Mario started dancing at the age of sixteen and is a multiple US OPEN Swing Champion. He is one of the most talented and respected Swing instructors in the country. He has choreographed routines for hundreds of dancers and taught thousands more. His emcee skills are incomparable - as is his dance ability.
For the last eleven years, Mario has traveled at least 40 weekends per year judging, teaching, and emceeing at various dance workshops and conventions throughout the United States and Canada in the swing, country western, and shag dance circuits.
He was admitted into the WSDC Hall of Fame in 2001. From 1995 to the 2005 Mario placed from 9th to 3rd place in the NASDE standings. 2003 and 2004 he placed 3rd.
Mario's Competitive credentials include: 2 time U.S. Open Classic swing dance champion; U.S. Open Team Champion and co-choreographer; 6 time Dallas Dance champion; 5 time Southwest Regional champion; 5 time Texas State champion; 3 time Grand National champion (2 in the Classic Swing Division and 1 in the Strictly Swing Division).
Sam holds 10 Divisional and 4 Overall National Shag titles with 4 different partners and is a 6-time USA Grand Nationals Carolina Shag Champion.
Lisa has a background in Country and Swing and lists “Butterfly Kisses” and the “Wizard of Oz” as her favorite performances.
Bob and Beverly have hosted 28 events in their career, including the prestigious “Michigan Dance Classic.”
They are two time recipients of the “Feather Award” for dancing, the equivalent of an “Oscar” for acting. They are past 1st Place winners of the “American Swing Dance Championships” and have placed in the top five of the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships three times. Recently they were winners at the “World Swing, Salsa, and Hustle Championships” winning 1st Place in all three divisions.
Many of you may have seen them on TNN TV doing guest performances on “Club Dance” but if not, they will perform for you on Saturday evening.
They are delighted to be able to teach for “Mid-Ohio Boogie Bash” and they thank the Mid-Ohio Boogie Club for the opportunity to be an important part of our most fun event.
Don and Jennifer have been members of the dance community for several years. Don’s passion to dance prompted him to learn all that he could as soon as he could.
His passion led to teaching others what he knew. Jennifer joined him after their marriage. They are well known in the Columbus area for their ability to impart their expertise to their students.
Ron Clark has been teaching for 42 years, 24 of which were at the Dance Plus Studio in Columbus, OH. As a young lad, Ron accompanied a friend who wanted to learn to dance for his wedding. He continued his lessons with an the Arthur Murray dance studio and after two years the studio asked Ron to teach. His gift of gab and his flair for dancing was all that was needed to become a great dancer and talented teacher.
Ron Clark is the General Manager of the Dance Plus Dance Studio. He is very active with the Ohio Star Ball which takes place in November each year and is often shown on Public Broadcast.
His classes are always fun and informative
Allen took over 10 years of dance instruction at a studios before figuring out he’d rather dance. For a while, he danced every night of the week until he started teaching what he knew.
Edie learned a couple of hundred Country line dances and partner-pattern dances. She is a founder of W.I.L.D. (We’re Into Line Dancing) and prefers cowboy boots to ballroom shoes. However, she, loves any dancing that makes her dizzy or provides a good workout.
Currently, Allen and Edie donate their energy every Monday night at the “Dance with UU” event hosted by the First Unitarian Universalist Church and teach almost every night to all levels and ages. On Sunday afternoons they are teaching group classes in Worthington. Edie teaches teens on Tuesday and all ages on Thursdays and seniors on Fridays. They believe dancing is a wonderful avocation that keeps them sane while balancing their day jobs.