Maxence & Virginie
Previously a high-level judoka, Maxence started his dance carrier with Lindy-Hop in 2005. He quickly fell in love with WCS and has been trained in the US with the greatest. Atypical and out of the ordinary teacher, he draws the strength of his teaching from the knowledge of body and spirit control that he mastered in judo. Nowadays, Maxence is one of the most popular teachers in the world.
Virginie started her dance training when she was only five years old. Beginning with the Rock'n'Roll and the Boogie Woogie, she moved to individual dances, like modern jazz, classical and contemporary dance. Virginie discovered WCS in 2007 and since, she is considered as the best WCS follower in Europe.
Maxence and Virginie started a great partnership in 2012. Today they travel all over the world together to teach and share their passion, West Coast Swing.
Maxime & Torri
Maxime started dancing at the age of 5 in Lyon, France. He studied contemporary at the Conservatory for 6 years before starting his career in the West Coast Swing community. He is now one of the top male professionals, and was the first European to place in the top 5 of the Classic division at the US Open 2012.
Torri began dancing when she was 3 years old in California, USA. She has studied other dances, but has always been a part of the West Coast Swing community; she has won the Young America/Young Adult divisions a total of 6 times at the US Open. Torri was the first and only person to win both the Classic and Showcase division in the same year at the 2010 US Open, and continued to win the Showcase division for the next 4 years.
John & Alyssa
Alyssa Glanville has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She started in Lindyhop and Folk Dancing. While she loved dance, she spent a lot of her youth playing soccer and showing horses competitively. It wasn't until she started ballroom when she was 15 that she was first exposed to West Coast Swing. She immediately fell in love with the dance, especially the creative aspect drawn from other dances. Since then, Alyssa has trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Zouk, and Ballet. She uses her knowledge from those dances to enhance her WCS. She just graduated from University in May with a degree in Communications and Business and now is studying to become a Personal Trainer.
John Kirkconnell is a person.
John and Alyssa are a dynamic, exciting partnership! They became partners five years ago and have taught all over the world. John started dancing West Coast Swing over 14 years ago and quickly became one of Canada's best dancers and instructors. All his students love his playful personality and the connection he makes with the music. Alyssa started West Coast Swing about 9 years ago, and immediately fell in love with the dance, especially the creative aspect drawn from other dances. She uses her experience in Lindyhop, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Jazz, and Ballet to enhance her West Coast Swing. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area has also given her many opportunities to teach and grow in her own dance. Both John and Alyssa compete on the Swing Circuit in the Champions division. Together they have traveled around North America, Europe and Asia spreading their personal love for Swing. Their partnership emphasizes musicality and connection.
Jakub & Emeline
Natively from Czech Republic & Reunion Island, Jakub and Em took their first steps into the dance world at the age of 16 and 12, both starting with Ballroom Dancing (Latin, Standard & line-dancing).
After her arrival in France at the age of 18, as Em sought to start a new dance form, she bumped into a video of Jordan & Tatiana and fell in love with WCS right away. Being trained by Maxence Martin, gave her access to solid knowledge which she later used to develop her own dancing and teaching style. Today she acts in the WCS Community not only as a teacher but also as a DJ and photographer.
Jakub's dance world consists of social dances such as Zouk, WCS and Salsa but there is also a part of solo or group Modern and Contemporary dances. He started to dance and compete in WCS in 2014, guided mainly by Maxence Martin and Mario Robau, while using a lot of his background knowledge in his approach. His philosophy in dance is focused on communication. Nowadays he lives in Brno, teaching, dancing, choreographing and competing.
They were both hooked since they discovered WCS and were especially drawn to the creativity, musicality and freedom within the dance. They first started teaching together in a styling workshop in June 2016, thanks to Adam and Rita. At the end of the weekend the students suggested that they should partner up, so they did :D
Paul & Coleen
Paul Warden started line dancing in his teens. After a few years Paul got acquainted with West Coast Swing, an introduction that changed his life profoundly. He is one of the first non-American dancers who competed and placed in the illustrious champion division. Paul is known for his elegant style, versatility and ability to interpret music all the while maintaining a deep connection with his partner. He is one of the most active social dancers among the wcs pros.
Coleen Man is now one of the top ranked West Coast Swing Dancers in UK and Europe. After quickly rising up the ranks she is now competing in WSDC Allstar Division. After finding West Coast Swing in 2010 she has since been competing all over the world and started teaching and judging internationally within the last 4 years.
Her love of dancing did not start with West Coast Swing, Coleen has made dance her life. From a young age she took Ballet, Tap and Jazz lessons and has gone on to become a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance the most prestigious ballet organisation in the world. She has since become the Principal of her childhood dance school, now renamed the Coleen Man Dance Academy. She has also taught for many other national organisations such as Stagecoach Theatre Arts and Jigsaw Theatre Arts.
Her partner dancing began in 2007 after she began Ceroc lessons and after only 3 months she became a qualified instructor. This led her to find West Coast Swing in 2010 and she hasn’t looked back since.
Coleen styling draws influences from Zouk, Contemporary, Hip Hop and of course her classical dance training giving her a very individual look. She is constantly looking for new dance avenues to explore to widen both her dance knowledge and in turn her unique style.
She has sought instruction from many of the top international Champion WCS teachers and has recently passed her Global PDIA Advanced Elite certification in West Coast Swing, taught by Michael Kielbasa, which now also enables her to train teachers for the GPDIA. She regularly teaches for West Coast Swing UK as well as many other popular venues in the UK. She also runs Swing Academy UK.
Her vast dance knowledge, not only in West Coast Swing, and her 15 years in dance teaching has meant that both her private lessons and group classes have become popular both in the UK and in Europe. She strives to make both Leaders and Followers the most sought after dancers, because of their smooth connection and ability to have a “conversation” within the dance. With her competitive and judging experience both in the UK and Europe, she’s also a natural source for the dancer wishing to improve their competitive dancing.
Rolf & Karin
Rolf Hegrand discovered West Coast Swing online in late 2015.
Since taking his first West Coast Swing class in 2016, Rolf quickly rose up the ranks. He has been teaching the dance since 2017 while working full time in the Norwegian armed forces.
Rolf is the only male WCS dancer from Norway to competie in the WSDC All-Star Division.
Karin holds a university dance degree, has been dancing all her life and teaching for more than 14 years. Choreographer and performer, she teaches WCS, Hip-Hop, stretching, pole dance and she was the Israeli salsa champion.
Karin started her WCS career in 2014 and from the first moment she fell in love. She is now competing both in All Star and Champion divisions and teaching in Israel, where she directs a West Coast Swing line of classes. She travels and teaches all around Europe.