Jeanne DeGeyter has been dancing since 1994, when she began in West Coast Swing and quickly moved into country dancing on the UCWDC circuit, in couples and teams. In Swing, she has earned 14 US OPEN Swing Dance Awards, including 5 Championship titles (from 2002-2015). In both 2010 and 2007, she placed in the TOP 5 Females in the WSDC J&J Tour. In 2007, she earned a NASDE Showcase Championship title and finished in the top 10 Females for the NASDE Tour. Jeanne has also earned the prestigious America’s Classic Top Teacher Award 8 times. In country, she competed extensively in Teams and even traveled to Europe for an invitational demo performance with the Rockin’ Country Ladies, twice earning a UCWDC Championship Title. She is President of Swing Tulsa Style Dance Club, a World Swing Dance Council Member Instructor and is the the Event Director for multiple Swing Events including Tulsa Fall Fling and Tulsa Spring Swing.
Terry Roseborough "AKA" T-Rose, is also known to many around the world as "Sexy Chocolate", is a well known figure in the dance community. With too many accolades to mention he is still traveling the world teaching WCS. He is excited to be in Wichita for the Sunflower Dance Festival and wishes everyone a great weekend..SO LET'S PARTY! CLICK HERE to book your private lessons for the weekend!
Monty and Kristin Ham have each been teaching dance for 17 years. They were married in 2005 and joined forces in teaching and competing. As they shared the same passions for their students, dancing, and teaching, it was a match made in heaven. They have developed a successful curriculum with an award winning style of teaching that is logical, intellectual, energetic, humorous and encouraging all at the same time. Together, they are the 2013 UCWDC Open Showcase World Champions. Between teaching groups lessons, private lessons, and traveling nationally to numerous events and workshops they maintain a busy schedule. Much of their time is spent coaching competitive couples, pro-am students and their competitive team known as ”The Ham Jam.” They consider their students to be part of their extended family which enhances the fun level all around. As Kristin says…”There is one rule in our camp…You must have fun!”
Chris and Barb Riggs
Barbara and Chris Riggs met on a dance floor in 1991. By the time they were married in 1993 they became a dancing couple. They competed before their marriage and the first nine years of their marriage, mostly on the ATCDA dance circuit.
They decided to found the Wichita Cowtown Dance Roundup – so at least one dance contest would be in their city! For seven years they put their hearts and their souls into the Roundup. The specialty of the Roundup became the Saturday night banquet and show with a different theme every year. We remember moments with cowboys in pink long underwear, Grease, the Wizard of Oz, and the Time Tunnel.
There came to be a tightly-knit group of volunteers and friends that made the Roundup possible, including Lee Mathison, Theresa Cooksie-Sutton, Roy Fitzgerald, Tammy Haley, Diane Barwig, Richard and Kathy Schoeffner, Bryan Cavin, Debbie Winn, Cindy Bertha, George and Marlena Jones, and many others we don’t have room to list. We became a dance family with the Roundup as the highlight of the year.
Work responsibilities increased for Barbara and Chris and they passed the Roundup to Bryan and Debbie.
It is still a joy to attend the Wichita event and to remember how it started and all the great moments that continue today.
Terry and Colleen Cummings
Terry and Colleen Cummings live in Wichita, Kansas and started dancing together in 2004. They are the previous directors of the Wichita Dance Roundup, now known as the Sunflower Dance Festival.
Terry and Colleen teach locally for JustGottadance and A Step Ahead Dance Studio. They also compete in on both the UCWDC and ACDA circuits. Together they have over 50 years of dance experience resulting in multiple championships and a couple of UCWDC World Championship titles.
Jason has been around dance his whole life. And now with 20 years of his own experience it’s good to know he is doing what he loves and loves what he does. He started training for professional competitive couples dance in 1997. He immediately discovered his love for it and took advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow. Jason has since earned his certification in partnership dance and has continued his education as a teacher, coach and choreographer of all styles of couples dance. He longs to see the dance community unify and expand here in the greater Wichita area.
