Pro Instructors

For private lessons during the event, contact your selected pro directly to schedule.

Jason And Sophy

Champions

West Coast Swing

Jason Miklic: 859-992-5050

Partners in life and dance Jason Miklic and Sophy Kdep fell in love on the dance floor in 1998, and they have been spreading that love with the rest of the country ever since. Constant promoters of West Coast Swing, their classes provide expert instruction in a fun and encouraging environment. Their work is more than just swinging around the dance floor. Swing, country, hustle, ballroom, and theater arts are all styles they excel in. From weekly lessons to choreography to performing and judging, these two pairs of feet know their way around every aspect of the dance world. Come grab a hand and cut a rug with JasonAndSophy.  They love to share their passion and knowledge for dancing with you.

Bree Reynolds
Ritz Ballroom Studio
Owner, Instructor

All Ballroom Dances
West Coast Swing
Line Dances

Rising Star!

The Ritz 859-371-1151
Bree (859) 486-7700
bree_reynolds@outlook.com

Growing up in a studio run by her parents who were professional ballroom dance instructors, Bree started ballroom dancing at the age of 3 years old and competed in her first ballroom competition at the young age of 5 years old. Bree has been dancing and competing for over 20 years and has been professionally teaching ballroom, latin, west coast swing, wedding choreography, line dance, and partner dancing for the past 9 years. Throughout her life she has trained in many dance styles like jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and ballroom but has found her love and passion for west coast swing, line dancing, and wedding choreography!

Bree owns The Ritz Ballroom Dance Studio with her mom in Florence Kentucky and is a full time dance instructor. She currently competes in rising star and has been competing all over the country in west coast swing.

Her passion is to spread her love and joy for dance while being inviting and welcoming to everyone. As she tries to provide a family like environment for her dance community. She believes dancing is such a great way to boost your self esteem, exercise your body mentally and physically, meet new friends, connect with other people and add joy to your life!

Abi Schneider

All-Star, Rising Star

Lindy Hop, Balboa
East Coast Swing,
West Coast Swing

Vendor:
Masseuse
Dance Shoes

Abi’s diverse dance background consists of Lindy, Balboa, West Coast Swing, American Ballroom, Social Latin, Hustle and more! These all combine together to create a delightfully knowledgeable teacher with a gift for passing along information. She began dancing Lindy Hop in the middle of the Neo-Swing era in 1998 at the Derby in Hollywood. Growing up in Los Angeles, she always had interest in partner dancing because, as someone who had to lead in life, she aspired to understand what it meant to follow. After moving cross country to North Carolina in 2006, she discovered the West Coast Swing scene was more popular than the Lindy/Balboa scene and she craved the social aspect of community. Abi later moved to Huntsville, AL where she currently resides. Abi is amidst completion of her Bachelor’s degree and about to start a Master’s program. With little free time on her hands, she does manage to find time to enjoy crafting, cooking, playing the piano, and building with Legos. Abi was a musician before she became a dancer and lately, she has been going back to her roots of piano and singing. She played professionally until her mid-20s when her focus shifted to raising kids and dancing. Abi’s favorite aspect of dancing is the never-ending challenge; as she says, “There is always something to learn and improve on.” 

Chris and Melissa Moy

All Star

West Coast Swing

Zouk

Known for their entertaining style and emotionally captivating musicality, Chris and Melissa Moy are premier West Coast Swing Dance Instructors in the Ann Arbor and Metro Detroit area. Melissa and Chris also specialize in Zouk as part of their teaching repertoire, offering a social style of Zouk instruction. In either dance, they offer a unique teaching experience focused on technique, purposeful practice and fun all while adapting their instruction technique to each student and fostering each dancer’s unique style. As two of the original members of the Ann Arbor Swing Society, they are enthusiastic about growing Swing and Zouk around Michigan and the Midwest, forming relationships with other dance communities. Chris and Melissa Moy are pleased to offer their instruction services for workshops, private lessons, group lessons, choreography and demonstrations.

Doug and Elaine Morgan

Dancers extraordinaire

West Coast Swing

Doug and Elaine Morgan began dancing nearly 18 years ago when they signed up for a ballroom class at the YMCA. They quickly found they had an aptitude and interest for dancing. It wasn’t long before they discovered West Coast Swing and their interest turned into a passion, creating the opportunity for them to compete and social dance nationwide. They have been instructing WCS for the past 14 years, and truly enjoy the opportunity to share their passion with others.

Kristen and Hank

West Coast Swing
East Coast Swing
Two-Step

513-503-4886

Kristen has trained in dance, gymnastics and cheer since she was a toddler in West Chester Ohio. As a basketball and football cheerleader at Lakota West High School, her team won the national cheer leading competition 2 years in a row, the only team to ever accomplish this feat. She worked her way through college coaching gymnastics at a nationally renowned gym in Ann Arbor MI. It was in college that she discovered partner dancing, joining a ballroom dance company which performed in the A2 – metro Detroit area. After college she discover West Coast Swing which quickly became her main focus. 15 years and 2 children later, it is still the dance she loves most, but Cheer is her specialty.

Hank began dancing in 1994 when a girlfriend dragged him kicking and screaming into a country bar to take two-step lesson. He had never been exposed to either, but in no time he was hooked on dancing (the girlfriend not so much). It just so happened that this country bar decided to bring in the best instructors they could find. which were UCWDC world champion Mike Wagner and NASDE Champion Brandy Tobias (Guild) which were his first professional instructors. In 1999, Hank discovered the Retro Swing movement where he focused his efforts on a Retro version of East Coast Swing, eventually learning many of the aerial lifts and other movements. Hank was soon hired by a talent agency to perform his retro style Swing Dance at corporate events for companies such as Chrysler Corporation, Diamler, Comerica Bank, Adistra Corporation and others. He also was hired to teach at various swing dance clubs and events. While Hanks loves WCS and two-step, his specialty is Retro Swing Daance.

Hank and Kristen met in 2009 when she discovered WCS, after which they began competing together and soon began hosting social dance events. They soon became partners in life as well as dance.