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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

Kings Highway  Jo Thompson Szymanski – May 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: King's Highway by Scooter Lee (CD – Joy's Gonna Come In The Morning) 120 bpm

Kreedom  Michele Perron and Jo Thompson Szymanski (June 2013)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Don't Play That Song (You Lied) - Kree Harrison

Lemonade  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) and Malene Jakobsen (Denmark) – September 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Lemonade by Adam Friedman (feat. Mike Posner) (iTunes and amazon) 90 bpm

Let's Break Up Tomorrow  Amund Storsveen (Norway) and Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) Feb 2013

    32 Count    2 Wall    High Beginner - Two-step   Music: Let's Break Up Tomorrow by Scooter Lee. CD: "Welcome to Scooterville" (140 bpm)

Let's Go To Louisiana  Maddison Glover (Australia) and Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) October 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Let's Go To Louisiana by Scooter Lee (CD – Don't Mind If I Do) BPM: 148

Let's Have A Party!  Rachael McEnaney, John Robinson and Jo Thompson Szymanski (April 2014)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Low Intermediate   Music: Let's Have a Party - Scooter Lee. CD: I'm Gonna Love You Forever (168 bpm)

Light In The Winter  Jo Thompson Szymanski, Michele Burton, Michael Barr (Oct 2013)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Light In The Winter (Line Dance Version) by Nancy Hays & The Heffernans / CD: Light In The Winter

Lil Mama  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (February 2018)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Lil Mama by Jain - Album: Zanaka

LITTLE POLKA  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Rita Thompson (Dec 08)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Sing A New Song, Dance A New Dance by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)

LOOK WHAT YOU'VE DONE  Kathy Hunyadi & Jo Thompson Szymanski

32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate nightclub   Music: Look What You've Done To Me by Boz Scaggs

Love Lifted Me  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Rita Thompson approved!) Feb 2013

    48 Count    1 Wall    High Beginner - waltz   Music: "Love Lifted Me" by Scooter Lee. CD: "Welcome to Scooterville"

Love You Forever  Rob Fowler (UK), Rachael McEnaney (US/UK) and Jo Thompson Szymanski (US) July 2014

    32 Count    2 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: I'm Gonna Love You Forever by Scooter Lee. CD: I'm Gonna Love You Forever

Made In The Shade  Rachael McEnaney-White (UK/USA) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) Nov 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: A Little More Love – Jerrod Nieman and Lee Brice (single - iTunes) approx 3.01 mins

Mambo Cha  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Oct '07)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Hey Mambo by Barry Manilow [112 bpm / The Complete Collection And Then Some]

MIDNIGHT WALTZ  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) July 92

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Children by The Mavericks (136 bpm)

Miss Incredible  Jo Thompson Szymanski (16th Sept 2014)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "Miss Incredible" by Mark Ballas. CD: "Kicking Clouds"

Movin' and a Groovin'  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) – September 2016

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Movin' and a Groovin' by Eugene Hideaway Bridges (iTunes and amazon) 111 bpm

Mr. Santa / Mr. Sandman  Frank Trace and Jo Thompson Szymanski – Nov 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Mr. Santa by Nancy Hays; also "Mr. Sandman" by Nancy Hays & the Heffernans – iTunes and cdbaby.com

Never Been To Spain   Jo Thompson Szymanski (August 2015)

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced   Music: Never Been To Spain by The No Refund Band

NO BRIDGES  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Some Bridges Need Burning by Keisa Brown

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