PRO- TEAM 2020


Chuck Brown (US) 

Chuck Brown is a current Champion level competitor with over 20 years of experience. He is recognized as a top international instructor, Chief Judge, NASDE Circuit and US Open SDC judge, DJ, event promoter, dance business consultant, community builder and life coach. He is our instructor and chief judge. 

As a dance artist, Chuck is known for his musicality, creativity, versatility, and especially, his amazing lead. It has been said by many of the top dance pros, he is one of the best social dancers and leaders in all of West Coast Swing. 

We are going to learn dance as light as light on snow with him.  


 

Artur Radzikhovskii (RUS) 

Artur has been the most incredible couch at previous Winter Coast Swing events. Artur is an All-Star level dancer and an international instructor with more than 9 years of experience. He is also the event Director of the Summer Dance Camp "Americano" (WSDC Registry Event) in Samara region (Russia). He has danced many dances before, for example Hustle and Hip-Hop. Now he is living for the West Coast Swing and holds regular classes in Moscow with master level. 

He is really making our winter even more snowy.

Irina Puzanova (RUS) 

Irina has been dancing since she was 7 years old. She began taking a serious interest in West Coast Swing in 2010, learned from the best and has been a very successful competitor. She is the first dancer in Russia to reach the All-Star division and the first one to have Champion points. She has placed first at many competitions, such as: Advanced Jack & Jill at the US Open 2012, European All Star division at Midland Swing Open, All-Star Jack & Jill at French Open in 2014, All Star European Champion 2017, Strictly Open Budafest 2018, Champions J'J at UK and European Championship in London 2019.

When teaching, she's demanding and encouraging just in the right proportion. But most of all Irina is a social dancer. 

Do you dare a touch from the snow-angel. Ask her to dance and feel it! 

Miquel Menéndez (ES) &
Hanna Tuominen (FIN) 

They are still here, or did they ever even leave? Hanna has been many, many years with us and her classes with Miquel are just incredible. Their way to coach is so smooth and technic. Well, it's cooler than the heavy-snow. Miquel is an All-Star level dancer and active participant in international West Coast Swing events. He is also Pro of Country Westerns. Hanna is running weekly classes in West Coast Swing and many other dances at her own Dance-School. Together they are couching around Europe. 

They are a real sunshine on a snowy Sunday.

PJ Turner (USA) 

PJ started traveling the Swing Circuit all over the nation competing in Jack and Jills and strictly competitions. He was on a mission for the NASDE tour. In 2012, he was awarded the NASDE tour Champion. 

Along the way he has also received several Social Dance awards including the Prestigious Bob Preiss Social Dance Award from Swing Diego, Boogie by the Bay and River City Swing. In 2013 PJ partnered with Tashina Beckmann King. Dancing together, they put 6 routines on the floor including Feel Again, Counting Stars, Demons, Livin on a Prayer, Let the Good Times Roll and Helium. They were US Open finalists and performed in an Off-Broadway show in New York called Swango. 

PJ is a real hero of the dance floor. His motto is and will always be: Just make her smile!!! He'll boom snowmonsters to the far far away. 

TEAM

Our Event-Director is Mr. Pekka Väätäinen. He and the local society in Kuopio are running this wintery event. 

Organising team:
Event Director: Pekka Väätäinen
Head Judge: Chuck Brown
Head DJ: Lauri Laitinen

West Coast Swing Kuopio: Hanna Kiminki, Kasper Sorsa, Johanna Karhu, Päivi Savolainen and many other volunteers