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Paradise Bound Tours presents
A West Coast Swing & Sway,
Dancing, Cruising & Playing!
Ducky's Dance Cruise!
Cruising to new thoughts, new ambitions, and new desires on how you'll want to dance by Exploring, Expanding, Elevating and Evolving your DANCE!
Meet the "Pros", your new inspirational Friends, that will take you there!
West Coast Swing & Fusion Extraordinaire!
Michael started teaching dance when he was only 17 years old. His first professional teaching job was for “The Journey”, a young adult night club where he taught large groups of students to dance the Hustle and basic Cha Cha. It was not very long before Michael began teaching full time at a popular dance studio in San Diego. Within two years Michael was offered a teaching position with another more reputable studio in La Jolla
It did not take long for Michael to realize his dream of owning his own studio, so in 1982 Michael opened the Starlight Dance Studio. Starlight Dance Studio has grown to six times its original size with over 30 very talented instructors and over 300 students and growing every day! Michael competes, performs, coaches, judges, and hosts dance events throughout the year on top of his very busy teaching schedule. Michael holds a “Rising Stars” International Latin Champion title with his sister, Carmen Garcia and several “Pro-am” Ballroom & Latin Championship titles. At the present time Michael competes in West Coast Swing
● Owner, operator & dance director of longest running independent dance studio in the US, Starlight Dance Studio
● Founder and Grand Master Instructor “GlobalPDIA”
● Global Professional Dance Instructors Association
● World known certification for dance instruction covering
all styles of partner dancing.
● Founder, Producer Starlight Video Productions
(Now called “Starlight Media Productions”)
Teaching the world to dance by video & internet for over 25 years
● Professional dance instructor for over 40 years
● Professional Event Emcee
● Professional Adjudicator
● US OPEN SWING DANCE CHAMPION
Finalist in “Classic”
Michael also implemented his other skills:
● Graphic artist/advertising specialist / Studio Management
West Coast Swing, Formal, Flow & Fusion
Carrie Smith has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She started her ballroom teaching and competitive career in Florida. After moving to Charlotte NC, she opened and operated an Arthur Murray Dance Studio from 2005-2010.
She is still based in Charlotte, but Carrie has been helping others discover the joy of dance around the world. The latest being EuroDance in Germany.
Carrie currently specializes in West Coast Swing. She competes at W.C. swing competitions across the United States.
Anyone who spends time with Carrie recognizes her love for dance, her compassion for her students and her excellence in teaching.
Mike and Kim Nelson met, dated, fell in love and even got married on the dance floor. They love to have fun and act silly! They have been proud members of the Little Rock Bop Club since 1998 and were inducted into the American Bop Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Their love of each other and dancing has only grown over these last 19 years. Mike and Kim have been sought after all over the country to teach and perform their fun loving, sexy dance style they like to call "Arkansas Street Swing". A blend and fusion of East Coast, West Coast, Night Club, Shag, Beach Bop, Salsa, country etc. If there is music playing they can and will dance to it! Their street-swing style of dance allows them to dance to just about any type of music. They like to "play to the music playing" and love to share their love of dancing with others! There is an energy & joy to their dance style and hospitality on the dance floor. They pack in dance, travel, family and friends, remodel (they have taken on a real fixer upper of a home) and full time jobs too!!
Mike Nelson was born in Miami, Florida, and moved to Arkansas at age 21 as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force. Mike was born to dance. His parents were regulars on a Miami televised dance show in the mid 50s. Mike got to watch his parents dance and learned to love to dance himself. He danced through high school to dances of his time like the Bump & the Robot. He was known around high school by his Choo-Choo Charlie Hat and his school spirit and enthusiasm. He even received a superlative award for “Most School Spirit” out of his graduating class of 2,000 students. His love of dance led him to participate in several school plays and musicals. He sang, danced and added his typical high energy and enthusiasm.
Professionally, Mike is a mental health therapist, National Certified Counselor and a Critical Incident Crisis Counselor who works with court ordered severely mentally ill, runs a small private practice and founded Keystosaferschools.com in 1999. He develops and trains schools and industries in "Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student/Adult", "Anger Management" and other trainings.
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