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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

Off My Feet  Michele Perron and Jo Thompson Szymanski – January 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: The Way You Make Me Feel by The Douglas Group. CD: "No More Than Necessary"

Oh Mama Hey  Guyton Mundy & Jo Thompson Szymanski - October 2017

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Oh Mama Hey (feat. Crystal Waters) by Chris Cox and DJ Frankie [Radio Edit] (3:03)

One More Night  Jo Thompson Szymanski (August 2015)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: One More Night by Lee Rocker – on iTunes and Amazon

Open Book  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) 2011

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver Rumba   Music: Open Book by Scooter Lee. CD: Big Band Boogie

Overnight Success  Rosie Multari, John Robinson and Jo Thompson Szymanski - October 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Overnight Success – Scooter Lee. CD: Don't Mind If I Do – www.scooterlee.com, Amazon, iTunes

Party Guest  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Feb 08)

32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: "Be My Guest" (48 count intro) by Ben Harper and the Skatalites from the CD – Goin' Home – A Tribute to Fats Domino

Pray It Away  Jo Thompson Szymanski – 2012

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner - WCS / ECS   Music: Pray It Away by Scooter Lee. CD: Sing a New Song, Dance A New Dance (122 bpm)

Pull You Through  Maddison Glover (AUS) and Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) January 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate - 'Rolling 8' count   Music: Pull You Through by Maggie Rose (3:25)

PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART   Jo Thompson Szymanski (Nov 08)

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)

Remember You Young  Amund Storsveen (Norway) and Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) June 2019

    48 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Remember You Young by Thomas Rhett (3:00)

RITA'S WALTZ  Jo Thompson Szymanski (for her mom, Rita) updated Sept 2014

    24 Count    4 Wall    Waltz line / Partner dance   Music: "Somebody Loves You" - Scooter Lee

Samba Of Love  Jo Thompson Szymanski & Rita Thompson

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Intermediate Samba   Music: River Of Love by George Strait [CD: Troubadour]

SAN ANTONIO STROLL  Jo Thompson Szymanski

    32 Count    4 Wall    beginner/intermediate polka   Music: San Antonio Stroll by Tanya Tucker

Say Olé! (Say Ole)  Jo Thompson Szymanski (Feb 2013)

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Torero by Chayanne. ["Grand Exitos" CD]

See Ya Later Alligator  Michele Burton & Jo Thompson Szymanski - September 2019

    48 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: See You Later, Alligator by Scooter Lee. CD: Midnight Hauler

Shackles  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) June 2011

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Intermediate   Music: Til The Shackles Fall Off by Scooter Lee

Shanghai Surprise  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) & Rachael McEnaney (UK) (Sept 2010)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate (Carolina Shag style)   Music: Jumpin The Jetty by Coastline, Album: Sneakin Out Back (Approx 125bpm)

Shoes of Another Man  Jo Thompson Szymanski 09/22/2009

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced WCS   Music: "Shoes of Another Man" by Brother Yusef

Showstopper  Scott Blevins and Jo Thompson Szymanski (July 2013)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: "Showstopper" by Brandon & Leah, Album: "Cronies"

Silver Wings  John Robinson and Jo Thompson Szymanski - November 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Silver Wings – Scooter Lee. CD: Don't Mind If I Do – www.scooterlee.com, Amazon, iTunes

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