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 includes admission to all standard workshops for the day.
- Day passes are purchased on-site. ($50 on Friday and Saturday, $40 on Sunday)
- The fee for a single class is the same as the day fee.

  • Friday, May 27 (5 sessions, 10 am – 5 pm)
  • Saturday, May 28 (5 sessions, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
  • Sunday, May 29 (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 will be announced in early May, 2022.


Instructors

Here's our current list of instructors for the 2022 Sundance Stompede1

JUST ADDED!

Dimitri Hector

Dimitri Hector

Dimitri started his dance journey in Lindy Hop! After competing and traveling in lindy hop he ran into west coast swing at Boston Tea Party and fell in love with its versatility. In order to feed his passion he began training in Ballet, Jazz, and Contemporary while learning West Coast Swing. Now he is an all-star competitor on the swing circuit and an avid teacher with multiple years of experience.

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Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box

Jeremy Box (North Hollywood, 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 ninth 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), is a two-time US Open Swing Dance Champion, and has been teaching since 1981. She has travelled throughout the United States competing, teaching, and judging. In her 1999 ground-breaking swing event, “Swing Break,” she encouraged competitors to lead/follow based on individual preference versus gender identity. Kelly has been inducted into both the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame. website

Helen Chao

Helen Chao

Helen Chao (Oakland, CA) currently competes at the All-Star level in West Coast Swing and has taught nationally and internationally. Helen is a proud alum of DC Roleplay and a current member of an all-female swing dance trio, Triversity, whose members Faith Pangilinan and Katia Grigoriants will teach with her at this year's Stompede! In November 2018, Helen and partner Lia Brown became the first same-sex couple to win the Rising Star Tour.

Kevin Cornett

Kevin Cornett

Kevin Cornett (Dallas) has been dancing since he took dance as his PE credit in college. Within two years he joined a competition dance team and competed in the Fun Country and UCWDC dance circuits. With his regular dance partner he placed 4th at the UCWDC World Dance Competition and 4th in Regional Dance with Night Club Two-step. Kevin has worked with some of the top names in country and swing. Kevin is currently the Director of Dance of the IAGLCWDC.

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez

Rick Dominguez (Los Angeles) has been a DJ for 38 years. Following the closure of Oil Can Harry's, Rick started a new club night "Follow Your Arrow" in North Hollywood, with co-founder Jonno Liberman, and is resident DJ at several local clubs. Rick is also a line dance instructor and well-known choreographer. He is the founder of the award-winning CW dance troupe, The LA Wranglers, now in its 20th year, and the creator of Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles.

Matt Ellinger

Matt Ellinger

Matt Ellinger (Portland, OR) performed with the award-winning Barbary Coast Cloggers for twenty years and served as the Artistic Director from 1999-2009. He still teaches clogging several times a year, and he especially enjoys working with folks brand new to clogging. Originally from Texas, Matt was a longtime San Francisco resident before moving to Oregon in 2020.

Terry Felts

Terry Felts

Terry Felts (Seattle) has been dancing for over 15 years. Terry loves both line and couples dancing. She has branched into teaching and DJing for the Rain Country Dance Association to share this fun and camaraderie with others. She can be frequently spotted at the Emerald City Hoedown doing exactly that. Basics are her specialty, getting people out on the floor with a few extra moves in their repertoire.

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 25 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, Heels On Fire, and more.

Phoenix Grey

Phoenix Grey

Phoenix Grey (Portland, OR) discovered West Coast Swing in 2010. He then began exploring every style he could get his hands on, but Swing remains his first and 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.

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 is also a founding member of Vima Vice Squad.

Michelle Kinkaid

Michelle Kinkaid

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

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.

Ari Levitt, MD

Ari Levitt, MD

Ari Levitt (Seattle) has been teaching and performing nationally and internationally for over 30 years. He is one of this country's leading innovators in the areas of "blended" social-partner dance, cross-step waltz, "fusion" waltz, "fusion" swing, and night club 2-step. He is director of numerous dance events throughout the world, including Waltz Week in Vienna, Mexico Dance Week, and more. More info: www.rolluptherug.com.

Jonno Liberman

Jonno Liberman

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

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. He looks forward to seeing you in class, dancing, playing, and laughing.

Rob Ollander-Krane

Rob Ollander-Krane

Rob Ollander-Krane (Palm Springs, CA) grew up thinking he hated country music until one day he walked into a gay bar and saw men two-stepping. Country music and two-stepping have been his obsession ever since … and he has the cowboy drag to prove it. After 34 years in San Francisco, Rob now lives in Palm Springs where he teaches at Trunks. He has also taught at the Emerald City Hoedown and continues to teach regularly at Sundance Saloon.

Yenni Setiawan

Yenni Setiawan

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.

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 schedule is subject to change. Check the Stompede info bulletin board at the hotel for updates.

 

NOTES:

GREEN = beginner level
YELLOW = intermediate level
RED = advanced level

• 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.
• 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.

FRIDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
MAY 27 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
10:00 am –
11:00 am
Int SF-style 2step
SSQQ for QQSSers
Ingu Yun
Beg SF-style 2step
Terry Felts
Line Dances (1)
Michael Metzger
11:15 am –
12:15 pm
Adv SF-style 2step
SSQQ for QQSSers
Ingu Yun
Beg Waltz
Terry Felts
Line Dances (2)
Jonno Liberman
12:15 pm –
1:30 pm
LUNCH BREAK
1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
Int-Adv WCS
Back To Basics
Phoenix Grey
Beg-Int Shadow
Rob Ollander-Krane
San Francisco Line Dances (3)
Michael Metzger
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
Int WCS
Dimitri Hector
Int Waltz
Jeremy Box
4:00 pm –
5:00 pm
Adv WCS
Samantha Buckwalter
Adv Waltz
Kevin Cornett
Line Dances (4)
Rick Dominguez
 

LINE DANCES
(1) Everybody Look (int)
(2) Little Sucker (beg+)
(3) We're Here (int) • Soul Shake (int+) • Boots (int+)
(4) Do Si Do (beg+) • DMMD It (int)

SATURDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
MAY 28 Ballroom Redwood Gold Rush A Gold Rush B
9:30 am –
10:30 am
Beg WCS
Kelly Casanova
Int SF-style 2Step
Ron Jenkins
Line Dances (1)
Michael Metzger
Beg SF-style 2step
Jon Lee
10:45 am –
11:45 am
Beg-Plus WCS
Michelle Kinkaid
Adv SF 2Step
Ron Jenkins
Line Dances (2)
Michael Metzger
Beg-Plus SF 2Step
Jon Lee
11:45 pm –
1:00 pm
LUNCH BREAK
1:00 pm –
2:00 pm
Int WCS
Switching
Samantha Buckwalter
Int Techniques
Connections
Ari Levitt, MD
Line Dances (3)
Rick Dominguez
Beg Waltz
Jeremy Box
2:15 pm –
3:15 pm
Int WCS
Body Mechanics
Yenni Setiawan
Int Prog 2Step
Lee Fox
Line Dances (4)
Jonno Liberman
Beg-Plus Waltz
Ari Levitt, MD
3:30 pm –
4:30 pm
Adv WCS
Whips+Redirections
John Lindo
Adv Prog 2Step
Kevin Cornett
Line Dance 101
Michael Metzger
 
 

LINE DANCES
(1) Fly Away With Me (int)
(2) Do My Thing (int)
(3) Shake It Like That (int)
(4) Life After Love (int)

SUNDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
MAY 29 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 WCS
Michelle Kinkaid
Line Dances (1)
Rick Dominguez
Beg ECS
(triple-step)
Jeremy Box
12:15 pm –
1:15 pm
Int WCS
Anchor Variations
John Lindo
Adv ECS
(triple-step)
Lee Fox
Line Dances (2)
Golden State Trio
Int ECS
(single-step)
Ari Levitt, MD

1:30 pm –
2:30 pm
Adv WCS
Dimitri Hector
Int SF-style 2Step
Ron Jenkins
Line Dances (3)
Jonno Liberman
Beg Night Club
Terry Felts
2:45 pm –
3:45 pm
Adv WCS
Phoenix Grey
Int Waltz
Lee Fox
Intro to Clogging
Matt Ellinger
Int Night Club
Ari Levitt, MD
 

LINE DANCES
(1) Bambalam (int)
(2) Stompede Debut: Rick Dominguez, Michael Metzger, and Jonno Liberman have teamed up to create a new dance making its debut here at Stompede 2022.
(3) Lay Low [including partner version] (int)


Line Dances

Here is a list of the line dances being taught at the Stompede. The step sheets (if available) can be viewed by clicking on the line dance title.

Bambalam (low intermediate)
Music: "Get Ready" by Pitbull f. Blake Shelton
Video

Boots (high intermediate)
Music: "Boots" by Kesha
Video

DMMD It (Devil Made Me Do It) (low intermediate)
Music: "Martha Divine" by Ashley McBryde

Do My Thing (phrased intermediate)
Music: "Do My Thing" by PARTY ANML
Video

Do-Si-Do (low intermediate)
Music: "Do Si Do" by Diplo f. Blanco Brown
Video

Everybody Look (intermediate)
Music: "Nothin' Like This Before" by Rayelle
Video

Fly Away With Me (intermediate)
Music: "Levitating" by Dua Lipa

Gives Me Shivers (improver)
Music: "Shivers" by Ed Sheerhan
Video

Lay Low (including partner version - intermediate)
Music: "Lay Low" by Josh Turner
Video (single version)

Life After Love (intermediate)
Music: "Believe" by Adam Lambert
Video

Little Sucker (improver)
Music: "Sucker" by Jonas Brothers
Video

Shake It Like That (intermediate)
Music: "Shake" by L.L.A.M.A, Ne-Yo, Carmen DeLeon
Video

Soul Shake (intermediate)
Music: "Soul Shake" by Tommy Castro
Video

We're Here (improver)
Music: "I Am America" by Shea Diamond
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).

