Social Dancer Award

Swing dancing is, above all, a social activity. As part of its core mission and philosophy, The Next Generation Swing Dance Club teaches, encourages, and promotes good social dance skills that enhance the dance experience for everyone.

To reward outstanding social dancing, Boogie by the Bay will recognize at least one leader and one follower with our Social Dancer Award. The judges are anonymous and will be observing social dancing all weekend. All attendees, from beginners to pros, are automatically signed up. The judges will be looking for dancers who:

  • Dance with people of all skill levels.
  • Extend invitations to (and accept invitations from) strangers.
  • Pay special attention to beginners and newcomers.
  • Have fun and don’t take themselves too seriously.
  • Make every partner’s dance enjoyable.

This year’s winners will be announced during the Awards on Sunday evening. They will receive complimentary admission to next year’s event.

2019 Awards
Joel Jimenez (Lake Forrest, CA)
Elizabeth Spann (Denver Metro, CO)

2018 Awards
Alex Kalau (Redding, CA)
Laurel Walker (Sebastopol, CA)

2017 Awards
Leader: Maxwell Libbrecht (Vancouver, BC)
Follower:  Isabelle Duverne (Novato, CA)

2016 Awards
Leader: Brian Sforzo (Los Angeles)
Follower: Caitlyn Lawson (Chico)

2015 Awards
Leaders: Alex Wood(Vancouver WA) and Randolph Peters (Pittsburg, PA)
Followers: Ann Wood (Vancouver, WA) and Glenda Smith (Sacramento, CA)

2014 Awards
Matthew Hogan (Medford, OR) and Gabor Lippner (Boston, MA)
Followers: Nicole Heuga (Santa Cruz, CA) and Sara Willis-Hilbrich (Washington D.C.)

2013 Awards
Leaders: Richard Chung (South Korea) and Paul Warden (United Kingdom)
Followers: Katy Bartlett (Colorado) and Dalena Lee (Singapore)

2012 Awards
Leaders: Torsten Duffy (Monterey, CA) and John Piper (Chico, CA)
Followers: Rochelle Hoffler (Austin, TX) and Sue Lambell (United Kingdom)

2011 Awards
Leaders: PJ Turner (Knoxville, TN) and Tze Yi Wee (Singapore)
Followers: Anna Balcom (Boston, MA) and Michelle Dittfach (Phoenix, AZ)

2010 Awards
Leaders: Robert Jackson (Washington, DC) and Bobby Watson (Phoenix, AZ)
Followers: Virginie Grondin (France) and Laurie Shafer (Canada)

2009 Awards
Leaders: David Gooding (Australia) and David Dante (Washington, DC)
Follower: Silvia Parvu (Denver, CO)