The Naked Truth: Real Talk about West Coast Swing

10 EpisodesProduced by Eric Jacobson & Deborah Székely

A weekly podcast where hosts Eric Jacobson and Deborah Székely discuss West Coast Swing, our dance community, and the impact they both have on all of us personally.

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Laureen Baldovi

December 5th, 2018


Most people know Laureen Baldovi from her winning routines with Robert Royston, but she has followed her own path since their partnership ended …

The Open 2018

November 28th, 2018


Every year, The Open is a showcase for swing dancing – what it is, what it has been, and what it can be – and this year’s event was no exception. We talked about Deborah’s experience competing at The Open, how much we …

Music and DJing with Ruby Lair

November 14th, 2018


Let’s face it: good music is essential for a good night of dancing and a good dance in competition. To discuss the power of music – and the role of …

Brandi Guild

November 7th, 2018


Grab yourself a beautiful glass of wine and find a cozy spot to sit for this special interview with one of the classiest people we know, the lovely …

All Things Swing with Tom Paderna

November 1st, 2018


In this week’s episode, we sit down with our good friend Tom Paderna and talk about a wide range of topics. We discussed the origins of NASDE and how it’s changed over time. We discussed WSDC and how it’s impacted the …


October 24th, 2018


With the US Open fast approaching, we talk about what it takes to put together a routine – from picking a song and getting choreography to working with coaches and practicing. Deborah talks about how she’s working on …


October 17th, 2018


Whether you’re a competitor, a professional, an event director, or someone who just enjoys watching dance videos online, judging has a big impact on you – and the dance we all love. In this episode, we discuss the …

Boogie by the Bay

October 10th, 2018


After a fantastic weekend at Boogie by the Bay, we discuss what makes it such a great event, and what other events can learn from its example. From hiring top-notch staff to creating a relaxed atmosphere to keeping …


October 3rd, 2018


In this episode, we discuss professionalism – and the lack thereof – among our dance professionals. We talk about the ways event directors can mistreat the instructors they hire, how instructors can be unresponsive and …

Robert Royston

September 26th, 2018

The legendary Robert Royston joins us to discuss his early days in West Coast Swing, what he did to become a dance professional, and how the dance scene has changed over the last thirty years. We talked about the …

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