The Edge Dance Event – A Unique Country Dance Convention Experience!

Adia Nuno, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and dance event organizer extraordinaire has done it again! For the 3rd year, Southern California country dancers had the opportunity to attend Adia’s event The Edge, a 3 day convention packed with workshops taught by world-class teachers and also featuring the extras of live music, 2 floors for open social dancing, 2 nights of dance competitions, raffles and lastly a great dance show on Saturday night.

This was my 2nd time attending the Edge. I went the first year and, wow, the Edge has really grown into a full dance workshop experience.

There were so many different things going on during the weekend! I would say there was something for everyone, whether you were interested in line dancing or partner dancing, a beginner or seasoned dancer. Read on to see my attempt to unpack it all and paint a picture of what it was all about!

Table of Contents

What is the Edge Dance Event?

The Edge Dance Event is a yearly 3-day, 2-night convention of line dance & partner dance workshops, live music, open dancing, dance competitions with prizes, a Saturday night show, and too many extras to list! This year it was held March 4-6, 2022 in beautiful Temecula at the California Ranch Company. The Dancing spread over a total of 5 dedicated wood dance floors.

Adia Nuno is the talent, energy, and inspiration behind the Edge Dance Event. But of course, she couldn’t do it alone! She relied upon her business partner and co-event organizer Christian “DJ Keahi” Summerfruit and her great staff. I was particularly impressed with our emcee for the weekend Philip Victor of “Bootscootin’.”

I had seen Philip’s YouTube channel but was happy to get to meet him in person. He’s a very fun and approachable guy and brought all his past emcee experience to really anchor and lead the weekend with his fun comedic-style communication and leadership. And of course, he’s a great dancer to boot!

The Edge Dance Event is now in its third year and second, being held at the venue in Temecula. The venue is the California Ranch Company, which I think is a great place for a dance convention. Since there aren’t a lot of buildings, it forces the dancing to happen right out in full view of the beautiful Temecula wine country.

Each day began with a Welcome and Class Demos in the CRC (California Ranch Company) Barn.

Each instructor or instructor duo had about a minute to demo the dance or dance patterns etc. they were going to teach. This is a great way to start the day, especially for us who may be having trouble deciding what classes to chose.

Last fall I attended another dance convention, the Vegas Dance Explosion, and while very different, The Edge convention had that same kind of cadence of different classes and levels to choose from.

The Edge compared to the Vegas Dance Explosion is a more well-rounded country dance convention. In Vegas, it’s all about line dancing, while The Edge offers both partner dance as well as line dance workshops. But there’s much more to it! For instance, the partner dancing included a surprising range of dance styles covered. There were also additional unexpected surprises and extras packed into the amazing Edge Dance Event weekend!

As mentioned above each day began with the welcome and demos of what that day held for us. This is a common practice at dance workshops and is an opportunity for the instructors to quickly show what is in store for those eyeing their class. Below is a great and lengthy video from Friday afternoon as the whole event kicked off.

The weekend did pose the challenge of unexpected rain, but they adjusted as best they could by doubling up the lessons that happened in the main barn and then housing two other dance areas under large tents. And unfortunately, some classes did have to be canceled cause of the muddy grounds. But overall everyone adjusted and still participated in lessons the entire weekend.

Sunday did greet us with the beautiful blue sky we were hoping for and saw one of the lesson areas back outside as planned. As the weekend was winding down I took a little break and at one point just walked around to see what was going on at each dance floor in one moment. The video below captures that!

In the video, you’re looking in at the 12:30 Sunday time slot. As we walk into the CRC Barn Robert & Bridgette Campos are in the midst of their West Coast Swing Intermediate/Advanced class, next is Adia Nuno teaching the line dance “Catch,” next we see Christian Summerfruit and Aleigha Elston teaching the Cowboy Cha Cha. Turning and continuing on we encounter Dirt Road Dancing teaching Country Swing in the Belmont Park tent. And lastly, after a little walk, we see Jacob Reding of Reding Dance teaching West Coast Swing & Turning Techniques.

