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Use the following playlists to "practice, practice, practice" what you learn with Swing Dancing San Diego.  We have provided a variety of tempos for each style.  

If you have any questions about genres, bands, songs, etc please contact us - enjoy!

 

 
 

I’m not sure where you get your energy, but if you could bottle it you would be a rich man!

I really enjoyed your teaching style - you made the classes entertaining and not in any way discouraging.  Thank you so much! Hope to see you and dance with you again in the near future.

I wanted to thank you for your workshop this past weekend. I’ve been to a lot of workshops and I’m not typically a big fan of them. Yours, however, has been head and shoulders above the rest. Your instruction and insight were not only applicable, but were also adaptable, challenging, and clear. The pacing kept things moving along without overwhelming the attendees. The actual covered material was fun and useful.

You expertly walk that fine line between energetic enthusiasm and irritating glee. Your passion comes across as true and real - never annoying, never frustrating, and certainly never dull. Your presentation made me want to smile and think, but more importantly, it made me want to dance better.

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JOEL PLYS began his swing dance career in the summer of 1998 on a date in Chicago.  He learned very quickly from countless workshops and non-stop dancing and brought his skills to Cleveland, OH.

 

Joel taught swing full-time out in Cleveland, OH for 4 years (1999-2002) and started Get Hep Swing, LTD.  He co-created the very first All Balboa Weekend with Valerie Salstrom (June 2001).  He moved to San Diego in 2002, started 2PlySwing Productions and taught all over the world with Alison Scola.  As of 2012, Joel began Swing Dancing San Diego in his home town, building a community of social dancers, students, performers and teachers whom he trains.

Joel has had the honor and privelage to learn directly from the original masters of Lindy Hop and Balboa:  Frankie Manning, Maxie Dorf and Willie Desatoff.

 

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 in 32 US states (and counting) and 12 countries including: Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Scotland and Sweden.  In 2011, Joel was inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame and then in 2014, inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

 

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!

  • California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Inductee - 2014

  • Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame Inductee - 2011

  • VIEJAS $10K Swing Dance Challenge 2010 - 3rd place

  • VIEJAS $10K Swing Dance Challenge 2009 - 3rd place

  • Camp Hollywood 2007 - Pro Balboa - 3rd place 

  • US Open 2005 - Lindy Showcase - 4th place

  • US Open Swing Dance Challenge - Aug, 2005 (TV Pilot Competition) - 4th place overall, 1st place for Lindy

  • Camp Hollywood 2005 - Collegiate Shag - 2nd place

  • Camp Hollywood 2005 - Showcase - 5th place

  • Camp Hollywood 2005 - Pro Balboa - 5th place

  • Camp Hollywood 2005 - Pro Lindy - 5th place

  • All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland) 2005 - American Classic Balboa Championship - 3rd place

  • Rhythmic Arts Festival 2004 - CAKEWALK CHAMPIONS

  • Rhythmic Arts Festival 2004 - Charleston Challenge Finalists

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2003 - Fast Dance Division - 1st place

  • All Balboa Weekend (Cleveland) 2003 - American Classic Balboa Championship - 3rd place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2002 - American Showcase Division 5th place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2002 - Fast Dance Division - 3rd place (crazy fast and fun!)

  • NADC 2002 - Pro Lindy 4th place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2002 qualifier in Detroit - 1st place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2001 - American Showcase Division 2nd place

  • National Jitterbug Championships 2001 - Balboa 2nd place

  • National Jitterbug Championships 2001 - Collegiate Shag 2nd place

  • National Jitterbug Championships 2001 - Pro Lindy 3rd place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2001 qualifier in Detroit - 2nd place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 2000 qualifier in Detroit - 3rd place

  • Spring Fling Swing Thing 2000 Couples Division 2nd place

  • American Lindy Hop Championships 1999 qualifier in Chicago – 3rd place 

  • Midwest Swingfest 1999 - 1st place Lindy Hop division