Dirt Road Dancing is an exciting dance organization inspired by the country swing dance popularity in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho. We specialize in converting classic country dance styles into a faster, modern-edge swing. We provide individual instruction and illustration for basic partner-dance techniques and steps. With over a decade of dance experience, Dirt Road Dancing instructors teach basic to advanced lessons, wedding choreography and line dancing. We provide our dancers with immediate feedback and guidance to promote creativity and confidence on the dance floor.
We personalize each dance session in order to fit the individual needs of our dancers. Each session with Dirt Road Dancing is a unique experience based on your preferences and style. We always strive to facilitate a fun and engaging dance environment, especially for those who love to make new memories!
People love to dance, and we love to teach." Dirt Road Dancing was founded upon cultivating the knowledge of dance through, curiosity, empowerment, and passion. Troy and Elise have a combined 17 years experience and have been sharing their love of swing with the Treasure Valley together for 7 years. Elise tested out her first dance floor at the University of Idaho where she discovered her unrealized potential and a burning desire to dance. In 2009, Elise met Troy. Although he knew very little about country swing, he was willing to take a risk and discovered a new found talent for country dancing. They love converting classic country dance styles into a faster modern edge swing and believe creativity is key to a great dance.
Idaho grown, Elise Lorcher has been country dancing for over 12 years. She found her love for country swing through a college course at the University of Idaho. Although she had been in competitive dance as a teenager, she loved the partner dynamics of swing style dancing. She enjoyed the challenge of following a partner, rather than following a routine. She credits a lot of her dance and follow abilities to the "old school cowboys" who were able to teach her classic country dance fundamentals and etiquette. Elise has competed in many country dance contests around Idaho and Northwest areas including the Portland Dance Festival. Elise recently won the 2019 Treasure Valley Dancing With The Stars taking first place in all categories, including overall performances. Since she began teaching in 2009, Elise has taught at various clubs, social events, fundraisers, private lessons, as well as getting brides and grooms ready for their first dance. In 2015, she started Dirt Road Dancing with her dance partner Troy DeRosier. Together, they have spread the love of country dance around the Treasure Valley, creating one of the biggest dance scenes in the area. Her favorite part of teaching is watching the smiles on her students grow as they turn into more confident dancers. She truly believes anyone can dance, just a mindful matter of choosing fun over fear. When Elise is not on the dance floor, she is spending time with her family, especially her daughter either baking, playing tennis or cartwheeling in the grass.
Troy DeRosier was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. Music and dance have been a central part of Troy's life. He was first inspired by dance through watching his parents swing dance in the kitchen. He credits his music abilities of finding a good beat to his marching band days playing the saxophone and being a drum major. His first introduction to country music and line dance was through his middle school curriculum. Reluctant to country music at first, he found an appreciation after rocking out to "Standing Outside the Fire" by Garth Brooks with a bunch of friends line dancing in the street. At that point he was hooked on getting people together creating a fun dance atmosphere. Troy has been known to bring a crowd together through music and dance throughout his adult life as well. He has been a premier wedding and corporate DJ for over 10 years cultivating a strong, fun and professional dance environment. In 2009 Troy met Elise Lorcher, his current dance partner. Although unfamiliar with swing dance, he took another giant step toward his passion of dance and good music. He learned as much country dance as his two left feet would allow. He thanks Elise for all her patience and her willingness to teach him into the professional Country Swing dancer he is today. Now, recently retired from his DJ duties, Troy enjoys spending his free time with his family and as well as working on other business projects.
Jessi graduated from the university of Idaho in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education: Exercise Science and Health/Dance. During her undergrad and immediately following graduation, Jessi was fortunate enough to teach dance and fitness classes for two universities, serve as a dance research assistant for an assistant professor of kinesiology, and present at three National SHAPE America conferences (Society of Health and Physical Educators of America).
Not only does Jessi have a love for dance and fitness, but she is intrigued about the way that the human body can move and transform. Starting at the age of two, Jessi began studying and training in a wide variety of dance styles including: ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, KRUMP, lyrical, character, modern, contemporary, belly dance, African jazz, east coast swing, west coast swing and country line dance. Jessi loves sharing her passion for dance by teaching others, choreographing new moves and dancing wherever she can find a space!
Dan Melody was born and raised in the southern Idaho farmlands where he began his swing dance journey at the age of 14. Dan learned more throughout his teen years in school and stopped when he joined the military. When he got his boots back on the dance floor years later, it didn't take him long to dust off his swing dancing skills. In 2012, Dan became interested in West Coast Swing and continues to progress and advance his musicality through the mixing of West Coast and country swing dance styles. In 2016, he became a Dirt Road Dancing mentor where he was found assisting with classes around the valley, helping new dancers find their "right" feet on the dance floor. Today he is known for his unique style of swing dancing which is a melding of country and west coast swing dancing platforms. When he isn't on the dance floor, Dan works as a professional wildlife biologist traveling all around the country conducting wildlife research and monitoring the spread and impact of wildfires.
Josh started dancing around six years old swayin' his hips and knees to Billy Idol with his older brother. When Josh was 17 he joined a hip-hop dance class to challenge his skills and to feel new beats. In 2012, Josh began assisting line classes at Dukes in Portland, where he struck his love for boot stomping and count patterns. Since his move to the Treasure Valley in 2014, Josh has left his mark spreading his love and passion for line dance. In April 2017, Josh joined the Dirt Road Dancing team as a lead line dance instructor. He has coordinated and showcased in his own line dance choreographies including intermission pieces at the 2019 Treasure Valley Dancing With The Stars, and the Western Idaho Fair in Boise, Idaho. Josh is always looking for a dance crowd. He may be seen dancing on a floor, in his truck or anywhere else he can find a good beat.