Victor Loveira – DJ & Master of Ceremonies
Victor has been a DJ since 1980, he started djing at West Coast Swing events in 1996. Victor’s first national swing event was The Texas Classic (now America’s Classic). From that point on, he has had the good fortune of djing at many of the country’s top swing events. Including, The US Open, Dallas DANCE, Boogie by the Bay, USA Grand Nationals, Americas’ Classic, Liberty Swing, Swing Diego, Swing Fling, Summer Hummer, Tampa Bay Classic, Capital, Mad Jam, Seattle Easter Swing and Phoenix 4th of July.
In 2005, Victor was honored with the “Allswing DJ of the Year” award and in 2012 Victor was inducted into the DJ Swing Hall of Fame receiving the “Wetzel Award,” named after Kenny Wetzel. Not only will you hear Victor’s music, but at many events you will hear his voice on the microphone, as he has been the emcee at many major events. Also, he has begun to pass on his DJ knowledge through teaching his workshop Music and Dancing, as well as offering private lessons and mentoring to new DJs. You may also catch him on the dance floor competing in Jack & Jill and Strictly Swing at the All-Star division. Finally, in 2014 Victor became co-event director of River City Swing in Jacksonville, FL.
Tim “Birchwood” Johnson
Tim ‘DJ TJ’ Johnson is a full time dance professional who serves the dance community locally, nationally and internationally.
It began in 1998 with a passion for dancing and an entrepreneurial spirit that guided him to establish Dance Fanatics. Based in Metro Detroit, Dance Fanatics hosts a variety of dances, workshops and seminars including weekly and monthly West Coast Swing parties titled West Coast Wednesday and Second Saturday Swing.
In addition to working locally, he also enjoys working at dance events throughout North America in various capacities. Tim is an entertaining instructor and sought after DJ who is also known for his technical skills with pro audio, lighting and video.
He is looking forward to seeing you at Ft. Lauderdale Swing & Shag Beach Bash!
Jerry, who grew up near Boston, used to watch his parents practice their country dance moves in their basement. At 13 he remembers being amazed & asked his parents, who were UCWDC Country Western Champions, to teach him. Jerry “was hooked”. He was teaching beginners by the time he was 15 and started competing at 16. The same year, he was named the New England Amateur Grand Champion.
His parents were event directors for many major dance events in the New England area: Jerry gained experience by helping them run theirs. He later became Co-event director, with his mother, when his father passed away. Their “Cape Cod Classic Swing & line Dance frolic”, was the first event in the country to combine line dance and West Coast Swing. At 18 he began deejaying at local clubs and the Roseland Ballroom in the New England area. Over the years, he has DJ’d at many dance competitions throughout the US. He currently DJ’s in the South Florida are and continues to DJ major dance events. He calls he dance Instruction Company for the past 20 years, Dance Til’ You Drop Productions.
In 1999 he choreographed a controversial line dance called, “Wild Wild West” done to a Will Smith song. The UCWDC did not feel as though it was country so they kept disqualifying the dance from the choreography divisions at the competitions. Due to Jerry’s persistence, they eventually created a Non-Country Division. The dance then won numerous competitions. In 2000, the UCWDC chose “Wild Wild West as the dance to be used all year at the competitions in the advanced division “Line Dance A”. This dance has become a classic and is still being taught today throughout the US and other countries.
His accomplishments include many diverse things such as: Co-Event Director of Ft Lauderdale Swing & Shag Beach Bash, placed 5th in World’s 2000, placing and winning many Jack n’ Jill’s & strictly swing comps, competed in Pro-Am with students, UCWDC Advanced Line Dance “A” winner, WCS Classic Division, participating & Choreographer for a #1 CW dance team, choreographed many popular line dances and now is very honored to say a Nat’l Living Legend.
Ron “Moose” Muse
Started line dancing in ’92/93 at Coyote Joes, Charlotte NC. (It’s still there, and yes I still go dancing) Transitioned to learning couples in late ’93. Competed in southeast regional (ATL) of Marlboro Country Nights Showdown – ’94.
Joined Pure Country dance team – ’95/96 (UCWDC). Started dancing couples format (UCWDC) including WCS in ’96 (Yes, it was bad :-)) Competed against/with some (NOW) World Champions – Roger Taylor (SC), Lisa King (TN). Even competed against a fellow DJ in ’97 – David Muzii. Eastern’s ’97? (Yes, I have a picture to prove it) Started working dance events around ’99/00 – present to further understand all aspects of them.
Started playing music mostly in/around Charlotte and NC area ’09/10. Lynn’s, Thoroughbred’s, and Loafer’s respectively. Taking a break from the local scene at time of this publishing. Other places I’ve played include;SOS – Swillie’s/Saville’s (the only swing evening during SOS) & Ducks (once – Sunday night with Ed Timberlake), Atlanta Swing Classic, Sweet Side of Swing (ATL), Peach State Dance Festival, Big Bang Classic and Ft. Lauderdale Shag Swing Beach Bash