Check out our biannual scholarship award recipients and major partners.


Congratulations to our Summer 2021 Scholarship recipients!

A select number of community members were awarded with a scholarship package, consisting of donated funds and event passes.

Please consider donating so that we can continue to sustainably and transparently provide scholarships to deserving community members.

Montriel "Monty" Jamari
Chico, CA

Pro Award
(Advanced / All-Star)

Montriel Jamari Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in the Butte county area in both the public and private sectors for a combined 25 years.
Montriel is currently in private practice working out of Chico, California. Being the only African-American therapist male therapist in private practice in Butte County, he is presently working with many families and individuals that come from various cultural backgrounds. 
Montriel is also a published author of his new book, “The Inner Critic: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Overcoming the Conflicts of the Mind.”
Having started West Coast swing in 2011, Montriel is proud to be part of the Swing dance community, having made many friends from all around the world.

LaKeshia "Kesh" Rhodes
Dallas, TX

Amateur Award
(Novice / Intermediate)

Kesh Rhodes has served as an elementary educator for the past 15 years. Most of her teaching career has been in elementary schools that focus on Arts Integration in the general classroom.
Although teaching six year olds how to read is a very rewarding profession, The Arts are what bring her the most joy and fulfillment. 
Kesh’s first dance is Swingout. She began competing in Swingout in 2017 and will always honor and respect it as her home.
After being exposed to WCS, though, her love for this dance started to blossom. She began training under David Simpson and Sandra Lopez and now competes at the Intermediate level in WCS. 

ShaQuan "Spin" Davis
Indianapolis, IN

Newcomer Award

ShaQuan Davis is known by his friends as “Spin,” and is from the west side of Indianapolis. 

He’s been dancing for years, but his main discipline has been hip hop, specifically break dancing.

ShaQuan is all about helping the community and pushing everyone to achieve their goals.

He’s a big advocate for education, creative arts, and supporting youth to following their dreams. 

Thank you to our scholarship committee for giving your time and energy to nominate and select our Summer 2021 Scholarship Award Recipients!

Future scholarships will consist of a formal application process with selection of recipients by Board Members.



Thank you to our event partners!

Event passes provided by Halloween SwingThing, Monterey SwingFest, Jack n Jill Orama, Swingtacular, MadJam, All-Star Swing Jam, and Capital Swing.

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