PJ & Tashina

PJ & Tashina

PJ Turner & Tashina Beckmann-King

PJ (Knoxville, TN) and Tashina (San Diego, CA) were brought together by a mutual passion: joy of movement through West Coast Swing. They began their partnership in May 2013, and debuted their 1st ever Classic Routine in July 2013 at Swingtime in the Rockies. Within their first year of partnership they consistently placed Top 5 at major US NASDE and other WSDC events in the Classic Division, having a phenomenal start with their “Feel Again” routine. They continue to place Top 5 with their 2nd Routine: “Counting Stars”.

Almost immediately following their debut they started teaching at events & at workshop weekends throughout the US. Throughout 2014 they have traveled, taught, competed, performed and judged at National and International Events. Promoters and students alike love their fun energetic personalities, humorous accents, professionalism, and passion for late night dancing.

Their partnership is strengthened by the fact that their individual and now mutual life dreams were and continue to be professional dancers. They are so grateful they get to experience this together. People often question how a long distance partnership from Tennessee to California works? PJ & Tashina answer with “When You Love what you Do, You Find a way to make it work”.

Early on in the partnership PJ dubbed Tashina with the nickname “Taz”, to capture the spirit of her wild hair and ridiculous sounds she makes in the place of counting. PJ’s nickname “Paco Jose” stems from a misunderstanding of what PJ actually stands for, ever since then it has stuck.

They have loved all of the amazing opportunities they’ve had to share their love and passion of West Coast Swing with those they have met along their journey.

They look forward to returning for their third WOTP this summer.

Get ready, cause they’re comin’!