Our Instructors

Our West Coast Swing instructors are a versatile and experienced group of dancers.

Robert Nelson - 2155 Ballroom & Events Owner and Instructor

Robert Nelson

Robert currently competes at the Masters level of West Coast Swing competition and is owner of 2155 Ballroom & Events.

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”
Martha Graham

“If you look at a dancer in silence, his or her body will be the music. If you turn the music on, that body will become an extension of what you’re hearing.”
Judith Jamison

WCS Instructors Joel & Amanda Gorman

Amanda & Joel Gorman

Joel and Amanda have been studying West Coast Swing for over 15 years. They compete at the Advanced level and have taught for Texas Classic for six years. They love the Dallas community and are eager to find ways to give back and help to grow the Dallas “Westie” scene. The Sandbox (2155) is where they learned to dance in their twenties, and now 2155 is becoming a second home to their small son, Michael. They believe that you can always learn and improve your dance and they regularly study and work with some of the best in the industry to continue to hone their craft.

Haley Haugham - 2155 Dance - Instructor

Haley Hauglum

Haley has been dancing practically her entire life with a background in many different styles such as jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance. While living in Boston she found a love for ballroom dance, as well as West Coast Swing, both socially and competitively. Haley competed all over the Northeast before moving home to Texas and is excited to continue bringing West Coast Swing to the community.

Judy Megaffin - 2155 Dance - Instructor

Judy Megaffin

Judy began West Coast Swing dancing and competing in 1996 in Tulsa, OK, then moved to the DFW area in 2007. She has competed 30 different routines around the country and continues to keep her WCS teacher and judging training current. Judy teaches all levels of WCS at 2155.

CJ Caraway - WCS Instructor

CJ Caraway

Avid competitor, accomplished instructor, skilled DJ, professional judge, and seasoned event director, CJ began his dance career as a Swing-out dancer in 2003. It was through his participation in S-Factor, a competitive dance team, that introduced him to West Coast Swing. CJ began competing individually in 2010. Since then, he has placed top 3 in more than 100 competitions. He currently competes at the All-Star Level on the national West Coast Swing circuit.

Additional West Coast instructors on Wednesdays include:

Britni Weaver
Kerrigan Rudd
Maria Bileychik