The Sundance Stompede as originally planned for Labor Day weekend has been postponed to next year. But we have now planned a Virtual Stompede during that same weekend,
REGISTER BY FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 11:00 PM PDT
Registration is free! Registration is not required to participate, but registrants will have direct immediate access to all of the sessions, as well as to archived workshops following the event. Registration will also allow us to communicate with you in advance of the Virtual Stompede, so you can prepare and get the most out of the event.
We do encourage voluntary tax-deductible donations to the Sundance Stompede Fund as you see appropriate. Your generosity will help cover ongoing expenses and make up for expected loss of income due to the pandemic. In addition, some instructors may promote private personal donations to help them during this difficult time.
Check out our attendee information and Virtual Stompede schedule here:
There are two simultaneous tracks of dance workshops, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm PDT. One track will be devoted to line dances, and the other track to West Coast Swing and couples' dancing. Most of the WCS and couples dance workshops will include material that is appropriate for partner-less dancers.
There will be a special run-through of all of the line dances taught this weekend on Sunday from 4:45 to 5:45 pm, just preceding the live-stream line dancing. You'll dance along to demo videos, so you'll have someone to watch to jog your memory and keep you on track.
Confirmed instructors are listed here:
Rick Dominguez (Los Angeles) has been a DJ for 28 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 19th year, and the creator of Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles (WWLA).
Phoenix Grey (Portland, OR) discovered West Coast Swing in 2010. He began his professional dance training by exploring every style he could find, but Swing remains his greatest love. Phoenix’s advocacy for role-based dancing helped change competition rules in mainstream West Coast Swing to allow nontraditional dancers. Phoenix was among the first in the world to achieve a dual “All-Star” competitive ranking both as a lead and as a follow. website
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 is also a founding member of Vima Vice Squad.
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
Jonno Liberman (Anaheim, CA), a former Olympic roller skater, stumbled into the world of line dancing at the Sundance Saloon in 2012. He soon began creating his own line dances which have earned several awards, including two UCWDC World titles. Some of his most popular line dances include "Get Ugly," "Do It Like This," and "The Wolf." Today, he is part of the choreography team for the L.A. Wranglers and travels regularly to teach both line and couples dancers.
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 (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 (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.
Yenni Setiawan (San Francisco Bay Area) started dancing at age 4 while growing up in Jakarta, Indonesia. By the time she was 7 she was a regular performer on both stage and television. Yenni discovered West Coast Swing in 2005 and quickly rose to compete in the Champions division. Together with her fiancé, Warren Pino, for ten years she has run a renowned weekly WCS dance, WnY Dance, now in San Rafael, CA.
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 (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 over ten years. From 2009 to 2015 Carlton was the director and choreographer for the Phoenix Heatwave dance group. Facebook page. Check out his contagious energy on his YouTube channel.
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.
Virtual Exhibitions Saturday • 5:00 – 6:00 pm PDT
We can't have live exhibition performances, but we can have exhibition videos! See what some of our usual exhibition performance groups come up with specifically for the Virtual Stompede, and we'll view their creations together between 5:00 and 6:00 pm PDT on Saturday. We may include some highlights of performances from past Stompedes as well.
We'll have a huge Stompede-wide Zoom Social after the exhibitions from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, where you can catch up with your Stompede friends and acquaintances that you haven't been able to see all year.
We'll follow with more specialized Zoom socials, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, including a Women's/Trans-inclusive Social and an Underwear/Pajama Party. We'll also have a Club Admninistrator's Forum, where club organizers can share their experiences about muddling through the pandemic, including live-streaming tricks we've learned. Feel free to attend multiple sessions simultaneously!
We'll start each day with a Breakfast & Welcome Social, 8:00 to 9:00 am. Wake up with your coffee in hand and toast on your plate, and enjoy your breakfast in the company of other attendees. And we'll end Sunday with a quick Farewell Social after the live-stream dancing, 8:00 to 8:30 pm.
Stompede In The Park: Dance-A-Long Live-Stream Sunday • 6:00 – 8:00 pm PDT
We will live-stream a special Sunday evening "Stompede In The Park" – a socially-distanced limited-attendance outdoor line dance event that we normally hold on Thursdays. You'll be able to join us virtually and dance along! Have a partner and want to swing or two-step to the line dance music? Go right ahead! You're at home – you can do anything you want!