World Class Instructors, Staff and Dance Hosts

 

Dance styles include:

Country Two-Step :: West Coast Swing :: Night Club Two Step :: Hustle :: Cha Cha :: Ballroom :: Line Dance :: And More!

 

What better way to spend your vacation than learning to do something fun and creative from professionals who love dance and enjoy teaching. The combined teaching years and experience of this fabulous staff is well over 100 years and you will find them engaging, energizing, helpful and insightful about your dance technique and style.

 

 

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Todd Longsworth &
Jamie Hoyt

Dance Instructor/Owner

Todd & Jamie are from Pensacola, FL.

 

Todd is a recently retired firefighter, a paramedic and an independent dance instructor. Jamie is a mom, an independent dance instructor and your Director for Let's Dance. Todd and Jamie are also co-directors of the Southern National Dance Event in Panama City Beach, FL held in October.

 

Both Todd and Jamie found a love for country western dancing in the early 90's. Todd almost immediately took his love of dance to the competition floor and has been competing regularly since 1995.

 

Jamie studied both ballroom and country dances through the years and began competing with Todd in 2008.

 

Since the formation of their dance partnership, Todd and Jamie have won numerous regional titles. They are the UCWDC Couples Open II Points Champions for 2012. They are the UCWDC Couples Diamond I World Champions for 2014, the UCWDC Couples Classic Crown World Champions for 2017 and the Couples Open I National Champions for 2017.

 

They still actively compete in the UCWDC's advanced, ascension division of Couples Crown.

Todd's current hobby is metal detecting. Ask him about the social "swinging" group he formed called Relic Rescue. He loves to talk about all the junk, I mean treasures, he finds.

In her down time, Jamie loves home renovation projects. She is currently in the process of painting the interior of the home and cutting and installing new baseboards. Her oldest son is also getting married this September to a lovely young lady. 

Todd and Jamie love dancing and love sharing their passion for dance and for each other with people across the country.

Kevin Schwegel

General Manager/Host

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Kevin currently lives in Portland, Oregon. In order to provide relief for his long days of working, and improve his ability to meet new friends after moving to Reno, Kevin developed the desire to learn more about Country Dancing. By his mid-20's, Kevin was part of an exposition dance team out of Reno, Nevada. This lead to great accomplishments and awesome memories while working with hearing impaired individuals who wanted to learn to dance. Those who never thought they could dance proved that they could keep time, tap a toe to music as well as anyone and deliver great performances - and after only a six week program!

Kevin is a founding member of the Let's Dance group and he is an essential staff member, He is able to bring his Six Sigma and project management skills to help grow the dance cruise experience. By providing technical and background support for the professional instructors and directors, Kevin is able to continue to share the joy of dancing, vacationing and relationship building, while creating awesome memories for all. Moreover, Kevin believes that there is not much that cannot be resolved over a bowl of ice cream.

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Lee & Marcy Harpe

Dance Instructors/Hosts/DJs

Lee & Marcy are the owners of Harpe’s Dance Inc.

Harpe’s Dance has been on the premier dance facilities in Oklahoma City since 1992.  Lee and Marcy have over 58 years of professional dance training between them in Ballroom, Latin, Country and swing dancing.  Their goal is to make dancing fun and affordable for everyone.

Lee and Marcy have been competing together professionally in country dance for the past 20 years.  They have won numerous titles over the years, including the Diamond 1 Advance World Championship in 2007, but their crowned accomplishment happened in 2008.  They were undefeated in their division and won the Couples Crown World Championship title, January of 2009. 

Lee & Marcy are currently judging, teaching, choreographing, and coaching numerous competitive couples from all over the country.  Lee is a certified judge for the NDCA (ballroom) as well as UCWDC. Marcy is a certified judge on the UCWDC circuit.

Lee and Marcy are the co-directors of the Oklahoma Dance Rush, which is held every April in Oklahoma City, OK.  Lee and Marcy are also sponsored by Randall Designs, the Official Designer of

“Dancing With The Stars”

If you would ask Lee and Marcy what their greatest accomplishment is to date, they would tell you it would be the environment they have created with their students also known as TEAM HARPE. "We are Team Harpe Proud & Team Harpe Strong!"

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Chuck Williams & Rebecca Davis

Dance Hosts

Chuck Williams and Rebecca Davis are from Cary, NC

 

Chuck is a programmer and systems engineer who grew up in North Carolina. He started dancing in 2008, developing a love for swing, country, ballroom, and hustle through competition, assisting with classes, and his favorite: social dancing. A fantastic and fun leader, he never has to search long for a partner!

Rebecca spent many years as a molecular biologist and now does Project Management in clinical trial genomics testing. Rebecca grew up dancing from her early childhood in West Virginia. Having trained in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and clogging, Rebecca found her passion in country dance.

Chuck and Rebecca started their competitive partnership in 2012, quickly advancing from the beginner couples division, winning several regional competitions, through their first World Championship in Crystal Division III in 2016. Rebecca and Chuck continue to compete, now dancing in the elite Couples Open Division 1.

