Michelle Badion

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Michelle Badion has been teaching partner dancing full time in the Seattle area since 1989. She loves to dance, perform, and most of all to teach. She has a way of making dancing accessible and fun for everyone. Michelle specializes in Argentine Tango, Salsa, and West Coast Swing, but also loves to teach Waltz, Foxtrot, […]

Guy Caridi

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Guy Caridi

Guy Caridi has been dancing since 1988, performing and choreographing since 1991, and teaching since 1993. He has taught and performed internationally and is well known for his respectful, sensitive, and humorous teaching style. Guy is a founding member of Seattle’s Savoy Swing Club and with his dance partner Nancy Fry, the first couple from […]

Sean (Gator Boy) Donovan

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Sean Donovan

Sean Donovan loves to dance, and it shows with the passion, joy, and excitement he brings to teaching. Positive and playful, Sean is a creative and effective communicator who focuses on the power of dance to delight and transform us. Dancing and teaching since 1999, both nationally and in Seattle, Sean has been on staff […]

Daniela Gallardo

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Daniela Gallardo’s love for music and dance also started at an early age. She created her first choreography at age 15 and has been dancing Salsa for over 10 years. The mission of La Clave Cubana is to share the transforming energy of dance through the real essence of Cuban Salsa. “We believe dance should […]

John Lozano

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Having taught Swing and Blues dances for over 20 years, and on three continents, John is ever ready to share his passion for dance. He’s poured countless hours into his practice and has inspired thousands of people with his dancing and teaching. He is known for using playfulness and humor while guiding students deep into […]

Scot McKay

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Scot began dancing on the country circuit in 2004, and fast became one of the most sought-after leads on the dance floor. He began dancing West Coast Swing in 2008 and started sharing his love of the dance through teaching in 2014.  As a past president of the Seattle Swing Dance Club and current VP, […]

Wren Newman

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Wren’s extensive training began early with a childhood of competitive gymnastics. After gymnastics, she devoted herself to various forms of dance before falling in love with West Coast Swing. She dances, teaches, competes and judges at local, national, and international locations. As a member and former officer of the Seattle Swing Dance Club, she helps […]

Reinier (Rey) Valdes

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Reinier (Rey) Valdes is the founder of La Clave Cubana and along with Daniela Gallardo, are the Co-Directors of their studio located in Seattle. Rey was born in Habana, Cuba, and Daniela, from Mexico. Both have discovered a passion for dancing at an early age. Rey started dancing at the young age of 13 and […]