Kelly (Buckwalter) Casanova


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Welcome to KellyDance.com!

Kelly Casanova, formerly Kelly Buckwalter, is a two time US Open Swing Dance Champion. Kelly has been teaching West Coast Swing locally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1981. Although her weekly classes are based in Mill Valley, Santa Rosa, and Emeryville, she has spent much of her career traveling throughout the United States competing, teaching, and judging. Kelly has taught workshops and judged at a variety of major national conventions. In 2006, Kelly was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

In November 2004, at the US Open Swing Dance Championships, Kelly was inducted into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame. This National Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award for Swing dancers, from around the country and from the various styles of Swing, whose long-time contributions and accomplishments have contributed to the growth and prestige of swing dancing. Through dancing, competing, teaching, judging and/or promoting, Hall of Fame inductees have shown distinction in exemplifying the highest standards of leadership, ethical conduct, and local and national service, resulting in a body of work with a far reaching and significant impact on Swing dancing. Beyond mere enjoyment and participation, they have given of themselves and is the highest honor awarded to a member of the Swing community.

About West Coast Swing

West Coast Swing is one of the nation's most amazing partner dances because it is fun, challenging, and versatile. It can be danced to an incredible variety of music-popular, rock, R&B, jazz, blues, country, hip hop, zydeco, disco, oldies, Latin, basically any music that uses a 4/4 time signature. The dance can be performed simply and easily with a few basic patterns; or it can be embellished with an extensive repertoire of patterns and footwork variations. It is one of the few partner dances that allows for a great degree of experience between the dancers. The structure is such that an accomplished dancer can enjoy him or herself with a beginner and that makes for a very friendly dance environment.

If you have never seen West Coast Swing performed, you have a big treat coming. You are welcome to monitor any of my classes at no charge. Please come and see how much fun West Coast Swing really is... Better yet, sign up for a class and start enjoying the fun yourself!