25 09, 2017

Let it WCS Poitiers!

By | 2017-09-25T18:17:23+00:00 September 25th, 2017|

Once again…. we had flight problems getting to this event!! But this time we didn’t miss a pre party or any workshops!

This was one of the first events Maxime and I met at, 7 years ago!!  And since then, we have been back 2 years ago to teach together!  It’s a short flight and a really fun weekend for us!

We got to hang all weekend with Damien & Amandine and Alexandre & Christelle! One thing I love about this event is we all stay in a house together, so it is fun to hang out at the event, but also get to know the other teachers even more when we are at the house!

The workshops were really great! It was nice to have some themes, but also some freedom to do whatever we wanted in some of the classes too! There was a quick fun contest on Saturday night before the Pro demos, and a lot of social dancing all weekend!

We really enjoyed the weekend.. and can’t wait to be back in 2 years! (As that’s the tradition… we go every 2 years haha)

Merci beaucoup tout le monde pour les danses et tout le plaisir!! À bientôt!!

-Maxime and Torri 😉

25 09, 2017

Norway Westie Fest 2017!

By | 2017-09-25T17:54:51+00:00 September 25th, 2017|

Aaaaand that’s a wrap for our summer vacation!  We started back to a busy last part of the year with one of our favorite events… Norway Westie Fest!! We love to work for Jennie Spanning.. she is so easy going and the event is so well organized!! It was also a wonderful addition to the NWF family with her little Prince William!! 🙂

The people in Norway are so wonderful and have such a great time at the event… they really make all of the people who aren’t from the country feel very welcome! We were on staff with a really awesome group of teachers… Lee & Fab, Maxence & Virginie, Semion & Maria, and Catriona as the emcee for the weekend!  We taught 6 hours of classes, and I also head judged for the weekend.  It was nice to work with my buddy Roar again! He’s a great scorekeeper!

We had some flight issues getting to the event… so instead of arriving on Thursday night, we missed the pre-party and were stuck in Amsterdam for the night!!  We were so excited about the pajama party theme…. so we decided to move the pajama party to Friday night for the pro staff!  We probably looked crazy…. but we had a fun time!!

We danced to a very special song for me on Saturday night…. and we had a wonderful time!  It was a shag song, and as I used to dance shag… it was nice for me to be able to do a West Coast demo on a shag song!  I even taught Maxime a little shag step we could do during the dance 🙂 Thank you my love for sharing that special moment with me!

This year was a very special year for NWF… its was the 5th edition! So we celebrated the event’s birthday on Saturday night with a big cake and a lot of dancing!!

We were so happy to be back this year, and can’t wait until the next year!! If you have never been… You should try and come!! It’s a lot of great social dancing, comps, and workshops for all levels!!

Hope to see you there next year!!

-Maxime and Torri 😉

29 07, 2017

Rock the Barn!

By | 2017-07-29T09:05:11+00:00 July 29th, 2017|

This was our first year at Rock the Barn…. in Umeå Sweden!!  We had heard SO much about this event, and how different of an event it is!  Honestly, we didn’t know what to expect…. but we had so much fun!!

This events pretty much outdoors, well in a barn!  And the hotel? ..no hotel… you camp in tents and RVs right outside the barn!!  It is pretty amazing if you ask me!  They also have a dance studio near by that some people were staying at instead of outside in a tent.  We stayed in a cabin with the other teachers for the weekend: Stephen, Sonya, Chuck & Annika.. and we had a blast together!! So much shenanigans 😉

The event has such a cozy feel… there was the Swing 16 on Friday and a few JnJs on Saturday.  But it was mainly about the classes… having a great learning experience before the fun of the social dancing began!  Saturday night was pretty memorable… There was a Tent Contest!!  Yes….. we judged who had the best tent!! There were 4 contestants: the famous Norwegian tent with some drinks and games for all of us to play; the hugging tent where everyone got a hug, a drink, a delicious chocolate ball thing, and a Tarot card reading; the helium balloon tent where we sucked up some helium & sang some Britney Spears; and the winning tent…….the Harry Potter tent!!  Here we were chosen to be in partnerships (by the hat of course) and competed in a dance contest… where if I’m not mistaken Sonya won with her partner the broom hahahaha!!

We had such an amazing time at this event…. and we had so many fun little memories throughout the weekend I will never forget!! Thank you to every one who was so nice and welcoming of Maxime and I into the Rock the Barn family!!  We know we were the new ones… but it felt like we have been a part of it for years 😉 And next year….. I will become Tarzan in the game we played by the fire Sunday night… I was on my way up!! hahaha

Until next time guys!!!

-Maxime & Torri 😉

6 07, 2017

D-townswing!!!

By | 2017-07-06T11:37:01+00:00 July 6th, 2017|

Another great year at a great event in Dusseldorf!!

