Since their marriage and move to San Diego, CA in mid-2002, Joel and Alison Plys have made quite a name for themselves. They have a high quality, energetic approach to the dance which makes every lesson with them a blast! As regular teachers at major events all over the world, Joel & Alison’s down to earth, enthusiastic attitudes are contagious and offer a very personal learning experience.
As promoters of the dance: Joel co-created the popular All Balboa Weekend in Cleveland, OH - the first ever ALL Balboa event. Joel & Alison are the creators of the BALBOA RENDEZVOUS - simply the greatest gathering for Balboa instructors and dancers. They also organize the CATALINA JAZZ DANCE FESTIVAL - a weekend in the most beautiful ballroom in the world, and SWINGIN' THE NEW YEAR - San Diego's laid back Lindy exchange and New Year's celebration. They are huge supporters of communities and promoters working together to help each scene prosper and grow. After eight years of running weekend workshops, they know what it takes on all sides for a successful event.
And some more on each of them individually:
JOEL PLYS began his swing dance career in the summer of 1998 on a date in Chicago.
Joel has a high quality, energetic approach to the dance that makes every lesson with him and any partner a blast! As a regular teacher at major events all over the world, his down to earth, enthusiastic attitude is contagious. He has taught all over the US (24 states and counting) as well as Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Scotland and Sweden.
He has a full knowledge of various styles from years of study that he shares in his instruction of Balboa, Lindy, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Jazz Movement, and Pre-Swing dances (Texas Tommy, One Step, etc)
To 'preserve' a dance, you must understand the technique and characteristic fundamentals of that dance. For a dance to 'evolve', you must be open to everyone adding creative elements to that dance. Joel encourages students to study and be open to “differences” so that they can make the dance their own.
He embodies these qualities in his instruction and dancing while remembering the true reason we dance - for FUN!
Besides teaching all over the world, Joel also has a passion for organizing amazing dance events, including:
ALISON PLYS began her swing dance career in 1998 in Akron, OH.
As a certified yoga teacher and therapist, Alison now pursues her passion for assisting others in their goals toward well-being.
Alison has a unique employment history and draws on these skills to provide exceptional yoga & dance instruction:
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