Dance Instructors 2017-07-14T14:17:23+00:00

Free Dance Lessons

Dance Lessons are always happening at the Bon Temps Social Club Dance Pavilion

If you’re smiling, you’re doing it right. It’s a Bon Temps way of life!
It doesn’t really matter if you can’t dance, might dance or just plain won’t dance, as long as you’re having fun!

But, just in case you want to shake, shimmy or stomp your feet in other than free-style, there will be free lessons by some of the finest dance instructors in the country to help guide your feet into the rhythms of various styles of dance. The Bon Temps Social Club’s No Fault Dance Policy will be enforced.  The rule is: If you’re smiling, you’re doing it right.  If your dance partner is also smiling – everyone is having fun!

Check out our fantastic roster of dance instructors below.  Our full 2018 schedule of dance lessons will be published in 2018.

Greg Benusa
Greg BenusaSan Diego
Greg Benusa has been teaching Zydeco, Cajun and Waltz as well other dances for over 15 years and hosted a weekly Zydeco dance for many years. He has recorded 4 Cajun & Zydeco Dance Instruction DVD’s which are available through and continues to teach across the country as well his home base in San Diego. Greg also regularly updates a Zydeco blog called Zydeco Talk.
He recently released a website where he shares basic Zydeco accordion lessons from what he has learned over the years. For lessons or workshops he can be contacted at (619) 857-8409.
Ted Sherrod
Ted SherrodSan Francisco
Zydeco Ted travels extensively to Texas/Louisiana; teaches basic Louisiana style Zydeco in New Orleans and has taught at numerous venues throughout Northern California as well as Simi Valley, Long Beach and Gator By The Bay Festivals.

He has a smooth Creole style which is great to observe and looks like a Zydeco dancer from Louisiana or Texas in comparison to a dance teacher from out of state who learned and started to teach Zydeco at a later point.

Pat & Janice Muller
Pat & Janice MullerSan Diego
Pat Muller has been dancing for over 25 Years. He believes that it’s all about having fun. His philosophy is “No Fault Dancing” where there are no stumbles, only new moves!
Erin Brandt
Erin BrandtSan Francisco
Erin Brandt, has taught dance for over 20 years in many areas of the U.S., including Florida, Alabama, DC, NYC, Washington, Seattle, Portland, Southern CA and the SF Bay Area. She’s danced live on the Fox and ABC Networks. Erin cannot help her passion for dance from spilling onto the teaching floor. She has a gift for infusing her students with laughter, teaching with ease, and bringing out the joy of dancing together. Erin uses her background in Movement Therapy to explain to her students how to get the styling and movement out of their bodies and onto the dance floor. She teaches with great insight, respect, and just the right blend of sensitivity and provocation.
Jannette Kutchins & John Ohringer
Jannette Kutchins & John OhringerSan Diego
Jannette Kutchins possesses more than 17 years of dancing experience, including swing, ballroom and jazz. Her passion is Lindy Hop and Jitterbug. Over the years Jannette has won various swing dance competitions and taught dance classes. She continues to perform with various dance groups, both swing and jazz. Jannette’s major dance performances include “Swing, The Musical” produced by the San Diego City College, and Christian Community Theater’s San Diego Follies in 2014 to 2016.
Jannette’s dance partner and co-instructor, John Ohringer, has 10+ years of experience in Jitterbug and lindy hop. He performed some swing dance numbers with the San Diego Follies in 2014.
Al Gibbs
Al GibbsLong Beach
Health & wealth coach at 90 for Life – FDI Youngevity Inc. and CEO & Founder at Zydeco Dance Instructor
Teddy & Bernda Valdez
Teddy & Bernda ValdezLas Vegas
Teddy and Brenda Valdez are both International Grand Champion Line Dancers. Teddy won his title in 1995 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Brenda won her title in Nashville in 1996. They have competed since 1991 at local, regional, national and international levels. They teach, choreograph, perform with their team, the Lone Wolf Dancers, and they still compete. Most recently in 2006 at the Nevada Senior Olympics, in individual and in team dances, they walked away with 36 gold medals and 2 silver medals. They have performed at the MGM Grand and the Texas Station in Las Vegas on the main showroom stage.
Ali & Adam Grimshaw
Ali & Adam GrimshawPortland,OR
Adam and Ali Grimshaw have taught Zydeco, East Coast Swing, and Waltz dance classes in Portland since 1996. They emphasize fun and partner appreciation in their classes. They’ve taught at festivals, dance camps, live music dances, private company parties, weddings, birthday parties, schools and fund raisers from San Diego to Seattle and points in between.
Sandy Baker & Sid Gutierez
Sandy Baker & Sid GutierezManhattan Beach
Sandy Baker and Sid Gutierez have 20+ years in the Zydeco and Cajun world and the CA teaching scene. I luv my Zydeco!
Ninfa Skezas
Ninfa SkezasSan Diego
Ninfa Skezas is a Zumba Instructor/ Owner of Party Fitness Studio in the San Diego area. Originally of South American descent, she has been exposed to and trained on a various type of dance throughout South America and beyond. These include but are not limited to Merengue, Salsa, Chacha, Cumbia, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Reggaeton, Hip Hop and more. You may have seen her featured on different TV channels from Univision, Fox, Channel 10, Telemundo and more. She has heading performances everywhere from Balboa Park to The Brazilian Day Carnaval in Las Vegas, Petco park and the Del Mar fair!
Dana Desimone & Lisa Lee
Dana Desimone & Lisa LeeSan Francisco
Dana DeSimone’s Friday night dances are some of the most popular events in the Northern California zydeco and Cajun music scene. DeSimone frequently packs Eagles Hall, an old fraternal lodge in Alameda that hosts dances every week of the year. Not only does he organize the gatherings; he also teaches zydeco steps to the newcomers who attend. Eagles Hall is one of the most enduring institutions in the Bay Area’s Louisiana music scene: Over more than 16 years, Eagles Hall has booked just about every band in the region as well as many visiting musicians from Louisiana. Born in San Francisco to an Irish-Italian working-class family, DeSimone studied a variety of folk-dance styles: Greek, Balkan, clogging, salsa, merengue, country-western, and even belly dancing. He traveled to Southern Appalachia several times to study clogging, and served as artistic director for a local clogging group called the Cornmashers. He performed solo at festivals too.
Lori King
Lori KingSan Diego
Lori, aka “L.K.” is a native of Texas and resides in San Diego. CA. She is a self-proclaimed “Queen of Zydeco Line Dancing” and an avid fanatic about all phases of dance.
L.K. is a master dance instructor as she can perform almost any style of dancing including “Couples Zydeco”, “Chicago Stepping”, “Salsa” and more. She is also a dynamic choreography as she has her own catalog of Line Dance routines and has choreographed routines for wedding couples.

If you are looking to learn Line Dance routines taught to different genres of music including R&B, Hip Hop, Zydeco and Country and Western then contact L.K. and you will be ripping up the Dance floor.

She coaches her own crew called the “L” Train, the L is a acronym for Line Dance.
She is the best Line Dance instructor in San Diego County. Step on the “L” Train and Line Dance with L.K.

JD Doughtery
JD Doughtery
Meyer Standberry
Meyer Standberry
Peggy Merchant and Karl McArthur
Peggy Merchant and Karl McArthur