SWINGDIVERSITY UNIVERSITY

Class of 2022 is underway!

Our Three Programs

Judge, DJ, and Instructor

Each 1-year program is slightly different, depending on the scope of the role itself, but they all have one thing in common -- to train community members from historically marginalized groups to be prepared and available for roles in the community.

Each program consists of:
(1) virtual lectures and coursework
(2) a practicum period, e.g. apprenticeship by shadowing the faculty.

Applications for the Class of 2023 are due 11:59pm PST in early January, 2023. Results will be communicated within 7-10 days of the application deadline, with an orientation kick-off in late January.

JUDGE

Training Advanced+ community members to judge at national conventions.

Kelly Casanova

Windsor, CA

Dancer since 1979

Judge since 1992

Andy Bouman

Oakland, CA

Dancer since 1989

Judge since 1997

DJ

Training community members with local DJ experience to set the tone for local events and national conventions.

Ruby Lair

Houston, TX

Dancer since 2004

DJ since 2008

Victor Loveira

Mooresville, NC

Dancer since 1996

DJ since 1996

Koichi Tsunoda

Austin, TX

Dancer since 2003

DJ since 2012

INSTRUCTOR

Training Intermediate+ community members to teach beginner and intermediate lessons at local and national events.

Samantha Buckwalter

Huntington Beach, CA

Dancer since 1988

Instructor since 2005

Jesse Lopez

Kansas City, MO

Dancer since 2012

Instructor since 2012

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