WCS IS IN MY BLOOD

Nino diGiulio & Dawn Lara -- Nino is the Founder and Director of May I Have This Dance Inc, a premier social dance school based in Chicago, with outreach throughout the United States and Internationally. Teaching social Ballroom, Latin, and Salsa professionally since 1995, he is most well-known and sought after for his in-depth, technical, yet fun and creative way of teaching West Coast Swing and Modern Hustle. An All-Star and Champion dancer himself, Nino has trained numerous other dancers who’ve rapidly rose to the level of Advanced, All-Star, and Champion dancers. Nino has also tutored and developed his staff from the ground up to be among the best West Coast Swing and Hustle dance instructors on the circuit. Nino and the May I Have This Dance professionals have recently created the most robust West Coast Swing curriculum available today, with over 75 courses and 300 hours of learning material for all levels of dancers.

Dawn is a senior Instructor with the prestigious May I Have This Dance social dance studio, as well as a national WCS & Hustle competitor, coach, and judge. Based out of Chicago, she is proud to be a helping Hustle gain in popularity throughout the midwest using a contemporary style and sharing the joy of Hustle with swing and salsa dancers.

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Jennifer DeLuca began dancing at the age of five in ballet and jazz under the Royal Academy syllabus. She continued until the age of 13 when she was invited to join a college level ballroom dance team, competing and performing throughout Florida. She began learning and competing in West Coast Swing at the age of 15 - winning first place at her first national competition in the Intermediate level. Shortly thereafter, she was selected to perform as a featured dancer in the short film, "The Marionette." After completing her studies in hospitality, Jennifer started her own company, Floor On Fire, Inc. in Orlando at the age of 21. Floor On Fire held multiple annual contracts with area resorts for weekly ballroom dance classes for their guests, taught by one of three teachers on staff. Jennifer is currently performing, teaching and judging on the West Coast Swing circuit. She has placed second nationally with NASDE (National Association of Swing Dance Events) in 2007 and 2008. Jennifer also enjoys choreographing routines, teaching private lessons and workshops both domestically and abroad. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing at home with her husband, Erik and their Yorkie named Lucy.
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Angel Figueroa, has received international acclaim for his performance, choreography, and dance instruction all over the U.S., Europe, and Japan. His choreography and dancing have been seen of film, video, television (most recently on All My Children), in print (Bridal Guide Magazine) and stage. Angel is an award winning competitor in Mambo, Hustle, West Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, and International Latin. He holds over 30 titles in American Style Rhythm including Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Division Champion. He has represented the United States at the World Cup in Switzerland. Angel is the 1998 ASDC, 1997 SOS Grand National, and the 1996 US Open Cabaret Champion.

Angel has been competing on the West Coast Swing circuit since 1999. Since then, he and his wife, Debbie, have won many major titles including the USA Grand Nationals, Dallas Dance, ASDC, and many others. Angel is also a top dancer in Invitational Strictly Swings and Jack and Jills. He has won the 2005 Invitational Jack and Jill competition at Swingtime in the Rockies in Denver, CO. He currently lives in Austin, TX and works teaching, judging, and preforming at events across the nation. Please visit his website at www.debbieandangel.com.
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Cindy-Lee Overton, Cindy-Lee is the owner and senior teacher of 1st Danz - a dance studio/club located in Ft. Myers FL. The studio specializes in excellent instruction for the social floor for the novice dancer, coaching for competitive dancers, teacher training and Pro/Ams for the new competitor. Cindy-Lee’s career started as a jazz/ballet/tap dancer who could sing. She spent twenty years in the NYC musical theatre. She has vocal 2 CDs with her Jazz Band, has been nominated for the NYC MAC awards for vocal performance and she was a resident member of the Light Opera of Manhattan. Cindy-Lee is a member of Actors Equity - the professional actors Union. She is delighted to be a part of IHSC and looks forward to a terrific weekend.
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Robert & Nicola Royston, She started her career as a NY actor, singer, dancer working with the Oasis Theatre Company in NYC, with appearances on ABC’s “All My Children”, and in National Tours. of Musicals. He started his career as a competitive Country and Swing dancer, winning many World and US Open titles before dancing on Broadway. He is also a UCWDC Hall of Fame member.

Together they compete, teach and judge all over the world and are USA Grand National Cabaret Champions, US National Cabaret Champions, Many Time Showcase Swing Champions, Top 5 NASDE finishers, Div 1 Country Grand Champions, UCWDC Star Award winners, Champion Strictly Swing and Jack n Jill dancers, and 2011 UCWDC World Champions in the Showtime Division.

They have performed on stage’s in NYC like Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Broadway’s Palace Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park, on television shows, The Today Show, NY1, ABC’s Country Music Association Awards Show, and on film in “Love n’ Dancing”. They have also worked with artists like Brooks and Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, SugarLand, Taylor Swift and Champion Ice Dancers The Kerr’s.

Robert’s Choreography can also be seen on film in “Crank 2 High Voltage” Starring Jason Statham and Amy Smart, and “Gamer” Starring Gerard Butler and Michael C. Hall, for Taylor Swift’s music video “Love Story”, CMT 2009 Video of the Year, and on her 2009 World Tour, and most recently the opening medley of the Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS.

He has also produced stage, film and TV. Creating commercial work for many other swing and country dancers! But above all Nicola and Robert love being parents!!!
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Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich teach, choreograph, judge, and compete on the West Coast Swing and Hustle circuits. They teach group classes in New Jersey and New York, and have a combined teaching experience of over 25 years. With an emphasis on partnering essentials, they bring joy and confidence to your dancing, whether through patterns basic or advanced, complex or elegant, with groove and flow throughout. Together they will help you understand the fundamentals and add a creative edge to your Swing and Hustle dancing. As Competitors, Hazel and Tybaldt Ulrich are 2 time World Hustle Champions, and have each won Invitational Jack and Jills in WCS and Hustle, Often placing high in WCS Classic, Hustle, Cabaret, and Triple Threat (hustle/salsa/WCS) divisions. As Performers, Tybaldt and Hazel are known for their versatility, bringing power and subtlety to many dances, and showcasing regional varieties of swing- West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, Lindy Hop, Texas Whip/Push, and Balboa to convey the richness and depth of American partner dancing.

 

 

 

The International Hustle Salsa Competition brings together an eclectic group of today’s dance stars – all very accomplished with their own unique style. Whether you’re a beginner or an established professional, our workshops are sure to offer just the class you seek.

West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection. This dance puts a premium on improvisation.

Click on the names below to view your WCS Professionals:

Trish Berlanga
Nino diGiulio & Dawn Lara
Jennifer DeLuca
Angel Figueroa
Cindy Lee Overton
Mario Robau
Robert & Nicola Royston
Demery Strickland & Danielle Biouin
Mark Traynor
Tybaldt & Hazel Ulrich

Steven White & Sabrina Paxman

 

 

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