We are featuring an awesome staff for the 9th annual Swustlicious October 14-16th, 2022!
Our social & knowledgeable professional staff is excited to share their knowledge in workshops & privates. See bios below for more information.
Debbie Figueroa: (Head Judge & Pro Instructor)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Debbie to her 1st Swustlicious!
Debbie is known for head judging, performances, choreography, and dance instruction. She is an award winning competitor in Country, West Coast Swing, and Hustle, among other dances. Debbie started competing on the West Coast Swing circuit in 1999. Since that time, she has won many major titles including the USA Grand Nationals, Dallas Dance, ASDC, and many others. Debbie currently lives in Austin, TX and works teaching, judging, and performing at events across the nation. Debbie was also co-owner of the Austin Swing Dance Championships, which was a fun, friendly, and successful event for the last 9 years. We look forward to Debbie joining us as the Chief Judge for Swustlicious.
Debra Hampton: (Pro Instructor & Judge)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Debra back to Swustlicious!
Debra Hampton has been teaching for over 50 years and judging for over 30 years. Debra's background began with ballet, tap and jazz. She then went on to be trained in ballroom at Fred Astaire Dance Studios in New York City. She has received the Eddie Vega and the Arte Phillips Awards. She is one of the originators of Hustle USA, the country's first all Hustle dance event, paving the way for other Hustle Events such as Disco America and IHSC. She competed at IHSC, Disco America, Fresno Dance Classic, receiving 1st place with partner Archie Dawson. She has competed at the
US Open Swing Dance Championships in strictly, showcase, cabaret and teams.
Gregory & Lemery Rollinscott: (Pro Instructors & Judges)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Greg & Lemery for their 2nd Swustlicious!
Greg and Lemery have over 35 years of dance experience combined, winning many dance titles individually along the way. Greg started in American Style Ballroom and competed in Country. He also has a background in ballet, jazz, and hip hop. Lemery competed in Ballroom, dancing International 10 Dance, and is also skilled in American Ballroom and Salsa. Together Greg and Lemery have become a successful West Coast Swing couple competing in Showcase since 2009. They are multiple time NASDE Tour Champions, Showcase Champions, and US Open Top 5 Champions. Their love and passion for West Coast Swing make them a sought after couple. They are known for their technical expertise and unique teaching style. They look forward to continuing to share their art and knowledge with the dance community worldwide.
Katie Fallon: (DJ)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Katie for her 9th Swustlicious!
Katie Fallon is a Cleveland-based international DJ who specializes in West Coast Swing, Hustle, and other dance music for a variety of occasions. Since 2011, Katie has DJed around the U.S., Canada and Oslo, Norway. She specializes in DJing music for social dances and WCS competitions. Ultimately her goal is to adapt and provide unique, fun experiences for all. Katie aims to create a unique groove when DJing at social dances and to inspire dancers when DJing at competitions.
Kelvin & Lori Ann Roche: (Pro Instructors & Judges)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Kelvin & Lori Ann back for their 6th Swustlicious!
This couple has performed all over the world. With their unique style of Latin and theatre arts, they have captured many titles. They have worked with numerous stars such as: Vanessa Williams, Conan O’Brien, Liza Minelli, and many more. Kelvin and Lori Ann have also worked on many movies, commercials, and television shows. They appeared in the move “El Cantante” with Marc Anthony ad Jennifer Lopez, and the Disney movie “Enchanted” staring Patrick Dempsey, Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams. They are 9-time World Hustle Champions.
Kristen Shaw: (DJ)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Kristen for her 2nd Swustlicious!
Kristen enjoys many aspects of contributing to the community through teaching, event promotion, and more, but particularly through deejaying, which she has done locally in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York for the last few years. She's also a deejay at national level events, including Boston Tea Party, Summer Hummer, Charlotte Westie Fest, Countdown Swing Boston, and more. She is excited to deejay at Swustlicious for the 2nd time!
Lori Wahl Rousar: (Pro Instructor & Judge)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Lori for her 9th Swustlicious!
Lori began dancing and competing at country events in 1998. After a few years, she changed her focus from country to West Coast Swing and Hustle. Lori is currently a successful All-Star competitor and her passion for West Coast Swing has her traveling
across the country competing, teaching, and judging at several events. Through her playful styling, technique and musicality, Lori encourages others to apply their
own unique qualities to this dance. She truly enjoys the social aspect of dancing. Lori is the President of the Cleveland-Akron Swing & Hustle Club and the Event
Director for the C.A.S.H. BASH dance event in Twinsburg, Ohio, held every year on
Matt DiVia: (Photographer)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Matt back to Swustlicious!
Matt has been taking pictures for over 25 years, and specifically taking pictures at dance events on the east coast since 2015. Matt's favorite kind of pictures are nature, smiling faces, and anything with reflection. His first event was taking pictures at Liberty Swing, and it's his fourth time returning to Swustlicious. Link will be posted here as soon as pictures are available. Swustlicious has sponsored all of the event pictures, so all downloads are free!
