Courtney Adair & Sean McKeever

In this episode, we sit down with not one but two champion dancers and all-around awesome people, Courtney Adair and Sean McKeever! We talked with them about their start in West Coast Swing, how they met and formed their partnership, and how they became dance professionals. We chatted about how they built their careers, how they continually develop themselves, and what they think of dancers making a name for themselves in a social media world. They also shared with us the challenges they’ve had to face as dance professionals, and the different seeds they’re sowing to see what’s next for them. Listen and learn from these two kind, thoughtful, passionate, and down-to-earth dancers.

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Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake – 9 to 5
Jordan Frisbee & Tatiana Mollman – Pump It
Michael Kielbasa & Jen Deluca – Music
Arjay Centeno & Melissa Rutz – Sixty Minute Man/Lucille
Courtney Adair & Felix Berghäll – CSC 2017

John Festa

There are few people in our community who represent the true spirit of swing dancing like Mr. John Festa. In this episode, we got to sit down with the dapper, debonair legend from New York to discuss his early days in West Coast Swing, his unique style of DJing, and the famous North River Bar, where so many greats honed their craft. He shared his opinions on music today, how he thinks about playing music for a room, and why he thinks the dance doesn’t swing the way it used to. Listen to this discussion full of insights and perspective, delivered with lots of class and charm.

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Festa v. New York City Department of Consumer Affairs
JT JV Swing Team – SwingCouver 2019
JT Varsity Swing Team – SwingCouver 2019

Live from SwingCouver 2019

We recorded this episode live at SwingCouver! Listen to our interview with Victor Loveira, in which we discussed his West Coast Swing origin story, his experience DJing, and how he made the move into MCing. We chatted about music, our pet peeves about MCs, and the fervent interest in spreading West Coast Swing more widely. Then we took questions from the audience about such things as the influence of zouk on our dance and running events. Plus, Robert Royston joined us to share his views on the new Opus division at The Open – and to educate us on what is and isn’t swing music.

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Announcement about the new Opus Division at The Open
Trilogy Swing 2018 Legends Invitational Jack & Jill
Maxime & Torri Zzaoui – Pro Show – Budafest 2019
“Schweddy Balls” – SNL skit

Competitions

Love ’em, hate ’em, do ’em or don’t, competitions are a big part of our global dance community. In this episode, we talk about all things competition – different types of competition, different competition formats, strategies for competition, and, yes, how we got to be so competition-oriented. We share our own observations and experiences with competing, and we reflect on how competitions have influenced and shaped our broader community. Whether you’re a competitor or not, hopefully this episode gives you some insights into competitions and the role they play in both our personal journeys and our dance community.

John Lindo

It’s not every day you get to sit down with a champion dancer, event director, DJ, member of WSDC, and member of NASDE. But this week we chatted with the bundle of joy and love that is John Lindo. He talked to us about his beginnings in West Coast Swing, his influences, and his journey from full-time AT&T employee to full-time dance professional. He also shared his views on music and DJing, how to produce quality events, how WSDC works, the influence of the points system, and the impact of NASDE going global. Listen today and see for yourself why John is considered one of the nicest guys in the business!