Joel is a Champion West Coast Swing dancer and active competitor in the Showcase routine division, and he dances all over the country (and world!) for fun. Originally trained in Ballroom dancing, he loves teaching workshops, especially concept-based ones, and has started experimenting with short collaboration videos as a way of promoting WCS to new groups of people.
John K. Piper
Piper is also a Champion and has been teaching West Coast swing on the national level for the past ten years. He began his dance journey as a high school student dancing with the Paradise dancers. He has competed, choreographed, and won countless awards in Showcase, Team Routines, Classic, Rising star, Pro-am, and Champions Jack and Jill. He is best known for social dancing and building community. Dance to him is about connection and allowing dancers to share their art with each other.
Melissa began her training at age four at Star Dance Studio in San Francisco. While studying Lindy Hop for three years, Melissa dabbled in the social West Coast Swing scene. It wasn't long before she found an intense passion for WCS due to the versatility of the dance and the music. Currently, Melissa teaches, competes, judges, choreographs, and performs all over the world. She is ranked among the top WEST COAST SWING dancers in the world and has won numerous champion level competitions including Showcase Swing, Classic Swing, Strictly Swing, Team, and Jack & Jill Competitions.
One of the fastest male dancers to climb the ranks to the Champions division, Arjay has developed a reputation for his unique teaching style, his innovative patterns and musicality. Arjay has won many awards in all dance divisions of the highest caliber; such as Strictly Swing division, Invitational and Champions Jack and Jill division, and both Classic and Showcase Divisions. He has also been a member of Shazam, a West Coast Swing team comprised of the world’s best Champion west coast swing dancers. Arjay currently competes, judges, coaches, choreographs and teaches all over the world.
Michael has been training and dancing for the past 20 years, in most styles of Partner Dancing. He is considered one of the top Champion West Coast Swing dancers in the world. Michael has been traveling, teaching and performing not only in the United States but in countries like Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. He is known for his instruction, choreography, unique style, approach and quality. Michael is dedicated to the growth of WCS as a fun and exciting social activity for everyone to enjoy.
Cameo started dancing almost immediately after birth. Daughter of Michael and Amber Cross (The 1st US Open Swing Dance Champions ever), she was exposed to WCS almost immediately. Dance has always been her life, as she changed her focus to classical ballet which took her to great heights going through the University of Arizona School of Dance on full scholarship, and then dancing with River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, IL. In Chicago, she found her way back into WCS, and this eventually led her to California, which is where she currently resides. In 2016, Cameo was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and in June 2018, won a local Northern California Emmy for her work in BaseBallet II: Into the Game. At age 34, Cameo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience not only related to WCS, but also dancing as a whole that is extremely valuable for WCS dancers to gain an understanding of to apply to their own bodies and movement.
Ben started dancing WCS at 11 years old, and he very quickly fell in love with the dance. At 16, he had already competed and placed in the Champions division. Now age 33, he has been teaching for over 10 years. Known for his extremely outgoing personality, and his love for social dancing in WCS, he continues to bring joy into WCS dancers lives everywhere across the world. In 2017, Ben was also inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Austin Kois is a Champion level West Coast Swing dancer. He started dancing West Coast Swing nearly 10 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to his mother. Dancing for him was and is always about making friends and having a great time doing it. He strives to have enjoyable, connected, and creative social dances and to enjoy connecting and dancing with people from around the world.
Estelle Bonnaire is a Champion level West Coast Swing dancer. She is from Montpellier, France and is now living in Northern California. She teaches, judges and competes regularly. (More info to come)
Jason has over 20 years of experience in various forms of dance, including: Ballroom, Country, Swing, Latin and others. He is an active competitor in the WSDC circuit. He's spent the last 12 years building West Coast Swing University in the U.S. and Canada. Today, he teaches thousands of children in schools and special cotillion events each year. Jason believes that building a “backyard” of dancers is the key to growing our dance community and sharing the love of dance worldwide. He as also won many Jack & Jills and Strictlys in the Champions Division!!