Molly McCabe: (DJ)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Molly for her 9th Swustlicious!
Although Molly has been with us since the beginning, it's her fourth year in the DJ booth. She also DJs monthly at Angela's "Second Saturday Social" at Pivot Ballroom in Ardmore, PA. In another role, she also ran a booth at Swustlicious making bracelets, dance bags and more, raising over $10K for over a decade for breast cancer awareness for Breastcancer.org and Brenda's Benefit.
Robert Cordoba: (Pro Instructor & Judge)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Robert back for his 9th Swustlicious!
Robert Cordoba has been dancing, teaching, performing, choreographing and judging for over thirty years. He started competing in International Latin at the age of sixteen when he was a member of two U.S. International Latin American formation teams (placing 5th and taking the bronze medal at the World Ballroom Formation Team Championships). He was a top U.S. Amateur competitor representing the U.S. at events throughout the world until he switched to West Coast Swing in 1990. Within two years, he won his first U.S. Open title. For the past twenty years Robert has averaged approximately forty weekends per year traveling around the world to teach West Coast Swing. His impressive list of accomplishments includes: 7 U.S. Open titles, 4 consecutive USA Grand National titles, 4 consecutive N.A.S.D.E. titles, multiple J&J and Strictly Swing titles, was voted best Classic Swing Dancer by Dance Action magazine, was awarded “U.S. Open Social Dancer," and he was the first person to win 3 consecutive US Open titles. Robert is a member of the “Super 7″ – dancers who won BOTH the Showcase and the Classic Divisions at the U.S. Open. He is a California Swing Dance Hall of Famer, Dallas D.A.N.C.E. Hall of Famer, and a World Swing Dance Hall of Famer. Robert Cordoba has judged every major event including the Grand Nationals and U.S. Open multiple times. He has been the head judge, MC and DJ at events throughout the Europe and the South Pacific. He is among the first group of professionals to help get the West Coast Swing scene started in New York; has been teaching throughout Europe since the late 90's (helping to establish WC Swing in Europe); and was one of the first Americans to introduce WC Swing to the South Pacific back in 2000.
Robert Royston (Emcee & Pro Instructor)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Robert for his 1st Swustlicious!
Robert Royston’s professional career began on the competitive couples dance circuit in 1989. Quickly ascending the ranks, Robert successfully secured:
Eight (8) “U.S. Open Swing Dance Championship Titles” in 5 divisions
Six (6) “World Country Dance Championship Titles” in 2 division
Three (3) “USA Grand National Championships Titles” in 2 divisons
Numerous national titles in Hustle, Salsa, and Cabaret
Inducted into the “California Swing Dance Hall of Fame”
Became the youngest person inducted to the “UCWDC Country Dance Hall of Fame” in 2007
Inducted into National Boppers Hall of Fame 2014
Inductions into the “World Swing Dance Hall of Fame” and the “Living Legends of Dance Society” in 2011 make him the only dancer ever inducted into all of these organizations.
An internationally recognized emcee and the voice of the US Open for over 15 years, Royston created the Social Networking “Shout Out” for online viewers, making the world feel part of the event. At the USA Grand Nationals his emceeing twice earned him the People’s Choice Award “Entertainer of the Year." With his current schedule, Royston acts as emcee at over 20 events worldwide. Royston also teaches his Intensives on Dance Physics and Musicality all over the world in addition to judging and teaching many different styles of couples dancing while also running his own production company, RoRo Productions in NYC. Above all, he is most proud of his children and feels being a Dad is his greatest journey. Robert will also be offering his "All Dance Intensive," which is perfect for WCS & Hustle at the event this year.
Ryan Dobbins: (Pro Instructor, Judge)
Sparklage welcomes Ryan Dobbins back for his 4th Swustlicious!
Starting out having fun as a country line dancer, Ryan began to gravitate toward the couples on the sides of the dance floor and found a new interest. While he loves to dance multiple forms of partner dances, West Coast Swing and Hustle sparked a joy and drive that has not disappeared. A few years later these dances have him traveling, teaching, judging, and competing as an All-Star dancer. Ryan uses his connection, body movements, and fun style to create enjoyable moments in the dance. While he may have a witty and playful teaching style, Ryan uses his solid background in education to help him teach beginning or seasoned dancers to connect, feel, understand, and apply various techniques. Most importantly, he makes sure they have a memorable and fun time on the dance floor.
Wendy Beathard : (DJ)
Sparklage Productions welcomes Wendy for her 3rd Swustlicious!
Wendy DJs locally in Austin and all around Texas. Nationally Wendy has DJ'd at Austin Swing Dance Championships, Tulsa Spring Swing, Austin Rocks, Show Me Show Down, Lonestar Invitational Country Dance, and Swustlicious. And she is excited to deejay at Swustlicious for the 3rd time!