman

Jonno Liberman

Jonno Liberman (Anaheim, CA), a former Olympic roller skater, stumbled into the world of line dancing at the Sundance Saloon in 2012. He soon began creating his own line dances which have earned several awards, including two UCWDC World titles. Some of his most popular line dances include "Get Ugly," "Do It Like This," and "The Wolf." Today, he is part of the choreography team for the L.A. Wranglers and travels regularly to teach both line and couples dancers.

John Lindo

John Lindo

John Lindo (Houston / New York) is one of the best known West Coast Swing dancers in the world. After beginning in country-western dance in 1992, he made his mark on the West Coast Swing circuit by winning countless awards, including first place at the U.S. Open, Grand Nationals, Phoenix Champion of Champions, and the North Atlantic All Star Division. John remains an influential presence on the national West Coast Swing scene. website

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.

Yenni Setiawan

Yenni Setiawan

Yenni Setiawan (San Francisco Bay Area) started dancing at age 4 while growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia. By the time she was 7 she was a regular performer on both stage and television. Yenni discovered West Coast Swing in 2005 and quickly rose to compete in the Champions division. Together with her fiancé, Warren Pino, for ten years she has run a renowned weekly WCS dance, WnY Dance, now in San Rafael, CA.

Susanna Stein

Susanna Stein

Susanna Stein (New York) traces her country-western dancing roots to San Francisco’s Rawhide Bar in the mid-1980s. After moving to New York City, she began competing in and teaching dance, and co-founded the Manhattan Prairie Dogs. In 1997, Susanna co-founded the Big Apple Ranch, New York City’s twice-monthly country-western dance club, which she still runs with Jon Lee.

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 over 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.

Ingu Yun

Ingu Yun

Ingu Yun (San Francisco) DJs and occasionally teaches at the Sundance Saloon in San Francisco, as well as various community events around the country and internationally, including IAGLCWDC conventions and RSVP cruises. He serves as the president of the Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing, the nonprofit organization that produces Sundance Saloon and the Sundance Stompede.