There is no one in our dance world today who is more accomplished, influential, and iconic than Tatiana Mollmann and Jordan Frisbee. And while we may get the chance to attend one of their workshops, see them perform, or even take a private lesson with them, we don’t often get to hang out and chat with them about their experiences and their views. In this episode, we sit down with the 11-time US Open Classic Division Champions to discuss their beginnings in West Coast Swing, their role models and influences, and their reflections on what has made their partnership so successful. They opened up to us about moving forward together after their romantic relationship ended, and what it has been like for them to have romantic relationships while working as dance professionals. We asked them about their daily life and routines, how they train and improve, and how they faced different challenges in their professional and personal lives. Listen to their stories and get to know these legends in a whole new way!
While we were at Easter Swing in Seattle, we had the chance to chat with an accomplished dancer, teacher, judge, and performer: the lovely Katie Schneider. We asked her about her experience competing in the Showcase division with Jim Minty, including how they formed their partnership and how they prepared their routines. She shared her thoughts on Showcase routines today and how she judges routine divisions. We got into a discussion of music and how it influences the dance, how the community has evolved in Seattle, and how local swing clubs need to think about bringing in the next generation. She also talked to us about her involvement in Project Swing and how she approaches teaching the program at Century Ballroom. It’s a delightful and thoughtful conversation with a delightful and thoughtful guest!
In the second part of our conversation with Sarah and Kyle, we talked about a wide range of topics. Sarah shared some of her feelings about the new generation of professionals. We talked about how they approach running SwingCouver, how dancers can support events so they can pay their staff, and a new event that Sarah and Kyle are putting together for next year. They told us the stories behind some of our favorite routines, how they approach choreography, and what they think of the routines currently on the circuit. And we chatted about the dance today, where it’s going, and their excitement and their concerns. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this open, honest conversation with two of our most experienced and accomplished professionals.
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake
Mario Robau & Kellese Key – Alva’s Baby Blues
Robert Cordoba & Melanie Roberts – How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong
Wayne & Sharlot Bott – Johnny B. Goode
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake – How Long Can A Fool Go Wrong
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake – Johnny B. Goode
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake – 9 to 5
Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake – You & I Both
Robert Cordoba & Deborah Székely – Is It A Crime (Sadé)
What can we say about two of the most successful and influential dancers in West Coast Swing that would do them justice? In the first part of this two-part conversation, we sit down with two of the greatest dancers, teachers, and performers in our dance, Sarah Vann Drake and Kyle Redd. We asked them about how they got started in the dance, how they met and formed their partnership, and who influenced them most. They shared some of their personal experiences and how those shaped their careers and who they are today. Plus, we got to hear how they developed their brand, why they teach the sugar push the way they do, and what they think of where the dance is heading today. Listen and enjoy this open and honest conversation with two of the best.
We talk a lot about our dance in the United States, but the community has rapidly expanded around the globe in recent years. To talk about how the dance has grown in different countries, we invited a man who spends his time building dance communities in a plethora of countries, Chuck Brown. Joining us from a café while he takes a brief break from his travels, Chuck spoke to us about his experience advising community leaders and event directors in all parts of the world. We asked him about his views of the dance in different regions, why he believes West Coast Swing catches on differently in different places, and how he helps to promote the benefits of coming together around competitive events. He shared his advice for event directors, his beliefs about what it takes to build community, and what he’s learned about dancing from his years of experience. Take a listen and deepen your understanding of our dance with a more global perspective.