Lori was born and raised in Ohio.  She began dancing and competing at country events in 1998.  After a few years, she changed her focus to West Coast Swing and Hustle.   

Currently Lori competes at the All-Star level in West Coast Swing and travels the country on average 40 weekends a year teaching with her husband.  In 2012 she started a new classic routine partnership with Nelson Clarke.

She truly loves the social aspect of dance and is grateful for the wonderful people it has brought into her life.

"If It's Not
It's Not
Worth It!"

In addition to teaching, Doug and Lori host 2 major events a year (Spotlight New Years and Michigan Classic) and also organize and run a dance cruise

Doug was born and raised in Wisconsin and spent most of his life there until moving to Ohio to be with the love of his life.  As a kid, and through college, Doug was a musician and actor.  He has an extensive background in musical theater having held the position of Director, Choreographer, Conductor and Producer for many productions.  Doug's first love in music was the trumpet where he had the pleasure of playing in Jazz bands, pit orchestras and other community ensembles.  Doug went on to attend VanderCook College of Music Education for his music degree in hopes of becoming a Choir Teacher.

Doug's formal training in dance started when he stumbled upon West Coast Swing in 2001.  Since then he has won numerous titles across the country, including US Open Champion.  He taught many forms of dance full time from 2005 to 2011, including ECS, Hustle, Salsa, Night Club 2, Country 2 and of course West Coast Swing.  He continues to travel on average 40 weekends a year now teaching with his beautiful wife Lori.   They try to spread the message in dance that if it's not fun, it's not worth it. 


Since 2012 Doug has traveled the West Coast Swing circuit competing with his classic routine partner Melissa Rollins and in 2013 started a new hustle routine partnership with Stephanie Risser.


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