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Dexter Santos

With a background in Ballroom dancing and Lindy Hop, Dexter has studied and collaborated with the best Blues dance teachers making him one of the most sought-after and admired teachers in the United States and international Blues dance scenes. As a teacher, Dexter aims to inspire dancers of all levels with the possibilities that Blues dancing has to offer while preserving its roots, identity, and art form.

Dexter travels across the U.S. and around the world spreading his passion and joy for Blues dancing through his fun, inspiring, and challenging classes. A particular class favorite which has been often referred to as the “Shim Sham of Blues,” the Hound Dog routine (a solo Blues choreography danced to Big Mama Thornton’s song of the same title) has been taught to and performed with dancers in four continents.

Dexter has taught at nationally and internationally renowned Blues dance events such asbluesSHOUT (Chicago, USA), Toronto Blues Battle (Toronto, ON, Canada), Fallin’ In Blues(Grenoble, France), Korea Blues Camp (Seoul, S. Korea), and Drag The Blues (Barcelona, Spain) among many others.

Dexter has won first place in numerous Blues dancing competitions in the U.S. and has won the title of Ballroomin’ Blues champion at bluesSHOUT 3 times (2007, 2008, and 2010). In an unprecedented feat, Dexter won all four partnered competitions at bluesSHOUT 2010 in Austin, Texas: Open Jack & Jill, Strictly Jook Joint, Strictly Ballroomin’, and Champions Division. For more information about Dexter, visit his website at