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Mike Topel

Mike began country line dancing in 1992, but that changed when he found dance partners who liked to be tossed in the air. He started teaching regular dance classes in 1994, using the instructor training he got from his charismatic Tae Kwon Do master. Hes been coached by the some of the worlds best coaches in swing, ballroom, country and Latin dancing.

Mike prefers to perform where he can showcase his leading, following, and improvisational skills. These and musicality are his greatest strengths.

Mike continues to perform, compete, judge, MC, DJ, and teach. He judges at just about every event, and is the Chief Judge for several swing events and country events. When hes not judging or performing, hes MCing.

Though he has dance students all over the world, Mike gives special attention to his social dancing. With a pathological inability to say no, he tries to ensure that everyone gets a chance to dance with him before he passes out. During the week he teaches regular classes at Austin City Dance Club, and DJs a weekly (Tuesday) swing dance.