Your Event Directors are counting the days until we see YOU in Wichita!
JULY 7-9, 2017
Event Staff and Volunteers
Jeanne DeGeyter
Jeanne DeGeyter

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
Terry Roseborough
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!

Lee and Marcy Harpe
Lee Harpe and Marcy Harpe are the owners of Harpe's Dance Inc. Harpe's Dance Inc. has been one of the premier dance facilities in Oklahoma City since 1992. Lee and Marcy have over 56 years of professional dance training between them in Ballroom, Latin, Country and swing dancing. Their goal is to make dancing fun and affordable for everyone. Lee and Marcy have been competing together professionally in country dance for the past 20 years. They have won numerous titles over the years, including the UCWDC Diamond 1 Advance World Championship in 2007, but their crowned accomplishment happened in 2008. They were undefeated in their division and won the UCWDC Couples Crown World Championship title in January of 2009. They went on to win the Couples Crown World Championship title in 2010 and 2011! Lee and Marcy are currently judging, teaching, choreographing, and coaching numerous competitive couples from all over the country. Lee is a certified judge for the NDCA (ballroom) and the UCWDC circuits; he is also a contest coordinator and scrutinizer. Marcy is a certified judge for the UCWDC circuit.
Bob Clanton and Jennifer Yarborough
Bob Clanton and
Jennifer Yarborough
Bob Clanton has been dancing competitively and teaching for over 20 years. Jennifer Yarborough has been competing for over 8 years and is a full time dance instructor. As dance partners, they have won 4 UCWDC World Champion Titles, including the Crown Classic Division in 2014. Jennifer moved to Colorado in the spring of 2016 to pursue her career as a dance teacher and Bob is taking the opportunity to focus on development of his private psychology practice. Though they have stopped dancing together competitively, both Bob and Jennifer are active on both ACDA and UCWDC circuits. Jennifer also competes on the swing circuit. They both love sharing their love of dance with others.
Greg and Laura Thrash
Greg and Laura Thrash
Greg and Laura Thrash, from Rowlett, TX started competing in 2013 with the ACDA Texas Hoedown. They hold three UCWDC Couples World Titles, as well as a ProPro Title for Greg and a ProAm Advanced Title for Laura. They currently compete in the UCWDC Crown Division. Greg is an Independent Instructor in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, teaching social and competitive Country dancing. Greg and Laura's love of dancing started and continues on the social dance floor, and they realize how fortunate they are to share their love of dance together.
Monte and Kristin Ham
Monty and Kristin Ham
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
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
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.

Shelley Judd
Shelley Judd
Shelley danced the part of a white poodle in her first ballet recital at age six and hasn't left the stage since. Her training in dance, theatre, and pantomime kept her performing in community and professional theatre until earning her degree in Theatre and Speech Communication. Shelley has taught Ballroom and Country Dance for 25 years, competing professionally in the American Rhythm division and currently competing Pro/Am with her students in Ballroom and Country. While studying the latest dance trends Shelley especially enjoys teaching her expressive style to children, youth and women, as well as judging Country and Ballroom competitions.
Donna Whiteley
Donna Whiteley
Donna Whiteley is a retired physical education teacher of 32 years. She discovered country western dancing late in life and started competing in 2007. She is a five time UCWDC World Champion and seven time ACDA National Champion. Dancing competitively is a fulfilling challenge and she really enjoys all the wonderful people she has met through dance.

