Edna Lucero and Dick Jensen
Edna Lucero and Dick Jensen are instructors in Santa Rosa, California. They have been quoted many times as being “Sonoma County’s Favorite Instructors.” They have been dancing West Coast Swing for over 25 years. Edna and Dick have been RESDC members for over 24 years.
Edna and Dick have been teaching West Coast Swing for 15 years. Their teaching style is unique for several reasons. Edna has a MA in Education knows how to teach so her students learn. Dick Jensen’s teaching style is unique because he uses his great sense of humor which makes the students more relaxed and everyone has a good time learning to dance. Both Edna and Dick began the dance instruction at a very young age, Dick with tap dancing, Edna with Swing. Since then both Edna and Dick have received their dance instruction from the best instructors and performers in their fields. Along with West Coast Swing, they are both qualified to teach Ballroom and Latin, Swing, Balboa, Country Two Step, and Night Club Two Step. Of course, West Coast Swing is their most favorite dance.
Currently Dick and Edna teach in Santa Rosa, California at the Flamingo Hotel, Mavericks, Lomita’s School House at Monroe Hall often on weekends. They teach group lessons, private lessons, and also have dance teams that perform regularly for the community. Both Edna and Dick love to dance, they love teaching dance and interacting with the public. This can be seen and is evident in all their dance classes.
Kelly Casanova has been teaching West Coast Swing throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981. In addition to her local weekly classes and dances, Kelly has also spent a great deal of time traveling throughout the United Stated competing, teaching, and judging. Kelly holds several Championship titles, most notably:
1988 U.S. Open Classic Swing Dance Champion (with partner Dominic Yin)
1994 U.S. Open Jack &Jill Championship (with partner Tom Paderna)
Kelly is an inductee into both the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame and the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame and has received several local awards for her contributions to the swing community. Among her many contributions, Kelly is proud to be a champion of gender free discrimination in swing contests by hosting her own event in 1999 “Swing Break”-an event that allowed people to compete based on ability and not on gender. She is well known for encouraging her students to learn to both lead and follow.
Kelly currently teaches in Santa Rosa, Novato, and Emeryville. For schedules, cost, and details of her classes, workshops, and dances, go to her website: Kellydance.com