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The 38th annual Phoenix 4th of July 2019 will be July 3 to 7, 2019.  Check the website for details. www.Phoenix4thofJuly.com The staff has a fun Convention planned. Top Champions, workshops, intensives,coctail party, late night party. The talented instructors will have you feeling like a star. 


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Phoenix 4th of July has a rich history. It is the oldest west coast swing dance convention. It began in 1982 by the Greater Phoenix Swing Dance Club. It quickly became "Where Legends are Made."

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Convention Staff

Returning as MC is Robert Royston

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Robert is internationally renowned for  bringing his wealth of knowledge, charisma, experience, and talent to any project in which he has a role.   

Robert has won everything possible in the world of Swing including several US Open swing titles. Robert is a Champion performer, instructor, choreographer. His west coast swing intensive is definitely not to be missed. Additionally he has won the Country World Championships five times. Robert has performed on Broadway and is one of the original creators of the Off Off Broadway hit Swango.

Always a crowd favorite, Robert continues to MC, compete and perform at competitions worldwide, his first love. 

www.robertroyston.net

Deborah Szekely

  Deborah Szekely “say kay” started dancing when she was 3 years old.  She is formally trained in ballet, tap and jazz since the age of 3. In 1995 she was introduced to WCS and became competing the next year. Deborah became partners with Robert Cordoba. In 1997. During their 15 years together they accumulated 4 more US Open Titles. Two in showcase and 2 in Sophisticated and a US Open Jack and Jill win for Deborah.  Deborah has 8 Grand National Titles. She is in Dallas Dance and California Swing Dance Hall of Famer. In 2014 she was Inducted into the National Living Legends of Dance. For the past 7 years Deborah has been traveling the circuit solo sharing her knowledge and passion for Dance. 


Benji Schwimmer

Benjamin "Benji" Daniel Schwimmer is an American professional dancer, choreographer and actor. On August 16, 2006 he was announced as the winner of the second season of So You Think You Can Dance

Jordan Frisbee & Tatianna Mollman

Jordan & Tatiana have been partners since 2000, and are 11-Time US Open Classic Division Champions.  They also are multiple Grand National, NASDE and Classic Division Champions, and are the most winning dance couple in West Coast Swing. Their TV and movie appearances include "30 Seconds to Fame", "Star Search", "Good Morning America", "The Polar Express", and "Love N’ Dancing". They have earned a great reputation teaching all over the world as Certified Teachers for the Golden State Dance Teachers Association.  Their latest endeavor, JT Swing Teams, has created a new global community of dancers working together on a common goal to improve through choreography and gain exposure for West Coast Swing by performing in their local communities.  

Kyle Redd & Sarah Vann Drake


As a partnership, they have been teaching, competing, performing, judging and choreographing all over the world for 12 years. They are the only couple to hold a US Open Swing Dance Championship title in both the “Showcase” and “Classic” Divisions.

This innovative couple love what they do and it shows every time they step on the floor.

They have performed 24 West Coast Swing Routines all over the world and are constantly driving to evolve style while strengthening technique.

Kyle and Sarah are best known for their ability to teach their innovative style while preserving the fundamental roots of West Coast Swing.

Melissa began her training at age four.FRANCISCO BALLET SCHO

Melissa Rutz

  

Melissa began her training at age four at Star Dance Studio in San Francisco. Three years later, she found herself at the prestigious SAN FRANCISCO BALLET SCHOOL for seven years under the direction of Lola DeAvila.

While studying Lindy Hop for three years, Melissa dabbled in the social West Coast Swing scene. It wasn't long before she found an intense passion for WCS due to the versatility of the dance and the music. Currently, Melissa teaches, competes, judges, choreographs, and performs all over the world. She is ranked among the top WEST COAST SWING dancers in the world and has won numerous champion level competitions including Showcase Swing, Classic Swing, Strictly Swing, Team, and Jack & Jill Competitions. 

Melissa is known for her versatility as a dancer. She has performed in a variety of solo works on stage as well as on the industrial scene. Melissa had the pleasure of working as Christina Aguilera's dance double in her music video, Candyman. You can also watch Melissa dance on the big screen in the movie, Love N' Dancing. Besides Melissa's dance background, she has also trained in New York City and San Francisco as a singer (classical, musical theater, jazz, pop, country) and actress. Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with her B.A. IN DANCE!

HIGHEST ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2-TIME      US OPEN STRICTLY SWING DANCE CHAMPION
  • 2-TIME      US GRAND NATIONAL SHOWCASE SWING DANCE CHAMPION 
  • 3-TIME      PHOENIX CHAMPIONS OF CHAMPIONS JACK & JILL DIVISION WINNER
  • LIBERTY      SWING CLASSIC DIVISION CHAMPION
  • US OPEN      TEAM DIVISION CHAMPION 
  • US      PRO-AM THEATER ARTS CHAMPION 

Meet the staff

Myles Munroe & Tessa Cunningham

The Intensive "Swing Literacy" will help you take your west Coast swing dancing to the next level. 

Who could possible be more exciting than these two?

Jordan Frisbee and Tatianna Mollman have won more US Open titles than anyone. They are two of the most energetic and entertaining couples on the circuit. 

Kellese Key

A fantastic addition to the staff this year for the Phoenix 4th of July. She had not been to the Phoenix 4th for many years. If you haven't seen her dance you have missed something special.