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 2 (4 sessions, 1–6 pm)
  • Saturday, November 3 (4 sessions, 10 am – 4 pm)
  • Sunday, November 4 (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. See below for details.


Instructors

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

Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box (Thousand Oaks, 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 sixth 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, “Spring Break,” allowed same-gender couples to compete. Kelly was inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2004. website

Melanye Coleman

Melanye Coleman

Melanye Coleman (Washington, DC) has been dancing all her life, and is comfortable doing many couples' dances … but is definitely a West Coast Swing fanatic at her core. She is dedicated to continually improving her own dancing, and has applied that same dedication to being the best dance instructor since 2005. She is excited to share her joy for dancing with the Stompede community.

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez (Los Angeles) has been a DJ for 26 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 17th year, and the creator of Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles (WWLA).

Jim Drew

Jim Drew

Jim Drew (Seattle) has been dancing country-western since 1990 and teaching and choreographing since 1994. He is a DJ and instructor for the Rain Country Dance Association in Seattle, and co-chairs the Emerald City Hoedown. He has performed with the San Jose Spurs, the San Francisco Saddletramps, and Seattle’s Rain City Rhythm Riders.

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 20 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, and Heels On Fire.

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 was also a founding member of Vima Vice Squad.

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.

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.

Meredith Stead

Meredith Stead

Meredith Stead (New York) ran her own studio, Shall We Dance, with her husband John Knapp. She has many choreography and consulting credits for Broadway shows, television and film. She has  judged at many LGBT competitions. She and her dance partner Daphna Locker took silver in Standard Ballroom in their age category at the 2014 Gay Games and were the 2015 United States Same-Sex Champions in the Women's Standard division.

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.

Rosa Turi

Rosa Turi

Rosa Turi (Long Beach) has been a country music DJ and line dance instructor for nearly 20 years. Known for her hip-hopish dance style, she teaches line dances to all music genres. Rosa currently DJs and teaches line dances at Cowboy Country and The Executive Suite in Long Beach, as well as guest DJs at Kicker’s in San Diego. This is her twelfth 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.

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.


Schedule of Workshops

This should be final -- but there is always the possibility of change. Check the Stompede info bulletin board at the hotel for updates.
• Green = beginner level
• Yellow = intermediate level
• Red = advanced level

FRIDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
NOV 2 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
1:00 pm –
2:00 pm
SF Line Dances (1)
Michael Metzger
Carlton Thompson
Int Prog 2-step
QQSS for SSQQers
Sara Willbrich
WCS Basics For
Advanced Dancers
Samantha Buckwalter
 
2:15 pm –
3:15 pm
Beg SF-style 2-step
Jon Lee
3:30 pm –
4:30 pm
Int SF-style 2-step
SSQQ for QQSSers
Sara Willbrich
Beg Waltz
Lee Fox
Line Dances (2)
Rick Dominguez
4:45 pm –
5:45 pm
Adv SF-style 2-step
SSQQ for QQSSers
Jim Drew
Line Dance 101
Michael Metzger
Line Dances (3)
Scott Schrank
 

NOTES:
• Progressive-Style 2-Step refers to the QQSS style of two-step (i.e. starting on the "quick" step) most commonly seen in the US, but not generally practiced in LGBT clubs in California.
• SF-Style 2-Step refers to the SSQQ style of two-step (i.e. starting on the "slow" step) more common in the western US, incorporating moves that have a swing feel to them. Visitors accustomed to the QQSS or "progressive" style of two-step are especially encouraged to learn this style for easier mingling with the natives.
• Line Dances
(1) The Wolf (int) • Lonely Drum (int) • Mambo Moves (int) • Feel It Still (int) • Play That Sax (adv)
(2) If My Baby Doesn’t Love Me (int) • Take Over The World (int)
(3) Someday-Someway (int)

SATURDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
NOV 3 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
10:00 am –
11:00 am
Beg WCS
John Lindo
Int SF-style 2-Step
Ron Jenkins
Line Dances (1)
Michael Metzger
Beg SF-style 2-step
Jeremy Box
11:15 am –
12:15 pm
Beg-Plus WCS
Kelly Casanova
Adv SF-style 2-Step
Jeremy Box
Line Dances (2)
Rosa Turi
Beg-Plus SF 2-Step
Sara Willbrich
12:15 pm –
1:30 pm
LUNCH BREAK
1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
Beg-Int Shadow
Troy Inman
Int Waltz
Jeremy Box
Line Dances (3)
Carlton Thompson
Beg Waltz
Meredith Stead
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
Int WCS
Samantha Buckwalter
Adv Waltz
Lee Fox
Line Dances (4)
Scott Schrank
Beg-Plus Waltz
Troy Inman
 

NOTES:
• Progressive and SF-Style 2-Step - see Friday's notes.
• Line Dances
(1) London (adv)
(2) The Weekend (int) • Aces & Eights (int)
(3) Lash Out (int)
(4) Cry Pretty (int)

SUNDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
NOV 4 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
9:00 am –
11:00 am
BUFFET BRUNCH - Reserve in advance
11:00 am –
12:00 noon
Int Prog 2-Step
Jon Lee
Musicality
(2-Step & Waltz)
Ingu Yun

Line Dances (1)
Carlton Thompson
Beg ECS
Jeremy Box
12:15 pm –
1:15 pm
Adv Prog 2-Step
Lee Fox
Int 2-Step Turn Techniques
Sara Willbrich
Line Dances (2)
Rick Dominguez
Int Single-Step ECS
Meredith Stead
1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
Int WCS
Kelly Casanova
Adv ECS
Meredith Stead
Line Dances (3)
Michael Metzger
Beg Night Club
Jim Drew
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
Adv WCS
John Lindo
Dips/Tricks/"Lifts"
Troy Inman
Intro to Clogging
Matt Ellinger
Int Night Club
Meredith Stead
 

NOTES:
• Progressive and SF-Style 2-Step - see Friday's notes
• East Coast Swing can have a triple-step, double-step, or single-step beat. Single-step is used with the fast style of ECS dancing commonly seen in San Francisco, while triple-step is more standard. Workshops are triple-step unless otherwise indicated.
• Musicality introduces the concept of adapting your dance moves and style to what you hear in the music.
• Intermediate Turn Techniques teaches the fundamentals for successful turns for both leaders and followers.
• Line Dances
(1) Road (Part B) (int) • Insecure (int)
(2) Spare Change (beg) • Wanna Turn Me On (beg)
(3) Watch The Tempo (adv)


Line Dances

Here is a list of the line dances being taught at the Stompede, to be revised as we receive more information. The step sheets (if available) can be viewed by clicking on the line dance title.

Aces & Eights
Music: "Whip It!" by LunchMoney Lewis ft. Chloe Angelides
Video

Cry Pretty
Music: "Cry Pretty" by Carrie Underwood

Feel It Still
Music: “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man
Video

If My Baby Doesn’t Love Me
Music: "Carolina" by Lukas Nelson
Video

Insecure
Music: "Insecure" by RaeLynn
Video

Lash Out
Music: "Lash Out" by Alice Merton
Video

London
Music: "London" by Maty Noyes
Video

Lonely Drum
Music: "Lonely Drum" by Aaron Goodvin
Video

Mambo Moves
Music: "Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias
Video

Play That Sax
Music: "Sax" by Fleur East
Video

Road (Part B)
Music: "Road" by Bruno Martini & Timbaland (ft. Johnny Franco)
Video

Someday-Someway
Music: "Made For Lovin' You" by Anastacia

Spare Change
Music: "Spare Change" by Brandon Stansell

Take Over The World
Music: "Take Over the World" by Daniel Bonte

Wanna Turn Me On
Music: “1 2 3” by Sofia Reyes (ft. Jason DeRulo)

Watch The Tempo
Music: "Mad Love" by Sean Paul
Video

The Weekend
Music: "The Weekend (Funk Wav Remix)" by SZA x Calvin Harris (Pitch +3)
Video

The Wolf
Music: "The Wolf" by The Spencer Lee Band
Video


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 to take you to another level in a more intimate setting: these workshops will be restricted to no more than twelve dancers (typically six leads and six follows).

