in Uptown Whittier

An Incredible Team!

Essex and Lee are an incredible team! Together, they awakened my passion for swing dancing. The magic combination is Essex's clear & purposeful teaching paired with Lee's energetic and supportive spirit. Together they create a learning atmosphere where you grow, where you feel that you belong and most of all, where you have fun. Essex and Lee also support the community by teaching and performing at many events, which not only supports local organizations, but also helps to spread interest and excitement for swing dancing.

Essex and Lee are great people, talented dancers and fantastic teachers!

Lupine R.

We Can Dance!

My husband and I have been married for 29 years and always wanted to dance swing like my parents. With the help of Essex and Lee, WE CAN DANCE. The greatest compliment we have received was at a wedding when an older lady came up to us to compliment how smooth and controlled we danced. We just smiled knowing that we are still taking lessons. Essex and Lee continue to encourage us along the way and they make dancing fun. Miracles do come true, they can happen to you.

Thank you Essex and Lee for helping to fulfill our bucket list.

Mario and Carla


Lee, you have been a big influence in my swing dancing life because you have inspired me to ask any man to dance with me. You and Essex are excellent instructors with an enormous amount of patience. You are always cool, calm and collected when dealing with varying degrees of your student's dancing experience.You make learning swing dancing enjoyable. I look forward to the next class in anticipation of perfecting my skills.

Thank you for being great instructors.

 Lorraine M.

Our Wedding Dance

8 years ago, I got married and you two were so cool to teach my wife and I a few swing lessons, and even came to our wedding and taught a group swing lesson to all our friends. To this day, all my friends state that our wedding was one of the best they ever went to, thanks to you guys.

Some of my friends and my wife's friends even got married through our wedding!

Chuck Y.

Take the Time to Teach the Moves

I just want to say thank you for all your time and effort into those lessons. I have taken several lessons around Pasadena and you two are really the best!

You both really take the time to teach the moves and do a great job teaching transitions. Your lessons are informative, fun and comprehensive! You both really care about your student's learning.

I highly recommend both of you to my friends wanting to learn how to swing dance! Thank you again!

Inge S. 


A Big Hit!

Your group was a HIT!!! You were energetic, genuine, professional, and lots of fun to watch! Please let everyone know how much they are appreciated, and that we are still hearing positive comments today. Your smiles were fabulous!

Thanks again!

Mia B.

Thanks for Everything

I just wanted reach out to you and say thank you for everything you have done for me during the last 3 and a half years. The gift of Swing Dancing has brought a great deal of joy to my life and with your guidance and support along the way it has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. Not only has it been very fun, but I have met some life-long friends along the way that I would never have had the opportunity to meet.

Additionally the exercise, collaboration with fellow students, and the music have enhanced my life beyond recognition. I can I tell you with 100% certainty that I will continue to swing dance the rest of my years as it always brings a smile to my face every time I hit the dance floor. I honestly don't know what I would do without it now!

Being one of your swing team members for 3 years was unbelievable fun and an unforgettable time that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you so much that and for the excitement you bring to your classes every night! You both are amazing people and the world would be a happier place if we all took lessons from Essex & Lee! You are truly the best.

Jeff P.

Thanks for the Lessons

I just wanted to say hi and to thank you once again for the lessons I took when I lived down there. I now live in Las Vegas and am a part of a swing team here, but I would not of been able to do it, if it was not for you two getting me into it and teaching me.

Thanks again

David C. 

I can't remember winning a raffle like this!

Thank you! I can't remember ever winning a raffle like this before. It's a terrific gift during this holiday season. It follows several gifts you've already given me - the opportunity to make so many friends, the fun of learning to dance, and the feeling of being comfortable in my own skin when I'm on the dance floor (I used to cringe at the thought of dancing before I came to Memories). And for those gifts I am very truly thankful. Your lessons have often been the highlights of the week for me throughout this year.

Frank N.


I've never stopped!

I started taking dance classes with Essex and Lee in April of 2007 and have 

never stopped. Essex and Lee are really great instructors; they are both so 

warm and friendly, their methods for teaching are relaxed and tons of fun. 

Learning to dance from Essex and Lee has truly changed my life; I actually

 met my husband in their classes!

Stephanie P.

Salute to the Military

Thank you for all your efforts and those that helped put the Salute to the Military event together. It was great. We really enjoyed the evening.

Don and Nancy

Tremendous Praise

You guys are awesome. I know it was a lot of work preparing for this event. 

But all your efforts really paid off. I have heard nothing but tremendous praise 

for your performances. You can be very proud. I appreciate everything you do.

 I may not say it enough, but I do. I am very fortunate to have you.

John C.

Disneyland Performance

Thank you for a great day at Disneyland. I know how much work it is to coordinate an activity for so many people. We really appreciate it. Your performance was really a hit with everyone!!!

Cheri and Peter


Swingin' the Night Away

Thank you again for your time and talents at the Valley Christian "Swingin' the Night Away" program last night. You both have sucha wonderful gift for getting people up and dancing. It's hard to get teenagers to do anything, much less get up in front of all their friends and dance. Yet, a large group of the people participating in the dance lessons last night were the teenagers. I hope that you will put us on your schedule for next year.

Suzanne S.