Betty Bunch Garcia--Betty graduated from Burdick High School in Northwest D. C. She did Fast Dancing at the CYO parties and in her best friend’s basement. She continued to develop her dancing through ballet, jazz, tap, and ballroom coaching. Betty began her teaching career in 1985 at Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She taught at Classic Step Dance Studios, That’s Dancing Ballroom and Dancesport Center, and for Anne Arundel and Howard County Parks & Recreation. Betty earned her certification from the National Dance Council of America (NDCA), Fred Astaire Dance Council (FANDA), and Louise Pyles for Hand Dancing. She has taught private and group lessons, done choreography for shows, competed, in addition to training individuals to become ballroom teachers.
In 1999 she joined the D. C. Hand Dance Club and started hand dancing regularly. In 2002, Betty took training with Louise Pyles (her mentor) for 5 months and started teaching many of her ballroom student’s hand dancing. She started substitute teaching hand dancing for Louise and has taught for the D. C. Hand Dance Club. Betty and Louise Pyles are presently working with the D. C. Hand Dance Club in training and certifying individuals to become hand dance instructors. For lessons, please contact Betty firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-793-8311.
Louise Pyles---Louise graduated from Towson State University and taught physical education in the Maryland Public School System for 10 years. She has been teaching Ballroom, D. C. Hand Dance and Line Dancing in the D. C. Metropolitan area for over 40 years. Louise works with a variety of groups including the mentally and physically challenged, and also teaches senior citizens Social and Line Dancing.
Louise began Hand Dancing at age 12 at Lackey Jr./Sr. High School and has been actively teaching it since 1992. She is one of the founders of the D. C. Hand Dance Club, and was inducted into the National Boppers Hall of Fame in August 2000 for her teaching and preservation of D. C. Hand Dancing. Louise has been a certified dance instructor for the D. C. Hand Dance Club since its beginning. She teaches dancing at various locations and in her studio in Baden,MD, where she gives group and private lessons. A commercial instructional video of Hand Dancing is available upon request. Contact Louise by email at email@example.com or by phone at 301-579-9486.
Jerry Hart—Jerry was born in Washington, DC, grew up in Falls Church, VA, and has lived in Greenbelt, MD, for the past 42 years. He began hand dancing at age 13. Jerry danced at CYO/CYC teen clubs, community centers, country clubs, skating rinks, many other high schools, Glen Echo and Milt Grant's Record Hop. After high school he danced off base and all up and down the East Coast while in the Navy from 1960 - 1964. Jerry states that his best dance venue was Our Place Teen Club, 1954 -1968.
His first DCHDC event was in 1995 at the Greenbelt American Legion. Bonnie Torgenson was the instructor, and he danced with his now mentor, Louise Pyles. Jerry said he began to get the urge to teach our dance style at the 94th Aero Squadron and the Riverdale Elks. He has four college degrees and has taught for his community - CPR and springboard diving, physical education, health and nutrition at three local colleges, and various personal training and health courses for several fitness and health organizations. Jerry wishes to thank Louise Pyles and Betty Garcia for their patience and encouragement during the six-week instructor course to become a certified DCHDC instructor.
Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-345-1681 (home), 240-338-4294 (cell).
Eddie O'Reilly---I had been a working musician in the Washington area since junior high school. Somehow I found my way to Coconuts and began taking D. C. Hand Dance lessons. As luck would have it my instructor was Louise Pyles. She became my good friend and mentor. I started teaching on my own at Spurs in Waldorf, MD. As Hand Dancing became more popular and grew I also taught in more clubs. I began Instructing Hand Dance for Anne Arundel and Prince George's Community Colleges. I also taught Ballroom and Country dancing for AACC. For years I have been a Carolina Shag Instructor for the Northern Virginia Shag Club. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication of our club officers. Hand Dancing would not have grown without it. I am assisted by Pam Lanouette and Diane Michael. I am a member of the National Fastdance Association's National Boppers Hall of Fame in Jacksonville, Fla. I am also a Certified Regular DJ for the Association of Beach and Shag Club DJ's Association. E-mail address is: email@example.com and phone number is:
Joyce Mehl - I am a DC native who grew up in Southeast, Washington, attending Ketchem Elementary, Kramer Junior High, and Anacostia High Schools, graduating in 1961. My every free moment was spent dancing whenever and wherever I could. Still being that avid dancer, I wanted to find a way to share my love of the D.C.-style of dancing with others. That's when, through the Club, I contacted Bonnie Richardson-Jordan (one of the original founders of the DCHDC and the originator of the DCHDC instructor syllabus), who also calls Florida home. Through Bonnie's mentoring and instruction, I achieved the DCHDC instructor certification. I currently teach at the Senior Center in Lake Mary, FL (45 min. northeast of Disney world), as well as privately, and reside in nearby Sorrento.