Jang Widler and Estelle Bonnaire
It is while working closely with some of the best teachers in the world, such as Brandy Tobias, Michael Kiehm, Michael Kielbasa, Dawn Kiehm etc that Jang has developed his own technique and vision of teaching. Stemming from martial arts and former salsa champion, his particular approach appeals by its precision, its evidence and efficiency.
It is with Brandi Tobias’s and Michael Kiehm’s support that he embarks in 2011, in teaching professors in Europe.
Recognized as the best «Coach» in Europe, Jang is now the coach of more then 50 teachers and dancers in Europe. www.wcs-masterclass.fr
Michael Kiehm, one of the legends of wcs (Champions division and Master dance instructor) wrote about Jang:
“Jang’s ability to analyze movement and break it down is topped only by his charismatic, professional approach in communicating with his students. It was an honor having him here at the Starlight. Jang has the tools needed to take your dancing to the next level”.
More info on: www.jangwidler.com
Estelle Bonnaire is one of the first dancers to discover West Coast Swing in France during the first edition of SSS in 2003. At the time, she had been dancing Lindy Hop for several years but fell in love with WCS immediately. She moved to Montreal in 2011 to teach WCS full time after taking many lessons and workshops with top WCS dancers, and started participating in competitions. She is currently at All Star level and has returned to France where she has started her very own dance studio (Move Addict in Montpellier France) in 2014. She is also working closely with Sway’d shoes.
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Pj Turner and Tashina Beckmann
PJ Turner and Tashina Beckmann were brought together by a mutual passion: joy of movement through West Coast Swing.
They began their partnership in May 2013, and debuted their 1st ever Classic Routine in July 2013. Since then they have continued to place Top 5 at major US NASDE and other WSDC events in the Classic Division.
Almost immediately following their debut they started teaching at Events and workshop weekends both in the US and internationally. Promoters and students alike love their fun energetic personalities, humorous accents, professionalism, and passion for late night dancing.
Their partnership is strengthened by the fact that their individual and now mutual life dreams were to be professional dancers, and they are so grateful they get to experience this together. People often question how a long distance partnership from Tennessee to California works?
PJ & Tashina answer with “When You Love what you Do, You Find a way to make it work”.
Early on in the partnership PJ dubbed Tashina with the nickname “Taz”, to capture the spirit of her wild hair and ridiculous sounds she makes in the place of counting. PJ’s nickname “Paco Jose” stems from a misunderstanding of what PJ actually stands for, ever since then it has stuck.
Together Taz & Paco look forward to the continued journey of their West Coast Swing experience.
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Michael Kielbasa and Irina Puzanova
Michael has been training and teaching for the past 10 years in most styles of
Partner Dancing. He lives in San Diego and teaches out of Starlight Dance Studio. As
one of the top Champion West Coast Swing Professionals Michael has been traveling,
teaching and performing all throughout the United States and the World in countries
like Canada, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, Brazil and Australia. He is
known for his Instruction, Choreography, unique Style and Approach. Michael is
dedicated to the growth of all dance and its recognition as a sport and exciting social
activity for everyone to enjoy.
Irina is a firecracker of a woman. Phenomenon if you will. Because what can you really say about this force of nature? Irina is a passionate and versatile dance teacher running her own dance school.
Dancing since she was 7, Irina was doing Ballroom, Belly Dancing, Jazz, Hustle, Discofox, Salsa, Bachata, WCS, and pretty much any social dance. She began taking a serious interest in West Coast Swing in 2010, learned from the best and has been a very successful competitor. She is the first dancer in Russia to reach the All-Star division and the first one to have Champion points. She has won the Advanced Jack & Jill at the US Open 2012, the first European All Star division at Midland Swing Open, the All-Star Jack & Jill at French Open 2014, BudaFest 2015, Mid-Atlantic Dance Jam 2015, first European Invitational J’n’J at UK Champs 2016, US Open 2016 in Strictly Swing.
When teaching she’s demanding and encouraging just in the right proportion.
Nowadays Irina travels all around the world from Asia to US dancing, teaching and competing. But most of all Irina is a social dancer. You can find her on the dancefloor all night long!
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