|Recent Video of John Harris in Competition
Jan 2012, Swing Vacation / Floorplay - 4th Place Advance / All-Star J&J with Whitney Bartlet
Sept 2011, RiverCity Swing - 4th place Invitational/Pro J&J with Jennifer Pasetes
Sept 2011, RiverCity Swing - 2nd place out of 32 - Pro-Am J&J with Jennifer Luke (John is the Pro)
April 2011, IHSC - 1st Place Intermediate J&J with Elisa DeFoe
Jan 2011, Swing Vacation / Floorplay - 1st Place Intermediate J&J with Mary Jane Harris
Sept 2010, River City Swing - 1st Place - Intermediate J&J with Nancy Price (John is in blue)
June 2010, Orange Blossom - 1st Place Intermediate J&J with Jewell Reid
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|Let me give you some backdrop to John's dance story. Before I ever started couples-dancing my Dad
left my Mother when I was 15. For about a year my Mom was a complete mess until she ran into a
dance studio named "Dance Connection". It was not a place filled the prettiest or wealthiest of people,
it was just filled with some of the nicest, caring people you ever will meet. I will tell you that the family
my Mother created with the members of that studio saved her from her misery. They danced together,
they would get together on holidays and celebrate together, they would even get together to help move
each other, they were family.
came to meeting new people or having conversations with groups of people (some of that had to do
with the awkwardness of going though high-school at 6'4" and rail thin and part of it had to do with the
fact that I'm half deaf). My Mother, looking for a second miracle, pulled me to "Dance Connection" (I
Fast forward several years and I was turning 20. I was a shy kid with very little self-confidence when it
was more than a bit unwilling...as I was told frequently by people that I lacked talent in dance) with the
hope that I would be able to make some new friends. Over the next 6 months, I basically spent every
single night dancing there, followed by a trip after class to a local country dance bar for dancing
afterwards. Not only did I meet some awesome individuals and find plenty of self-confidence; I also
became quite the dancer. I had found a dance family of my own. We would dance together, eat
together, sometimes we'd go on vacations together, it was everything I needed, it was my miracle.
Now fast forward 18 years, I have my own dance studio and I am hopeful that I can be half as
successful in creating an atmosphere that will allow each of you to find your dance family as Grant
Austin's Dance Connection down in Fort Lauderdale did for me and my Mom. With that in mind, we
have created a schedule of "dance" events that allow each of you to learn to dance, to make new
friends, and become part of the community, part of our dance-family. - John Harris
|John and Mary Jane Harris are professional dance instructors, competitors, and judges. Between the two of
them they have multiple titles at national competitions (including West Coast Swing, Salsa, Hustle, and Country
Two-Step). They were crowned "Florida State WCS Dance Champions" Dec 31st, 2007 in Orlando. In 2013
alone they are on-staff at International Hustle Salsa Congress, Sweetheart Swing Classic, Summer Swing Classic,
Miami Dance Magic, & River City Swing. They also are VIPs at Swing Vacation, Orlando J&J Jam, Orange
Blossom Festival, and Swing & Shag Bash in 2013. They share over 20 years of experince between them as
instructors in West Coast Swing, Ballroom, Latin, Salsa, Hustle, Country, Hip-Hop, and Line Dance.
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|Welcome to Sultry Swing Ballroom and Dance Studio!
Sultry Swing is Palm Beach County's HOME for Dance. We provide a fun,
friendly atmosphere for learning to dance; where you never need to bring a
partner! We teach just about all the dances including; traditional (Ballroom,
Latin, and Swing) and non-traditional (West Coast Swing, Salsa, Argentine
Tango, Hustle, & Country)! Our dance studio is owned and operated by John
Harris and his beautiful wife, Mary Jane, and is filled with amazing students
that share our love of dancing. The passion we have for dance is
unmistakable! Come and be a part of our dance family!