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Who's Who in Swing Dance

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Victor Da Rocha
Competition Dancing
1995 US Open, Cabaret Div., 3rd Place, partner Nathalie Gomez

David Dalmo
David danced with the Rhythm Hot Shots - an outstanding Lindy Hop performing group from Sweden.
Competition Dancing
1995 Swedish Swing Dance Championships, Jitterbug Div., 1st Place, partner Åsa Rickardsson

Roy Damron
Motion Pictures:
1944 Four Jills In A Jeep
1954 Living It Up ... Film Clip

Dance Action Magazine

Joe Daniels
Was one of the greats of Lindy Hop in the Kat's Corner at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City, NY in the 1930s.

Joyce Daniels
Was one of the greats of Lindy Hop in the Kat's Corner at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City, NY in the 1930s.

Midge Dare
Motion Picture:
1939 Naughty, But Nice, partner Maxie Dorf

Olivia Dasso
Competition Dancing
1997 US Open, Cabaret Div., 3rd Place, partner James Adair

Don Davis
Competition Dancing:
1990 US Open, Masters Div., 4th Place, partner Irene Reiger

Eddie Davis
Was one of the greats of Lindy Hop in the Kat's Corner at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City, NY in the 1930s.
Motion Picture: 1937 Radio City Rebels, partner Mildred Pollard

Jim Davis
Television Variety Shows:
1953 Frank Devol Show
1959 Al Jarvis Show
.... Kid Mexico Variety Show
1958 Louis Armstrong Special
Television Series:
1983 Hart To Hart
Competition Dancing:
1973 World Swing Dance Championships, Contestant, Palladium, Hollywood, CA, partner Jane Hand
Honors:
1993 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Golden Star Nomination
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Golden Star Award

Jerry Dawson
Competition Dancing:
1989 US Open, Jack-N-Jill Div., 3rd Place, partner Carrie Lucas
Honors:
1990 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Nova Star Nomination
1991 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Rising Star Nomination
1992 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Nova Star Nomination
1993 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Nova Star Nomination

Hank De Angelo
Honors:
1993 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Special Achievement Award

Andrea Deaton
Competition Dancing
1996 US Open, Street Swing Div., 3rd Place, partner Donald Moser
1993 Greater Phoenix SDC Convention, Champion of Champions Div., 2nd Place, partner Louie Juarez

Louise DeCamp
Motion Picture:
1940 Strike Up The Band, partner Lawrence "Lolly" Wise

Christine Deihl
Competition Dancing:
1985 US Open, Classic Div., 1st Place, partner Randy Albers

Drene' Del Carlo
Association:
President of San Francisco Bay Swingers dance club
Article:
The American Patriot (Summer 1993).

Louise Del Carlo
Competition Dancing:
1973 World Swing Dance Championships, Contestant, Palladium, Hollywood, CA, partner Stan Perez
Honors:
1990 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Nomination,
1991 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Award

Peggy Diamond Delgado
Competition Dancing:
1979 US Open, 2nd Place, partner Lloyd Lickert
Honors:
1991 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Rising Star Nomination
1993 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Rising Star Nomination
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Nomination

Willie Desatoff (B: 12/23/1921 - D: 10/2/2005)

Willie was recognized as one of the top two or three Balboa dancers in the world. He was recognized for his very smooth "no bounce" style. Willie's smooth dance style on the dance floor could be compared to the style of the Nicholas brothers (tap dancers) in which their upper bodies glided smoothly around the dance floor while all hell was breaking loose below the waist -- with feet and legs performing magic on the dance floor.

Biographical information by Skippy Blair
Biographical information by Lindy Circle
Bal Swing Interviews (Balnation.com)

Films
1945 Boogie Woogie
1945 Twice Blessed
1946 Junior Prom
News Shows
1983 Two On The Town (2/3/1983)
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Jam at Bobby McGee's ... Film Clips ... 1 ... 2

Craig Devlin
Competition Dancing:
1989 US Open, Young America Div., 1st Place, partner Shannon Chance

Jim Dickinson
Competition Dancing:
1977 National Swing Competition, Contestant, partner Judy Popek
1979 US Open, Contestant, partner Judy Popek Dickinson
Television Variety Shows
1978 Gong Show, partner Judy Popek Dickinson
1983 Dance Fever, partner Judy Popek Dickinson

