teacher Staff


 Semion Ovsiannikov

Maria Elizarova


Semion has been dancing ever since he was eight. He started with ballroom dancing first, then got into social dancing, and finally into West Coast Swing. He is known for his musicality and great connection with his partners.

Maria has been dancing since 2007. In 2008 she fell in love with social partner dances. She started learning hustle/discofox and salsa. She had been dancing hustle and discofox for 4 years, working on her solo choreography as well when West Coast Swing came in to her dancing life. After that she couldn’t stop dancing WCS. She enjoys the versatility of the dance, bringing new emotions, options for musicality and styling to every dance.

Semion and Maria were the first Russians to ever get to US Open Classic finals in 2016, 2017, 2019. They also got the second place at The Open Classic finals in 2018.

Their partnership emphasizes technique, musicality and connection. They love the possibilities for communication and dialogue between partners during every dance, and seek to help their students discover this incredibly fun aspect of WCS. They share a philosophy that care and attention are the best things partners can give to each other during any dance.

Jakub Jakoubek

Emeline Rochefeuille


Natively from Czech Republic & Reunion Island, Jakub and Em took their first steps into the dance world at the age of 16 and 12, both starting with Ballroom Dancing (Latin, Standard & line-dancing). They were both hooked since they discovered West Coast Swing, and were especially drawn to the creativity, musicality, and freedom within the dance.

Their dance world is shaped around multiple influences such as urban dances, contemporary, modern, zouk or contact improvisation; both being eager to learn and assimilate new tools from other dance forms to expand their library of movement, expression and ways to connect.

J’Em story began in June 2016, as they were hired together by pure chance in a styling workshop run by Adam and Rita in Budapest. They have been traveling the world together ever since, flying from country to country to share their passion for dancing.

After 3 consecutive years being part of the top 10 finalists at the US Open Swing Dance Championships, they just placed 4th in the Classic Division in November 2019.

Thibault & Nicole Ramirez 


Thibault and Nicole have been together since the beginning of 2019, quickly building a strong partnership and establishing a name for themselves. Becoming the World Champions of 2019 with their winning Showcase routine, they immediately began traveling all over the world teaching, performing, judging, and competing.

They are the creators of Flash Choreo, a mini choreography intensive for dancers to challenge themselves and perform a routine in short amounts of time. 

They have developed a great rhythm teaching classes and intensives together, offering great technique in a relaxed and fun environment.

With over 20 years of knowledge in West Coast Swing and other partner and solo dances, their teaching style is very appreciated everywhere they go and benefits dancers of all styles. Their emotive, passionate spirits shine when they are on stage and while teaching. They love to motivate their students to excel and reach their maximum potential. Their personalities are very energetic and open to connecting with people, on and off the dance floor.


Marc Heldt


In 2010 discovered his passion for West Coast swing. He developed a sound knowledge by participating in national and international congresses and festivals. Many additional private lessons with renowned coaches like Jordan Frisbee and Tatjana Mollmann or John Lindo have given him even more insight into the world of this fascinating dance. In his dance school, Marc have quickly established the West Coast Swing. Not only Dusseldorf but also interested dancers from all over NRW visit workshops regularly and the West Coast Swing Club of his dance school. Meanwhile, Marc is regularly on the road as a welcome lecturer in West Coast Swing. He supervises West Coast Swing dance tours, teaches in dance clubs and other dance schools and trains dance athletes and youth leaders in WCS on behalf of the TNW.

Stella Maria Schletterer


Stella first got to know West Coast Swing in 2015, while she was preparing for her final concert degree as a classical guitarist at the music university of Vienna. She immediately fell in love with this fascinating dance and its musical movement expression. Since 2016, after visiting some dance events abroad, she has been teaching weekly classes together with Christopher Piffel. Stella is the very first Austrian dancer who has reached WSDC Allstar level and continues competing successfully in this division. She won first prizes at competitions in Zurich, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Freiburg, Budapest, Vienna, Düsseldorf and many more. In 2021, right during the pandemic, Stella and her partner Christopher Piffel enthusiastically opened their own West Coast Swing dance studio called „DER TANZBOGEN“ in the centre of Vienna, where they teach over 150 West Coast Swing students 6 days a week. 

