KRISTEN TEUSCHER - VICE PRESIDENT
I began swing dancing around 2005, after watching videos of my younger brother, and the Irvington High School Swing Dancers, attending Grand Nationals and Swing Diego. I was amazed and instantly hooked, and I began going dancing with them at Two Left Feet in Danville. The thing I love most about West Coast Swing is how the variety of music draws a diverse group of dancers together. I love how every person brings their own style to the dance, which gives me a different experience with every song! Dancing take me to a place where I forget about all of my other responsibilities, and I get to focus on the energy and connection between my body, my partner, and the music.
I really appreciate that Next Gen encourages members to get involved in the club! There is so much work involved in running this club, the monthly dance, and the yearly convention, and I have had a wonderful experience seeing the club from behind the scenes. As a Board member I have been able to voice my ideas for building our community, and it's extremely rewarding to see them implemented! Being involved with Next Gen has increased my confidence on and off the dance floor, and has allowed me the opportunity to meet some amazing people.
Outside of dance, I live in the Sacramento area and I work as a private practice sports chiropractor. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, hiking, kayaking, shopping, scrap booking, road trips, and cooking.
Edith Kelly Politis - tREASURER
A long-time lover of friends and family, animals, and garlic, Edith comes to us from her hometown of Mill Valley. We're told she offers THE BEST Blueberry Pancakes around, as her grandson boasts that she adds vanilla ice cream to "sweeten the deal". (We've yet to be treated to these wondrous treats, but we think once this bio is read, we might encounter some.) A self-employed, top notch Grammy, this lady is always here to lend a helping hand wherever it is needed. You are sure to be greeted with a hug and a smile whenever an Edith encounter is near, and you'll always be better for it! We are so thankful that this stunner is our amazing treasurer!
RUSSELL FITZGERALD - MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR
I was first introduced to WCS at the Avenue Ballroom in San Francisco. I was going there to dance the jitterbug, but I went on the wrong night and saw people doing this amazing dance that was definitely not the jitterbug. I was mesmerized. A gracious and courageous follower dragged me to the floor and bravely danced with me. But I had no idea what to do. For me, it was a long dance and it was likely even a longer dance for that intrepid follower. But I was hooked. I gave up the jitterbug and began dancing the WCS. And I’ve been dancing it ever since.
ALISON GIBSON - INDEPENDENT DIRECTOR
I'm from New Zealand, which is where I started learning West Coast Swing after initially being dragged along by my now-husband. I first moved to the Bay Area 3 years ago and currently live in San Francisco. My favourite style of music tends to be whatever I'm dancing to- I love the variety that West Coast Swing offers. As well as the Next Gen monthly dances, I also regularly attend Mission City Swing in San Francisco and Do Your Own Swing in San Jose.
Meredith Jones - Independent Director
I’m a Lindy Hopper turned West Coast swing dancer, SoCal Native turned Bay Area local, and Dietitian turned Software Engineer. I started Lindy hopping in SoCal in 1999, inspired by both the 90’s swing revival and a desire to do something social despite being a total introvert. I jumped into the ballroom dance scene in college, getting a feel for American smooth and rhythm dances, as well as International standard dances. After college I found West Coast Swing, and have been dancing it (almost) exclusively ever since, with a little country 2-step on the side! When I’m not working or dancing, I love to do active and outdoor activities, like running, hiking, cycling, and climbing. I’m still a total introvert, but if you see me out dancing, I’d love to meet you!
Johnny Lee - Independent Director
Originally from San Luis Obispo, Johnny Lee is our resident wake-boarding expert. On any remotely warm California day, you can find him totally shredding some gnarly waves dude, probably while also managing your investment portfolio, teaching you how to ski and snowboard, or founding another awesome dance troupe. Did we mention that he also heads up Swing California? Yup. This guy, and his perfectly chiseled facial features are always seen having fun, being an active outdoors-man, and cutting some major rug on the dance floor. A Lindy Hop to West Coast Swing convert, Johnny enjoys smooth Jazz like Kenny G, smooth dancing like Maxie Dorf, and smooth powder underneath his board. Just kidding. . . he doesn't like Kenny G.
The Next Generation Swing Dance Club's Board of Directors is a group of volunteer Club members that manages a real corporation. That's right. This isn't just a little local dance club. TNGSDC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, subject to Articles of Incorporation filed with the California Secretary of State, the club's Bylaws, and the laws of the State of California. As such, these documents and laws, along with the corporate Policies & Procedures, are the governing foundation of TNGSDC.
The Board makes decisions, determines goals, oversees financial matters, oversees club operations and member & swing dance community communications, evaluates the performance of the corporation, and fosters the philosophy, purpose, and vision of the Club. The Board is responsible for corporate budgeting, expending funds, and entering into contracts.
Sitting on TNGSDC Board is an excellent way to learn about what it takes to manage a corporation -- but even better, it is a great way to get to know your fellow dancers. The Founders Committee, which is comprised of people experienced in running TNGSDC, serve in an advisory capacity and are always available to assist and advise, if requested. Also, a great way to start on the Board is as an Independent Director, which is often an "entry" position to learn about how to manage the club.
The Board of Directors are all volunteer Club members, nominated and elected by the club membership. A new Board is elected each year and the process begins with nominations submitted by Club members in February and at the March Club Dance. The election takes place in March, and culminates at April Club Dance when the incoming Board of Directors is introduced.