PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann
PJ hails from Knoxville, TN and has been dancing since the age of 10. His initial start to dancing was in clogging, but only years later he started line dancing, country dancing, and then eventually discovered West Coast Swing. He quickly realized that WCS was a perfect match for his personality. He currently competes in Classic Division, and loves dancing in Jack & Jill's and Strictlies where he has had much success.
PJ is known for his ability to interpret music in his own unique style. PJ was honored to receive the “Social Dance Award” at Boogie by the Bay 2011 and the “Bob Preiss Social Dance Award” at Swing Diego 2012. You will often hear PJ say that when he steps onto the dance floor, his goal is to make his follower smile. It is clear that he has a very high success rate at achieving this goal!!!
Tashina started dance training at the age of 2 ½ and hasn’t stopped since. She grew up in Colorado Springs, CO where she practically lived at her dance studio. She has classical training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Ballroom, Country Ballroom and West Coast Swing.
Tashina knew from the start that Dance was her passion and love of life. After high school she moved to CA to attend the California Pacific Performing Arts College and was selected to perform with The Young Americans. During her 2 ½ years with the company, Tashina trained, toured and performed throughout Europe in schools, youth prisons, rehab centers, and youth homeless shelters. In the summer of 2009 Tashina left the Young Americans and moved back to Colorado and started training in Country Ballroom. This was her first exposure to partner dancing. Her love for partner dancing continued to grow, and after attending ‘Swing Diego’in May 2010, Tashina moved to San Diego that August. She was welcomed in San Diego by a wonderful community of dancers and Starlight Dance Studio. She began training and teaching at Starlight, which has now become her home base.
"The rest is history" as they say it. She partnered with PJ and you know the rest.
Watch PJ & Tashina Dance
Tashina is available for private lessons and can be reached by e-mail or text message at 619-438-0477.