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, Oct. 20 (4 sessions, 1–6 pm)
Saturday, Oct. 21 (4 sessions, 10 am – 4 pm)
Sunday, Oct. 22 (4 sessions, 11 am – 4 pm)
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 details below ...)
Here are the instructors we have coming!
Click on the photo for a short biography.
Jeremy Box (Long Beach, CA) has taught for 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 WWLA and debuted at the Stompede three years ago. Currently, he teaches West Coast Swing at Oil Can Harry’s in Los Angeles.
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 (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 15th year.
Jim Drew (Seattle) has been dancing country-western since 1990, teaching and choreographing since 1994, and competing since 2005. He is a DJ, instructor, and hoedown co-chair for Rain Country Dance Association in Seattle. He has performed with the San Jose Spurs, the San Francisco Saddletramps, and Seattle’s VisQueens and Rain City Rhythm Riders.
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 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), IAGLCWDC Dance Competition Director, has been teaching ballroom, latin, and swing dancing for 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 numerous times internationally. He was a founding member of the 2005 IAGLCWDC champion team Crossfire, and choreographer for the Southern Country South Florida Dream Team, the SunDancers, and Heels On Fire.
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.com.
Michael Kaufmann (Los Angeles), aka DJmichaelmoves, is the Artistic Director for The L.A. Wranglers and co-producer of the Wrangler Weekend LA. He has taught at the Sundance Saloon, Charlie’s Chicago, Charlie’s Phoenix, Big Apple Ranch, IAGLCWDC conventions, and the Sundance Stompede. He has also performed with the Vima Vice Squad and Windy City Cowboys. He is currently a resident DJ and instructor at Oil Can Harry’s LA. DJmichaelmoves.com
Michelle Kinkaid (San Francisco Bay Area) is a 4-time US Open Swing Dance Champion. Numerous other titles and awards include both the World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. In addition to running her own studio, Michelle has a line of instructional videos, and is the organizer of the Mountain Magic Swing Dance Convention in Lake Tahoe, NV. website
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.
Michael Metzger (San Francisco) has been dancing for twelve 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 (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 (New York) ran her own studio, Shall We Dance, with her husband John Knapp. Meredith has many choreography and consulting credits for Broadway shows, television and film. She has won a number of same-sex dance competitions and has judged at many LGBT events, including IAGLCWDC events. She and her dance partner Daphna Locker most recently were the 2015 North American Same-Sex (Female) Standard Champions.
Susanna Stein (New York) traces her country-western dancing roots to San Francisco’s Rawhide Bar in the mid-1980s. After moving to New York City, she began competing in and teaching dance, and co-founded the Manhattan Prairie Dogs. In 1997, Susanna co-founded the Big Apple Ranch, New York City’s only weekly country-western dance club, which she still runs with Jon Lee.
Carlton Thompson (Phoenix) was born and raised in Napa, CA and started line dancing at the age of fifteen. Carlton has now been the lead line dance instructor at Charlie's Phoenix going on ten years. From 2009 to 2015 Carlton was the director and choreographer for the Phoenix Heatwave dance group. Carlton works hard to keep you moving with a big smile and having fun. Facebook page.
Rosa Turi (Long Beach) has been a country music DJ and Line Dance instructor for over 18 years. Known for her hip-hopish dance style, she teaches her line dances to all music genres. Rosa currently DJ’s and teaches line dances at Cowboy Country and The Executive Suite in Long Beach, as well as guest DJ’s at Kicker’s in San Diego. This is her tenth year participating with Stompede.
Rick Weston (Orlando, FL) has been an avid west coast swing enthusiast since 1993 and has been diligently studying this dance form as a professional since 1997. He has had numerous titles, accolades and student success stories. In 2009 he produced his own swing dance event, which came to be known as O-jam. He is also proficient in web development and created a system that handles the scoring and running of dance events.
Schedule of Workshops
Here's the current working draft of the dance workshop schedule. This is all very likely to change!
FRIDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Gold Rush A
Gold Rush B
1:00 pm –
SF Line Dances (1) Michael Metzger
WCS Basics For
Advanced Dancers Kelly Casanova
2:15 pm –
SF Line Dances (2) Scott Schrank
Line Dance 101 Michael Metzger
3:30 pm –
Int SF-style 2-step SSQQ for QQSSers Jim Drew
Beg SF-style 2-step Jon Lee
Line Dances (3) Rosa Turi
4:45 pm –
Adv SF-style 2-step SSQQ for QQSSers Jim Drew
Beg Waltz Lee Fox
Line Dances (4) Rick Dominguez
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) Feelin' Good (beg) • Clap, Clap, Clap (int-adv)
(2) We Are Fighters (int-adv) - repeats Saturday 12:15 pm
(3) King of Clubs (beg-int) • Shape of You (int)
(4) Honky Tonk County Line (int) • Everybody Have a Good Time (int)
SATURDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Gold Rush A
Gold Rush B
10:00 am –
Beg WCS Rick Weston
Int Single-Step ECS Susanna Stein
Line Dances (1) Carlton Thompson
Beg SF-style 2-step Michael Kaufman
11:15 am –
Beg-Plus WCS Kelly Casanova
Int Prog 2-step Jon Lee
Line Dances (2) Rick Dominguez
Beg-Plus SF 2-Step Jeremy Box
12:15 pm –
Line Dances (3) Scott Schrank
1:30 pm –
Beg-Int Shadow Troy Inman
Adv Prog 2-Step Susanna Stein
Line Dances (4) Rosa Turi
2:45 pm –
Int WCS Michelle Kinkaid
Adv Waltz Lee Fox
Line Dances (5) Michael Metzger
Beg-Plus Waltz Troy Inman
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. • Line Dances
(1) No Roots (int)
(2) That Kind of Night (int) • You Look Good (beg-int)
(3) We Are Fighters (int-adv) - review from Friday at 2:15 pm
(4) Make It Shake (adv)
(5) Play That Sax (int)
SUNDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Gold Rush A
Gold Rush B
9:00 am –
BUFFET BRUNCH - Reserve in advance
11:00 am –
Int SF-style 2-Step Michael Kaufman
Int Waltz Jeremy Box
Line Dances (1) Michael Metzger
Adv ECS Meredith Stead
12:15 pm –
Adv SF-style 2-Step Jeremy Box
Int Prog 2-Step Susanna Stein
Line Dances (2) Scott Schrank
Beg Night-Club Lee Fox
1:30 pm –
Int WCS Rick Weston
Int 2-Step Turn
Techniques Meredith Stead
Line Dances (3) Michael Kaufmann
Beg ECS Jeremy Box
2:45 pm –
Adv WCS Michelle Kincaid
Int 2S Lead-Follow
Techniques Troy Inman
Line Dances (4) Carlton Thompson
Intro to Clogging Matt Ellinger
NOTES: • Brunch. We offer a fabulous buffet brunch feast of eggs, breakfast meats, french toast, fruit, coffee and tea, and all the usual breakfast fixin's. You must reserve in advance - $20 including tax/service. • Progressive and SF-Style 2-Step - see Friday's notes • East Coast Swing - see Saturday's notes • Intermediate Turn Techniques teaches the fundamentals for successful turns for both leaders and followers. Learn to spot, stay on center, and maintain the rhythm. • Intermediate Lead-Follow Techniques focuses on leader and follower interactions: how a leader signals, how a follower interprets those signals, and how both work in partnership. • Line Dances
(1) All Of It But Me (adv)
(2) Party Round The World (int)
(3) A-YO (int)
(4) Feel It Still (beg-int) • Craving You (int)
Here is a list of the line dances being taught at the Stompede, to be revised as we receive more information. The step sheets can be viewed by clicking on the line dance title.
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).
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 tee regular workshops for that day.
PREMIUM WORKSHOP RESERVATIONS
Sign-ups being at 8:00 am PDT Monday, October 2.
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WEST COAST SWING: SHAPE, STRETCH, AND REDIRECT with Michelle Kinkaid
Friday, October 20, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Feel the flexibility of west coast swing and the depth of connection & communication by shaping, stretching and redirecting the path of travel. [Intermediate]
WEST COAST SWING: OUTSIDE THE BOX with Michelle Kinkaid
Friday, October 20, 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Take your west coast swing to another level by stepping outside the box and exploring a different path of partner connection; discuss the Active/Passive theory. [Intermediate-Advanced]
WEST COAST SWING: OLD SCHOOL DOUBLE RESISTANCE WITH A CONTEMPORARY TWIST with Kelly Casanova
Friday, October 20, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Kelly will incorporate both body rolls and footwork syncopations into classic Texas double resistance. [Advanced]
WEST COAST SWING: EXTENSIONS & COMPACTIONS – HOW TO ADD AND SUBTRACT COUNTS TO YOUR BASICS with Kelly Casanova
Friday, October 20, 4:45 - 5:45 pm
Dancers add and subtract beats to basics to create variety, contrast, and express musicality. This workshop will explain how the lead communicates those changes to the follow. your basic whip technique, and then add fun and spice to your dancing as you explore fancier whip variations. [Intermediate-Advanced]
WEST COAST SWING: DANCE CONVERSATION & MUSICALITY ... “SAY WHAT?” with Michelle Kinkaid
Saturday, October 21, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Feel the music and hear what the music is saying using Action/Reaction and a variety of dance tools. [Intermediate]
WEST COAST SWING: WHIP IT GOOD with Rick Weston
Saturday, October 21, 11:15 am - 12:15 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. [Intermediate]
WEST COAST SWING: PASS ME BY with Rick Weston
Saturday, October 21, 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Side passes in all of their various types is the place we learn to syncopate. Understanding them sets you up to improve your skills at a faster pace. [Intermediate]
INTERMEDIATE NIGHT CLUB with Jim Drew
Saturday, October 21, 2:45 - 3:45 pm
Going beyond the basics, we will feature some turns, spins, and direction changes to shift you from just swaying back and forth and into moving boldly around the dance floor, kicking your ownership of this dance up a notch. [Intermediate]
WEST COAST SWING: BENDING & SCROLLING with Kelly Casanova
Sunday, October 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon
Kelly will teach how to change the look of the basics by changing the length & orientation of the slot, and adding and subtracting rotation to the basics. [Intermediate]
WEST COAST SWING: PRESENTATION STEPS with Rick Weston
Sunday, October 22, 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Occasionally throwing in some presentation steps makes your partner shine, from either side. [Intermediate]
WEST COAST SWING: LEARN THE BASICS with Lee Fox
Sunday, October 22, 1:30 - 2:30 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. [Beginning]
WEST COAST SWING: THE NEXT STEP UP with Lee Fox
Sunday, October22, 2:45 - 3:45 pm
For beginning level west coast swing dancers who want to shake up the basics a bit and build on and refine what they already know. [Beginning-Intermediate]