We offer Private and Group lessons in West Coast Swing, Salsa, Country, Latin, East Coast Swing and Ballroom. We also offer services outside of the studio for lessons and/or performances for special events/parties. We have teaching tools and techniques that help you quickly understand how to move as a dancer, gain an immediate feeling of accomplishment and shorten your learning time. Through our teaching you will learn how common body movements, transfer of energy, foot positions, and connection is made with just your everyday walk. Using our techniques you will quickly being dancing, feeling confident and smooth on the dance floor. Come see how to create dance through movement, momentum and balance and how Dance helps in all aspects of life!
Lara J Deni, Primary Instructor
Lara began her teaching career at an early age of 15 at her mother’s dance studio. A year later she was performing with an adult dance troupe and traveling the East Coast and Canada as a professional adjudicator for youth Tap, Jazz and Ballet dance competitions. With a training in Tap, Jazz and Ballet a BFA in Dance, training/teaching/competing in Salsa,Ballroom and Latin, and training/competing in Lindy, Lara brings a wide range of knowledge and understanding to her teaching. Lara is certified as a WSDC Judge and judges at many national events.
Lara is the most prominent teacher of West Coast Swing in the Virginia/DC Metro area. She won Top Teacher Award at DCSX 2014, MadJam 2015 and Freedom Swing 2017. She holds 5 National Champion Titles in the Classic Rising Star division (with past partners), won over 25 National Titles/Placements in All Star Jack & Jill and Strictly divisions, and placed 5th in the WCS All Star 2016 NASDE Tour. Lara and her current partner, Steve Wilder, won 2nd Place in 2017 and 3rd Place in 2016 in the Sophisticated Routine Division at The Open Swing Dance Championships. In 2017, Lara’s first time in a Invitational Jack-n-Jill, she won 2nd place and has continued to win awards throughout the year both alone, with her partner and with her students.
Lara has a genuine passion and love of movement and dance. She encourages and helps her students attain their goals, while making the process of growing and learning a fun and rewarding one. Though she currently specializes in teaching/performing/choreographing/judging West Coast Swing, Lara still enjoys teaching and sharing her expertise with Salsa, Latin Dances, Wedding, ECSwing, Ballroom, and Country
Steve Wilder, Primary Instructor
Steve Wilder is an All-Star West Coast Swing dancer from New York known for his entertaining teaching style and nonstop social dancing. He actually started dancing because he thought it would be a great way to meet women, but he immediately fell in love with dancing instead.
In 2014, Steve began his career in teaching West Coast Swing throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York areas. During 2015-2016 Steve traveled and taught in and around New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia. He loves creating an emotional and physical connection with his dance partners whether it be on the competitive floor or social floor. Steve and his current partner, Lara Deni, won 2nd Place in 2017 and 3rd Place in 2016 in the Sophisticated Routine Division at The Open Swing Dance Championships. In 2017, Steve’s first time in a Invitational Jack-n-Jill, he won 3rd place at Freedom Swing. Steve has continued to win awards throughout the 2017 both alone, with his partner and with his students.
David A. Herrin, Instructor
David's journey in life took him to the dance world in 2004 when he started out with Salsa. Months later, after he became more and more intrigued with other styles of dance, he began taking ballroom lessons. A couple years later, in 2006, David landed upon West Coast Swing through a friend who brought him to a Swing Competition. He was hooked! David kept with his other styles, but began to really concentrate on his West Coast Swing, which is the dance style he concentrates on most today. In 2008, David began teaching at "Shut Up and Dance" in Wisconsin, and he is now a part-time instructor here at our studio. David's love for teaching others and his joy in learning makes him a much loved and valued instructor.