Resources

A message from Jodie Tarpo, former comp team captain:

“You have a partner…great! Now what? You probably need some choreography and one-on-one help. We are here to help you…

…especially newcomers! I am calling on all veteran members of Cotillion to contact us and be added to this page to offer their advice, knowledge, and encouragement to those in our club that need it.

I am also calling for those who contact these wonderful giving members of Cotillion to be RESPECTFUL and COURTEOUS. If you ask for help from someone on this page, please do so politely and with adequate notice if it is outside their office hours, especially if you are asking for choreography for competition.”

Below you can find Cotillion members that have volunteered to share their knowledge and experience. If you have questions and find them at Cotillion during their office hours, feel free to go up to them and ask their advice. You do not need to be involved in competitions to request help from our members; their primary goal is simply to make you better dancers. In other words, all dancers are welcome!

Russell McClay:

  • Office Hours: The first half hour of every practice (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Latin
    • Advanced Salsa
    • Advanced Blues
    • Advanced Hustle
  • Can provide choreography

Samuel Anspach:

  • Office Hours: 12:45 – 1 PM on Saturdays and (upon advanced request) the hour before open practice
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Latin
    • Advanced Salsa
    • Advanced Blues
    • Advanced West Coast Swing
    • Advanced Bachata
    • Advanced Hustle
  • Can provide choreography
  • Can also provide help with polka/general life advice

Jodie Tarpo:

  • Office Hours: TBD
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Latin
    • Beginner Salsa

Jason Disbrow:

  • Office Hours: The last 15 minutes of open practice (12:45 – 1 PM on Saturdays, 4:45 – 5 PM on Sundays)
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Standard
    • Open level Smooth
    • Bronze level Rhythm
    • Gold level Latin
    • Advanced Salsa
    • Advanced Blues
    • Advanced West Coast Swing
    • Advanced Bachata
    • Advanced Hustle
  • Can provide choreography
  • Can also provide help with advanced Nightclub Two-Step

Danae Cardenas:

  • Office Hours: TBD
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Latin
    • Advanced Salsa
    • Advanced Blues
    • Advanced West Coast Swing
    • Advanced Bachata
    • Advanced Hustle
  • Can provide choreography

Kevin Dervishi:

  • Office Hours: 10 – 10:30 PM on Thursdays and 4:30 to 5pm on Sundays
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Silver level Latin
    • Advanced Hustle
    • Beginner Salsa
    • Beginner Bachata
    • Beginner Blues
  • Can provide choreography
  • Can also provide help with Manhattan style Hustle/balancing dance & the biology major

Jon Skelton:

  • Office Hours: “Any time during practice”
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Standard
    • Gold level Latin
    • Advanced Salsa
    • Advanced Blues
    • Advanced West Coast Swing
    • Advanced Bachata
    • Advanced Hustle
  • Can provide choreography
  • Can also provide help with Argentine Tango & Merengue

Matt Chambers:

  • Office Hours: 9 – 11 pm on Tuesdays
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Smooth
    • Open level Standard
  • Can provide choreography

Kelly Chambers:

  • Office Hours: 9 – 11 pm on Tuesdays
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Open level Smooth
    • Open level Standard
  • Can provide choreography
  • Can also provide help with ladies’ styling

Angela Luu

  • Office Hours: Anytime during open practice (11 AM – 1 PM on Saturdays, 3 – 5 PM on Sundays
  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Bronze level Latin
    • Beginner Salsa
    • Beginner Hustle
    • Advanced Blues
  • Can also provide help with connection

David Bruns:

  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Beginner Salsa
    • Beginner Bachata
    • Advanced West Coast Swing
    • Beginner Hustle
  • Can also provide help with advanced Argentine Tango

Marissa Guillen:

  • Can provide instruction for (up to the listed difficulty):
    • Gold level Standard
    • Silver level Smooth
    • Bronze level Rhythm
    • Beginner Salsa
    • Advanced West Coast Swing
    • Advanced Hustle