THIS YEAR ALL OF THE PREMIUM WORKSHOPS FEATURE WEST COAST SWING.

There is a nominal fee of $10 per workshop. You must also be registered for the Stompede weekend, or purchase a workshop day pass on-site. And one final caveat: if the lead/follow balance is particularly poor, folks may be asked to switch or may not be able to take the class (with refunds given).

Please note that for our regular workshops there is no additional fee if you are registered for the Stompede, and no advance reservations are necessary. If you are not registered for the Stompede, day passes are available that cover all of the regular workshops for that day.


PREMIUM WORKSHOP RESERVATIONS

REGISTRANTS:
Sign-ups will begin at 8:00 am PST on Tuesday, October 9.
Log in to your Stompede account.
Click on "Purchase Items A La Carte."

(Last updated November 1)


FRIDAY

EYES ON ME with John Lindo - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 2, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Let’s add more visual connection to the already powerful physical connection. These simple cues will help you communicate better with your partner. [Int/Adv]

ADJUSTMENTS & COMPENSATIONS with Kelly Casanova
Friday, November 2, 2:15 - 3:15 pm

Learning to adjust and compensate for our partners makes dancing with even the newest dancer a lot of fun and provides opportunities for improving social dance skills. [All levels]

SIMPLE STYLING SECRETS with Samantha Buckwalter - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 2, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

In this class we will break down "difficult" concepts of body movement, arm styling and footwork to make them easily retainable for all levels. [Int]

WEST COAST SWING: LEARN THE BASICS with Lee Fox - SOLD OUT
Friday, November 2, 4:45 - 5:45 pm

New to West Coast Swing? Learn the basic foundation that is applied throughout the dance that you will use even as you progress to more advanced patterns. [Beg]

SATURDAY

LEANS AND LINES: ADDING DRAMA with Sara Willbrich & Melanye Coleman - SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 3, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Add fun and dramatic moments to your partner dancing by discovering how to create the illusion of "dips" and other flashy moves without injuring yourself or your partner. Skills can also be applied to two-step and night club.  [Int]

I'M ALL ABOUT THAT BASS with John Lindo - SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 3, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Let’s get your bodies moving and have some fun! It’s time to “shake it, shake it ... like I’m supposed to do …" [Int/Adv]

CREATING CONVERSATION THROUGH MUSICALITY with John Lindo - SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 3, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Connection is really communicating to your partner. You will learn how to make subtle effective adjustments that will change the way you communicate to your partner. [Int/Adv]

BENDING PATTERNS with Kelly Casanova
Saturday, November 3, 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Just for fun add a “twist” to your dance repertoire by learning to rotate/bend your basics; this skill is also useful for maneuvering on a crowded floor! [Int]

LEAD-FOLLOW SWITCH with Sara Willbrich & Melanye Coleman 
Saturday, November 3, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Know both roles and want to be able to switch flawlessly mid-dance? Mel and Sara will explore key concepts for how to switch cleanly and clearly, then practice applying those concepts in WCS and two-step patterns. [Int/Adv]

SUNDAY

SPINS & TURNS with Kelly Casanova
Sunday, November 4, 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Learn solo drills that you can practice on your own to improve your ability to spin in place or travel down a slot, as well as practice basic lead-follow techniques to facilitate better connection during spins. [Beg/Int]

WHIP IT with Lee Fox - SOLD OUT
Sunday, November 4, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Good whips on either the follow or lead side are the hallmark of good dancers and being popular on the dance floor. In this class we discuss variations and overall technique. [Int]

MUSICALITY MADE EASY with Samantha Buckwalter
Sunday, November 4, 2:45 - 3:45 pm

Learn how to implement simple concepts of pattern selection, styling choices and textures of movement to fit the specific song you are dancing to in that moment. [Int]