About Skippy

  • 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.

(562) 869-8949  |  skippy@skippyblair.com