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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

DOIN' ALRIGHT!  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Sept 07)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate level   Music: Alright by Elliott Yamin

DON'T CRY ON MY SHOULDER  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Sept 07)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner/Intermediate level   Music: Don't Cry On My Shoulder by Sam Cooke [The Man Who Invented Soul]

East of Jerusalem Waltz  Jo Thompson Szymanski - 2011

    48 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate waltz   Music: East of Jerusalem by Scooter Lee. CD: Sing A New Song

Everybody's Groovin'  Rhoda Lai (Canada) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) August 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Everybody's Groovin' by MaxAMillion – Take Your Time – (4:06) 108 bpm

Eyes For You  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) – August 2017

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: I Don't Want Nobody To Have My Love But You by Ronnie Milsap - BPM: 126

Fall So Fast  Kerry Maus & Jo Thompson Szymanski – March 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Domino – ZZ Ward (Feat. Fitz) [2:50]

Forever Cool  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) Feb 2013

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: : "Ain't That A Kick in the Head" by Dean Martin. CD: "Dino - The Essential Dean Martin" or "Classic Dino - The Best of Dean Martin"

Fortune Foxtrot  Jo Thompson Szymanski (3-10)

    32 Count    4 Wall    (Rise & Fall) Intermediate   Music: "On A Slow Boat To China" by Ronnie Dove – CD "Beach, Boogie and Blues – Vol. 6"

Fun-Tastic!  Jo Thompson Szymanski, A J Herbert & John H Robinson (Jan 09)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Fun Time by Bruce Willis

FUNKAFIED BLUES  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Sept 07)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate level   Music: Funkafied Blues by EC Scott

Get Wild  Maddison Glover (AUS) and Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) May 2019

    64 Count    2 Wall    Phrased Intermediate   Music: Wild – LOLO (2:31)

Get Your Shoes On  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (August 2015)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "Get Your Shoes On" by Elisabeth Withers

Going Home To Jesus  Jo Thompson Szymanski – 2012

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Going Home To Jesus by Scooter Lee. CD: Sing a New Song, Dance A New Dance (126 bpm)

Good Morning  Jo Thompson Szymanski and Machelle Cook Holloway (Feb 2013)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Beginner - warm up   Music: Good Morning by Mandisa feat. TobyMac

Got A Hole In My Pocket  Rosie Multari and Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) October 2017

    48 Count    2 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Hole In My Pocket – Scooter Lee - CD: Don't Mind If I Do – www.scooterlee.com, Amazon, iTunes

Got The Time?  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Apr 08)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Tulsa Time by Don Williams

Have I Told You Lately?  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Kathy Hunyadi (Dec 09)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Van Morrison

HIDEAWAY CHA  Joanne Brady, Jamie Marshall & Jo Thompson Szymanski (08/2000)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate Cha Cha   Music: Dance With Me by Debelah Morgan

Hole In The Wall  Jo Thompson Szymanski (May 2014)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver/Low Intermediate   Music: Hole In The Wall by Scooter Lee. CD: I'm Gonna Love You Forever

Holidays In The Bayou  John Robinson & Jo Thompson Szymanski (added Dec 2014)

    64 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Holidays In The Bayou by Scooter Lee. CD: Set The North Pole On Fire - 145 bpm

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