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SAIL THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN WITH THE BEST OF THE WCS BEST!

Teaching up to 18 Hours of FREE Group Classes - Novice, Intermediate & Advanced!

Our WCS Champions Are Judging the Jack & Jill Competition on (TBA),
Dancing Socially & Performing Every Single Night & Available for Private Lessons!

Cruisers who participated in the previous 3 cruises will receive FREE Jack and Jill Registration

 

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann

Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollmann are two of the most influential performers, choreographers and teachers on the west coast swing circuit today. Residing in Long Beach, and Santa Monica, California, they continue to travel internationally. The pair became fast friends at age 12, after drawing each other in a jack & jill contest, and winning over 8 other couples. In 2000, their first year dancing together as partners, they won the US Open Young Adult title. The next year, they became the youngest couple to win in the Adult Classic Division at the US Open, both at 18 years of age, and went on to secure six US Open Classic Division Swing Championship titles over the next ten years. Jordan and Tatiana are entertaining, professional teachers and ambassadors for west coast swing travelling around the world sharing and widening their knowledge and love for dance.



Benji Schwimmer & Torri Smith

Maxence Martin is one of the WOTP organizers. He is mainly the only French dancer who obtained the West Coast Swing Champion title. Ex-Champion of judo and black belt, he started his dance carrier in Lindy-Hop. Quickly felt in love with WCS, he started his training in 2007 with the Greatest in California. He confirmed in less than one year to be one of the American Champions. Involved in the West Coast Swing community and traveling all over the world to share his knowledge and his passion for this dance, he was rewarded for Award of the Best International Dancer at the Westie Awards Nominations ceremony of 2011. Maxence is one of the most talented, appreciated and kind dancer of his generation.

Virginie Grondin is one of the best West Coast Swing dancers in Europe right now, and she is progressively proving herself in the United States. In particular, she won the UK Open and the Midland Swing Open in 2010. She placed in the Champions division at three of the biggest American events: Boogie By the Bay (San Francisco), MADjam (Washington) and Swing Diego (San Diego). Virginie began her dance training when she was only five years old. Beginning with the Rock'n'Roll and the Boogie, she moved to individual dances, like modern jazz, classical and contemporary dance. She studied in the National Superior Dance Conservatory and succeeded in the technical final examination. She discovered West Coast Swing in 2007 and since, she's growing very quickly in the community, thanks to her previous training and her natural talent for this dance. Maxence and Virginie started a great partnership in 2012 between the two best French WCS dancers.




Parker Dearborn and Melissa Rutz

Parker Dearborn began his dance career seventeen years ago in Ballroom, Latin, and West Coast Swing. He quickly discovered his passion for West Coast Swing and became a professional dancer and instructor in his hometown of San Diego, California at the young age of seventeen. Parker’s exceptional talent, distinct style, and irresistibly charming showmanship have earned him the most prestigious awards in the world of West Coast Swing. Parker holds the title to every major championship in the nation, including three time US Open Swing Dance Champion and two time Grand National Swing Dance Champion. In 2009, he was inducted into the Dallas D.A.N.C.E. Hall of Fame for his repetitive wins at this national contest. Parker’s success received recognition off the dance floor as well. He appeared in the off-Broadway production of Swango and the Hollywood movie, Love and Dancing. He also demonstrated his creativity and innovation as a choreographer for the hit television series, So You Think You Can Dance. Although Parker continues to travel and teach around the globe, his most recent endeavors have lead him to own and direct the largest, most successful international West Coast Swing event in the world, Swing Diego Dance Championships. In addition to this substantial undertaking, Parker also directs a new event in Las Vegas called Sin City Swing as well as Endless Summer Swing Camp. Perhaps, one of Parker’s most significant contributions to the dance community may be his creation of Project Swing. Project Swing offers dancers of all levels the opportunity to participate in formation teams coached by professionals. But most importantly, it provides free classes to beginners in hopes of expanding the community and sharing the love for West Coast Swing.

Melissa Rutz began her training at age four. Three years later, she found herself at the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School for seven years under the direction of Lola DeAvila. While at San Francisco Ballet School, Melissa studied classical ballet, and performed in various performances with San Francisco Ballet. From there, Melissa desired to expand her dance education and soon found herself at the Metronome Ballroom studying two of her favorite types of dance, swing, with champion Lindy Hop instructor Sharon Ashe, and Theater Arts Adagio with coach, and World Champion adagio cabaret dancer, Tom Slater. Under Tom’s wing, she won the 1998 title of United States Pro-Am Theatre Arts Adagio Champion. Thanks Tom! Melissa teaches, competes, and judges all over the world. She is ranked among the top West Coast Swing dancers in the world. Melissa has won numerous champion level competitions including Showcase Swing, Classic Swing, Strictly Swing, Team, and Jack & Jill Competitions. Melissa is known for her versatility as a dancer. She has performed in a variety of solo works on stage as well as on the industrial scene. Melissa had the pleasure of working as Christina Aguilera’s dance double in her music video, Candyman. You can also watch Melissa & Arjay dance on the big screen in the movie, Love N’ Dancing. Besides Melissa’s dance background, she has also trained in New York City and San Francisco as a singer (classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, country) and actress. Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with her B.A. in Dance!




Robin Smith

Robin has been dancing, teaching and competing in dance as well as judging nationally and regionally for over 25 years. For the past 12 years he has concentrated exclusively on West Coast Swing, working with only the very best in the West Coast Swing business. Among his accomplishments are numerous 1st Place titles and many top 5 placements at events all across the nation including a 3rd place finish at the US Open Swing Dance Championships in 2003 as well as winning more top teacher awards than can be noted.

This year "2011" Robin was a WAG AWARD FINALIST for Best Male West Coast Swing Instructor of the year. Which placed him among the top west coast swing instructors in the USA for 2011.



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