This event is one of our favorites!! We absolutely love the atmosphere… from the PACKED workshops, to the late night dancing in the bar!!  Every moment of this event is always memorable!

We LOVED our ladies and mens styling class on Friday night to kick off the comps… where we did a fun battle combo to Swalla 😉  We were proud of how hard everyone worked in that short hour.. and we hope everybody had fun!

There were a lot more workshop attendees this year, so there were more levels than before!! We had a fun time in each of the classes and loved seeing the progression of the levels throughout the weekend!

The highlight of the weekend was definitely the Saturday night pro  JnJ!!  We loved watching all our friends do their thing.. Maxence & Victoria, Jordan & Virginie…. I got to dance with the awesome Ben Morris.. and Maxime drew the incredible Tatiana Mollmann!  Both dances found here….

And another highlight was the performance of Kyle & Sarah’s epic routine by Benji & Kyle…. If you haven’t seen it…. you need to see it!!!

We always look forward to this event every year… and already can’t wait to see what new things Marc & the team will be adding 😉

Until next time friends!!

-Maxime & Torri 😉

7 06, 2017

Austria!

By | 2017-06-07T09:34:15+00:00 June 7th, 2017|

This was a fun and new experience for us, as it was our first time working with the Austrian West Coast Swing community!!  The event had the feel of a Euro Dance, with multiple dances in the same event!  We love these kinds of events because we get to see our friends from different styles of dance, which doesn’t happen very often!  We love to learn their dance, as well as share ours with them!

The event was in Velden, Austria at a casino!  The venue overlooked a beautiful lake, and the city of Velden was so cute!  We want to go back to visit more of the city; we didn’t have enough time this trip!

The set up of the classes was a little different than a normal weekend for us: the first day we had 4 hours of classes with the teachers of Austria, to teach them how to bring West Coast Swing into their dance schools.  We talked about a lot of things with them and gave them our advice on how to teach beginners and help them learn to love WCS from our personal experiences.  The next day was 4 hours of classes for the students of Austria!  We saw new faces, and familiar faces… and it was a fun day of classes for everyone!

Our favorite part of the weekend had to be the Saturday night traditional Austrian ball!  Everyone got dressed up in suits and long dresses and enjoyed a night of performances and fun dancing!  At the end of the night, we were all asked to participate in a traditional dance.  I don’t think we have ever laughed so much!!! It was such a fun time running around, changing partners, and laughing with everyone!!

We truly enjoyed this trip!  The people are all so sweet and we loved to meet the Austrian community!! We hope to see you all somewhere soon, and hope to be back in Austria someday!!  Thanks for all the great memories! And thank you Manuela and the whole team for having us 🙂

-Maxime and Torri 😉

30 05, 2017

FOWCS!!

By | 2017-05-30T16:02:11+00:00 May 30th, 2017|

French Open!!  It was a great and memorable last year at the Disneyland New York hotel in Paris!!! We were so happy to be a part of the staff again this year.. French open is always a great time with great friends!

We had 4 workshops throughout the weekend, all of which were really fun and a good time!

We loved watching all of the contests, especially the Pro Am routine division, and all the junior contests!!  It’s so nice to see these new divisions in Europe… and we really hope to see them at more events across Europe.

We also had a good time dancing in the Pro show on Saturday night with our MOVTigh routine with Olivier & Virginie Massart. It was a really entertaining show because it was mixed with the Zouk congress in the same hotel!  So there were 10 numbers, 5 Zouk and 5 West Coast Swing/Lindy.

The Sunday Pro Jack n Jill show was also really fun, since it was Disney themed and we all got to pick which songs we wanted to dance to!  I danced with the wonderful Jerome Fernandez, and Maxime with the beautiful Emeline Rochefeuille…. But I think the highlight was the Circle of Life, preformed by Ben Morris & Coleen Man…. with the special appearance from Billie Massart hahahah If you didn’t see it…. go find it on youtube!!!! 🙂

We also started the new season of Swing 16 this weekend…. and the finale will be at FOWCS 2018!  So follow the season 2 around Europe to participate in the finale!!  Next up on the tour we have Dtownswing in 3 weeks 😉

We hope to see you all next year at French Open in the new location!!  Get ready for another awesome year!! 🙂

-Maxime & Torri 😉

22 05, 2017

WCS UK!! (take 2)

By | 2017-05-22T09:26:06+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

We were so happy to be back in London (well not really in London…. but with the London community!!! haha)  We love our annual trip out to work for Catriona and see the progression of her group of dancers!

This year, we had 2 days of workshops.. with 4 hours of workshops each day!  The classes all went by so fast because we were having so much fun with the attendees!  We had so many laughs with everyone… and really always enjoy our time with this group!  It was nice to see many familiar faces, but also to meet so many new people too!!