Judy Popek Dickinson
Competition Dancing:
1977 National Swing Competition, Contestant, partner Jim Dickinson.
1979 US Open, Contestant, partner Jim Dickinson
Television Variety Shows
1978 Gong Show, partner Jim Dickinson
1983 Dance Fever, partner Jim Dickinson

Danny Donahoe
Motion Pictures:
1954 Living It Up, partner Freda Angela Wyckoff ... Film Clip
Honors
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Stellar Star Award

Dorothy (Hart) Dominguez
Honors:
1991 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Nomination
1993 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Golden Star Award

Maxie Lee Dorf (D: 12/18/2000)
I don't think you would get an argument from anyone that Maxie Lee Dorf was the greatest Balboa dancer that ever lived. In the mid 1930s Maxie danced in a group called the Ray Rand Dancers. In 1936 at the California State Fair in Pomona they danced in competition every day against Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. Maxie's partner with the Ray Rand Swing Dancers was Mary McCaslin. The group danced in almost every theatre and night club in California. They also danced every new years eve for four years in several different night clubs in Palm Springs California. In 1938 & 1939 Maxie won the dance competition at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. Maxie says he never lost a contest.
Motion Pictures:
1938 Start Cheering, partner Mary McCaslin ... Film Clip
1938 Stand Up And Cheer, partner Mary McCaslin
1939 Naughty, But Nice, partner Midge Dare
1940 Strike Up The Band
1941 Babes In Arms
1941 Babes on Broadway
1946 Junior Prom, Teenagers At The
Home Movies, Jam Sessions, Unknown
YouTube ... Film Clips
Honors:
1992 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Golden Star Award
Other Web Links
Maxie Dorf on Balboa
Lindy Week Review - Tribute to Maxie Dorf
 


Lorraine Edwards Dossey
Competition Dancing:
1949 Los Angeles Examiner's Harvest Moon Ball, Swing Div., Winner, partner Jack Carey
Motion Pictures:
1954 Living it Up, partner Jack Carey ... Film Clip
Honors
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Golden Star Nomination

Helen Douglas
Was one of the greats of Lindy Hop in the Kat's Corner at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, New York City, NY in the 1930s.

Kellese Douglas
Competition Dancing:
1993 US Open, Showcase Div., 4th Place, partner Barry Jones
1994 US Open, Showcase Div., 1st Place, partner Barry Jones
1995 US Open, Showcase Div., 6th Place, partner Barry Jones

William Downes
Motion Picture:
Hellzapoppin', partner Francis Micky Jones (Whitey's Lindy Hoppers) (1941)

Bernard "Bernie" Norton Dovbish
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Don Dressler
Competition Dancing:
1990 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Rosalee Dressler
1991 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Rosalee Dressler
1992 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Rosalee Dressler
1993 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Rosalee Dressler
1994 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Rosalee Dressler
Article:
The American Patriot (Summer 1993).

Rosalee Dressler
Competition Dancing:
1990 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Don Dressler
1991 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Don Dressler
1992 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Don Dressler
1993 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Don Dressler
1994 US Open, Masters Div., 1st Place, partner Don Dressler
Article:
The American Patriot (Summer 1993).

Gary Dubbs
Honors:
1992 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Rising Star Nomination

Dixie Dunbar (Movie Star)
Motion Pictures:
1934 George White's Scandals
1938 Love On A Budget
1938 Rebeca of Sunnybrook Farm
1938 Walking Down Broadway

Barry Durand
Competition Dance:
1991 US Open, Showcase Div., 1st Place, partner Dawn Blorstad
1991 US Open, Cabaret Div., 1st Place, partner Dawn Blorstad
1992 US Open, Showcase Div., 4th Place, partner Dawn Blorstad
1993 US Open, Showcase Div., 1st Place, partner Dawn Blorstad
1994 US Open, Showcase Div., 2nd Place, partner Dawn Blorstad
1995 US Open, Showcase Div., 7th Place, partner Lisa Austin
1997 US Open, Showcase, Div., 5th Place, partner Lisa Austin
1997 US Open, Cabaret Div., 1st Place, partner Lisa Austin
Publications:
Jitterbug Magazine (Sept. 1992 - pg 20 Photo).

Beverly Durand
Competition Dancing
1995 US Open, Classic Div., 6th Place, partner Adam Mara
1997 US Open, Showcase Div., 3rd Place, partner Atlas Griffith

Diane Durosette
Competition Dancing:
1993 US Open, Masters Div., 3rd Place, partner Robert Kinkaid

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