Mid-Ohio Boogie Bash 2013

Meet the Workshop Instructors

Mario Robau Jr   John “Heavy” &Barbara “Snowflake” Grammer
  Houston, Texas
    West Coast Swing

John & Barbara Grammer (aka Heavy & Snowflake) hail from Houston, Texas now living in Albuquerque. This married couple of 38 years claims to be having the most fun in their quest to find the ultimate blues bar.

Having learned the “whip” when they were teenagers, they began competing at a local level in 1993, winning 1st place in State, Regional and National competitions & won the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in the Masters Division in 1999 and 2000. They were inducted into the Dallas Dance Hall of Fame in 2010.

They have continued to compete, teach, and judge but really consider themselves social dancers with a party animal edge. These two soul mates hope you will have a great time at the event and that you will seek them out for a dance. Be Blessed! “Too Much Fun” Dance.


Ron Clark   Ron Clark
  Dance Plus Ballroom
  Columbus, Ohio

Ron Clark has been teaching for 43 years, 25 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


Bob and Beverly Budzynski   Bob & Beverly Budzynski
  Grand Blanc, MI

Bob & 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 support dancing in many different ways. For example they are sponsors of the “Masters Tour” and provide $300.00 at 12 designated events and $7600.00 split among the top 4 couples in the point standings at the U. S. Open.

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.


Jerry & Kathleen Kovach   Jerry & Kathleen Kovach
  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Carolina Shag

Jerry & Kathleen have danced together since since 2006. Kathleen grew up dancing to her “Big Sister’s Radio” in the 60’s, and took conventional dance instruction throughout her school years. In the ‘90’s she became a dance instructor for Arthur Murray where she gained experience in ballroom, Latin and swing dancing. She has been teaching ever since.

During a fateful trip to North Myrtle Beach in 1995, Jerry fell in love with Beach Music and the Carolina Shag. He came home and founded the Steel City Boogie Club and has been studying and teaching the Shag ever since. He is also the creator of “Boogie in the Burgh”, an event he managed and directed for over 14 years. When Kathleen became Jerry’s partner, she quickly learned to Shag and they now enjoy competing in the “Competitive Shaggers Association” and have taught hundreds of people to dance.

Jerry has been teaching both East Coast Swing and the Carolina Shag for 16 years in many venues including the Calliope School of Arts in Pittsburgh, numerous regional dance conventions, and for the “Steel City Boogie Club”. He and Kathleen also teach swing dancing for Monroeville Parks and Recreation. – He has even been to Columbus to teach Carolina Shag.

A basic “street dancer”, Jerry’s love of dance began when he was in high school during the 60’s, which led to numerous local amateur dance contest wins in his teen and young adult years.


don and jennifer ewell   Don and Jennifer Ewell
  Columbus, Ohio
    East Coast Swing

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.


Mark your calendar for August 15th through 17th, 2013

This is one dance weekend you don’t want to miss!