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Instructors

Mario Robau and Stephanie Mcpherson-Robau

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.
Stephanie McPherson-Robau is a 4 time UCWDC World Champion, twice in the Master's Division (the highest level of competition offered in the UCWDC) and twice in Division 1. No one in Houston has won more titles in this field. She has coached and taken at least 10 of her Pro-Am students to earn their own UCWDC World Championship Titles at their respective levels. Classically trained in Ballroom and Latin, Stephanie has incredible knowledge of dance technique in ALL dances, not just WCS!


Glenn Ball

Glenn began his full time formal dance training in London at a top Theatre School. During his studies he developed a love for all styles of dance and his training paid off at the age of sixteen when he successfully auditioned for the World Tour of 'Spirit of The Dance' completing European, UK and American tours.

Glenn then turned his attention to the 'backing dancer' world. Dancing and appearing in campaigns for Pop industry giants such as Mariah Carey, Kylie Minogue, Lionel Richie, Take That, Jennifer Lopez, Scissor Sisters, Ne-yo, Taylor Swift and many more.

Also managing to fit in working on the Movie 'Nine' and working with Madonna on her directing debut 'W.E'.

During his dancing years, he also began an exciting modelling career working for designers such as Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Speedo, Reebok to name a few.

More Recently, Glenn decided to hang up his performing shoes, and since has became one of the UK's youngest and innovative professional choreographers. Glenn's work as a choreographer is diverse, drawing from his varied career as a dancer.

West Coast Swing has always been part of Glenn's life in dance and he even taught one of the first ever classes in the UK over 15 years ago.

Glenn competed at the US Open in 2006 with Brandi Tobias and gained recognition for his unique style, showing a more funkier side to WCS.

In 2015, Glenn hit the WCS circuit once again rising up through the divisions winning competitions in Europe and The States. Glenn also partnered up with Patty Vo and started competing in the Showcase division. Together they took part in the US Open where Glenn became the first ever Englishman to gain top 5 in a routine division placing 3rd in Showcase. Glenn also won the Open Strictly division and co-choreographed the Go-Dance Cabaret and Swing Team which both took 2nd place in their divisions.

This year, Glenn has continued his success in Strictly and J&J competition's and was the first ever Nasde competition winner gaining 1st place in the Showcase division with Patty at Liberty Swing and again at Summer Hummer.

Glenn loves the improvisation and musicality within WCS and is also loving the challenge of adding his own twist into this amazing dance form.

Irina Puzanova

Irina is a firecracker of a woman. Phenomenon if you will. Because what can you really say about this force of nature? Irina is a passionate and versatile dance teacher running her own dance school.

Dancing since she was 7, Irina was doing Ballroom, Belly Dancing, Jazz, Hustle, Discofox, Salsa, Bachata, WCS, and pretty much any social dance. She began taking a serious interest in West Coast Swing in 2010, learned from the best and has been a very successful competitor. She is the first dancer in Russia to reach the All-Star division and the first one to have Champion points. She has won the Advanced Jack & Jill at the US Open 2012, the first European All Star division at Midland Swing Open,  the All-Star Jack & Jill at French Open 2014, BudaFest 2015, Mid-Atlantic Dance Jam 2015, first European Invitational J'n'J at UK Champs 2016, US Open 2016 in Strictly Swing, first All Star European Championship 2017.

When teaching she's demanding and encouraging just in the right proportion.

Nowadays Irina travels all around the world from Asia to US dancing, teaching and competing in 14 coutnries, more than 30 cities. But most of all Irina is a social dancer. You can find her from the dancefloor all night long!


Event director: Eva Vesterli | Phone: +4670-334 76 44 | Email: wcs@wcs.dance