A SMATTERING OF REVIEWS & PRAISE

Doug & Nicki Silton represent the way that Professional Dancers and Instructors should conduct their business. They bring talent, knowledge, and most importantly FUN to the education of dance enthusiasts. Love 'em both!

 

- Phil Dorroll - Event Director - US Open Swing Dance Championships, Inc.

Doug & Nicki Silton came to teach for my venue in Bellingham, WA. not only are they incredibly knowledgeable, proficient, and reliable - I'm convinced that they are two of the best instructors on the planet! If you are in decision about learning from The Siltons, tkae my advice and GO! They will add value to you, your dance skills, and your character in every lesson you take even if it's just by watching them dance as a couple.

 

- Kamron Sammons, Blues Bellingham, Dance Promoter & Instructor (Bellingham, WA and Seattle, WA)

Intuitive - the one word that we can use to describe Nicki and Doug Silton. As teachers, as dancers, everything about dance and everything they do to interact with people and especially their students is...intuitive. They don't miss a beat, they don't miss a mistake, and they don't miss a well danced move. If you are looking to hire some of the best dance teachers in the world, passing on the Siltons would ruin your whole day. Doug & Nicki can make the most basic, beginner dancer feel like they can accomplish anything in dancing that the student puts their hear tto; and the most seasoned dancer feeling like there will always be more to learn from these two. There couldn't be more to ask of from Doug and Nicki Silton. We love these people as friends, mentors, and teachers. Thank you for all you have done for us!

 

- Patrick & Roxanne Flores-Muller, Back 2 Basics Dance Company, Anchorage, Alaska

I had the pleasure of meeting Doug and Nicki a year ago at the (2013) Bridgetown and after the first lesson, I knew that was who I wanted to work with to improve my West Coast Swing. Doug’s knowledge of the dance and his ability to pick out the minutest details was amazing. His laid back and extremely patient style of teaching was the perfect fit for me as I am not the quickest learner in the world. Having Nicki as your dance partner throughout the lesson just brings another level of expertise that cannot be seen by just observing. Their lessons are not cookie-cutter but are tailored to what you want to learn and their teaching methods make you feel very comfortable even when being given constructive criticism. I am not new to WCS and have taken privates from some of the very best and I would definitely put Doug and Nicki together in that group. I only get to see them a few times a year but when I do it is worth every minute.

 

- Larry Hough - Toronto, Ont, Canada

Doug - You dance like a gentleman, You have good taste in clothes, and you have a creative entreprenuerial spirit. I really admire your image. Keep up the good work.  When I get younger I want to be just like you.

 

- Willie Brown, Dancer

This weekend at Bridgetown Swing in Portland Karla did extremely well, and she got 1st place in the Intermediate Jack & Jill competition. It is almost a year you guys are her instructors, and she is constantly improving under your guidance. We want to thank you again for everything you are doing for her. Your constant care for your students, and passion for dancing give confidence and joy to everybody around you. Karla is lucky to have you as instructors, and we are lucky to have you as friends. You are mazing people and, amazing dance teachers. Thank you again.

 

- Eddy and Miky Catana - Temecula, CA

Thanks so much to both of you bringing your dazzling personalities and dancing to the High Desert!!! You guys rock!!!

 

- Lisa Sandoval, Director of the High Desert Dance Classic - Lancaster, CA

Doug and Nicki - It was fun to take the class last night at Atomic with both of you - I don't always go on Thursday nights - but went b/c you were both teaching.  I remember being at Halloween Swing thing last year and Doug asked me to dance - I was so shocked that an instructor would social dance and even though I am only intermediate - was honored, flattered and made me think what down to earth people you are - and not at all snooty instructors!  Thanks!  Enjoyed the dance last night Doug - even though I messed up a bunch!

 

- Jan Tamble, Dancer, Garden Grove, CA

I have been working with Doug and Nicki for years and love dancing with then. Doug has a great way to break down the moves so that I understand and remember what he teaches me. Nicki is a joy to dance with and I enjoy a followers perspective on this learning process.

