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Jesse Dickson discovered jitterbug dancing at the age of seventeen. Over the following years his enthusiasm for dancing led him to study lindy hop, west coast swing, and salsa. It didn’t take long for Jesse to become a successful competitive dancer and instructor. It was while competing as an All Star/Champion swing dancer that he switched to ballroom to find a partner.
Lannie Sullivan found dance at the age of seven when she was selected at an open audition for the touring Moscow Ballet. Quickly she fell in love with the discipline and perfectionism of classical dance. She spent most of her youth traveling in pursuit of dance education and began focusing on ballroom in her high school years.
In 2012 she met Jesse Dickson. Together they became American Rhythm Rising Star Champions and national finalists after winning their first competition in 2013. During this time Jesse shared his first love, west coast swing, with Lannie. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love, too.
In 2016 they debuted their first Classic routine (Goodbye My Lover) at The Open. They finished in 8th place. After a year of traveling and competing their routine they returned to The Open with their sophomore routine (Worry) finishing in 3rd place. Most recently their 2018 routine (In the Wee Hours) placed 5th.
Jesse and Lannie are grateful for all the opportunities they’ve had both in their home country and abroad to share their love of dancing with so many different people - and they look forward to creating more art in the years to come.