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:
Log in to your Stompede account.
Click on "Purchase Items A La Carte."


FRIDAY

WEST COAST SWING: SWITCH DANCING IN WCS [int] - CANCELED
with Helen Chao & Triversity

Friday, May 27 • 10:00 - 11:00 am • Oregon/Nevada Room

A specialty of Triversity. Helen will be joined by co-teachers Katia Grigoriants and Faith Pangilinan.

WEST COAST SWING: CREATIVE CONVERSATION [int]
with John Lindo

Friday, May 27 • 11:15 am - 12:15 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Learn how to communicate with your partner on the dance floor. Highlight yourself while maintaining the structure of your role as a leader/follower.

WEST COAST SWING: FOOTWORK VARIATIONS [int]
with Kelly Casanova

Friday, May 27 • 1:30 - 2:30 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Express your individuality and musicality using your feet!

WEST COAST SWING: FEEL THE FREEDOM [int]
with Michelle Kinkaid

Friday, May 27 • 2:45 - 3:45 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Experience the freedom and flexibility of West Coast Swing. Learn how to communicate, read and access the "Windows of Opportunity" using some basic patterns.

WEST COAST SWING: WHIPPED INTO SHAPE [int]
with Phoenix Grey

Friday, May 27 • 4:00 - 5:00 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Use whips as a scaffold to build new and interesting shapes.

SATURDAY

WEST COAST SWING: WHICH WAY DO I GO? [int]
with Michelle Kinkaid

Saturday, May 28 • 9:30 - 10:30 am • Oregon/Nevada Room

Focus on the technique and practical application of how to communicate and read fun "redirection" concepts in West Coast Swing.

PROGRESSIVE TWO-STEP: TURN TECHNIQUES [int-adv]
with Kevin Cornett

Saturday, May 28 • 9:30 - 10:30 am • California/Washington Room

WEST COAST SWING: MUSICALITY MADE EASY [int-adv]
with Samantha Buckwalter

Saturday, May 28 • 10:45 - 11:45 am • Oregon/Nevada Room

Learn fun concepts and patterns that will help you walk away with a better understanding of music, and how to apply them to become more musical in your social dances.

WEST COAST SWING: VARIOUS WHIPS AND ENDINGS [int]
with Lee Fox

Saturday, May 28 • 10:45 - 11:45 am • California/Washington Room

WEST COAST SWING: STEALING LIKE A REALLY SMOOTH CRIMINAL [adv] - CANCELED
with Helen Chao & Triversity

Saturday, May 28 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

A specialty of Triversity. Helen will be joined by co-teachers Katia Grigoriants and Faith Pangilinan.

NIGHT CLUB: SAME-FOOT MOVES [int]
with Lee Fox

Saturday, May 28 • 1:00 - 2:00 pm • California/Washington Room

WEST COAST SWING: CREATING CONVERSATIONS [int]
with Phoenix Grey

Saturday, May 28 • 2:15 - 3:15 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Explore connection techniques that allow two-way communication within a partnership.

PROGRESSIVE TWO-STEP: THE ART OF QQQQQSS [int-adv]
with Kevin Cornett

Saturday, May 28 • 2:15 - 3:15 pm • California/Washington Room

WEST COAST SWING: EASY WHIPS [int]
with Kelly Casanova

Saturday, May 28 • 3:30 - 4:30 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Expand your repertoire with easy whip variations!

FUSION: SWANGO [int]
with Ari Levitt, MD

Saturday, May 28 • 3:30 - 4:30 pm • California/Washington Room

A blended dance combining elements of West Coast Swing with Tango, an Ari Levitt specialty.

SUNDAY

WEST COAST SWING: GRAB BAG [int]
with Phoenix Grey

Sunday, May 29 • 11:00 am - 12:00 noon • Oregon/Nevada Room

Bring your questions! This is your chance to explore any dance curiosity with a Q&A style technique class. Learn from each other's questions on any topic!

MUSICALITY
with Ari Levitt, MD

Sunday, May 29 • 11:00 am - 12:00 noon • California/Washington Room

WEST COAST SWING: ADDING STYLE TO YOUR SWING [int-adv]
with Samantha Buckwalter

Sunday, May 29 • 12:15 - 1:15 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

This workshop focuses on how to move and look differently to become uniquely you. We will be using basic patterns you already know to find the inner dancer you wish to become.

WEST COAST SWING: STEP UP YOUR WEST COAST SWING [int]
with Yenni Setiawan

Sunday, May 29 • 1:30 - 2:30 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Dig deeper into the character of West Coast Swing. Learn about body mechanics that will allow you to take your dancing to the next level. This self-awareness will help you dance more effectively with the beautiful body that you have!

WEST COAST SWING: TIPS, TRICKS, & TOOLS FOR TAKING YOUR DANCING TO THE NEXT LEVEL [int]
with John Lindo

Sunday, May 29 • 2:45 - 3:45 pm • Oregon/Nevada Room

Take your dance to the next level, learn how to apply material when appropriate, and find out how to maximize your dance and take it up a notch.