JOHN KIRKCONNELL & ALYSSA GLANVILLE
John and Alyssa have been partners for about two and a half years. John has been dancing West Coast Swing for the better part of a decade, almost the same as the age difference between him and Alyssa. When he began to teach, he quickly became one of Canada’s best dancers and instructors. He has traveled around North America and Europe spreading his personal love for Swing. All his students love his playful personality and the connection he makes with the music.
Alyssa started West Coast about 5 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the dance, especially the creative aspect drawn from other dances. She has experience in Lindyhop, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Jazz, and Ballet. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area has given her many opportunities to teach and grow in her own dance, and yet she chose to dance with John…
They both compete on the Swing Circuit in the Champions division. Together their partnership emphasizes musicality and connection. They made finals with their first routine at this past US Open, and are excited to continue growing together.
Paul found dance later in his life than most, not actually taking a formal dance class until he was well into his teen. Unlike most people this small fact would installed of a sense of limitation but to Paul it was just an excuse to give him even more focus.
With the a few years Paul was introduced to West coast swing, An introduction that would change his life profoundly.
Paul took to WCS very naturally and had soon out grown the depth of his teachers understanding in the UK and Europe. Paul than begin to travel across America to satisfy his insatiable need for greater experience and understanding.
Over the next few years while he passed on his knowledge and experience to a then buddy European WCS community he also began a very successful competition campaign amalgamating in becoming one of the first non-American dances to compete and place in the illustrious Champions division. His Elegant style, liquid transition an ability to interpret music something while maintaining a deep connection with his partner is something special. Paul stands out as one of the most noticeable dancers International on the social dance floor his experience in teaching west coast swing at all levels for well over a decade makes his classes a must for any budding WCS dancer looking to progress at any level.
Irina is a firecracker of a woman. Phenomenon if you will. Because what can you really say about this force of nature? Irina is a passionate and versatile dance teacher running her own dance school.
Dancing since she was 7, Irina was doing Ballroom, Belly Dancing, Jazz, Hustle, Discofox, Salsa, Bachata, WCS, and pretty much any social dance. She began taking a serious interest in West Coast Swing in 2010, learned from the best and has been a very successful competitor. She is the first dancer in Russia to reach the All-Star division and the first one to have Champion points. She has won the Advanced Jack & Jill at the US Open 2012, the first European All Star division at Midland Swing Open, the All-Star Jack & Jill at French Open 2014, BudaFest 2015, Mid-Atlantic Dance Jam 2015, first European Invitational J’n’J at UK Champs 2016, US Open 2016 in Strictly Swing, first All Star European Championship 2017.
When teaching she’s demanding and encouraging just in the right proportion.
Nowadays Irina travels all around the world from Asia to US dancing, teaching and competing in 13 coutnries, more than 30 cities. But most of all Irina is a social dancer. You can find her from the dancefloor all night long!
pj Turner & Tashina Beckmann
PJ Turner and Tashina Beckmann were brought together by a mutual passion: joy of movement through West Coast Swing.
They began their partnership in May 2013. Within their first year of partnership they placed Top 5 at major US NASDE and other WSDC events in the Classic Division, having a phenomenal start with their "Feel Again" routine. They continue to place Top 5 in the Classic Division as well in Champions Jack & Jill and Strictlies. Almost immediately following their debut they started teaching workshop weekends throughout the US and at the beginning of 2014 they were asked to be on staff at National and International Events. Promoters and students alike love their fun energetic personalities, humorous accents, professionalism, and passion for late night dancing.
Their partnership is strengthened by the fact that their individual and now mutual life dreams were to be professional dancers, and they are so grateful they get to experience this together. Together Tashina & PJ look forward to the continued journey of their West Coast Swing experience.
Bryn Anderson is a passionate dancer and an all-star/champion in West Coast Swing. She started competing five years ago at the age of 12, but has enjoyed dancing in a variety of styles from a very young age. She has studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary, as well as international latin. West Coast Swing, though, occupies a special place in her heart.
An accomplished competitor, Bryn earned 3rd Place Follower on the 2016 NASDE All-Star Jack & Jill Tour and has more recently placed at several events at the champion level. She has been a top competitor in elimination style tournaments as well, taking 4th place overall in the Swing 16 National Tournament and 1st in a number of more local tournaments. She has taught in the Houston area since 2014, and is happy to be teaching around the U.S. and in Europe in the coming year. Her quality of movement, stage presence, and musicality are her calling cards. She owes much of her style in swing to her Latin training and to her coaching from Ben Morris, Kyle Redd, and Arjay Centeno.
Having just graduated from high school, Bryn will be taking a gap year before entering college. In that year, she is excited to more fully devote her time and energies to West Coast Swing and pursue dance as a part of her professional life. She looks forward to stretching her wings in the dance world, and is eager to give back to a community that she loves so much.
Doug was born and raised in Wisconsin which is where he has spent most of his life. He has an extensive background in musical theater having held the positions of Actor, Director, Choreographer, Conductor and Producer for many productions. Doug's first love in music was the trumpet where he had the pleasure of playing in Jazz bands, pit orchestras and other community ensembles. Doug went on to attend VanderCook College of Music Education for his music teaching degree.
Doug's formal training in dance started when he stumbled upon West Coast Swing in 2001. Since then he has won numerous titles across the country, including US Open Champion. He taught many forms of dance full time from 2005 to present, including ECS, Hustle, Salsa, Night Club 2, Country 2 and of course West Coast Swing. He continues to travel on average 40 weekends a year.
Since 2012 Doug has traveled the West Coast Swing circuit competing with his classic routine partner Melissa Rollins.
Kjærsti is a performing dance artist with a great passion in West Coast Swing, Body Contact Improv and Yoga. Kjærsti´s passion is to share that movement is an innate part of life that must be awakened, alone or with a partner.