But also you probably noticed Russ Bradchulis at the beginning. One thing that was also available at the Edge was private lessons. I think that was probably going on in the open area there.

A little earlier in the day one of the last classes I took was with Philip teaching “Keep It Simple” see the video below where you can see that we just used the outdoor area as much as needed as more people joined in.

Sunday afternoon outdoor line dance lesson at the Edge from Philip (learning “Keep It Simple”).

back to top

My Edge Experience

Over the course of the three days, I attended 13 workshops. (so 13 out of a max of 15 workshop time slots). I finally needed a little break!

Even though I went to almost all I could, I was still disappointed at what I missed. There was so much to do – you just had to choose something! This is always the dilemma of dance conventions like this.

But I think I picked a good balance of line dances and partner dances for where I am in my level. Of course, more than I will be able to remember!

Classes I attended:

Line Dancing – 4
Country Two Step – 5
Country Swing – 1
West Coast Swing – 1
California Cha Cha Partner Dance
Eye-Contact & Connection

Overall I had a really fun time. I met up with a couple of friends who came and then also got to meet some new people. I loved being outdoors in such a beautiful place as the California Ranch Company. I felt like a kid that was at dance camp for the weekend.

My favorite moments were probably the Special Saturday night show and also the live music which besides the great band Leaving Austin also included the James Kelly Band. It was fun to be sitting in that barn a little early in the morning with my coffee and listening to some country music!

Kicking Saturday off with some open dancing and live music from the James Kelly Band in the CRC Barn.

back to top

The Music Video with the Band Leaving Austin

The Edge began on Friday at 2:30 in the afternoon with the welcome and demos walking us through what the afternoon would hold. But later after all the day’s classes were done we gathered back together in the evening in the barn. I thought it was great that the evening activity then was kicked off with some great live country music. But, this wasn’t just any live band–it was Leaving Austin, the band that sings “Nothing But You!” So, of course, we got to do the line dance to the live band singing and as planned, all those on the floor would be part of a new music video for Nothing But You!

The CRC barn dance floor was packed and it was a great moment, especially when the confetti popped!

Excited Edge dancers dancing Nothing But You to live music from the band Leaving Austin!

back to top

The Edge Dance Event by the Numbers!

Here are some quick numbers, just to give an idea of what the weekend was like.

3 Days of Workshops, 2 Nights of Open Dancing, and/or Special Events, Show & Competitions
5 Dance Floors
22 Instructors
3 DJs (2 Instructors also serving as DJs)
62 Workshops
19 Line Dance Workshops in which 32 lessons taught (some line dances taught a second time)
25 Different Line Dances (click to see the list)
38 Partner Dance Workshops
3 Misc. Workshops (Burlesque, Women’s Styline, Men’s Styling)
1 Music Video shot with Live Band
1 Great Special Show Saturday Night


back to top

Instructors & DJs

The Edge Dance Event featured 22 great instructors and/or DJs. See the list below and click on the instructor name or team to pop down to the summary of what workshops they each taught this year at the event. To read more about the instructors check out some of their bios over at The Edge Website.

Adia Nuno
Christian “DJ Keahi” Summerfruit (Instructor & DJ)
Russ Bradchulis
Philip Victor Ongert (Instructor & emcee)
Sarah Stokes
Rick Dominguez (Instructor & DJ)
Candy Sherwin
Cindi Massengale
Aleigha Easton
Travis Swartzlander
Robert Campos Jr. &
Brigitte Campos
Jacob Reding &
Sydnie Dillard
(Reding Dance)
Country Nomads
Troy & Elise (Dirt Road Dancing)
Kelsey Lewis (DJ)
Marie Kelly
Brunno Cezar Theororo
Yana Trubin

back to top

Adia Nuno

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Catch INT Jo Thompson-Szymanski & Grace David
Line Dance Styling for Competition ALL

