Meet Your Staff!
Martin Casillas (wcswingDJ.com)
As a graduating senior at the University of California at Davis, Martin began dancing simply to relieve stress from the pressures of the UC Davis' engineering program. It was at this point, when two things happened: he first saw the UC Davis Ballroom Dance Troupe perform a beautiful Viennese Waltz and he was first introduced to a lifelong friend and future owner of Spotlight Dance & Fitness, Gwen Burton, who at the time was a teaching assistant for a very popular Ballroom Dance class on campus. Martin was immediately hooked. He joined the UC Davis Ballroom Dance Troupe, and for the next three years, performed many different Ballroom and Latin routines with the troupe. Along the way, he started teaching dance, and eventually was enchanted with teaching, competing in and performing one dance in particular: West Coast Swing. For more than ten years now, Martin has focused his time and attention on WCS, and currently teaches WCS classes and private lessons at a variety of locations in the Sacramento area. You can find him every Tuesday running the SACswings WCS dance and many weekends of the year at West Coast Swing Events around the world. For several years now, Martin has also been providing DJ services for the WCS world, and is quickly becoming a requested WCS DJs for national weekend conventions.
Lindsey began dancing during her first year of law school at McGeorge School of Law as a way to meet people in the Sacramento area. Originally from Wisconsin, Lindsey moved out to Sacramento for law school and after one semester of knowing only future lawyers, she was ready to branch out. Lindsey had been involved in music from a young age; playing piano, flute, piccolo and singing in both her church and school choirs; but dancing was all new to her. She started in ballroom, did about a year of salsa, and then fell in love with West Coast Swing. When she is not dancing, Lindsey is an Attorney at Klinedinst P.C.
As the story often goes, in the fall of 2001, Christina was invited to a ballroom dance by a cute guy she liked. Subsequently signing up for the first level of Ballroom at Oregon State University, Chris (as her friends call her) fell in love and was hooked (on dance, not the guy)! When she moved to Sacramento, she continued to pursue her interest in dance, learning and challenging herself in both ballroom and west coast swing competitions. Eventually she narrowed her focus to just west coast swing and has been loving the community and outlet it provides. A need presented itself, and Chris started DJing and eventually ran her own dance, all the while continuing to grow in her own dance and taking advantage of as many learning opportunities as possible. Chris has trained in and enjoys teaching all varieties of things so it was not a big jump to start teaching west coast swing. With a love of learning, passion for the community, and a little encouragement, Chris has been teaching WCS since 2008. She is always thrilled to share her knowledge and passion for west coast swing with her Intermediate class!