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A Special Fifth Anniversary Party

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Meet the DeeJays

Sue and Jackie Kestner Picture   Sue & Jackie Kestner
Nashville, TN
“Beat The Heat”
on a great event!!!!!

What could be better than spending a few days with the best dancers, good friends and some great music thrown in for good measure? This is what Jackie and I get when we DJ for different dance club events.

Around 11 years ago, we found the Music City Bop Club in the heart of our hometown, Nashville, Tenn. We joined this great club and were determined to work and get to know the members and dancers. Shortly after joining I became Secretary of the club. Not long afterwards a job opened up for a DJ position. Then a couple of years later I took on the job of Newsletter Editor.

During this time, I became a pupil of Doug Brown, one of the original DJs of the bop club. He showed me how to spin two turntables, use two cd players – all connected to a two channel mixer. Believe me you had to keep your head in your music or you would end up with no song playing for the dancers. But to make a long story shorter, Jackie and I fell in love with everything about the dance scene. Jackie became my “roadie” and patiently looks for a lot of the music we buy and play. And of course, where would I be without him carrying the music and setting it up for me.

We have been so happy to play for a lot of the major events from the mighty Mississippi River to the East Coast and from the Great Lakes to Chattanooga TN. The friends we have made during these events have been the best part of our voyages. We hope to be DJing and attending dances for a long time.

Joanne Johnson Picture   Joanne Johnson
Charlotte, NC

Joanne started dancing at young age of 5. She won her first jitterbug contest at the age of 11.

Joanne started playing for dancers in 1979 at a Steak and Ale restaurant in Charlotte and continued playing there for 8 years. In addition, she also played at the Holiday Inn restaurant during the same time.

She has played almost every major event along the East Coast; just to name a few, “Move Across The River” in Cincy Ohio, “Boogie in the Burg” in Pittsburgh PA, Avon Park in Florida, “Spring Fling“ in Florida, Panama City in Florida, Memphis Tennessee, Nashville, Tennessee, Gatlinburg Tennessee, Atlanta Georgia, Florence South Carolina, Gaston Shaggers in North Carolina, and at “Rollin On the River” in St. Louis MO.

She has played at so many more locations, to many to name. So she does not want you to be upset if your name was not mentioned.

Joanne has also played at the great SOS event several times. And, she has played for the Mid-Ohio Boogie Club twice on her way home from St. Louis's Rollin on the River event.

She looks forward to playing for “Beat the Heat”.

Bob Budzynski Picture   Bob Budzynski
Grand Blanc, MI

I’m happy to once again have the opportunity to play some great music for “Beat The Heat”, one of my favorite events.

I’ve been fortunate to DJ for the “Michigan Dance Classic” for 12 years, The “Mid-USA Jack & Jill” for 9 years along with DJing at “Floorplay” in Florida, “Steel Boogie” in Pennsylvania and various other events in Michigan and Ohio. I look forward to making you get up on the dance floor to beat your feet at “Beat the Heat”.

Loreto Picture   Loreto Agdinaoay
Cleveland, OH

Loreto has been an active member of Cleveland‘s swing dancing community for five years now. He studied dancing under the nationally and world-wide known instructors of Get Hep Swing. Loreto has also traveled extensively throughout the country to learn from nationally known instructors and dance socially.

Loreto now also teaches and DJs for Get Hep Swing. Loreto‘s DJing has made an appearance in many cities throughout the country, including: Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Detroit, MI; Columbus, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and Cleveland, OH.

Jean Cagas Picture   Jean Cagas
Dayton, OH

Jean has been dancing for five years in Dayton, OH. Originally a regular of El Diablo Lounge, Jean co-created the weekly Wednesday Night Swing Jam, which has been running for three years. Two years later she co-created the monthly Saturday Night Swing Jam.

Jean has been one of Dayton's main swing instructors for three years and has also been an instructor in Omaha at the last two Cowtown Jamborama events.

Jean has DJed in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus. Her DJ philosophy is simple: play whatever she likes, as long as it gets people on the floor.

First the bad news...We are sorry to tell you that Gen Herres may not be able to be at Beat the Heat. This is still up in the air.

However, the Good News is...
Coming from Windsor, Ontario is John Salalila to play some great music just for you.

John Salalila John Salalila
Windsor, Ontario

John Salalila has been a travelling Lindy Hopper for years across Canada and the United States. He has been dancing and teaching East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Balboa for over six and a half years. He is the host, instructor, and D.J. for Windsor's weekly swing dance venue for the past four years.

John is excited to bring Canadian content to Beat the Heat! It has been a while since he has swung out in Ohio, having danced and D.J.'ed in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Kent, Toledo, and Youngstown. Out of state, he has danced and D.J.'ed in Albany (NY), Ann Arbor, Detroit and Pontiac (MI), Atlanta (GA), Fort Lauderdale (FL), Knoxville (TN), Los Angeles (CA), Pittsburgh (PA), Raleigh (NC), Washington (DC), Hamilton, London, Toronto, Waterloo and Windsor (ON), and Montreal (QC).

Gen Herres   Gen Herres
Columbus, OH

Gen comes to Columbus by way of Rochester and Syracuse, New York. She began dancing 5 years ago and was hooked from the very beginning.

She’s taken workshops from Johnny Lloyd & Becky Walters, Swinging Air Force, Minnie’s Moochers, and Frankie Manning.

She teaches mostly Lindy Hop and blues where she emphasizes technique, connection and pushing students to the next level with their dancing. She strives to free follows from the mold of just following and really push them to inspire the dance.

Mark your calendar for August 11th through 14th, 2005

This is a dance weekend you don't want to miss!

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