Private Dance Instruction

Need an instructor for a special event, upcoming wedding, or want to improve a specific dance skill? The Charlottesville WCS community is fortunate to have so many talented dance instructors. Contact the instructor for more information.

Want to be added to the list?  You must be an active member of CSDS and provide a service directly related to West Coast Swing.

Kristin Wenger

Specialties: West Coast Swing and Night Club 2-Step

Contact: klw2s@virginia.edu or 434-466-3269

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Kristin has been studying, teaching, and competing in WCS since circa 2000. She offers group classes in WCS and Nightclub Two-step through Albemarle County Parks and Recreation; she also teaches private lessons and choreographs wedding ‘first dances. She serves on the CSDS Board of Directors and routinely deejays for area WCS and ballroom events. Kristin has a reputation for combining clear, easy-to-follow instructions with humor and emphatic encouragement. She also hosts a monthly WCS practice & feedback event at The Dance Spot. Kristin has her M.A. in Teaching from the University of Virginia.

Adela Su + Eddie Karoliussen

Specialties: West Coast Swing, Nightclub 2-Step

Contact: eddie.adela.wcs@gmail.com or FB

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Adela + Eddie are dancers, instructors, competitors, event organizers and sponsors in Charlottesville, Virginia. Adela is a long-time volunteer, past-President and current Board of Director with the Charlottesville Swing Dance Society (CSDS). Adela + Eddie have been teaching in Charlottesville/Central Virginia since 2006, offering pre-dance lessons, group classes, workshops and private lessons, with a fondness for technique/drills instruction, and have been hosting Drills Classes since 2017. Adela is also a GPDIA certified instructor. They compete nationally, currently at the All Star (Adela) and Advanced (Eddie) levels, and in the Sophisticated (35+) and Masters (50+) age divisions for Jack & Jills (random partners) and Strictly Swings (chosen partners). They study with the top professionals to improve their own dancing and for teacher teaching, and love bringing back their knowledge and experiences to share with the dancers at home.

Alyssa Lundgren

Specialties: West Coast Swing and Ballroom

Contact: Alyssa.lundgren@gmail.com or FB

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Alyssa Gillespie is a West Coast Swing and Ballroom dance instructor in Charlottesville, Virginia and the surrounding areas. As a professional dance instructor, Alyssa’s goal is to develop confident, stylish, and well rounded dancers. She strives to get beginning students quickly dancing with confidence and to help danced dancers master their technique, styling and musicality.

April and Billy Northcutt

Specialties: West Coast Swing

Contact: northcuttfam4@gmail.com

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The Northcutts enjoy working with beginners getting started in West Coast Swing, and helping people discover the joy of dancing. Billy and April Northcutt have been dancing and competing in West Coast Swing for about 8 years, and currently compete as an Advanced level leader, and as an Intermediate follow respectively. The Northcutts enjoy dancing at local area dances and traveling to events to dance and compete when able. They occasionally teach at local area dances, and are available for private lessons.

Gaia Read and Ilon Weeldreyer

Specialties: West Coast Swing, Salsa, and Ballroom

Contact: gaia.read@gmail.com, Gaia’s FB, or Ilon’s FB

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Gaia and Ilon are located in Charlottesville, Virginia and have training across a variety of dance styles, including West Coast Swing, Salsa, and Ballroom. Reach out to them if you’re interested in having group lesson instructors or performers for an event.

Jacen Northcutt

Specialties: West Coast Swing

Contact: smoothsailingballroom@gmail.com or FB

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Jacen competes as an Advanced level leader, and placed 3rd with his partner with their routine in the Young Adult Division at the US Open Swing Dance Championships in 2018 and in 2019. He has been dancing and competing in WCS for a little over 7 years.