Steve and Lara met in 2011. Being sought out instructors in their local areas and having a great dance connection, they decided in 2016 to become partners. They are currently enjoying their new partnership while traveling, teaching, and performing together.
Steve Wilder is an All-Star West Coast Swing dancer from New York known for his entertaining teaching style and nonstop social dancing. He actually started dancing because he thought it would be a great way to meet women, but he immediately fell in love with dancing instead.
In 2014, Steve began his career in teaching West Coast Swing throughout New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York areas. During 2015-2016 Steve traveled and taught in and around New Zealand, Australia, and Malaysia. He loves creating an emotional and physical connection with his dance partners whether it be on the competitive floor or social floor. Steve and his partner, Lara Deni are the new 3rd Place winners of Sophisticated Routine Division at The 2016 Open Swing Championship and Steve was 1st Alternate in the Open strictly division. 2017 off great with Steve winning a 3rd Place at Freedom Swing Invitational Jack-n-Jill.
Lara began her teaching career at an early age of 15 at her mother’s dance studio. A year later she was performing with an adult dance troupe and traveling the East Coast and Canada as a professional adjudicator for youth Tap, Jazz and Ballet dance competitions. With a training in Tap, Jazz and Ballet a BFA in Dance, training/teaching/competing in Salsa, Ballroom and Latin, and training/competing in Lindy, Lara brings a wide range of knowledge and understanding to her teaching.
Lara is the most prominent teacher of West Coast Swing in the Virginia/DC Metro area. She won Top Teacher Award at DCSX 2014 and MadJam 2015. She has 5 National Champion Titles in the Classic Rising Star division with a former partner, and has won over 25 National Titles/Placements in All Star Jack & Jill and Strictly divisions. Currently Lara is the 5th place NASDE West Coast Swing winner. Lara and her partner, Steve Wilder are the new 3rd Place winner of Sophisticated Routine Division at The 2016 Open Swing Championship, and Lara placed in the top 10 finals in both the All Star Jack-n-Jill and Open Strictly divisions. Starting 2017 off with a bang, she winning a 2nd Place at Freedom Swing Invitational Jack-n-Jill.
Lara has a genuine passion and love of movement and dance. She encourages and helps her students attain their goals, while making the process of growing and learning a fun and rewarding one. Though she currently specializes in teaching/performing/choreographing/judging West Coast Swing, Lara still enjoys teaching and sharing her expertise with Salsa, Latin Dances, Wedding, ECSwing, Ballroom, and Country