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Ben & Melissa

Born in Kirkland, Washington, Ben Morris began swing dancing at the age of 12 after moving to Denver, Colorado.  He now lives in Orange, California, and is a graduate from UCLA with a degree is Business Economics and Accounting.  Ben began teaching in 2003, and now travels all over California, as well as nationally and internationally, to teach, compete, judge, and perform.  Both a Champion Lindy Hopper and a Champion West Coast Swing Dancer; he is a 2 time World Swing Dance Champion, 3 time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, Spirit of Lindy Hop award winner, a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame nominee, and a featured dancer in the movie Love Ní Dancing.  His current goal is to continue to improve his dancing in both Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing, while also expanding his horizons into other dance forms.

Some of Ben's recent accomplishments include:

  • 1st place - 2006 US Open Swing Dance Championships, Showcase Division
  • 1st place - 2007 National Jitterbug Championships, Pro Lindy Division
  • 1st place - 2007 World Swing Dance Championships, Invitational Crossover Jack and Jill
  • 1st Place - 2009 Chicago Classic, Champions Jack and Jill
  • 1st Place , 2008 and 2009 Swingdiego, Champions Strictly Swing
  • 2008 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame award winner
Beyond the Basics
Beyond the Basics
Price: $40.00
Ben and Melissa teach you 12 essential West Coast Swing patterns and the technique to go along with each of them. Go Beyond the basics with turning variations, whip variations, and some signature West Coast Swing moves. Fun, but not too challenging, these patterns will make you a more comfortable...
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Patterns and Play
Patterns and Play
Price: $40.00
Ben and Melissa take your dancing to the next level with these nine patterns. Challenging and fun for both leaders and followers, these patterns are useful for the social dance floor or to work on with a partner. Melissa and Ben add styling variations to their wealth of technique...so its not jus...
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West Coast Swing Basics
West Coast Swing Basics
Price: $40.00
Ben and Melissa teach you what you need to start dancing West Coast Swing. Learn the fundamental basic patterns, rhythms, and footwork, along with technique to make them feel better. You'll learn how to dance the basic 6 counts, 8 counts, and get to and from closed position. Have Fun!
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