When they aren’t competing, you can find Chuck and Rebecca dancing at their home studio, Elite Ballroom, or in local showcases, festivals, nursing homes, and country bars. If you haven’t yet seen Rebecca’s signature smile on the dance floor, just ask her for a 2-step and give her a spin, and you are sure to find yourself smiling right back.

Let's Dance Instructor - Robin Robinson
Robin Robinson

Dance Instructor/Host/DJ

Robin is a man of many talents! He started teaching country dancing in 1991 and Swing dancing in 1996. He teaches dance classes at two colleges, Clackamas Community and Warner Pacific. He also teaches at two night clubs in the Portland area. Catch him for a dance and you'll have a blast!

 

Robin's teaching experience doesn't stop at dancing. He has deep experience with athletics as the Head Baseball Coach at Clackamas Community College for 25 years and full time instructor in Self Defence, Karate, Swing Dance and Conditioning. While teaching over 30 years of martial arts professionally, he is ranked in several martial arts styles, So don't step on his toes!

 

Robin has 2 grown children and 5 grandchildren, ranging from 13 to 3. Many days are spent in cahoots with some of them. Cars, trucks, excavators, even a few card games. Robin is single and available to dance with, please ask him.

 

Robin's great sense of humor is contagious, so be sure to take some of his classes. Stay focused as he might slip in a bit of humor for only the most attentive to catch. He is good and thorough, yet he is very patient and clear. Robin has been an instructor on all of our dance cruises and is a big part of the evening dance and social festivities. He would say "come join us, we can all laugh and learn together."

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Greg & Laura Thrash

Dance Instructors/Hosts/DJs

Greg and Laura Thrash have been sharing their lives together for 35 years. Little did they know that their first set of Ballroom Lessons in 2007 would someday lead them to become one of the most prominent and sought after Dallas/Ft. Worth dance instructors. While they specialize in teaching Social and Competitive Country Dancing, they also teach all varieties of Ballroom and Swing.

 

They compete in the UCWDC and ACDA Country Dance Circuits, traveling around the country with their 20+ students...known as TEAM THRASHDANCE! They have a combined 9 UCWDC World Championship Titles together, and have also coached many of their students to multiple National and World titles as well.

 

Greg and Laura have been showcased in local, national, and international TV spots, multiple dance magazines, and newspaper articles chronicling their dancing AND their family owned stained glass business- Artco Leaded Glass. As a 2nd generation craftsman, Greg has been creating, restoring and repairing art glass windows for 40 years. Laura has been working by his side for 30 years creating wonderful pieces of stained and leaded glass for homes, churches, and businesses.

 

They love to perform in showcases, teach workshops, and social dance. They feel very fortunate to now be able to share their love of dance with YOU on the “high seas”! Come try their group classes and book your private lessons as well.

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Elizabeth Wilson

Dance Instructor/Host/DJ

Elizabeth is thrilled to be a part of the amazing staff for the Let’s Dance Cruise. If you asked Elizabeth’s mom, she would probably tell you that Elizabeth danced before she walked! She has been dancing in some form since she was 2 ½! She took ballet, tap and jazz lessons at JeanAnn’s School of Dance in her hometown of Stroud, OK. When she reached high school, JeanAnn asked her to help teach the younger classes at the studio. She gladly accepted! When she decided to go to Oklahoma City University, she just KNEW she was supposed to be a dancer and so she auditioned for the very competitive dance department at OCU. She was rejected!! She was devastated at this news because she knew in her heart she was a dancer! A short 7 years later, she took her first ballroom dance lesson and 13 years later, she decided to pursue teaching ballroom dance! In 2013, she ventured off to San Francisco to take a 4 month intensive course through Ballroom Dance Teacher College (BDTC) to be an instructor. Life came full circle…she IS still a dancer!! After completing the program with high honors, she returned to Oklahoma to begin her instructing career. She has been teaching at Harpe’s Dance Studio for several years and can’t imagine where she would be as a dancer, competitor or pro without finding the Harpe’s! She primarily teaches beginner level students who are pursuing dance for a variety of reasons: weddings, a significant other, exercise, or competitive reasons. She also taught ballroom dance for 2 years as a middle school dance teacher in the Oklahoma City Public School System. Elizabeth began competing in the United Country Western Dance Council (UCWDC) circuit in 2015 with her former dance partner, Brian Picard. In 2016, they won a World Championship in UCWDC Couples Crystal II division. In 2015, she began competing with her coach Lee Harpe in the UCWDC ProPro Open II division. In January of 2018, Elizabeth won the UCWDC World Championship ProPro Open II division with Lee Harpe. In January 2018, one of her students also won a World Championship. Elizabeth loves reading, laying in her hammock, home projects with her dad, eating food, having drinks with friends, a good chai tea, and traveling! She was a nanny in Spain and has backpacked thru multiple countries! She looks forward to traveling to new places with you as we embark on Let’s Dance Travel Dance Cruise!!