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Jo Thompson Szymanski
Jo Thompson Szymanski


An internationally acclaimed dance instructor and choreographer, Jo Thompson Szymanski has made quite an impact on dance floors worldwide. Having taught line and couple’s dance for 30 years, Jo holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Dance. She was voted International Line Dance Instructor of the Year for five years in a row at the UK Crystal Boot Line Dance Awards and was honored with being of the first two people to be inducted into the Line Dance Hall of Fame. Jo, a former Miss Texas and top ten finalist at Miss America, hosted her own instructional television show, Dance Line on The Nashville Network (TNN).

In addition to line dancing, Jo’s teaching and dancing experience spans the fields of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Country, Swing, Salsa, Ballroom, Square Dancing, Round Dancing, Clogging, and Latin. Demand for Jo’s teaching has taken her to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico, The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and all over the United States and Europe. In 2002 she retired from traveling to start a family.

In November of 2004 Jo was diagnosed with a very rare bone marrow disease, Aplastic Anemia. The disease also affected her joints requiring total replacement surgeries on both hips and multiple surgeries on her knees and shoulders. Gladly, through wonderful doctors and lots of prayer, the disease is now in remission and Jo is able to get back to her love of dance! Jo resides in Highlands Ranch, Colorado with her husband, Tim, and their 4 1/2 year old daughter Anna.

Choreographer Stepsheets

Sing a New Song, Dance a New Dance  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Dec 08)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Intermediate   Music: Sing A New Song, Dance A New Dance by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)

SLIDIN' HOME  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    48 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Sweet Home New Orleans by Scooter Lee -130 BPB / CD: Walking On Sunshine

Smokin' Cha  John Robinson and Jo Thompson Szymanski (Feb 08)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "No Smoke Without Fire" by James Hunter

Spring Rain  Jo Thompson Szymanski and Michele Burton (2011)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Latter Rain by Scooter Lee from the CD – Big Bang Boogie (131bpm)

STEPPIN' STONE CHA  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner Cha Cha   Music: Steppin' Stone by Scooter Lee. CD: Test of Time

Sticking With You  Michael Barr, Michele Burton, Jo Thompson Szymanski (January 2019)

    64 Count    2 Wall    Phrased Easy Intermediate   Music: "I'm Sticking With You Baby" by Catherine Russell. CD: Bring It Back – iTunes/Amazon - BPM 126

Summer Wind   Jo Thompson Szymanski (released on 11/29/2014)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Summer Wind by Frank Sinatra. CD: "Nothing But The Best" (Remastered)

SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    32 Count    2 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Swing Low Sweet Chariot by Scooter Lee

SWINGING BACK TO LOUISIANA  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Dec 08)

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Going Back To Louisiana by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)

Swinging Grace  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Feb 08)

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "Amazing Grace" by Charlie Rich (16 count intro)

TANGO CHA  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Deborah Szekely (June 08)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Tango by Jaci Velasquez (CD: entitled Love Out Loud)

Texas Connection  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (September 2019)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced NC2   Music: "Carrying Your Love With Me" by: George Strait (not the edit) Album: "Carrying Your Love With Me" 3:52 min

The Bounce  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (September 2018)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "The Bounce" – Single by: Outasight

The Little Things  Jo Thompson Szymanski for Daisie Hilborn (Feb 2014)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: The Little Things by Carlos Bertonatti

Through The Fire  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (July 2012)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate - Cha Cha   Music: "Through the Fire" by Lina

Tonight Again  TEAM USA (Jo Thompson Szymanski, Guyton Mundy, John Robinson) Oct 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Tonight Again by Guy Sebastian (iTunes, amazon.com)

True Love Two Step  Jo Thompson Szymanski, Michael Barr and Michele Burton (5/10)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate 2S   Music: True Love by Nancy Hays from the CD "Big Band Country" (172 bpm)

TX Barefootin' Doubletime  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Rita Thompson (Jan 2014)

    16 Count    4 Wall    Ultra Beginner   Music: Barefootin - Scooter Lee (CD: More of the Best) or Jailhouse Creole

Wakey Wakey   Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (Jan 2015)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: I Woke Up by One-T, Album: The One-T's ABC

WALLA WALLA COCO  John Robinson, Jo Thompson Szymanski, Max Perry & Kathy Hunyadi (July 08)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Walla Walla Coco by Ankawa

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