Chantelle Pianetta, Head of Education
Chantelle is both a Champion West Coast Swing dancer and a professional ballerina with Menlowe Ballet. She began her dance training at age 5 at the Contra Costa Ballet Centre and later at the School of American Ballet in NYC. Chantelle discovered and quickly fell in love with swing dance through the CU Swing Club while she was a student at Columbia University.
In 2010, she decided to pursue dance full-time and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she has been dancing and teaching professionally ever since. Between ballet seasons, she has traveled all over the world teaching and performing WCS. She has competed in both Showcase and Classic divisions. In 2019, she placed 5th in both the NASDE tour and Showcase Division with Dillon Luther and was a Classic Division finalist with Christopher Dumond at the Open Swing Dance Championships.
Currently, she heads the Education Department at Mission City Swing, where she teaches weekly with her partner in crime, Joel Torgeson. She is continually grateful to have the opportunity to spread her love of WCS within her hometown community.
Joel Torgeson, Instructor
Joel grew up in rural Minnesota and found dance at the University of Minnesota Ballroom Dance Club when his friend Jack twisted his arm and convinced him to give it a shot! From that point his life has focused on dance, ultimately leading him to postpone higher education in Biological Anthropology to pursue his dance dreams in Los Angeles. Now living in the Bay Area and competing in the Showcase and Champions divisions, he dances all over the country (and world!) for fun. He loves teaching workshops, especially concept-based ones, and has started experimenting with short collaboration videos as a way of promoting WCS to new groups of people. He also runs the dancewear brand Feather Three and writes a blog (joeltorgeson.com) that discusses various elements of both life and dance. Joel is excited to help dancers push beyond their current limits and continue developing the amazing community that is Mission City Swing!
Selina Her, Instructor
Selina Her stumbled into partner dancing when a friend forced her to take a social dance class freshman year of college. As a classical harpist since the age of 7, she quickly discovered how liberating dancing could be and eventually joined the Stanford’s Viennese Ball Committee, performing choreographed waltz and polka. Later on, she discovered West Coast Swing and immediately gravitated toward its improvisational nature and classy-but-sassy vibe. She started teaching at Mission City Swing about a year and a half before 2020 and can’t wait to see new and old faces again in her classes. She’s also a mega dance nerd and loves talking dance with fellow nerds 🤓 come say hi!
David Mulford, Instructor
David Mulford took his first social dance class in 1999, as an awkward college sophomore, unaware of how transformative dance would be in his life. After exploring many dance styles, he eventually found West Coast Swing and realized he had found his favorite dance. He particularly likes the level of connection, communication, and musical creativity that the slower tempos of the dance encourages. He taught at Stanford West Coast Swing from 2012 until 2016, and has been competing on the convention circuit since 2014. David is super excited to get back into teaching and to share his love for West Coast Swing.
Maggie Moreno, Instructor
Maggie started dancing West Coast Swing at Mission City Swing in 2016, and she has been teaching at MCS since 2019. Maggie is an active competitor on the WSDC circuit as well as an avid social dancer, and although she has traveled in Europe and the US for west coast swing events, Maggie loves the dancing the most at her home venue: Mission City Swing. Maggie is passionate about finding quality of movement through focused practice and training, and she is excited to have this opportunity to share her passion with the community that she loves.
Kathleen Sun, Instructor
Kathleen began dancing West Coast Swing in 2016. While her dance background stems from ballet and figure skating, her swing dancing roots originate from Lindy Hop, which she started in 2012. When she moved to San Francisco in 2016, Kathleen fell in love with the smooth aesthetic and versatility of WCS. Since then, she has competed at both local and national events. Mission City Swing has been a second home to her and she’s excited to be a part of the MCS teaching staff and spread her love for WCS!
Dillon Luther, Instructor
Dillon grew up as an athlete and had very little interest in dance until, one day, his little sister joined a hip hop crew. Inspired by her skills, Dillon went out on a limb and took his first hip hop and breakdancing class. Ever since, he has had a passion for combining music and movement. In 2014, Dillon found West Coast Swing in Arizona shortly before moving to the Bay Area, where he began to fall in love with the dance. He actually took some of his first classes and lessons right here at Mission City Swing! Today, he is an Allstar dancer and has taught WCS all over the world. He has performed two showcase routines with Chantelle Pianetta, and in 2019 they placed 5th at the US Open with “Sunday Smile”. He has also competed in Classic with Alyssa Glanville, and in 2019 they performed “I Lost A Friend” at the US Open. All in all, Dillon is extremely grateful for how West Coast Swing has changed his life, and he is excited to share his passion with others and continue developing his home community!