I have been dancing at SSQQ since 1999 when
I decided I would like to have a bit of social knowledge of partner
dancing. I enrolled in a slow dance class and enjoyed it so much I
took a second month in ballroom. One night that month I saw two
people swing dancing. I was so taken by their moves and I asked them
how long they had been dancing. They replied that it was just their
first night. They were only doing basics, boy turns and girl turns
but I was blown away. I signed up for swing that third month - with
Maureen - and the rest is history. I started assisting around 2001
and then began teaching in 2003. Swing dancing is full of fun and
energy and as an instructor I strive to bring those qualities into
each and every class.
I am a native Texan having been born here in
Houston and currently living in Sugar Land. I work as a medical
technologist in a hospital laboratory.
I very much enjoy photography and the
creative spirit that taking pictures bring. I took my two
self-portraits included here. The headshot is me on my 40th birthday
and the black-and-white one is a jumping shot taken from the ground
looking up. I took the picture Maureen Brunetti used for her bio and
have also been the photographer for the studio's Halloween party.
interests include playing guitar and singing and birdwatching.
Before dancing, I used to work part-time as a registered massage
therapist. In 1996, I ran and finished the Houston Marathon.
Rick Archer's Note: Steve is available as a
freelance photographer. Here is a story I wrote about his
I started taking dance
classes at SSQQ sometime in the late 90s,
and by around the year 2000 I was assisting Linda Cook.
I have assisted M.G., Anita, Jack,
& Dakota at one time or another. Now I
exclusively help Rick and Scotty, usually with any of the country
dances or west coast swing.
In 2003 I started
competitive dance. I qualified and worked up enough nerve to compete
in the 2005 World Championships. In my category I placed 1st in
Two-step, 3rd in Nightclub and West
Coast with a 7th over all. Not bad for my first attempt.
I felt like I was way out of my league.
Right after Worlds I started dancing with Scotty where I
have been fortunate enough to place in the top five just about every
time we hit the floor.
About 2006 I started
trying my luck with the West Coast Swing circuit.
participated in many Jack & Jills in Swing and two-step.
I was born & raised here
in Houston. I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Animal
Science (Production & Industry). My hobbies or interests include:
dancing, reading, & what my friends refer to as "anything craft-y".
My SSQQ career
started with lessons at SSQQ in, I think, about the middle of 1997
because of my parents. They were really enjoying taking classes, so
as all parents do, they thought I would too. They claim they had to
drag me kicking & screaming, but I do not recall any of this. Much
to my surprise I did enjoy the classes & even more surprising was
that I was actually kind of good at it. I took classes 3 nights a
week & good or bad practiced after class each night. Because all the
other students here were so friendly, I actually went out to "the
real world" with them a few times too.
After a few months Linda
asked me to help her out in a ghost town class that was in desperate
need of ladies. I remember her telling the whole class to be nice to
me because I was a beginner (this was not embarrassing at all!). I
can't really say why but after that, I guess you could say Linda C.
took me under her wing and I have been helping in her classes, at
least one night a week since. I have also had the enjoyment of
assisting several other instructors as they began teaching at SSQQ.
Of all the classes I have taken,
and it is a large variety, the Two-Step has always been my favorite.
One of my "best" memories at SSQQ is from the 2nd night of my beg
western swing class. At practice, I went up to Linda with tears in
my eyes and when she asked what the problem was I told her "I broke
my spin." I am not sure how she kept from laughing... Oh wait, I
think she did laugh! Well, after she stopped laughing she spent some
time helping me "fix" it. And since that repair job, that I am very
grateful for, I think it has survived quite well. I hope everyone
has as much fun meeting new people & learning dance here as I do.
I was born in Long Beach,
California and spent the first 35 years of my life in the Southern
part of the state. Many of those years I lived just a block away
from the ocean in Huntington Beach. I went to California State
University at where else, but Long Beach and I wonít tell you what
year I graduated, but I will tell you that my major was Sociology.
someone with a degree in a Social Science and a background in
Business end up in my current position as Wedding Dance Instructor
Extraordinaire? Itís a long story, but I will give you the short
version. See Rick Archerís Bio. Only kidding.
Iíve lived in Houston since April Foolís Day in
1991. At that time, I was the Menís Sportswear Buyer for Oshmanís
Sporting Goods. My company had a corporate consolidation and it was
either face unemployment or move to Houston where the main
headquarters were located.
Having divorced less than a year prior,
I was ready for a change. So I packed up my 8 year old daughter,
Marissa, and we headed to Houston.
I have loved to dance my
entire life. I participated in Jazz Dance Teams while in High
School. I always envied couples that could partner dance, so I
began taking Swing dance lessons at SSQQ in November of 2000. I met
my future husband in March of 2001. He was my Advanced Swing
Instructor. Little did I know at the time, he would become my life
partner. My favorite type of music is R & B, so as a natural
progression I moved on to West Coast Swing/Whip. Once Rick and I
connected on the Studioís August Cruise in 2001, the heat was on.
Every instructor gave me their full attention and more tips than
anyone could possibly handle. My head was spinning and so was the
rest of me.
I have always loved to
travel, and had already transitioned into Sales several years
earlier, so it was natural for me take on the Travel Agent role for
the studio cruises in 2003. Rick and I married in September of
2004. One month later, his ex decided there were too many Archers
now at the studio and quit without warning. Rick was in a real
jam. I immediately offered to help and picked up the administration
end of the business, in addition to the registration
responsibilities I was doing. The following month he lost his head
Registrar. Guess who got that job? It was pretty difficult as I
was holding down a full time job outside the studio, but Marissa was
now in college, so I grinned and bared it.
Now it was time to get
serious about participating in a full time manner at SSQQ. At the
same time ballroom dancing was blossoming due to the success of
Dancing with the Stars. SSQQ desperately needed a trained
instructor, so I went through a yearlong teacherís training program
and learned both lead and follow in nine different ballroom dances.
I taught my first Ballroom
class for SSQQ in September of 2005. In addition to my Ballroom and
Swing classes, I work with couples on their First Dances. Since
then, I have had the pleasure of working with close to 500 couples
including some of their families and friends. It is a privilege to
be able to contribute to the success of such an important event.