Welcome! I am based in the San Francisco Bay Area and travel across the US to attend conventions and teach workshops (see full Schedule). Highlights of what I offer as a teacher include:
- Instructional Videos: New video released December, 2006 DVD #5, Social Patterns for WCS, vol. 2! DVDs 1-5 now available.
- Experience: Danced, competed, studied, & taught WCS since 1992
- Testimonials: Highly recommended for group & private instruction
- Awards from national competitions, including:
- 1st, Invitational Jack and Jill, 2005 Summer Dance Camp
- 5th, Classic Division, 2005 Capital/President's Day Weekend (results)
- 3rd, Classic Division, 2004 Swing Diego (results)
- 4th, Classic Division, 2003 US Open Swing Dance Championships (results)
- Finalist, Classic Division, 2002 US Open Swing Dance Championships
- 2nd, All-Star Jack & JIll, 2003 Phoenix 4th of July convention
- 1st, Advanced Strictly Swing, 2004 Capital convention (Strictly Swing results)
Check my Schedule, read further on this page for my next few trips/projects, or, for email updates (new videos, scheduling changes, etc.), ...
Beginning Level Series Class: 9 weeks at Stanford (Tuesdays starting 4/10)
Hacienda Commons Room in Rains Apartments, Stanford University, CA
April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and June 5
- Class Details:
- Time: Tuesdays 8pm-9pm
- Dates: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and June 5
- Dance: 9pm until audience thins...as late as 11 or midnight. Open to the public!
- Location: Hacienda Commons Room in Rains apartments, Stanford University (Map to Rains apartments)
- Cost (Class): Unknown
- Cost (Dance): Free, I think, but I'll verify...
- Eligibility: Stanford students...
, and I'll contact you if that changes. As of 4/10, attendance seems likely to limit the class to Stanford students. The dance is open to the public, though.
This 9-week beginning class will be a series class that starts from the beginning by laying down good foundations. I'll take the class from starter steps through the basic patterns, building in strong foundations for good movement and connection as we go through each pattern.
Each lesson will be followed by time to dance, giving students time to practice what they've learned that night, as well as to solidify further their lessons from weeks previous.
This is an exciting opportunity for me...I started my dancing life in a UC San Diego Ballroom Dance P.E. class. It feels like I get to "go back" and teach at college, hopefully giving some interested students the chance to get started with what I've so come to love.
Next on the National Scene
Convention: Reno Dance Sensation
April 19-23, 2006
- Edwin's Availability:
- Arriving: Wednesday, April 19
- Departing: Monday, April 22
- Private lessons available: I don't expect any availability, but you can contact me for an appointment (
This year's Reno Dance Sensation will be the event's fourth year. I'll be on staff again running the Registration Desk
Oh, and of course, I'll have videos with me! Check them out on the video page. If you buy them from me at the event, you'll save on shipping costs.
The convention is an effort to bring together three dance communities that share in being "street" dances--West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, and Salsa. So not only are there dances that we don't normally get exposed to to any significant degree, there are tons of new people to meet.
Unique to this convention is a show held in a big theater. The show has always been really cool, with acts and talent that we just don't get to see at any of the other conventions in the swing world. If you're a fan of the show, please note that it has moved from Saturday night to Friday night, and plan your arrival accordingly.
Also new this year, we'll keep registration, the ballroom, and dancing available during the show, so if you don't want to go to the show, you'll still be able to get your convention ticket and get your groove on.
If you check the schedule, you'll see that there is a crazy number of workshops (85+) that you could try to attend (I wouldn't recommend trying them all...yeesh, that'd be a lot). You'll also see a bunch of social dancing scheduled.
Held in a casino, one of the best parts of the event is that there's no worries about food at any hour of the day or night. Which, if you're like me...Let's just say that I sure do appreciate food whenever it is that I get hungry; and there's no tellin' when that might be, esp. if I'm up dancing till 7am!! (which I definitely did last year...maybe on like two of the nights!)
So check out the web site, and come out, if it sounds interesting!