Started Swing Dancing - 1938 - Steel Pier - Atlantic City, NJ.
1941 Jitterbug Champion w/ Red Rex, Steel Pier, Atlantic City...
Training Champion Dancers & Teachers since 1958
Creator - Universal Unit System®
Credited by Wikipedia for the naming of West Coast Swing in the early 1960’s. Involved in the effort to establish West Coast Swing as “California’s State Dance”.
Official co-creator with Tom Mattox of original line dance “Boot-Scoot-n-Boogie”
Founder: Golden State Dance Teachers AssociationConducting National Dance Teacher “Intensives” since1974. As of 2014 over 3000 dance teachers have passed GSDTA Teacher’s Certification.
Appeared in Movies - Queen of the Stardust Ballroom -
Tales of the Hollywood Hills plus many Movie Pilots.
Choreographer (12 years) for TV shows: Al Jarvis “Let’s Dance” - Bob Barker’s Truth or Consequences & “Barker’s Varieties” - Also - Kastles in the Air
1995 Feather Award: Person who Most Influenced Couples Dancing in the USA.
National Dance Director - Original Swing Dance Council - 9 yrs.
Inducted into National Swing Dance Hall of Fame
WSDC World Swing Dance Council - Co-founder. Secretary & Educational Chairman.
Gold Medal recipient - California Swing Dance Hall of Fame
Year 2000, Hustle Federation “Hall of Fame” in Las Vegas
Facilitator for the US OPEN Judging Program (Nov. 2001)
US OPEN – Total Involvement - teaching - judging – over 25 years.
US OPEN - Four years – Chief Critique Evaluator.
Created 14 Instructional Videos
Authored seven books – Disco to Tango & Back, Dance Power, Dance Terminology Notebook, Dance & Grow Young, and Pathway to Dance Excelleration.
Known in the West Coast Swing World as the Teacher of Teachers
Year 2014 – Having taught Dance Certification Intensives for over 55 years, Skippy is currently writing new books, new music. She continues to conduct telephone consultations.
Current Professional Staff for GSDTA Dance Teacher’s Certification include: Jordan Frisbee, Tatiana Mollmann, Jessica Cox, Sharlot Bott, Mark Scheuffele, Mary Ann Nunez and Sarah Grusmark.