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 90 hours of workshops in up to seven 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.
- Your Stompede registration includes all regular (non-premium) workshops for the weekend.
- A day pass includes admission to all regular (non-premium) workshops for the day. Day passes are purchased on-site. (Note: The fee for a single class is the same as the day fee.)
Friday, November 9 (5 sessions, 10 am – 5 pm) • $50
Saturday, November 10 (5 sessions, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm) • $50
Sunday, November 11 (4 sessions, 10 am – 4 pm) • $40
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.
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 thirteenth year teaching at the Stompede.
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. website
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
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 (Los Angeles) has been a DJ for 39 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 21st year, and the creator of Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles.
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 (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 (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), IAGLCWDC Dance Competition Director, has been teaching ballroom, latin, and swing dancing for over 45 years and CW dancing for over 30 years. He was a ballroom finalist at the 1998 and 2002 Gay Games and IAGLCWDC champion in 1998. He has judged numerous competitions nationally and 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 (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. 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) 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 and Sea Magic Dance Cruises. 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.
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. 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 "The Wolf" and "Little Sucker." Today, he is part of the choreography team for the L.A. Wranglers.
John Lindo (Houston) is an invaluable presence at West Coast Swing Dance events - from international conventions to regional workshops. John teaches, judges, coaches, choreographs, and is one of the most sought-after DJs on the circuit. But all of that pales in comparison to the way John consistently wows crowds with his exciting and entertaining competitive dancing. 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. He looks forward to seeing you in class, dancing, playing, and laughing.
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 is one of the founders of (and teaches at) the new club Dance Ranch. He has also taught at the Emerald City Hoedown and continues to teach regularly at Sundance Saloon.
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 was the 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.
Michael Sims (Washington, DC) has been providing dance lessons, choreography for special occasions, and artistic performances independently since 2006, specializing in a variety of dance styles including American Style Ballroom, Rhythm, Swing, Salsa, and Country-Western. He currently competes and provides lessons at various locations serving the Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. website
Meredith Stead (New York), with husband John Knapp, ran a dance studio for years, and won titles in Lindy Hop, Cabaret, Team, and Country-Western. She has choreographed and consulted for Broadway shows, television and film, and has judged, taught, and MC'd at mainstream and LGBT competitions and dance weekends. She and partner Daphna Locker took silver in Standard Ballroom in their age category at the 2014 Gay Games and were the 2015 U.S. Same-Sex Champions in Women's Standard.
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.
Sheba Thone (Rhode Island) is a nearly 40-something line dancer who only loves the Lord, her husband, her dog, and the Emerald City (shout out Rain Country!) more than line dancing ... *maybe*. She started line dancing in 2011 and was hooked from the first 8-count. She can frequently be found line dancing in public whenever she “hears” a dance she knows. She line dances as often as she can, and when she’s not line dancing, she’s wishing she was line dancing. She is honored to be teaching at the final Stompede.
Sara Willbrich (Washington, DC) was coerced onto the CW floor at Faces, Sacramento in 1994 and never looked back. Moving to DC a decade later, she converted to progressive 2-step and dove into the wild world of mainstream WCS. She competed as a leader and follower in WCS and in IAGLCWDC CW couples for several years. She founded DC Roleplay and helps produce DC Out.
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 LGBT 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
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GREEN = beginner level YELLOW = intermediate level RED = advanced level
2Step or 2S = Two-step • ECS = East Coast Swing • NCTS = Night Club Two-Step • WCS = West Coast Swing
• 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
Gold Rush A
Gold Rush B
10:00 am –
Int SF 2step SSQQ for QQSSers
Beg SF 2step Jon Lee
Line Dances (1) Rick Dominguez
11:15 am –
Adv SF 2step SSQQ for QQSSers
Beg Waltz Lee Fox
Line Dances (2) Scott Schrank
12:15 pm –
1:30 pm –
Int WCS What Way Do I Go?
