Jo Thompson Szymanski
Considered the “Queen of Line Dance”, Jo Thompson Szymanski has made quite an impact on dance floors worldwide. She celebrates over 40 years of teaching line and couples dancing! The whole Thompson family started teaching country couples and line dancing in 1980. Jo’s big break to worldwide fame came in the mid 1990’s through hosting her own show Danceline on The Nashville Network. Many of you might remember Jo’s big Texas hair, tight leggings and cowboy boots! She guest hosted TNN’s Club Dance and the Wildhorse Saloon TV shows as well as dance contests all over the world for Country Music Television (CMT). (see previous instructors to read more on Jo).
I am thrilled and honored to be a part of Dance For The Cure! Thank you Jill and Julie and I look forward to seeing many friends and making lots of new ones at this wonderful event. Warm hugs to you all!
Years: 2016, 2019, 2023
Joey started dancing when he was 10 years old. He attended a line dance class every Thursday called, “Boot Scootin Boogie!” But, that only lasted for about a year and a half because the place was shut down. From that point, till he was 17 years old, Joey went back to being focused on school and sports. As those years went by, he had friends that kept dancing and told him that it had drastically changed. In June of 2003, he attended his first dance event; the JG2 Line Dance Marathon. He didn’t know any dances but was able to take many workshops and see all the new styles of dance. That’s all it took! Today, he has been professionally teaching and choreographing since 2004. (see previous instructors to read more on Joey).
Years: 2021, 2023