Ben Luhrman started dancing in 2006 when one of his friends invited him to Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio, TX. Since then he has come to love Lindy Hop, Jazz Age music, and history.
Now Ben travels all over dancing, instructing, competing, performing, and learning. He strives for authenticity in his own dance and encourages others to find their own voice. He is intrigued by the originality, rhythm, and fun swing dance exudes. He is also convinced that leading and following are both equally important tasks. Ben takes pride in his local community of San Antonio, participating on the San Antonio Swing Dance Society Board (non-profit), working with local musicians, organizing events, preserving and celebrating the joy of swing dance one step at a time. Click BenLuhrman.com for more details.
Lara Willars Benavides
Lara's swing dancing adventure started in the year 2000, and in 2002 she began instructing and performing with Swing Cats Perpetual Motion in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her studies in Theatre Arts have afforded her a knowledge of modern dance and movement for the stage, in addition to her devotion to swing and jazz. Professionally, she teaches high school Theatre, Speech, and Dance, as well as enrichment classes for children in the summer. This year, Lara serves as the Executive Director for the SASDS Board, coordinating the curriculum and classes for the society. She is loud, lively, and always ready to express herself whether on the stage or on the dance floor.
Chad started dancing in 2008. Chad loves learning and attends one or two dance events per month. Chad loves to take private lessons and loves sharing dance ideas with others too.
- Third place - Open Balboa Jack and Jill - Lindy Focus X 2011
- Second place - Balboa Jack and Jill - Dance Manhatten, New York 2011
- Finals - Open Balboa Jack and Jill - LindyFocus 2010
- First place - Jack and Jill - Pre-Hot Rhythm Holiday Finale 2010
- Third place - Amateur Balboa Jack and Jill - Twin Cities Balboa Festival 2010
Erin McCartney Mahood
Erin was introduced to swing dancing in 2001, after bumping into an outdoor lindy hop competition in Santa Barbara, CA. She watched in awe, admiring how much fun the dancers were having. Shortly after, she signed up for classes and was instantly hooked! Erin danced her way up and down the coast of California before moving to Columbus, OH, in 2006. There, Erin continued swing dancing (of course) and was a member of the SwingColumbus Performance Team. Now Erin carries her passion for dancing to the San Antonio Swing Dance Society. She hopes her students find it as fun and addictive as she does.
Mikey Segura began learning swing dancing in Fall of 2009. After his first beginner lesson at Semenaya, he was immediately hooked. From that time forward, his attendance to Sam's Burger Joint Swing Night and SASDS's Wednesday night lessons was virtually guaranteed every week. Mikey was tapped to begin instructing by one of his mentors. Soon Mikey was the regular instructor for Sam's Burger Joint for several months and is now working into the rotation at Semeneya Ballroom as well. Mikey's goal for his students is to teach them how to social dance; to make friends, exercise and most of all, have fun! Mikey Segura also served two years on the SASDS Board of Directors: Membership Director (2010-2011), President (2011 - 2012)
Katy took her first swing dance lesson when she was in the 5th grade. After a long break, she started taking classes at Sam's and Amora, and is now happy to be a part of the SASDS team of instructors. She is currently interested in learning Balboa and Collegiate Shag. Swing dancing is a perfect match for her other interests which include American history, vintage fashion, and travel. Katy enjoys studying (and celebrating!) the historic and cultural heritage of the Jazz Age.
Ed has been dancing in his heart since he was born. In 2005 his two favorite dancing daughters, Lara and Lydia, convinced him to transfer that passion into his feet as well. Since then Ed has taken swing classes with SASDS and attended Lindyfest in Houston. He began instructing in 2007.
Cheryl Dalros began her swing escapades in 2001 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Instantaneously she was hooked on the dancing, the people, and the music. Since then she's never stopped swingin'. Whether it be lindy hop, west coast swing, blues, shag, charleston, boogie woogie, or east coast swing... Cheryl can be found on the floor. She started instructing and competing in 2006 in Colorado Springs and Denver but once she graduated college she packed up and moved to the California swing scene. There she danced and competed in Los Angeles, Irvine, Fullerton, Pasadena, Burbank, San Diego, and Santa Barbra. Cheryl was part of a handful of dance troupes including the Bobbysox Brigade (from Fullerton, CA) and 23 Skidoo (from Denver, CO). Then finally in 2011 Cheryl moved to San Antonio. She enjoys the San Antonio and Austin swing scenes and is very happy to be a part of them. She hopes that through her classes she can inspire dancers to fall in love with swing just as much as she has.
Tia first began her swing dancing career in 2002 in Idaho. Through the years she has attended various workshops and events and takes advantage of any opportunity to learn more. She teaches East Coast, Triple Swing, Lindy, Charleston, Shag, Balboa... you name it! For Tia, dancing isn't just a hobby, it's a lifestyle.
Jeremy first began dancing in high school where he took classes at a ballroom after school, but his love for Swing started in 2011. He started out learning lindy, east coast, and balboa, having learned quickly from private lessons. He started attending events across the nation including Rocky Mountain Balboa, Eastern Balboa Championship, and Hot Rhythm Holiday. He currently enjoys teaching for the society at Semeneya ballroom with his lovely wife Tia.
Nelson started dancing in October of 2010. Since then, he's attended several national events; level placing most recently at Advaced Plus. He enjoys competing, performing, teaching, but most importantly, just getting out on the floor and having a good time. Nelson is always fun to dance with as he brings musicality and skill to the dance floor. He strives to keep the culture of swing dancing alive, and has a strong appreciation for some sweet jazz music.
To say Leah cares about keeping the swing culture alive is an understatement. She honors it's history and brings it out in her appearance and in her dancing. As a very talented dancer, she enjoys instructing, giving private lessions, competing, and having a blast on the dance floor. She enjoys DJing for the society, and knows how to fill a dance floor. She has a fun enjoyable personality, and it shows in her dance. She regularly attends national swing dance events and is always looking forward to meeting dancers of all levels from all over the world. Next time you see this girl, ask her to dance. You won't be disappointed.