WWLA 2019 Instructors
Jeremy Box of Thousand Oaks, California, has taught American Smooth & Rhythm, International Standard & Latin, Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing, and Country Two-Step for over 25 years. Jeremy has entered competitions in all styles and received numerous awards for his performances. He has instructed at the Country Dancing Festival Sundance Stompede in San Francisco, California and this will be his 4th year teaching at WWLA.
Rick Dominguez has been a club and mobile DJ for 37 years, and country-western DJ and line dance instructor and choreographer for 26 years! Known for dances like “Crossing the Border,” “Girl Crushin’,” “Everybody Have a Good Time,” “Exes & Ohs,” and “You Look Good,” Rick has been the resident DJ at Oil Can Harry’s in Studio City for 27 years and counting. Rick also DJ’s and teaches line dances throughout the country with various clubs and organizations such as IAGLCWDC, GLAAD, APLA, Trevor Project, Life Group LA’s Saddle Up, and LA Music Center’s Dance Downtown Summer Festival for 9 years running. Rick is the founder of the LA Wranglers, now in their 18th season.
Annemarie Dunn has 30+ years experience as a studio owner/director, instructor, choreographer, & performer in multiple dance styles for all ages including the development & integration of adaptive/therapy programs for special needs. Annemarie is the founder of Word In Motion Dance Company servicing Southern California community programs for 25+ years, National & International programs, 5 yrs Stagecoach Honky Tonk Productions Program Director/Dance Captain & Cross-promotions lead, Lead instructor for Water Wheel & Mavericks, Norco, Sixth St Bar & Grill, Ontario and previous program director & lead instructor for Brandin Iron Saloon and Toby Kieth’s Bar & grill. Annemarie is highly sought for her motivational, energetic & personable teaching style & management experience.
Troy Inman of San Diego, California has been performing, choreographing, and teaching for over 25 years in country-western, ballroom, and theatre arts. Also the co-founder of 'Contact Dance Theatre- Unstrictly Ballroom’, Troy is an aerialist specializing in the “silks” and loves to share his passion for partner acrobatic yoga. When not dancing, cross-fitting, or hanging upside-down, Troy is an executive at a global marketing technology company. This year, Troy is also participating in AIDS Life Cycle. A charitable event organized to fund research and help those battling AIDS and HIV. To view his donation page, click the button below!
Brian hails from New York City where he started the dancer's journey over 20 years ago. He studied many styles including Country Two-Step, several forms of Swing, Hustle and Latin; but his fast favorite became West Coast Swing (WCS). He has danced WCS competitively and socially as both a lead and follow, and has been on the board of New York's premier WCS organization, Gotham Swing Club, for over 10 years hosting events, teaching and DJ'ing. Brian is also a regular at New York's Big Apple Ranch where you will often find him dancing with The Manhattan Prairie Dogs. Brian is excited to join the WWLA team this year to share his knowledge and joy of dance.
Jon is the director/choreographer of the incredible Manhattan Prairie Dogs as well as the co-producer (with Susanna Stein) of the Big Apple Ranch. He has taught over the past 25 years at various dance studios, health clubs and country western weekend events as well as New York City's only country western dance club the Big Apple Ranch. Each dance is a moment of time between you and your partner. You don't have to marry them, but you should at least be 'engaged' for the length of the song!!! And remember, always 'Work The Skirt!'.
Jonno’s introduction to dancing was in the early 2000’s at Disneyland’s Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party where he fell in love with Lindy Hop. A former Olympic roller skater, he has gone on to become a world level coach and choreographer. Jonno accidentally stumbled into the world of line dancing at the Sundance Saloon in 2012 while living in San Francisco, CA. It wasn’t long before he began creating his own line dances, which have earned several choreography awards, including two UCWDC World titles. His joy of dancing and creativity can be seen in his dances that are being taught across the globe. Some of his most popular dances include ‘Get Ugly’, ‘Do It Like This’, ‘The Wolf’, ‘Sock it to Ya’ with McKeever, ‘All Bass, No Treble’ with Galit, ‘Best Mistakes’ with Takahashi, and ‘Ex’s and Oh’s’ with Dominguez.
Michael Metzger began dancing in 2005 and immediately felt like he had found his tribe. Within a couple years he began teaching, and not long after he began choreographing. He loves bringing the joy of line dancing to as many people as possible, and he enjoys creating dances of diverse styles and difficulty levels. Something for everyone. He looks forward to seeing you in class, dancing, playing, and laughing.
