Mario „Swing Daddy“ Robau (USA)
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. For the last twenty years, Mario has traveled at least 40 weekends per year judging, teaching, deejaying, and emceeing at various dance workshops and conventions throughout the United States and Canada in the swing, country western, and shag dance circuits. 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
Melanie Stocker-Bucher (Switzerland)
Melanie started dancing 30 years ago. Doing Ballroom and Latin she switched quite quickly to Swing, followed by Rock-n-Roll, Boogie Woogie, Balboa, Charleston and West Coast Swing at the end. She took part in more than 120 competitions and earned mostly podium level. In the divisions of partner dance and formation dance of Crazy Darts she is champion of 5 Suiss, 4 European and 3 World Championships in Boogie Woogie.
In 2013 she earned the Frankie Manning Award for special merits in Swing.
Since 1991 she has traveled throughout the world teaching, advising and choreographing Rock-n-Roll and Boogie Formations, Lindy Hop and Charleston Shows, Line Dance and Solo Dancers. She was one of the first trainers who introduced West Coast Swing to the european Swing dancers.
Boris has been dancing WCS since 2008, when this dance gained a foothold in Russia. He is a regular participant and finalist in many Russian and international WCS competitions and
Juror at various international competitions.
In his youth Boris was a lover of martial arts, has a musical education and was also active in tap dancing. Rhythm, concentration and self-confidence – these are the basics that help to reveal the whole range of swing music in dance.
In his classes Boris talks about the technique of how to make dancing pleasant, interesting and unforgettable for a couple. The partners learn how to make their dance varied.
Irina Lisichka Avdeeva
Irina has been involved with dance since her early childhood. 7 years ballroom dancing, 6 years hustle, jazz, salsa, variety, tap. Dance has always played an important role in her life, and over time a hobby has become a professional career.
Since 2008 she dances WCS. She is also an indispensable member of the ImproDance Team, which organizes the Sunny Side Dance Camp in Spain and the main event of the Russian Open WCS Championships. Irina regularly participates in international workshops, competitions and organizes classes of international teachers in Moscow. Irina is multiple WCS Champion of Russia in different categories. She has extensive experience as a juror at various international competitions.
For Irina, dance is primarily a reflection of herself, her feelings and moods.