Courtney started dancing jazz and ballet when she was a little girl and had a passion for dance that grew into partnership dancing when she was 18. She started taking dance classes at Kansas University and continued at Wichita State when she moved back to Wichita. Courtney became an instructor at her first studio at the age of 20, and it wasn’t long before she was taking her first student to compete pro/am at various competitions in the United States. She then went on to open up her own studio with 2 partners at the age of 24, where she was co-owner for 9 years. At the age of 27 she started competing in the professional circuit at various competitions in the United States, continuing to also compete with her pro/am students. Courtney is now one of the founders of “A Step Ahead Dance Studio” where she continues to teach her love and passion for dance to others.
Chad Graber has been dancing for over 30 years. After studying Molecular Biology at UT Austin he began teaching Ballroom and Country Western dancing full time for Fred Astaire Dance Studios (FADS) in Fort Worth. After leaving FADS, he worked for several other studios and now teaches independently in the DFW area as well as coaching and judging across both the ACDA and UCWDC circuits. Chad competed on the UCWDC circuit in Showcase II and Showcase I as well as winning multiple ACDA National Championships and 2 UCWDC World Championships in the Pro-Pro Open Division from 2001-2005.
Theresa Cooksey-Sutton from Fremont, NE has been dancing, teaching, and performing ballroom and country since 1994. She holds National Ballroom Bronze Certification, is a past Superstar Division competitor on ACDA circuit, Division I competitor on UCWDC circuit, and has recently competed Silver West Coast Swing on WSDC circuit. She has also served as MC of many events and shows, and loves connecting audience excitement with the performers on the floor.
T.E. Mayo has been a dance instructor, choreographer, and emcee for ... believe it or not ... 30+ years! He is also an auctioneer and a living historian/Cavalry reenactor. Needless to say, T.E. has many passions and a wide viarity of skill sets! His favorite saying is "Dancing has been my passion and horses have been my escape valve! After all these years, T.E. is still going strong and loving every minute!
Brian Cavin President of AMBUCS chosen charity for the 2017 Sunflower Dance Festival
Brian Cavin started competing in Country Western dance competitions in 1993. By 1998, he had made his way up to “Division II” in couples and “Advanced” in line dance. He also had a “claim to dance fame”, in 2005, by winning $5,000 in the TNN National Line Dance competition! Besides competition in those earlier years, he could be found helping put the floor down for the Wichita event, as well as being part of the Saturday night dinner shows. Brian continued to compete regularly until about 1999. It was then that he saw a need for someone to do video for dance events. Being the entrepreneur that he is, he made that happen by gearing up with video equipment and taking orders! Running the video company made it difficult for Brian to get on the competition floor very often, but he still made appearances until around 2007. In 2002, he became one of the event directors of, what was known then, as the Wichita Dance Roundup … but don’t think he got off easy … he could still be found putting the floor down and being part of the Saturday night dinner show! In 2006, the Wichita event torch was passed to Terry and Colleen Cummings.
Though Lynn is the new Co-Director of the Sunflower Dance Festival, she is not new to the competitive dance world. She began competing in 1989 and in 1994, she married David Thornton. Together they worked, competed, judged, and taught at events worldwide, winning many championships. They were event directors of the Country Dance Rodeo and Dancin’ in Branson (both UCWDC events). Lynn has a true passion for life, family, friends, and dance! She has successfully organized and hosted several large fund raisers for the Joplin Humane Society and works for the NBC/ABC affiliate in Joplin, Missouri, as the Digital Media Manager. Lynn currently competes on both the ACDA and UCWDC circuits with her dear friend/dance partner Jack Henry. Above all, she is excited to be a part of the ACDA and is looking forward to welcoming you to Wichita, Kansas for the Sunflower Dance Festival in July 2017!
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