Beg-Int Shadow Rob Ollander-Krane
San Francisco Line Dances (3) Metzger, Dominguez, Liberman
2:45 pm –
Beg WCS John Lindo
Adv Waltz Kevin Cornett
4:00 pm –
Adv WCS Phoenix Grey
Int Prog 2Step Susanna Stein
Line Dances (4) Jonno Liberman
(1) Got Dirt? (int)
(2) Give Me You (int)
(3) Fly Away With Me (int) • Devil In A Dress (int) • She's A Natural (low int) • Giddy Up! (We Don't Want To Miss The Twain) (int)
(4) Best of My Boo (beg) • Doing Things (beg+)
SATURDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Gold Rush A
Gold Rush B
9:30 am –
Beg WCS Michelle Kinkaid
Int SF 2Step Ron Jenkins
Line Dances (1) Michael Metzger
Musicality Ari Levitt
Beg SF 2S Terry Felts
10:45 am –
Beg+ WCS Kelly Casanova
Int Prog 2Step QQSS for SSQQers
Line Dances (2) Jonno Liberman
Int Waltz Meredith Stead
Beg+ SF 2S Jon Lee
11:45 pm –
1:00 pm –
Int WCS Switching
Int Techniques: 2Step Turns
Line Dances (3) Scott Schrank
Adv ECS (triple-step)
2:15 pm –
Adv WCS Whips Variations
Int NCTS Meredith Stead
Line Dances (4) Sheba Thone
One-Step Jeremy Box
Beg Waltz Susanna Stein
3:30 pm –
Int WCS Michael Sims
Adv Prog 2Step Kevin Cornett
Line Dance 101 Michael Metzger
Beg+ Waltz Jeremy Box
(1) That's Hot (int+)
(2) Chase It With Regret (int)
(3) Neon Boots (low int)
(4) We've Got It Goin' On (int)
SUNDAY DANCE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Gold Rush A
Gold Rush B
10:00 am –
Int WCS Kelly Casanova
Int Waltz Michael Sims
Line Dances (1) Michael Metzger
Int SF 2Step Jeremy Box
11:15 am –
Adv WCS Connections & Creativity
Int Prog 2Step Michael Sims
Line Dances (2) Sheba Thone
Int ECS (single-step) Meredith Stead
12:15 pm –
1:30 pm –
Int WCS Move Your Body
Adv SF 2Step Ron Jenkins
Line Dances (3) Golden State Trio
Beg ECS (triple-step) Lee Fox
2:45 pm –
Int WCS Phoenix Grey
Adv NCTS Ari Levitt
Line Dances (4) Rick Dominguez
Beg Clogging Matt Ellinger
(1) Line 'Em Up (Tidy Dancer) (low int)
(2) Bow Chika Wow It (int)
(3) Padam Padam (adv)
(4) Tequila Snaps (int)
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.
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 sixteen dancers (typically eight leads and eight follows).
There is a nominal additional 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.
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Premium workshops are currently available to full-weekend registrants of the Sundance Stompede until noon (PST) on Thursday, November 9. Your Stompede account login is the same that you used to register for the Stompede.
If you are not registered, you can sign up for premium workshops on-site with the purchase of a day pass.
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CA RM = California Room
OR RM = Oregon Room
CML RM = Carmel Room
**Availability status last updated Nov. 9**
FRIDAY PREMIUM WORKSHOPS
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 10 - 10:00–11:00 am
FRI-A1 • CA RM
Beginning Nightclub Two-Step
BEGINNING.SOLD OUT Let's start at the absolute beginning to learn this wonderful dance.
FRI-A2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Lead/Follow Switching
ADVANCED. Learn how to use your partner's natural body position and/or momentum to switch from lead to follow and vice versa. (Should already know both roles.)
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 10 - 11:15 am–12:15 pm
FRI-B1 • CA RM
Beginner Polka, the Dance of Love
BEGINNER. Everyone should know how to polka (TM the Dance of Love). AND it's impossible to be sad while dancing polka!
FRI-B2 • OR RM Kevin Cornett
Cha Cha: Basics
BEGINNING. Let's learn the Cha Cha! We start with the basics.
FRI-B3 • CML RM Michael Sims
West Coast Swing: Calling All Connections
INTERMEDIATE. Three primary connections to enhance your lead and follow abilities.
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 10 - 1:30–2:30 pm
FRI-C1 • CA RM
Ari Levitt, MD
Fabulous Dips, Tricks, & Garnishes to Embellish Your Dance
ALL LEVELS.SOLD OUT. Spice up your dance with some great new eye-popping one-off moves that are guaranteed to add that “wow” factor to your partnering! Perfect for hitting the breaks and more.
FRI-C2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Musicality Made Easy
INTERMEDIATE.LEAD SOLD OUT - FOLLOW AVAILABLE A deep dive into a better understanding of the music we dance to, and how to add simple/easy changes into your own dancing and movement to match it.
FRI-C3 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Intro to Syncopations
BEGINNING-PLUS. Express yourself with simple footwork variations that will also help you adjust to different tempos and styles of music.
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 10 - 2:45-3:45 pm
FRI-D1 • CA RM
Night Club Two-Step Basics
BEGINNING. Learn how to dance the beautiful slow Night Club with grace.
FRI-D2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Footwork For All
INTERMEDIATE-PLUS.LEAD SOLD OUT - FOLLOW AVAILABLE Spice up your footwork and styling options to get out of your basic walks and triples.
