The Orlando Jack and Jill O'Jam will be held March 28 -31 at the Orlando Airpot Marriott. This is one of the best annual West Coast Swing events in Orlando and this year promises to be yet another success! There will be workshops with nationally-known top West Coast Swing dancers, Pro-Am competitions happening each day and evening, Pro-shows, and the infamous "Jack and Jill" events...where names are drawn out of hats to pair couples up, and the competition spirit runs high! And of course, how can anyone want to miss out on the all-night dance parties?
The event is coordinated and directed this year by Andrew Sinclair, a favorite West Coast Swing dancer in Orlando. Assistant directors include Gale Walden, Anne Rohrer, and Elisa Defoe.
DJ's for the event include Victor Loveira, the All Swing DJ of the Year: 2005, Swing DJ Hall of Fame Finalist: 2007/2008/2009/2010/2011, and Best DJ WAG Award Winner: 2011. Other great featured DJ's include Desie Damaso, Bruce Warren, Josh Angel, and Brianna Cline. Emcees for the event include Victor Loveira and Sheven Kekoolani.
Pros who are scheduled to be at the event for workshops, shows, or competition include Kristopher Swearingen and Rebecca Ludwick, Robert Jackson and Connie Gauthier, Terry Roseborogh, Stephen White and Sabrina Paxman, Jimmy and Cindy Meyer Formelio, Shawn Swaithes, Agnieszka Maslanka, Demery Strickland, Brianne Cline, Hugo Miquez and Stacy Kay, Gina Brown, Paul Stewart, and of course, Mark Traynor,
Purchase your weekend pass on or before March 9 and you are entered for a chance to win a new pair of dance shoes.
The schedule of workshops and evening events, as well as weekend pass prices and hotel room rates can be found at www.orlandojackandjilljam.com. CJ Henry, who helps Orlando Swing dancers keep up with Swing news with her newsletter Swing News Florida, is coordinating roommates for those coming from out of town, and you can fill out the form for a roommate request on the event website.
This event is always a great time with an exceptionally nice group of people...West Coast Swing dancers are known for their smiles and their hospitality. If you feel brave, sign up for one of the Jack and Jill events. But no matter if you go for the social dancing, to take a workshop, or to compete, mark your calendar and try to make it out to the 2013 O'Jam!