Lauren Jones


Lauren got into West Coast Swing back in 2011 aged 19 thanks to her wonderful mum but moved to Vietnam shortly after. 5 years later, she scooted over to Singapore, fell in love with WCS again as well as the community there and social danced her heart out before making her way through Europe in 2019. 

Although she has dabbled in salsa and bachata on a social level, it is WCS that has her hooked. She loves the balance between connecting with a partner on the floor and the freedom of self-expression, all to a wide range of music genres. 

She is over the moon to be working with the inspiring dancers of the community and her aim is to leave each person she dances with smiling, be it at her or with her! Finally, she is so excited to be celebrating the New Year with the people and place she now calls home.

Attila Kobori


 Attila started dancing at the age of 15. After several years of practising, ups and downs on the competition floor and different dance partners he has reached the highest division “S – Class” in Austria. Currently he is a registered athlete of the World Dance Sport Federation (WDSF) representing Austria at international Latin dance sport competitions. 

 In 2017 Attila was introduced to West Coast Swing and instantly fell in love with the dance. Filled with motivation, he started competing in WCS at his first event and reached the All-Star division 2.5 years later – each competition surrounded by massive amounts of social dancing. The love for all the aspects of this dance has been growing ever since and soon WCS became the main focus of his dancing career. 

Laszlo Tarkanyi


László Tárkányi is an international West Coast Swing social dancer, instructor, coach, competition judge, event director and most of all, an enthusiast of the dance. 

László is an enthusiast of teaching the dance to others. He has been teaching weekly regular classes, weekend workshops, private classes and coaching sessions since 2013. As time passed he was invited to teach abroad, visit new countries, meeting motivated and motivating students in Austria, Belarus, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States and Ukraine. He is based in Cologne, Germany where he is growing the local community, providing diverse learning and socializing opportunities.

His classes are known for a fun and welcoming atmosphere, detailed technical tuition and his radiating enthusiasm to transfer his knowledge and experience to his students.


Video of Valentine Swing 2019 - All-Star JJ 1st place


Philippe & Flore Berne


Philippe & Flore Berne hail from France, and are now living and working in Montreal, Canada.

They come from two different backgrounds: Philippe from world of dance competition, and Flore from the world of social dancing. Their complementarity adds flow and uniqueness to their dance style.

They are renowned for their professionalism, their versatility, their passion and their devotion to their students and community.  They nurture quality and hard work, always with a touch of humor. You have never attended one of their classes?  Do not wait!

Today, they are emerging West Coast Swing Showcase Champions.

Philipp Wolff


is Germany’s most successful WCS dancer.

Philipp started his dance journey when he was 15 years old with ballroom and latin at the end of 2013. Almost one year later he discovered west coast swing and got straight hooked by the dance.

He is the first person outside of North America who won an Opus division at The US Open Swing Dance Championship. He is well-known for his crazy footwork and his acceleration pattern work. At his workshops he loves going into technical details but still keeping them fun and entertaining.

Marina Motronenko & Daniel Pavlov


have over a decade of experience teaching dance, but only recently have they began to travel and teach together. Combining different approaches, Marina's charismatic style and Daniel's structured methodology, they aim to create wholesome classes that reach all kinds of students. They love west coast swing for its freedom and inclusivity that allows such different dancers to be able to create together and hope to share their passion with you.

Event Staff

Event Director

Roland Hamm

Check In

Irene Humer

Participant Support

Yuval Yaary

Participant Support

Lauren Jones

Staff Carer

Billie Traxler

Social Media

Sebastian Pöll

Social Media

Rahel Greiner

MC / DJ Staff


TJ Bednash




Chief DJ

Justin Petersen




Competition Scoring

Andreas Kasper