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.
Lara began her teaching career at an early age of 9 as a student teacher and teaching on her own by age 15. By age 16 she was traveling the East Coast and Canada as a professional adjudicator for youth Tap, Jazz and Ballet dance competitions. Lara has trained, taught, and competed in Salsa, Ballroom and Latin, and Lindy which brings a wide range of knowledge and understanding to her teaching. She later moved on to get a BFA in Dance a Adelphi University in New York.
Lara is the most prominent teacher of West Coast Swing in the Virginia/DC Metro area. She holds 5 National Champion Titles in the Classic Rising Star division, over 25 National Titles in All Star Jack & Jill and Strictly divisions, placed top 3 in 2018, 2019 and 2020 Invitational Jack-n-Jill's, and 5th Place WCS All Star 2016 NASDE Tour. Lara also competes nationally with her students in Pro/Am divisions.
Lara and Steve Wilder began as partners in September of 2016. Since then, they have placed top 3 in 2016, 2017, and 2018. They travel nationally to teach, judge and compete together. Lara and Steve are the current reigning 2019 Open Champions in the Sophisticated Routine Division.
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. Lara is certified as a WSDC Judge and Ballroom Instructor, and she currently still travels nationally to judge, teach and compete.
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 won 3rd place in 2018, 5th place in 2019 and 4th Place in 2020 in the Invitational Jack-n-Jill at Freedom Swing.
Lara and Steve Wilder began as partners in September of 2016 and have since then placed top 3 in 2016, 2017, and 2018. They travel nationally to teach, judge and compete together. They are now the current 2019 Open Champions in the Sophisticated Routine Division.
David's journey in life took him to the dance world in 2004 when he started out with Salsa. Months later, after he became more and more intrigued with other styles of dance, he began taking ballroom lessons. A couple years later, in 2006, David landed upon West Coast Swing through a friend who brought him to a Swing Competition. He was hooked! and soon began to really concentrate on West Coast Swing,
In 2008, David began teaching at "Shut Up and Dance" in Wisconsin, and he is now a part-time instructor here at our studio. David's love for teaching others and his joy in learning makes him a much loved and valued instructor.