Adia Nuno & Russ Bradchulis

Dance or Style Level
Dips, Leans & Tricks INT
Eye Contact & Connection ALL
Dips & Leans INT
Dips & Tricks INT

Adia Nuno, Sarah Stokes & Russ Bradchulis

Dance or Style Level
Two Step BEG

back to top

Sarah Stokes

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Denver Cha Cha BEG Manny & Alice Rodela
Country Swing – Breaking Down Connection BEG

Christian Summerfruit

Dance or Style Level
Line Dance Styling for Competition ALL

Christian Summerfruit & Aleigha Easton

Dance or Style Level
Cowboy Cha Cha BEG

Aleigha Easton

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Get Ugly INT Jonno Libberman
California Cha Cha BEG
Half Past Tipsy IMP Maddison Glover & Rachael McEnaney
Rodeo BEG/INT
Off The Chain Phrased INT/ADV Fred Whitehouse

back to top

Philip Victor (Bootscootin’)

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Tip Toe ADV Fred Whitehouse
Double D IMP Trevor Thornton
Gives Me Shivers IMP Brandon Zahorsky
Special Moves Easy INT Michael Lynn, Lesley Kidd, Hayley Goy & Nick Goodman
Keep It Simple BEG Maggie Gallagher
Weekend Vibes BEG Karl-Harry Winson & Jamie Barnfield

Rick Dominguez

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Ex’s & Oh’s Phrased INT Rick Dominguez & Jonno Libberman
Cherry Bottom Boom INT Rick Dominguez, Adia Nuno & Jonno Libberman
Shake It Like That BEG/INT

Candy Sherwin

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Gives Me Shivers IMP Brandon Zahorsky
California Cha Cha BEG
Denver Cha Cha BEG
We Are Tonight INT Dan Albro

back to top

Cindi Massengale

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Gonna BEG
What Makes You Country BEG Rob Holley
I Was on a Boat BEG Trevor Thornton
Late Night Habits IMP Julia Wetzel
In the Six ADV Shane McKeeve & Joey Warren

Travis Swartzlander & Danielle

Dance or Style Level
Line Dance Styling for Competition ALL
West Coast Swing Music Theory – Beats, Breaks & Layers ALL
West Coast Swing – Fresh Footwork & More BEG/INT
Hip Hop Grooves for WCS/CS INT
Guys’ Musicality & Styling ALL
West Coast Swing / Country Swing Creative Moves INT/ADV

back to top

Robert Campos Jr. & Brigitte Campos

Dance or Style Level
Two Step BEG
Two Step Technique ALL
Two Step More Technique ALL
Two Step Unlocked ADV
West Coast Swing BEG
West Coast Swing INT/ADV

Brigitte Campos

Dance or Style Level
Burlesque ALL

back to top

Jacob Reding & Sydnie Dillard (Reding Dance)

Dance or Style Level
Lifts 101 BEG
Lifts 201 INT
Lifts 301 ADV
West Coast Swing – Turning Techniques INT

Country Nomads

Dance or Style Level
Connection in Country Swing ALL
Country Swing – Moves: Neck Rolls & Dips INT
Country Swing – Follow’s Spinning Hacks BEG
Showstopper & Competition Hacks ADV
Country Swing – Breaking Down Connection BEG
Country Swing BEG/INT
Country Swing – Moves & Combos BEG

Troy & Elise (Dirt Road Dancing)

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Dips, Leans & Tricks INT
Country Swing INT
Southside Shake IMP Darren Bailey
Dips & Tricks INT
Swamp Thang BEG/INT Max Perry

Leslie Perez

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Let It Be BEG

back to top

Marie Kelly

Dance or Style Level Choreographer
Next Girl BEG
Dance Monkey BEG Alison Johnstone

