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Heather Wagner
Competition Dancing
1995 US Open, Jack-N-Jill Div., 2nd Place, partner Lowell Gosser

Arthur Walch
Film Short Subject:
1943 Stage Door Canteen
1944 Pete Smith Special "Groovie Movie," partner Jeanne Phelps
1944 Two "Girls And A Sailor," partner June Alyson
1944 Groovie Movie, partner Jeanne (Phelps) Veloz

Ray Walker
Associations:
President of San Diego Swing Dance Club (6 years)
President of United States Swing Dance Council.

Joyce Wallace
Competition Dancing:
1977 National Swing Competition, Contestant, partner Jack Wells

Naiome Waller Gay
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.

Amy Walters
Competition Dancing:
1991 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 12-18), 2nd Place, partner Mike Bicklein
1992 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 13-18), 3rd Place, partner Mike Bicklein
1993 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 13-18), 4th Place, partner Scott Morris
1995 US Open, Showcase Div., 3rd Place, partner Scott Morris

Richard Ware
Competition Dancing
1995 US Open, Masters Div., 2nd Place, partner Judy Wooten

Andre' Washington
Competition Dancing:
1988 US Open, Showcase Div., 5th Place, partner Ava Apple
1990 US Open, Showcase Div., 5th Place, partner Ava Apple
1990 US Open, Cabaret Div., 2nd Place, partner Ave Apple

Sonny Watson  Web Site: http://www.streetswing.com/,  E-Mail: wcsonny@aol.com
Competition Dancing
1994 Worlds, 1st Place
1995 US Open, Street Swing Div., 5th Place, partner Kris Hagerty
1997 US Open, Strictly Swing Div., 1st Place, partner DeAnna Mollman
Honors
1993 US Open, Dance Promoter Award
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Rising Star Award

Martin Wedby
Martin danced with the Rhythm Hot Shots - an outstanding Lindy Hop performing group from Sweden.

Jack Wells
Competition Dancing:
1977 National Swing Competition, Contestant, partner Joyce Wallace

Michelle Wells
Competition Dancing
1997 US Open, Classic Div., 4th Place, partner Tim Auclair

Carol Werkmeister
Competition Dancing:
1991 US Open, Masters Div., 4th Place, partner Olindo Lee Alo
1992 US Open, Masters Div., 3rd Place, partner Olindo Lee Alo
1993 US Open, Masters Div., 2nd Place, partner Olindo Lee Alo

Ron West
Honors
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Nomination
1995 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Men's Special Achievement Award

Lennart Westerlund
An expert in Lindy Hop and the Lead dancer of the Rhythm Hot Shots - an outstanding Lindy Hop performing group from Sweden.
Address:
Ploggatan 1, S-116 34 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone/Fax: +46 8 643 40 58.

Kenny Wetzel (B: Mar 3, 1929, D: 1999)
Probably the best dance music D.J. that ever lived. He has an excellent sense of what is the best dance music for any kind of dance. Everyone has fun dancing wherever Kenny is the D.J. Kenny is also an expert and walking encyclopedia of high speed forms of Swing Dance. Kenny was one of the very few people who kept Swing Dancing from dying in the late 1960s and 1970s. He held swing dance competitions in Night Clubs throughout the greater Los Angeles, CA area. When the Hustle era came in Kenny also provided Hustle Contests in the Night Clubs throughout the greater Los Angeles area, but he never stopped supporting Swing Dance.

Competition Dancing:
Winner Harvest Moon Ball Swing Dance Competition
Winner Midwestern U.S. St. Louis City Competition
Teacher:
1950s Arthur Murray Dance Studios
Associations:
1972 founded the Rebels Swing Dance Club, Orange County, CA
Publications:
1992 Jitterbug Magazine (Sept. 1992 - pg 11 Article & Photo)
Author:
1992 Jitterbug Magazine (Sept. 1992 - 33)
Many other articles on dance.
Honors:
1991 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Nomination
1992 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Shining Star Award
3 Time Feather Award Winner
Phone: (714)995-6370
Web Links:
Swing DJ Hall of Fame
Cindy Peca & Kenny Wetzel
Kenny & Mary Ann Nunez ... Flying Lindy &St. Louis Shag (YouTube Video)
 

John Wheaton
Associations
World Swing Dance Council, Charter Member
Golden State Dance Teachers Assoc., Advisory Board
Califronia Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Board Member
Dance Instruction
Cuesta College in San Louis Obispo, CA, dance faculty
Event Production
Halloween Swingthing, Event Director
Monterey Swingfest, Event Director
Jack & Jill O'Rama, Event Director
 
 

Ernest C. Wheeler, Jr. - Web Site
Publisher & Editor of Swing Jammers News in Country Calendar (1990- ).