 

- Steven Shulem, Dancer, Santa Barbara, CA

Doug, Nicki ... I just arrived at home but i just want to say : 1000 thanx...... your lessons where awesome! It was so much fun and you gave us a lot to work on...THE SILTONS ROCK yeah!

 

- Greetz Maarten "The Crazy Dutchman", Dancer, Holland

Just wanted to thank you for all the dance instructions and videos and competition tips.....you guys are awesome!

 

- Michael Caro, Dancer, Thousand Oaks, CA

I have been their dance pupil for a few years and have learned so much, especially in West Coast Swing, Hip Hop, Lindy and even a little Salsa and Line-Dancing thrown in.  The  important part of learning to me is technique.and style.  My dancing improved so much on both counts.  The lessons were fun and I learned so much each lesson.  Doug an Nicki are great dancers, great teachers, super nice, down to earth. and adorable.  They can make you the best you can be, in dancing that is.

 

- Carol Ardura, Dancer, Los Angeles, California

You two are absolutely totally amazing. I am one proud mama (and mama in law :-)

 

- Laurie Silton, Arcadia, CA

Energy, positive feedback, knowledge, excitement, fun, committed, encouraging attitude. These are some of the words I think of when I think of these two people. The room is brighter when they are in it; it's such a pleasure working with them.

 

- Tish Varletti, Dancer, Placentia, CA

The Siltons are our favorite dance teachers. Their energy and enthusiasm convinced us we could be better dancers, and their skills and patience made it happen.

 

- Russell Benson & David Kalmanson, Dancers, Los Angeles, CA

Doug and Nicki are great teachers.  I was lucky enough to have several privates with Doug and not only did I learn more than I had with other teachers, but I had SO much fun.  It was great to see Doug and Nicki show me some of their styling moves, and feel supported by both of them as I continued to learn.  A key thing for me: when I saw Doug at various dances, he made a point of dancing with me, rather than stick with people at his own level (as I've seen with other teachers.)  I found this very generous.  It contributes to a growing and happy dance community.  One memorable night I even danced a threesome with Doug AND Nicki  They are terrific.

 

- Nicki Nash, Dancer, Conan O'Brien Show, Los Angeles, CA

I met Doug five or six years ago when he substitute taught for a group West Coast Swing class in Pasadena.  Right away it was evident he was an amazing teacher, and I was somewhat I disappointed he lived in West L.A. at the time since that would limit any opportunity to take classes with him.  I was thrilled a couple of years later when I found out he was moving to Pasadena. Doug is an amazing teacher able to convey subtle lead/follow techniques easily, and he is able to pack a ton of information into an hour lesson.  I have taken mainly Westie with him, but have done a little Lindy and Shag as well, and have always come away with tons of things to work on.  A single session with Doug can give you weeks or months of material to practice. If you have an opportunity to take from Doug, either at his studio or an event, I highly recommend it!

 

- Kevin Mooney, Dancer, Los Angeles, CA

I met Doug about five years ago.  My first group lesson was at a local dance studio on his birthday.  I knew then that he was a great instructor and that he could help bring my dance to the next level.   I was thrilled when he moved to Pasadena because it was convenient and I started taking private lesson from him.  Doug is an amazing teacher and with every session he helps me with technique, new moves, and a lot more than I could expect.  Now I get to have lessons with both Doug and Nicki and their energy and passion is contagious.  It has been a joy learning styling from Nicki, and she has helped polish my dance.  Doug and Nicki make learning a fun event.

 

- Clarise Okwach, Dancer, Altadena, CA

Dear Doug: I was delighted to receive your DVD on the Lindy Hop. My wife and I have a date night each week, and my plan is to stand with her in front of our television set and learn a little bit of dancing from you. I am delighted that you are seeing great, and it is an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with your vision.

 

- Robert K Maloney, M.D., Los Angeles, CA

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