Brunno Theororo & Yana Trubin

Dance or Style Level
Zouk Fundamentals BEG
Zouk Technique ALL
Zouk for Country Swing INT

Brunno Theororo (with Travis)

Dance or Style Level
West Coast Swing Music Theory – Beats, Breaks, & Layers ALL

back to top

Line Dancing at the Edge – Lessons & Levels

It was hard not to see and be amazed at all the great partner dancing at the Edge, but the line dancers were not forgotten! There were a total of 19 line dance classes to attend, in which 25 different line dances were taught. In all 10 instructors helped teach. The line dance instructors were Adia Nuno, Candy Sherwin, Cindi Messangale, Philip Victor, Aleigha Elston, Marie Kelly, Rick Dominguez, Troy & Elise of Dirt Road Dancing, and Leslie Perez.

Below is the full list of 25 Line Dances Taught at the Edge, listed alphabetically.
Click on the dance name to go to the Copperknob web page for the dance.

Line Dance Teacher Level Choreographer
Catch Adia Nuno INT Jo Thompson Symanski & Grace David
Cherry Bottom Boom Rick Dominguez INT Rick Dominguez, Adia Nuno & Jonno Libberman
Dance Monkey Marie Kelly BEG Alison Johnstone
Double D Philip Victor IMP Trevor Thornton
Ex’s & Oh’s Rick Dominguez Phrased INT Rick Dominguez & Jonno Libberman
Get Ugly Aliegha Elston INT Jonno Libberman
Gives Me Shivers Candy Sherwin IMP Brandon Zahorsky
Gonna Cindi Massengale BEG
Half Past Tipsy Aliegha Elston IMP Maddison Glover & Rachael McEnaney
I Was on a Boat Cindi Massengale BEG Trevor Thornton
In the Six Cindi Massengale ADV Shane McKeeve & Joey Warren
Keep It Simple Philip Victor BEG Maggie Gallagher
Late Night Habits Cindi Massengale IMP Julia Wetzel
Let It Be Dirt Road Dancing & Leslie Perez BEG
Next Girl Marie Kelly BEG
Off The Chain Aliegha Elston Phrased INT/ADV Fred Whitehouse
Rodeo Aliegha Elston BEG/INT
Shake It Like That Rick Dominguez BEG/INT
Southside Shake Troy & Elise of Dirt Road Dancing IMP Darren Bailey
Special Moves Philip Victor Easy INT Michael Lynn, Lesley Kidd, Hayley Goy & Nick Goodman
Swamp Thang Dirt Road Dancing & Leslie Perez BEG/INT Max Perry
Tip Toe Philip Victor ADV Fred Whitehouse
We Are Tonight Candy Sherwin INT Dan Albro
Weekend Vibes Philip Victor BEG Karl-Harry Winson & Jamie Barnfield
What Makes You Country Cindi Massengale BEG Rob Holley

back to top

Partner Dancing at the Edge – Lessons & Styles

For those really wanting to work on their country partner dancing, the Edge Dance Event had many and a wide range of styles and levels to choose from.

First of all, there were Two Step workshops of course. The Two Step, as the country dance staple in bars and dance halls across the country, is a great place to begin if you’re wanting to get into country dancing. So, appropriately the Edge workshops had Two Steppers covered. From beginner to advanced and covering many different patterns and techniques, Robert & Brigette Campos taught many classes. Adia, Russ & Sarah also taught some Two Step as well.

Next, there were Country Swing workshops. This dance style, also, a great favorite in the country bar scene was very well covered and taught by Country Nomads and Dirt Road Dancing.

West Coast Swing, I would say was the third main partner dance covered. There were several WCS classes primarily given by Travis Swartzlander with a couple also from Robert & Brigette Campos.

Then, for those ready and/or daring enough Adia Nuno had some workshops covering Lifts and Aerials. I didn’t attend those, LOL, but I’m sure those that did totally leveled up their partner dancing artistry in this area. It is worth noting that for advanced dancers there were cool opportunities like this to be challenged and grow.