Sheila started tap dancing as a child and has not stopped moving her feet since. Calling Sundance Saloon in San Francisco home, she found a great dance venue in which to lead and follow. She teaches both partner and line dancing throughout the Bay Area. Sheila also keeps busy as a member of the Country Dance group, The Sundance Bandits; performing at Sundance Stompede, the Emerald City Hoedown and IAGLCWDC (IggleWiggle). Her other dance passion for the last 16 years has been clogging, currently dancing with Clogging Express. She is excited to be joining the Wrangler dance community for the first time as an instructor this year at WWLA.
After being bitten by the “dance bug” in 1998, Scott has turned a one time hobby in to a true passion. This passion is evident in the over 90 line dances he has written. Several of which have won top awards and Over-All Championships in both IAGLCWDC and “Mainstream” dance competitions. Some have even been used as IAGLCWDC competition pieces. He draws his inspiration from the many line dances he has mastered over the years. Examples can be seen in his most popular dances such as “More Than Life,” “Hello Stranger,” “Georgia Winder” and most currently “Cry Pretty”. Scott very much enjoys seeing his students and fellow dancers share in his love for dance which motivates him to continue his craft. As a side note one of Scott’s biggest dreams is to one day make a guest appearance dancing with the ever-fabulous Manhattan Prairie Dogs! Because after all… dreams do come true!
Joey Warren has been professionally teaching and choreographing since 2004. His first dance, “In the Zone,” was well received and taught at many dance events. Joey is known for dances such as “Watch the Tempo,” “How I Want Ya,” “Main Attraction,” “Blue Lights Chasing,” “Tainted Love,” “Those Applebottom Jeans,” “It’s Goin Round Round,” “Last Minute,” with Rachael McEnaney, “Stoked,” “Wicked,” “So Fresh,” Dead of Night” “It Don’t Matter,” Talking to the Moon.” He has been blessed to work with some amazing choreographers! Joey has also appeared in music videos, including “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love” by Trisha Yearwood, and “Stomp” by Steve Richard. Additionally, Joey has been lucky enough to perform at live shows with Barry and Dari Anne Amato in Nashville and surrounding areas.
WWLA 2019 DJs
Rick Dominguez has been a club and mobile DJ for 37 years, and country-western DJ and line dance instructor and choreographer for 26 years! Rick has been the resident DJ at Oil Can Harry’s in Studio City for 27 years and counting. Rick also DJ’s and teaches line dances throughout the country with various clubs and organizations such as Stagecoach, IAGLCWDC, GLAAD, APLA, Trevor Project, Life Group LA’s Saddle Up, and LA Music Center’s Dance Downtown Summer Festival for 9 years running.
DJ Coral has quickly made a name for herself in the Southern California country music scene. Country bars, country music festivals, and country nights from The Valley to San Diego are very familiar with her style as a DJ, Emcee, and Line Dance Instructor. She knows how to keep the dance floor going with a good blend of Classic Country, Modern Country, and Top 40 hits. She has opened and closed shows for various national acts such as Billy Currington, Old Dominion, A Thousand Horses, and Ty Herndon. She can be seen at some of Southern California's best country music festivals such as Stagecoach, Coastal Country Jam, Boots in the Park, Driftwood Festival, Country Booze Cruise, and Shipkicker keeping the dance floors bumpin'!
WWLA 2019 Performance Groups
The L.A. Wranglers is an award-winning dance troupe who hold a true passion for all things country. Founded in 2002, they have recently incorporated into the nonprofit organization Wranglers Los Angeles Dance Association, which is dedicated to promoting and supporting gay country-western dancing in the Los Angeles area through instruction, performance, and events such as WWLA. You can find the Wranglers dancing every Tuesday and Friday at Oil Can Harry's, the only gay country-western bar with couples dancing in Los Angeles.
manhattan prairie dogs
The Manhattan Prairie Dogs are happy to make their debut performance at the WWLA. Celebrating 25 years, the Prairie Dogs are excited to show off a little of their dazzling and surprising routines to southern California. Thanks to WWLA for this opportunity and for NYC’s Big Apple Ranch for giving us a home base. East meets west! Sparks and sequins will fly!!
WWLA 2019 Staff
Danielle Bowden, Luke Bowerman, Rick Dominguez,
Abigail Hamilton, Shane Kirkpatrick, Andrew Moreno
Jamie Nicholes, Danny Pugh