The dance of Saturday night was packed!!  The room was so hot from everyone dancing, but filled with a great energy!  It was great to see all the people who came out for the social party to hang out for the night!

The weekend flew by so fast, it felt like we were only there for a day!!  We wish we could stay longer to hang out with everyone more… but there’s always next time!!

Thank you everyone for the great  memories and dances!  We appreciated everyone’s focus and hard work during the classes… and the fun attitude at the party 🙂  Thank you so much Cat for bringing us back again to work with your group!  You know we love it!!

See you again in September for MSO!!  And if we didn’t get the chance to dance with you last weekend…. save us a dance then!!

Thanks everyone!

-Maxime and Torri 😉

23 03, 2017

WIL 2017!

By | 2017-03-23T12:58:17+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

WEST IN LYON!!!

This is always an event very special for us, since Maxime is one of the hard working event directors.. along with Virginie Massart, Arnaud Perga and David Riquelme!!  These 4 do such a great job organizing this event…. It was year #9, and better than ever!  Everything runs so smoothly because they have all the organization down now!  It is amazing to see the behind the scenes of how the event is put together!

I feel so honored to be the chief judge of the weekend… it was the first event that hired me as chief judge, so it will always have a special place in my heart 🙂  The scoring team was amazing this year… having John Lindo and Tom Hill helping me with the scoring while I organized the band of judges 🙂  Everyone helping out really made the competitions run so smoothly! I think this year ran even better than the previous year!  Thanks everyone for helping!

We taught one class for each of the levels at the event, and the classes went great!  We really enjoy getting to have some time with the attendees in the classes!! We also performed in the Saturday night Pro show with Olivier and Virginie again… doing our new routine! We had a great time performing with our good friends again 🙂

Saturday night was also the highlight of the weekend for the Swing 16 European tour season 1 finale!!   We had been waiting all year for this moment… and it was pretty epic!!  We were so proud to organize this contest and so happy with the results!  The winners took home 1450 euros each!!  Those winners were Damien Favier (France) and Vivien Feld (Germany)!!!  Congrats you two!!!

Thank you everyone who made WIL a special event…. and we can’t wait to see you next year for the 10th anniversary!!!!!  See you then!!!

-Maxime and Torri 😉

23 03, 2017

Euro Dance!

By | 2017-03-23T12:45:13+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|

Well it was another great year at the Euro Dance Festival in Germany!  We love attending this event every year!  The venue is just incredible!  So amazing that they get to rent out the whole Europa park for the event… and the majority of the hotels in the park too!

Every style of dance is represented at this event, which makes the bar atmosphere the best of any event we have ever attended!  Theres always a little bit of every dance involved in the battles in the Colleseo bar!  If you have ever been to Euro dance, then you know that the bar is the place to be each night!  It’s such a great time!

Each year, the West Coast Swing scene gets a little bigger… and this year was by far the biggest yet!!  There were more teachers than before, and a lot of great shows as well!  We were happy to be a part of the show with a new routine we choreographed with our good friends Olivier and Virginie Massart 🙂  It was the first time we performed our routine, and it was really fun!

We really hope to come back to this event, because it is always a weekend of great fun!!  We love teaching the workshops, and watching all the shows!  If you have never been to this event, and love to see all different styles of dance under one roof, then Euro Dance Festival is for you!!  We hope to see you there next year!!

-Maxime and Torri 😉

23 02, 2017

Swingtzerland!!

By | 2017-02-23T07:50:12+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|

This was our first time at this event in Zurich…. and we had a BLAST!!  Working for Nicolas and Linda was easy and really fun!!  It was a nice weekend…. 6 hours of workshops, not a whole lot of judging, 2 fun demos… and a LOT of social dancing!!!

We liked getting to work with each of the levels, and really getting to change up our classes with each level!  We especially loved the very last hour of the weekend, with the highest Adv/AllStar group….. if you were there… you know why!! 😉 hahaha

We did a quick pro demo on Friday night.. and then a pro JnJ on saturday night…. where we randomly did a partner swap with Ben & Victoria!!  It was a fun contest, and everyone was such an inspiration… as always 🙂

I think Maxime’s favorite part of the whole weekend was during the party on Saturday night when there were a couple platters of cheese and grapes for everyone to snack on!!  I don’t think we will ever have grapes as good as those ones!!! 😉

The only regret we have is not being there long enough to get to go into the city…. and booking our flight so early on monday that we couldn’t hang out at th party as long as we wanted to!!!!

Thank you everyone for all the good conversations and awesome dances!!!

I have been back in the US since this event…. and will be returning next week for Eurodance Festival!!

See you again soon in my second home (anywhere in Europe! lol)

-Maxime and Torri 😉

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