Dave began dancing when he was just ten years old at home with his father and mother, who were acclaimed ballroom dance competitors and instructors. He continued training throughout his teen years, in Ballet, Ballroom, Latin, Jazz and Modern Dance until age 18. Following a brief sabbatical from dance to pursue his hobbies of roller/ice dancing, horseback riding/rodeo, sports and parachuting, Dave returned to the dance floor in 1983 as a competitive dancer and trained under the guidance of various world champions in Ballroom, Modern Dance, Country Western, West Coast Swing and Latin.
As a choreographer, Dave Urquidez is deeply in tune with both the adult and child perspectives, creating dance routines that capture students' enthusiasm, depth, humor and competitive spirit - whatever their age!
Heidi Oswald started line dancing with Debbie Ellerton in 1998 on the Hot Shots Dance Team. It didn’t take long to tell that Line Dance was something special to her. She competed at a young age in Line Dance at the Rocky Mountain Dance Festival, and continued to travel around the US for several years learning from world-renowned Line Dance instructors and choreographers. Soon, practicing and performing with the Hot Shots turned into choreographing and coaching. She is formally trained in Hip-Hop, Ballet, Jazz, and Tap from local Rapid City dance schools.
Heidi left Rapid City to get her Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and currently lives in Columbus, NE with her husband and dog. She works as an engineer for Archer Daniels Midland Company, and teaches Zumba at the local YMCA.
Heidi is excited to bring new and popular line dances for all levels and ages to the Black Hills Dance Festival in 2019!
Machelle Holloway has been involved in teaching, Deejaying, and promoting Dance and Festivals for over 30 years! She is currrently teaching Social Dance Lessons at Casper College and the Senior Citizens Center. It takes music to dance, and no one does music better than DJ Machelle Holloway! In addition, Machelle is a popular Line Dance, Ballroom, and Country Swing Dance Instructor serving communities throughout Wyoming and Montana. We are excited to have Machelle joining us again at this years' Festival! She continues to work with Dance Festivals in Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Ft. Wayne, & Billings, Montana. The family business is a Check Cashing Center of which she is a major part of.
Jerry and Kathy helped start Dakota Country Dance Club and have been active in the club ever since. They've competed, taught workshops, and judged contests all across the United States. Jerry shares a quote from a friend in Utah. "If you don't dance, you're wasting your feet. ..." You'll definitely want to sign up for a class or two with this fun couple!