Jack & Judy DeChenne
Round Dance Instructors
10924 E. 28th Ave.
Jack started dancing as a pre-teen. He was a member of a Square, Round, and Folk dance Exhibition Group for about three years. He then graduated from high school and joined the Navy to serve on submarines. While in the Navy Jack and Judy married and were stationed in Hawaii. After leaving the Navy and returning home to Spokane, in 1980, he talked Judy into taking square dance lessons that fall. In the fall of 1983 Jack started cueing for a Square Dance club, which quickly became many clubs. During that year they were introduced to the world of Intermediate Round dancing by a local intermediate teacher. Judy’s first comment was “That’s what I want to do!” It was love at first sight.
Jack and Judy held their first Phase II basics class in 1984. In 1986 they started their first Phase III-IV intermediate basics class. They currently teach basics in intermediate levels from Phase IV-VI for two Round Dance clubs in the Spokane area. Jack cues dances at all intermediate levels. Jack and Judy have composed many dances, among these: Fat Cat Boogie, The Kiss, My Heart Belongs To Daddy, Stray Cat Strut, Angel, Lady Marmalade, Boy From New York City, On My Own, How About You?, Adios Amor, Autumn, Teacher's Pet, Bahia-Blanca, Satin Doll and River Lullabye VI. Jack and Judy have often traveled to intermediate and advanced weekends and clinics. They feel the enjoyment of dancing is as important to the teachers as is learning and improving their own skills. They firmly believe that if the instructors don’t enjoy what they are doing, then neither will their students.
Jack and Judy have been the featured Round Dance Instructors for many Intermediate and Advanced Dance Weekends in the U.S. and Canada. They have also been the featured Instructors for the “August of Rounds” in Spokane, Washington for the past twenty two years and the “Rounds of April” in Kennewick, Washington for the last fourteen years, for the last fourteen years and are scheduled again for both in 2012. Jack and Judy have done several intermediate weekends at locations including Greeley, Colorado, Shreveport, Louisiana, Tucson, Arizona; Mesa, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Plant City, Florida' Seattle, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and others. In addition they have an advanced five-day clinic in Hood River, Oregon. They have attended many International Choreographed Ballroon Dance Association (ICBDA) Conventions and have taught at five different conventions and at three teachers clinics. They are past members of the ICBDA board of directors and the ICBDA technical advisory committee.
Jack and Judy have been married for 35 years and have 3 beautiful children. Jennifer, Jason and Hilary and three beautiful grand daughters, Adalynn, Tallulah and Evangeline who all live in Spokane. Jack works for a local state University in the Information Technology department and Judy is staying home to keep the family and house organized.
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Spokane WA 99206
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