Donna teaches social dance classes, works with competitive students, and judges ACDA events. She also teaches ballroom dance to 5th grade students in a program know as dancing classrooms.
Jason Thornton
Jason Thornton
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 Toben
Courtney Toben
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.
David Ragan
David Ragan
David Ragan's teaching philosophy is to never shut up – eventually, you will say something funny and/or just different enough it will sink in.... a philosophy his students and friends can confirm he is dedicated to not only in dance, but also in life (at least the 'never shut up' part). Teaching, competing, and judging dance has been a large part of his life. In addition to having been priveleged to compete and perform with serveral amazing partners and students dancing pro-am with his wife and daughter (who was six at her first compettion) has made for an amazing dance career. Having recently moved back to Tulsa, he's looking forward to starting the next chapter in his life of dance ... whever it may take him.
Chad Graber
Chad Graber
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 Sutton
Theresa Sutton
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.
Debbie Winn
Debbie Winn
Since retiring from dance many years ago, Debbie has been enjoying traveling on her Goldwing motorcycle with her husband, David. They are the proud parents of 4 fur babies, 2 adorable cats, a Golden Retriever and a German Short Haired Pointer. While she no longer competes in dance, she still attends the UCWDC World Championships every year as the staff embroiderer with her business DC Creations. Debbie would like to wish all the competitors good luck and always dance like no one is watching!
T.E. Mayo
T.E. Mayo
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
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.
Christy Thornton - Co-Director
Christy Thornton

Christy has been a part of the ACDA family for 20+ years. She has competed on both the ACDA and UCWDC circuits and has studied dance from some of the top instructors in the nation in country, ballroom, latin, and west coast swing genres. Currently she lives in Kansas City, MO and works as an accountant by day. She has 3 beautiful children; Jacob (16), Gracie (13), and Tytus (8). The children are very active and keep life busy and interesting. They are the light of her life. Besides dance she enjoys; running, spending time in nature, and doing ministry both with her church and outside the church. Christy has been the Sunflower Dance Festival director for 4 years now and would like to thank everyone for all the love and support that has been given her throughout the years. Put on your dance shoes and lets hit the floor for the biggest dance party Wichita has ever seen.

Lynn Thornton - Co-Director
Lynn Thornton
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!

Contest Coordinator:

  • Ben DePuew
  • Donya Poole (Scrutineer)

ACDA President:

  • Jerry Rainey

CountryDance Director Scoring:

  • Ed Von Adelung

Registration:

  • Jeff Newman
  • Robin Newman
 

Master of Ceremonies:

  • T.E. Mayo
  • Darren Paul
  • Theresa Sutton
  • Chad Graber

Masters of Music (DJs):

  • Mona Broussard
  • Monty Ham
 

Ballroom Coordinator:

  • Brian Franks

Past Wichita Event Directors:

  • Chris and Barbara Riggs
  • Brian Cavin
  • Debbie Winn
  • Terry and Colleen Cummings
  • Jason Thornton

Volunteers:

  • Mark Daniel
  • Rod Haley
  • Tammy Haley
  • Marlena Jones
  • George Jones
  • Miranda Fisher
  • Jacob Thornton
  • Juliet Newman
  • Sid Allen
  • Vicki Allen
  • Brian Cavin
 

Ballroom Judges:

  • Lee Harpe
  • Marcy Harpe
  • Shelley Judd
  • Chad Graber
  • Theresa Sutton
  • Amy Castro

ACDA Judges:

  • Bob Clanton
  • Chad Graber
  • Kristin Ham
  • Margaret Hines
  • Robert Hines
  • Shelley Judd
  • Dave Ragan
  • Don McCarty
  • Donna Whiteley
  • Jim Criger

Floor Coordinators:

  • Tammy Haley
  • Bonnie Robertson
  • Kylie Criger
  • Marlena Jones
  • Debbie Winn

Instructors:

  • Jeanne DeGeyter
  • Terry Roseborough
  • Greg and Laura Thrash
  • Jennifer Yarborough
  • Bob Clanton
  • Brian Picard
  • Liz Wilson
  • Darren Paul
  • Chad Graber
  • Terry and Colleen Cummings
  • Courtney Toben
  • Jason Thornton
  • Monty and Kristin Ham
  • Lee and Marcy Harpe
  • Don McCarty
  • Dave Ragan
  • Jim and Kylie Criger
  • Amy Castro

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