President/Founder: Peggy Myers
Peggy, a professional massage therapist and business owner by trade, is one of the original co-founders of the AWCSC and served as Vice President for the first two years. She is also currently one of the instructors for the club. She began her dance journey in country western but fell in love with west coast swing when she wandered into the swing room at a country dance event 12 years ago. The thing she is most proud of, with respect to the club, is its friendly and welcoming attitude to dancers, new and experienced.
Vice President/Founding Member: Dan Darlington
Dan has been dancing for 30+ years: ballroom, country western, swing, ballet, modern and jazz, and spent 9 years Tap Dancing at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore Maryland. You would think after all this time he would have improved. During the light of day, Dan is a Research Physiologist for the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Blood Program. He has spent 35 years of his life sequestered in laboratories and libraries at various universities, which explains a lot. When he is not dancing, or being a lab rat, he enjoys inline skating, flying trapeze, growing roses and arguing with cats. When he grows up, he wants to run away and join the circus.
Membership Director: Larry Harkins
First and foremost, he is a proud military veteran. He got serious about dancing after attending a Country/Western Dance Competition while stationed in Germany. Complete immersion in dance quickly took him to a 4th place overall finish in the 1990 European Championships. Although country dancing is a favorite, there is certainly a growing love for West Coast Swing. He ran for Vice President because of this love to dance and to help the community grow. Oh yeah, he also is a DJ for AWCSC as well as at Midnight Rodeo providing great music for dancers of all styles.
Marval started country dancing in 2001. He learned the basics and then learned some choreographed routines in 2002 and competed on the country dance circuit. He enjoys all kinds of country, latin, and swing dancing but his favorite is west coast swing. He has really enjoyed learning and being involved with the west coast swing dance community in San Antonio.
Secretary: Lara Callaway Roberts
I joined the Alamo West Coast Swing Club in September of 2015. I danced extensively during my formative years, but this has been my first foray in to dancing as an adult. I’ve received so much personal benefit from this Club that I would like to help insure its future success! I hope that by supporting the organization I am insuring that someone else in the future will have the benefit of learning an amazing dance from an amazing group of people in a judgement-free zone!
James Bailey has been teaching, dancing, and competing for over 15 years. He started his dancing journey doing country and western in the local clubs in Gulfport MS, while stationed at Keesler AFB. The Air Force sent him to Omaha NE, where he learned ballroom and Latin dances. During his most recent assignment to Lackland AFB, he helped establish a non-profit dance club, where he currently serves on the board of directors as the Dance Director. James has always said dancing is just walkin’ and laughin’, everything else is just a bonus. He is currently teaching west coast swing for the club on Tuesday nights.
Georgie was competing in C&W when Gracie suggested she attend the Dallas Dance Festival on Labor Day weekend to get some really great west coast swing exposure. She was blown away, and soon convinced her dear friends Peggy & Debbie to join her the following year. She knew she would eventually have to bring that kind of dancing to San Antonio, and with the help of Peggy Myers & James Bailey, The Alamo West Coast Swing Club was born. Georgie was the first AWCSC president and has continued to be a big part of the club and where it is headed.