Lastly, the interesting and beautiful Brazilian partner Zouk dance was offered. I was so impressed and blown away to watch Brunno Theororo & Yana Trubin who have very much perfected their craft of Brazilian Zouk.


back to top

The Edge Dance Competitions

One way to describe the Edge was as a non-stop dance event. The evenings were capped by some great dance competitions that went late on into the night, longer than I was able to hang in there for! See below for the competition categories and also a couple of videos from the Friday night contests.

Friday Night Contests

Two Step
Progressive Freestyle
West Coast Swing

Saturday Night Contests

Line Dance
Country Swing
Line Choreography

Click here for the full results of the contests!


back to top

Saturday Night Show (Surprise!)

Saturday night would feature more dance contests, but the night was first kicked off with a great show featuring what I would call an overview of the country dance scene. I really enjoyed this. If you are new to this dance scene and going out to your local dance hall you’ll have some questions about what is going on and how it all works etc.

The show they put on was geared in this way, to explain a few things and demonstrate what to do and why. There was a bit demonstrating dance etiquette and how dancers properly share the dance floor and then a really great demonstration of Country Two Step. We saw typical country bar Two Step demonstrated, but then we’re shown the contrast of what next level Two Step looks like!

Some of the champion instructors put the typical competition circuit dancewear on and showed off some of their moves. Then both groups dance together.

I loved that! Many of us are just unaware of those kinds of nuances or haven’t really been exposed to, say the UCWDC Worlds competition. So, a very cool treat! I loved Philip’s summation of this segment: “…whether you’re award-winning professional two steppers, snazzy social dancers, brand new beginners, or anywhere in between, in the end, we all started in the bar, still love the bar, and are all one happy Two Stepping family!”

But then, my mind was truly blown! I couldn’t believe my eyes as all of sudden a whole new and different-looking group of dancers took the floor!

Yes, West Coast Country Heat was in the house! What a fun surprise! And what a neat thing to add to Saturday night. They came all the way from Washington! And if you watch the Friday demo video above you could see that we had a little clue that something was up, when a bunch of them jumped out on the floor to randomly join in on the demo of the Give Me Shivers line dance!

Philip let us know West Coast Country Heat is fresh off of winning at the UCWDC Worlds, so they are the current reigning World Champion line dance team!

If you weren’t there, no worries, check out the video below!

The UCWDC World Champion West Coast Country Heat performing on Saturday night at the CRC Barn!

Really, both nights Friday & Saturday were filled with fun unexpected surprises. There just isn’t the ability in a blog post to cover it all. But one other cool thing that went on was a great fundraiser for the “Reboot Recover” organization.

This is an organization that helps victims of trauma overcome. To raise funds there was a raffle, an Instructor Competition, and a “Dollar Dance.” The way the Dollar Dance worked was that the instructors were out on the floor and if you donated a dollar you could have a short dance with whoever you wanted. This was pretty fun and through all the effort there was $2000 raised for the cause!


back to top

Final Thoughts on the Edge!

When I went out to Temecula for the weekend I expected lots of workshops and some live music, but ended up a little overwhelmed by all that was packed into the weekend. There was really too much to try to capture. I even won a couple of raffle prizes!

The Edge Dance Convention, as advertised, truly is a unique and innovative approach to a country dance workshop event. And held in beautiful Temecula, you end up feeling like you’re on a little scenic getaway or were supposed to go wine tasting and somehow ended up dancing instead. Definitely put this on your 2023 calendar.

Also, if you can’t wait that long check out a similar event coming up this year in Scottsdale, Arizona: The YESSS convention! Say Yesss! to the Yearly Epic Summer Step & Swing National Dance Convention and Competition. I already have my ticket!


Brian Sheridan

I'm the owner of CDT. I live in Fullerton, California, and enjoy country dancing with my friends at least once a week.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Posts