Michelle's Swing Dance



Group Classes

Special Events




About Michelle


Contact Information

Dance Links

Email Michelle

- ABOUT Michelle
- NEWS & Memorials

~ Memorials ~
to dancers that have passed on

Donna Ewing
Joseph Woods
Jesse Casteneda 5/9/16
Frank Carricato 5/15/16
Marcia Bach 8/2016
Sam Farano (Nob Hill Sounds) 6/20/16
Flo Hess
Red Mayers (Dad) 11/28/16
Marion Bacciocco

Red Mayers (Dad)
The best Dad ... Always there! (11/28/16)

Frank Carricato
A million dollar smile, a joke to share, a great sense of humor ... and he always had your back! (5/9/2016)

Jesse Casteneda
One of the kindest, most sincere people I've ever known. His infectious smile would always light up the room. (5/9/2016)

Mike Sullivan
Dennis McGuire
Ray Hirsch
Joe Ho
Harry Mason

Raul Ante
Maxwell Ho
Harald Thorsteinsson

So long
Raul Ante
aka Big Daddy and the Hustle King!
He is a major reason why hustle is still around today, the reason why hustle is part of Mountain Magic and the reason why many of us dance hustle. Your generosity and kindness will remain in all of the lives you touched. (11/2/14)

Rascal ... my little boy dog

Missing you little dog ... and Robert too

Jerry Lee

Kermit Dukes

Robert Kinkaid

Until we meet again my love ...
Robert Kinkaid
My loving husband! (5/31/10)
Visit his memorial website. Click Here

Lily Gilliland
A great lady and friend to so many of us. Always willing to lend a hand and such a big part of the fun at Mountain Magic and all our trips as well as all the dances. What a wonderful sense of humor and a very big heart! We will miss her dearly. (9/8/09)

So long
Dave Robinson
A great guy, wonderful dancer and always helping at the dances. We will surely miss his fun personality and most of all his friendship!

Farewell Michael Jackson
Incredible Artist, Singer and Dancer who gave us so much wonderful music and inspiration over the past 45 years. Such a talented person and gone too soon at age 50. (June 25, 2009)

Frankie Manning

Legendary Lindy Hopper and overall amazing human being
(4/27/09 at almost 95 years)

Goodbye Tom Clifton
Dancer of many talents
(in the North West Seattle area)

Arte Phillips

Such incredible talent & passion
(1959 - 11/12/08) just under 50 yrs

Wayne Bott
Such a fun and talented guy
(2/12/08) ... just under 45 yrs.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - Wayne Bott suddenly, and unexpectedly, passed away.
Visit Sharlot's website for a tribute to Wayne.

Herb Brunner 7/12/1928 - 5/24/2008

Friday, June 12, 2009 - Lois Brown passed away.
Her distinctive fun laughter and great personality will be sorely missed. Always with husband, Norm Brown, Lois was sure to bring a new joke and some fun to the dances. She will be missed by so many that knew her.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - Bob Hegeman passed away.
His love for cars as well as his fun footwork on the dance floor will be missed by many. (Mr. Appleton Spotlight)

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - Helen Blouin passed away.
Her beautiful smile and warm and friendly personality will be missed at the dances. She was a super classy lady and always brought a sense of style to the dances. A dancer, a lovely artist in addition to many other talents ... we'll miss you Helen.

Helen & "Shadow"

Friday, February 2, 2007 - Jesse Naputi passed away. He was a long time dancer and teacher here in the Bay Area and one of those that has kept our swing dance community thriving. He always brought his happy personality to all the dances. At the age of 89 he was still dancing and sharing his knowledge with us. Pictured here at our November 2006 dance receiving the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame Award. We will miss you Jesse and we will keep doing all your great steps!

January 14, 2007 - Joey Alvarado lost his battle with cancer. He was a part of the Bay Area swing dance community for many years and his presence will be missed. Hope you've met up with Jim Loop ... at the corner of the bar!

Friday, November 17, 2006 - Carlos Pineda passed away. Carlos and wife, Mary Ann, have been part of the dance community for as long as I can remember as well as regulars on TV20 Dance Party. His smiling face and happy personality will be missed.

October 2006 - Mike Ronan passed away. Bay area WCS dancer who attended dances regularly and travelled to many dance conventions. The dances will miss your consistant attendance.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 - Lynn Vogen passed away. Multi talented dancer, choreographer and teacher to many of the "kids" over the years; Costa Mesa, CA. Lynn Vogen and Larry Kern were a fabulous inspiration ... especially in their 1984 "Let the Good Times Roll" US Open Showcase routine.

Tuesday, August 8, 2006 - Dino Restelli passed away. Many year President of the Bay Swingers Dance Club in Oakland, CA was a major contributor to promoting West Coast Swing here in the San Francisco Bay Area and at many dance conventions. He was one of the west coast swing icons when I started dancing and I always enjoyed having a dance with him. We'll miss you Dino! Say hello to John Duffy up there.
See article by Fred Claire.