Mid-Ohio Boogie Bash 2014

Meet the Workshop Instructors

MarioSteph Mario Robau Jr & Stephanie McPherson-Robau
  Houston, Texas
    West Coast Swing &
    Country Two-Step

Mario “Swing Daddy” Robau started dancing at the age of sixteen. He won the Southwest Regional title for the first time at the age of seventeen and began teaching professionally in 1986. Mario’s competitive credentials include: 2 time U.S. Open Classic swing dance champion; U.S. Open Team champion and co-choreographer; 10 time Dallas Dance champion; 6 time Southwest Regional champion; 10 time Texas State champion; 10+ City Houston championships; undefeated slow whip champion; 4-time Grand National champion; 2 time Phoenix Jack and Jill champion; Dallas Dance Hall of Fame; youngest person inducted into Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

Stephanie McPherson-Robau is a 4 time UCWDC World Champion, with two of those titles in the Master’s Division. In addition, she has helped her students win over 10 UCWDC World Championships in their respective Pro-Am Divisions. She is known for her incredible technique and precision, as well as presentation and has over 20 years experience in Country & Western, Ballroom, Latin, and Swing. Stephanie retired from competitive dancing due to injury which led her to her new career as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Stephanie is originally from Calgary, but now resides in Houston with the best husband ever (so he says), Mario Robau


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.


harry   Harry Judson
  Columbus, Ohio

Harry Judson is a well-known local dance instructor for West Coast Swing and Cha-Cha.

His classes are always fun and informative



don and jennifer ewell   Don and Jennifer Ewell
  Columbus, Ohio
    East Coast Swing &
    Night Club Two Step

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.