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 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. Details to come.


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

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez (Los Angeles) has been a country-western DJ for over 20 years. He has taught and choreographed line dances for the past 20 years in the Los Angeles area, merging pop and country styles into a unique style of dance. Rick is also the founder and choreographer for the award-winning line dance troupe, The LA Wranglers, now in its 16th year.

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 also performs in the Theatre Arts/Cabaret style of dance. When not dancing, cross-fitting, or hanging upside-down, Troy directs a global education team for Salesforce.

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 (San Francisco / 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) has been dancing for thirteen years. He has been a featured instructor in Berlin, at many IAGLCWDC events, in San Francisco at Sundance Saloon and Stompede, and at the Windy City Line Dance Mania in Chicago. He has been choreographing line dances since 2009. Among his most popular are Counting Stars, C’mon C’mon, and High Class.

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 as 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.