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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

Washed In The Water  Rachael McEnaney (UK/USA) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) Oct 2014

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Something In The Water – Carrie Underwood (single - iTunes) approx 3.57 mins

Western In Country  Suzanne Wilson & Jo Thompson Szymanski – 2011

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate 2S   Music: Put The Western Back In The Country by Scooter Lee from the CD – Big Bang Boogie (99bpm – slow counts)

Why Did You Lie?  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Deborah Szekely (June 08)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Why Did You Lie To Me by Bryan Lee (CD: entitled Katrina Was Her Name)

WICKED GAME  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Oct 2007)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate (International Rumba Style)   Music: Wicked Game by Chris Isaak

Wrong Side Slide  Jill Babinec and Jo Thompson Szymanski (July 2013)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Wrong Side by Nic Cowan. Album: Hardheaded

YEARS FROM NOW WALTZ  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Sept 07)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate level   Music: Years From Now by Don Williams (My Heart To You)

Yes!  Simon Ward (Australia) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) Dec 2014

    80 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "Yes" by Merry Clayton from Dirty Dancing Movie Soundtrack

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