Pamela Marshall & Jun Ogata, West Coast Swing – Kingston
Pam started dancing in 2001, and was quickly drawn to the creative nature of West Coast Swing. She founded Hudson Valley WCS in 2008 in an effort to provide a venue for local dancers to expand their horizons through regular workshops and classes with Pros from around the country. Although she competes regularly at WCS weekends, she sees herself as “a social dancer who competes, rather than a competitor who social dances”.
Pam teaches beginner and advanced basics classes at her Thursday dance and loves to see new dancers gain confidence and skills each week.
Jun had an interest in dancing for a long time but never started dancing until a friend had asked him to be her partner in an intermediate ballroom dance class (w/o having taken a single dance class before) in 2004. Since then he has studied many forms of ballroom, especially enjoying East Coast Swing, Argentine Tango, and West Coast Swing. In the Summer of 2007, started seriously focusing on West Coast Swing. Unlike the other styles he learned, he felt West Coast Swing provided the potential for the most creativity within the dance and with the music that was being played. As Pam’s “Wingman”, Jun helps to keep both the classes and behind the scenes activities running smoothly and has been an invaluable asset to our community.