Neal Klein & Willow Colson-wall
Event Directors, DJ
A father daughter pair, Neal and Willow bring literally generations of experience to Swingin' New England.
Neal started the party as a West Coast and Lindy crossover event on Cape Cod in 1999. From the very first year, hundreds of dancers from all over New England would come party. Willow joined the registration desk in 2001. Over the last 16 years, the event has changed a bit: moving to Boston and focusing exclusively on West Coast Swing.
Swingin' New England is successful because Neal and Willow think about what you'd want as a dancer, and then make it happen. Workshops are plentiful, instructors and DJs are awesome, contests run on time, and late night dancing goes all night long.
He has been dancing since 1979, directing Dancing Feats since 1989 and The Dancing Fools since 2010. He's taught over 25,000 people to swing dance! Since the beginning, he's helped nurture West Coast Swing in New England. He has had successful careers as a competitive ballroom dancer, a competitive swing dancer, and as an international instructor and performer. Off the dance floor, he's an Associate Professor of Psychology at Lesley University.
She has danced since she was two years old. She began with the classics: ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, and hip hop and found West Coast Swing in 2003. She dances at the top of the field, with a resume that includes the Berkshire Ballet, Boston Ballet, and countrywide competitive success as an All Star West Coast Swing dancer. Willow has 10+ years experience teaching West Coast Swing. Her home studios are Dancing Feats and The Dancing Fools. Willow DJs, judges, competes, and serves as a contest coordinator all over the country. Off the dance floor, she's works in technology sales and recruiting at Cyber Security Network.
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