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About Alan Doyle

Alan did his teacher & judges trainng in America under the instruction of Skippy Blair, Sarah Grusmark, Mary Ann Nunez & Sharlot Bott. With all these qualifications Skippy, Sarah, Mary Ann & Sharlott were the perfect people to train under and Alan has brought this training back to Dublin! Alan specialises in West Coast Swing.

  • Alan learnt to dance jive in Wexford in 2004.
  • In 2006, he moved to Dublin and he did jive teacher training with the United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Dance Teachers (UKA).
  • In 2008, he learnt to dance swing in California.
  • He did his swing, ballroom & latin teacher & judges training in California with the Golden State Dance Teachers Association & World Swing Dance Council (specialising in Westie).
  • Alan is the only certified GSDTA teacher in Ireland.
  • Alan has been teaching Jive & Swing dance classes in Dublin since 2007.
  • Alan is a certified FitSteps┬« Teacher
  • Alan is a licenced Chasamba┬« Dance Fitness Teacher
  • Alan did his Fitness Instructor training with Profi Fitness School

Skippy Blair

  • Skippy Blair (born 1924) is an American dance teacher for over 50 years. Blair's first Dance Studio was on Firestone at Woodruff, next door to the Downey Elk's Hall in Downey, California, opened in 1958. She is the founder of the Golden State Dance Teachers Association and co-founder of the World Swing Dance Council.
  • She developed the Universal Unit System, a system of dance education that emphasizes music and its relationship to the dance, balance and body dynamics.
  • In 1994 she was inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
A Tribute to 'Mother' Skippy Blair

Sarah Grusmark, L. Ac., Adjunct Professor, University of La Verne

  • Skippy Blair's Esteemed Protege and Personal Assistant Instructor
  • Golden State Dance Teachers Association Examiner
  • Adjunct Professor/GSDTA 'Dance Dynamics' Instructor of Contemporary Social Dance, Department of Movement and Sports Science, University of La Verne
  • Advanced/Allstar and Masters West Coast Swing Competitor (World Swing Dance Council Competitor ID #360)
  • Sarah's Dance career began in 1986. Sarah trained in Ballet and Jazz for six years before discovering Swing. In 1998, Sarah placed 3rd, with fellow GSDTA Specialist (Champion Dancer) Tatiana Mollman, in the first Female West Coast Swing Team: Double Vision at the US Open Swing Dance Championships. In 1999, with the inclusion of fellow GSDTA Specialist (Champion Dancer) Jessica Cox, the team won the competition again. In 2008, Sarah and Warren D'Aquin won the Masters Division of the US Open Swing Dance Championships.
  • Now, Sarah assists her mentor and great friend Skippy Blair (with whom she lives, studies, practises and works) in the teaching and promotion of West Coast Swing and other contemporary Social Dances.
  • Sarah is widely respected for her work with Skippy Blair, which includes lecturing in various universities, including the prestigious Stanford University; teaching GSDTA Intensives throughout the U.S.A.; and assisting in the administration of the GSDTA.
Sarah Grusmark Westie Demo

Mary Ann Nunez

  • Two-time US Open Swing Dance Showcase Champion (1983/84)
  • US Open Swing Dance Championships Legends of Swing Inductee
  • World Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee
  • California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Three-time Feather Award Winner (Most Outstanding Female Dancer in the United States)
  • Three-time Dancers' Choice Award Winner (Favourite Female Dancer)
  • Featured on television's Dance Fever: In the Swing and in many television commercials
  • Mary Ann is one of the most influential Dancers in the history of West Coast Swing. She is currently the highest awarded Jack & Jill West Coast Swing competitor in the world, according to the World Swing Dance Council.
  • Mary Ann continues to win Jack & Jill competitions at the most prestigious West Coast Swing conventions, and is a popular and admired favourite among her peers and audiences worldwide.
Mary Ann Nunez Westie Demo

Sharlot Bott

  • US Open Swing Dance Champion
  • Multi-title Champion in Showcase, Classic, Strictly AND Jack and Jill West Coast Swing
  • World Swing Dance Council Hall of Fame Inductee
  • California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Feather Award Winner (Most Outstanding Female Dancer in the United States)
  • Walk of Legends Award Winner
  • Featured Aerialist in the movie Shout
  • US Open Swing Dance Championships Shareholder and former member of the Board of Directors (2002-2009)
Wayne & Sharlot Bott Westie Demo