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Michelle Kinkaid
(aka Michelle Mayers, prior to 1990)


  • Instructor
  • Competitor
  • Judge
  • Event Promoter
  • DJ
  • Hall of Fame Inductee




    Michelle and the
    "Poor Innocent Cookie"(photo: Mike Strong)


    Michelle is known for her smooth, interactive dance style. She is a three-time U.S. Open Classic Division Winner as well as winner of the U.S. Open Jack & Jill and many other titles including two-time winner of the Phoenix Champion of Champions.

    In addition to running her own studio, organizing & directing the Mountain Magic Swing Dance Convention (Lake Tahoe, NV), hosting the Sea Magic Dance Cruises and Train Magic Adventures, producing a line of instructional DVDs (in west coast swing, hustle & nightclub two step),and directing several local events, Michelle travels the USA, Canada, Europe and Japan teaching, competing, judging and promoting dance.

    Michelle is a Feather Award recipient for Best Classic Swing Dancer, was voted "Queen of Swing" at the 1994 National New Year's Dance Championships in Dallas, and was inducted into both the World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

    Summary:
    • 4-time U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion
    • World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame* (2005)
    • California Swing Dance Hall of Fame (1994)
    • People's Choice Feather Award - Best Swing Dancer
    • Founder & Director of these annual events:
      -Mountain Magic Dance Convention - Lake Tahoe, NV (1999>)
      -Sea Magic Dance Cruise Adventures (2004>)
      -Train Magic Adventure (2005>)
      -Swing Joins Country Event (1992>)
      -Memorial & Remembrance Dance (1989>) honoring Robert Kinkaid, John Duffy +
    *The World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame
    is a lifetime achievement award for swing dancers, from around the country and from the various styles of swing, whose long-time contributions and accomplishments have contributed to the growth and prestige of swing dancing. Through dancing, competing, teaching, judging and/or promoting, Hall of Fame inductees have shown distinction in exemplifying the highest standards of leadership, ethical conduct, and local and national service, resulting in a body of work with a far reaching and significant impact on swing dancing. Beyond mere enjoyment and participation, they have given of themselves to their local swing dancers, the general public and the national swing dance community.

    *The California Swing Dance Hall of Fame
    pays tribute to and promotes the recognition and appreciation of professional and non-professional dancers of the past, whose outstanding talents and showmanship created a legacy of movement, rhythm, energy and style in the art of swing dancing.

    MICHELLE KINKAID (San Francisco)
    by Mike Strong

    Michelle is a three-time U.S. Open Classic Division Champion, winner of the U.S. Open Jack & Jill, two-time winner of the Phoenix Champion of Champions, Feather Award recipient for Best Classic Swing Dancer, was voted "Queen of Swing" at the 1994 National New Year's Dance Championships and was inductee into both the World Swing Dance Council National Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. In addition to running her own studio, Michelle is the organizer of the Mountain Magic Swing Dance Convention (Lake Tahoe, NV), along with the Sea Magic Dance Cruise and Train Magic Adventures. She has a line of instructional videos and travels the USA, Europe and Japan teaching, competing, and judging on both the Swing and Country circuits.

    Mike Strong wrote a workshop review for one of Michelle's visits to Kansas City. He also took some of the photographs on this website! Thanks, Mike.

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    More Photos




    Michelle - U.S. Open 1992
    (photo: Gary Tom)


    Michelle & Robert
    Int'l Grand Ball, SF 1989
    (photo: Gary Tom)


    Michelle & Robert
    Chicago 1994


    Hall of Fame Award
    @ US Open 2005
    (photo: John Peterson)




    Michelle & Robert Kinkaid (US Open Jam Dance, 1991)

    Michelle Kinkaid w/Don Dressler and Randy Clements (Phoenix 1992)


    Flash Mob at Mountain Magic 2010 (11/6/10)
    MM2010 Flash Mob



    Flash Mob at Mountain Magic 2010 (11/6/10) [another view]


    SF Flash Mob (10/16/10)

    SF Flash Mob (12/5/10)