Toni Carroll, Powell, Ohio
Toni met her husband 20 years ago while dancing, and together they fell in love with West Coast Swing. A few years later, the president of her local swing club asked Toni to DJ and, with his mentoring, she fell in love with playing music. Today, she DJs for two local West Coast Swing clubs in Columbus, Ohio, and plays for numerous events, including competitive events in the Midwest. “My goal as a DJ is to play music for all dancers,” she says. “There is such a wide variety of musical tastes and I want to make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves, whether it is in a social setting or a competitive setting.” Toni is a member of the Global Swing DJ’s, All Swing Dj’s and World Swing Dj’s.
Ron began playing music as a hobby in high school, playing for parties and social events. He continued his hobby of playing music and developing DJ sound systems through to adulthood. Ron has danced all of his life from freestyle to disco to swing dancing. He joined his local swing/bop club in 1999 and started playing music for swing dancers in 2001 in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2002, Ron was asked by his local swing dance club to be the music director where he scheduled the club DJ’s, maintained the sound equipment, obtained music for the club and surveyed the members to ensure that the music being played by the DJ’s was what the membership wanted. In 2003 he founded the Columbus Swing Dance Club and has been the featured DJ at all of the club's events including the annual "Jammin In July" weekend event that attracts approximately 400 dancers from all around the USA who gather for West Coast Swing, East Coast Swing, Bop and Ballroom.
Ron has been one of the featured DJ’s for several national swing events including the Indy Swing Bash, Summer Swing Chaos, Atlanta Swing Classics, Jammin In July, and Sweet Home Chicago. He has played music for the Columbus Singles Dance private swing dance parties, local fund raisers, weddings and local corporate dance parties. Ron enjoys the challenge of playing music for swing dancers and determining the correct music to play for the various different groups of dancers. He knows that each dance group is a different challenge. Ron is proud to be one of the DJ’s for this year’s Swing Pittsburgh event.
Joanne Johnson, Charlotte, NC
A member of the Shaggers Hall of Fame and the DJ Hall of Fame, Joanne has been playing music for dancers for many years. She has played many venues around the country including Boogie in the Burgh for many years, and she is looking forward to playing at Swing Pittsburgh this year and seeing all of her friends. "See you at the party in October!"
Jerry Kovach, Pittsburgh, PA
During a fateful trip to North Myrtle Beach in 1995, Jerry fell in love with Beach Music and the Carolina Shag. He came home and founded the Steel City Boogie Club and has been studying and teaching Shag Dance ever since.
A professional DJ for 15 years, Jerry plays Blues, R&B, Oldies, Beach, Ballads and more...great music for all types of swing including East & West Coast, Shag, Jitterbug, and Cha Cha. Jerry was the creator and director of BOOGIE IN THE BURGH for 15 years. He is also the founder and director of SwingPittsburgh, now in it's 7th year. He is president of the Greater Pittsburgh Dance Club (GPDC), and he plays at other regular dance venues and for private parties throughout the Pittsburgh area.
New Castle, PA
Michael Stern grew up in the south hills of Pittsburgh. He spent three years in Texas for graduate school where he was introduced to country two step dancing. He returned to Western Pennsylvania in 1981, married Lisa and they raised two sons. In 2007 he and Lisa enrolled in formal dance lessons and so it began. Within a couple of years Michael was president of YDance, a west coast and hustle dance club. He then started to DJ in Youngstown and fills in for Cash Club in Cleveland and PGHWCS in Pittsburgh. Over the years Michael has arranged and continues to host west coast/hustle dances as well as ballroom dances in Youngstown.
John Siefken, Pittsburgh, PA
John has been playing music for Ballroom dancers in the Pittsburgh area for more than 10 years. An avid Ballroom dancer himself, John has played for many local social dances as well as for ballroom dance competitions. His goal is to play songs that are so good that you just must dance to them! His collection includes music from the 50's and right up to today's Top 10 hits. So find a partner and dance to DJ Jivin' Johnny's greatest songs!
Rookie Rick" Kohler, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rick has been a professional DJ and sound man for many years playing many different venues around the country, and even hosting his own radio show for three years in the 80’s and 90’s.
Rick has distinguished himself as being very skilled in playing an eclectic mix of Rhythm & Blues, Blues, Beach, Oldies, Bop, Contemporary, etc., especially for Hustle, West Coast Swing, Cha-Cha and Shag dancing. He was previously the sound man and DJ for “Boogie in the Burgh” and “SWING PITTSBURGH”.