MEET: ROB & SHEILA
Rob and Sheila began teaching West Coast Swing and hosting local dances in the mid-90’s. Founders of the Delaware Valley Shag & Swing Club, and hosts of numerous conventions and events, Rob and Sheila demonstrate and teach dance to anyone willing to watch and learn! Take a class with them Tuesday evenings at the studio, or come check out the Swing Loft every 1st Sunday!
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
S: South Carolina
HOW DID YOU ENCOUNTER WEST COAST SWING (WCS)?
S: Dancing country 2-step, then saw WCS and it captured us
S: (To Rob) You can say whatever you want
R: I agree
ANY ADVICE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO WCS?
S: Patience and have fun!
R: Same, patience and perserverance
S: You can see he’s a bit of a copy cat 😉
CAN YOU DESCRIBE WCS IN 3 WORDS?
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT TEACHING AT SANGHA SPACE?
S: I love the studio. The feeling of it…it is so welcoming. And of course the people, the people make it.
R: Lori invited us to come to the studio and the place has such an appeal that we were taken with.
SOME SAY TEACHERS ARE LIFELONG LEARNERS. WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU ARE
CURRENTLY LEARNING MORE ABOUT OR WORKING ON AS A TEACHER?
R: Learning tango, been studying tango for about 3.5 years.
S: Learning a lot from yoga, it’s helping me in my teaching and in my dancing.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG OR BAND?
S: A gazillion, that’s how many I have.
R: On any given day? Music is endless. My favorite is anything that makes me wanna get up and dance.
S: In any given moment.. this one’s my favorite, no this one! It’s always changing.
WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES (BESIDES WCS) DO YOU ENJOY?
R: Edit and work with music, football, cooking, walking my dog in the park.
S: Yoga, walking, reading. First and foremost my 2 and a half year old grandson… And yes he’s learning WCS!
IF YOU WERE TO WIN THE LOTTERY, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND YOUR TIME?
R: Pretty much the same way I am now. Just wouldn’t be so concerned with doing this for profit, but actually enjoy the luxury of meandering and dancing.
S: Probably doing what I’m doing now, except I’d wanna live on the beach for the whole summer.
R: That’d be fun.
WHAT’S SOMETHING SECRETLY AWESOME ABOUT YOU TWO THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
S: We’re both Living Legends of Swing. And I do singing telegrams. Rob’s my driver.
R: It’s true.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD?
S: Come dance with us!
R: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”, remember how that went, your version?
S: Yeah, my theme song is “I’d like to teach the world to SWING in perfect harmony”