Taletha Jouzdani has confidently progressed in the NASDE Swing circuit over the past nine years. In 2010, she took 2nd place Female in the Nationwide Tour, as a result of consistent top 5 placements in the Classic Division with her previous partner Jake Haning. Their “Never There”, “Soul Man” and “It Hurts So Bad” routines showed their diversity in style and attitude and were certain crowd pleasers. In 2011, she formed a new Classic partnership with Luis Crespo. “Flip Fantasia” was their very first routine together and showed a playful side to their dancing while their following routines were known for more emotional intensity. Their “She’s on Fire” routine was choreographed in three short days right before the biggest competition of the year, the US OPEN and their instrumental version of “Hotel California” received much praise for it’s musicality and relatability. Her newest partnership with Benjamin Hooten from Texas formed a few years ago while dancing in the Country circuit. They joined forces again but this time their focus is on West Coast Swing. They are looking forward to performing their NASDE Showcase routine at the US OPEN this year In Novemeber. Ben & Taletha have been longtime friends and have always enjoyed dancing and teaching together.They are extremely excited about what the future has in store.
Taletha is a 5 time Us Open Classic Finalist, a two-time US OPEN Jack & Jill finalist and received 2nd place in the prestigious Nasde Jack & Jill tour in 2009 when she was an Advanced dancer. She is currently competing Jack & Jills and Strictlys at the Champion level. Many admirers have described her dancing as clean, playful, sensual and classy.
Taletha has been teaching partner dancing for over 16 years and is known for her ability to create the perfect balance of technical and playful in her instruction. Common themes in her workshops are musicality, creating a balanced dance, and dance as a conversation. She prefers to teach thematically to encourage both retention and entertainment value. Currently, Taletha teaches independently in Austin, Texas, where she is a member of the staff at Austin City Dance Club. She also conducts workshops and private lessons at West Coast Swing events around the world. Her goal as an instructor is to be approachable and teach entertaining, but educational, lessons for her students. She has extensive training in various partner dance styles including Country, Latin Social, Hustle, Ballroom and of course West Coast Swing. In 2011, she organized an event called Austin Rocks which helped put Austin on the map in the WC Swing community. She has since partnered up with Champion dancer Mike Topel as co-organizer of Austin Rocks & Same Sex Swing. It has been a huge success and she looks forward to many future years of event organizing. Taletha’s newest and proudest endeavor has been her recent creation of her West coast Swing Teacher Training Intensive. She is extremely passionate about teaching and especially enjoys teaching people not just what to teach but how to teach. For more information about her Intensive go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/615307378565658/