Al White
Competition Dancing:
1985 US Open, Classic Div., 2nd Place, partner Patti Regman
Television News
1983 Two On The Town, partner Evelyn Rhodes
Honors:
1993 California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, Stellar Star Award

Herbert White
In the 1930s he became the agent of all the Lindy groups who subsequently appeared in vaudeville, night clubs, Broadway musicals and Movies. He employed many dancers, over 50, with many dance troups under the names of: Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, The Savoy Hoppers, The Jive-A-Dears.

Rachael White
Competition Dancing:
1993 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 13-18), 3rd Place, partner Stephen Johnson
1994 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 13-18), 4th Place, partner Stephen Johnson
1995 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 13-17), 4th Place, partner Stephen Johnson

Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
Dancers:
William Downes
Ann Johnson
Francis Mickey Jones
Frankie Manning
Norma Miller
Al Minns
Billy Ricker
Willa Mae Ricker
Motion Pictures:
1937 A Day At The Races
1938 Radio City Rebels
1939 Keep Punching
1941 Hellzapoppin'
1947 Boy What A Girl ... Int'l Jitterbugs (Formerly Whitey's Lindy Hippers)
Film Short Subjects:
1941 Hot Chocolate
...... Jittering Jitterbugs
1942 Sugar Hill Masquerade
Film Documentaries:
1942 Outline of Jitterbug History

Rya Wilfon
Competition Dancing:
1993 US Open, Young America Div. (ages 13-18), 1st Place, partner Michael Johnson

Little Jerome Williams
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.

Russell Williams (AKA: Rashul Ali)
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 Pictures:
1941 Killer Diller, partner Willa Mae Ricker

Jack Willingham
Competition Dancing:
1993 US Open, Masters Div., 4th Place, partner Gloria Cotchonis.

Lawrence "Lolly" Wise
In the mid 1930s Lolly danced in a group called the Ray Rand Swing Dancers. In 1936 at the California State Fair in Pomona they danced in competition every day against Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. Lolly's partner with the Ray Rand Swing Dancers was Lillian Arnold. 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.
Motion Pictures:
1937 Naughty, But Nice, partner Marge Wilson
1938 Start Cheering, partner Lillian Arnold... Film Clip ... 1 ... 2
1930 Bachelor Mother, partner Marge Wilson
1939 Babes In Arms
1939 Bachelor Mother, partner Marge Wilson
1940 Let's Make Music
1940 Strike Up The Band, partner Louise DeCamp
....... Little Mothers, partner Marge Wilson

Charlie Womble
Competition Dancing:
1989 US Open, Classic Div., 3rd Place, partner Jackie McGee
1994 US Open, Classic Div., 3rd Place, partner Jackie McGee
1990 US Open, Classic Div., 4th Place, partner Jackie McGee
1991 US Open, Classic Div., 4th Place, partner Jackie McGee
1995 US Open, Classic Div., 5th Place, partner Jackie McGee
Publications:
1995 Dancing USA (May-June 1995).

Steve Wong
Competition Dancing:
1987 US Open, Jack-N-Jill Div., 1st Place, partner Donna Lynch
1994 US Open, Jack-N-Jill Div., 3rd Place, partner Elaine Burkow

Judy Wooten
Competition Dancing
1995 US Open, Masters Div., 2nd Place, partner Richard Ware

 
Connie Wydel (Or Wiedel ???)
Motion Pictures:
1939 Naughty But Nice
1941 Dance Hall
1941 Buck Privates
1941 They All Kissed The Bride
News:
1940 Venice Beach, partners Conrad & Marion Wydel ... Film Clips ... 1 ... 2

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