FRI-D3 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Partnering Pro Tips
INTERMEDIATE.SOLD OUT This is a collection of Phoenix's Phavorite Phixes to create more proficient partnering.
FRIDAY - NOVEMBER 10 - 4:00-5:00 pm
FRI-E1 • CA RM
Two-Step: SF vs Progressive 2-step styles
INTERMEDIATE. We will compare and contrast SF style 2-step and progressive 2-step
FRI-E2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Move That Body!
INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED.SOLD OUT Learn how to incorporate body isolations and lunges into your West Coast Swing patterns
FRI-E3 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Adventures in WCS - A Conversation in Dance
INTERMEDIATE. Using connection and communication skills to create a dance conversation on the floor.
SATURDAY PREMIUM WORKSHOPS
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 11 - 9:30–10:30 am
SAT-A1 • OR RM
50's Style Lindy
BEGINNING. Neither single NOR triple time swing, this style is really designed to work with 50s-style fast swing music.
SAT-A2 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Adding Style To Your Swing
INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED.LEAD SOLD OUT - FOLLOW AVAILABLE 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.
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 11 - 10:45-11:45 am
SAT-B1 • OR RM
Waltz: The Rise and Fall of Rise and Fall
INTERMEDIATE. Learn to create gorgeous shaping through simple body movements
SAT-B2 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Wrap It Up
INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED.SOLD OUT Learn how to get in and out of intricate complex twisty advance patterns
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 11 - 1:00-2:00 pm
SAT-C1 • OR RM
Top 10 Tips to Becoming an Amazing Social Dancer
BEGINNING-INTERMEDIATE. Study technique tips and learn drills that will enhance your connection and help you become a better social dance partner, whether you lead or follow.
SAT-C2 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: From Root to Blossom
INTERMEDIATE. Developing fundamentals into creative outcomes. Explore how fundamentals grow into fun options.
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 11 - 2:15-3:15 pm
SAT-D1 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Spins and Turns
INTERMEDIATE.SOLD OUT We study the elements of Spins and Turns.
SAT-D2 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Basic Connection
BEGINNING-INTERMEDIATE. Learn to connect with your partner in the basic pushes, passes, and whips for a more enjoyable partnering experience.
SATURDAY - NOVEMBER 11 - 3:30-4:30 pm
SAT-E1 • OR RM
Ari Levitt, MD
Fun with WCS-Fusion
ALL LEVELS. A fun and playful workshop that will explore the art of seamlessly blending elements of other dance styles into your WCS and introduce you to fusion musicality!
SAT-E2 • CML RM
West Coast Swing: Using Rotations
INTERMEDIATE.LEAD SOLD OUT - FOLLOW AVAILABLE Explore the use of various types of rotation used in west coast swing and how to make them most effective.
BEGINNING. Always wanted to learn WCS fundamentals, but not had the time for a month-long series? Spend 3 hours in this intensive bootcamp and be social dancing by the time we hit Sunday night at Sundance Saloon!! ($20 for 3 sessions)
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 12 - 10:00-11:00 am
SUN-A1 • CA RM
Nightclub Two Step: Smooth, Flow and Sway
BEGINNING-PLUS. Let's make Nightclub Two-Step smooth, with flow and sway.
SUN-A2 • OR RM
Ari Levitt, MD
WCS Sorcery -- Hidden Hand Changes, Illusions, & Casting Spells.
INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED.LEAD SOLD OUT - FOLLOW AVAILABLE Embellish your dance with hidden hand changes, illusions, and other magical tricks sure to inspire the admiration of anyone watching :)
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 12 - 11:15 am–12:15 pm
SUN-B1 • CA RM
Intro to Progressive Two-Step: Quick Quick Slow Slow
BEGINNING. This is an intro class for Progressive Two-Step.
SUN-B2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Easy Whip Variations
INTERMEDIATE. Increase your reportoire of whip variations with these easy adjustments.
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 12 - 1:30-2:30 pm
SUN-C1 • CA RM
West Coast Swing: Competitive Patterns for the Social Dancer
INTERMEDIATE-PLUS.LEAD SOLD OUT - FOLLOW AVAILABLE Learn fun and interesting patterns that are 100% lead/follow and usable in your every day social dancing.
SUN-C2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: Making Musical Choices
ADVANCED. Let's learn how to listen and mold our movement to the music!
SUNDAY - NOVEMBER 12 - 2:45-3:45 pm
SUN-D1 • CA RM
Night Club Two-Step Intermediate
INTERMEDIATE. Now that you know the basics, let's have fun with some intricate moves to enhance the romance.
SUN-D2 • OR RM
West Coast Swing: The Art of Recovery
ALL LEVELS.SOLD OUT Learn how to recover from common mishaps on the social dance floor... and make it look good!