Alan was drawn to Swing music early in life through Sunday afternoon classic movies & watching live big bands at Disneyland.
In 1994, Alan was “bribed” into taking his first Ballroom dance class by “the girl next door.” He visited Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA), and he quickly fell in love with dancing. Swing Camp Catalina exposed him to inspiring dancers & amazing dance legends including, Frankie Manning.
You’d never guess it but back then the term “two left feet” was easily applied to Alan. With passion, persistence and help from great instructors, he finally transformed from a gawky kid into a gawky kid who could dance.
Alan started teaching his family and friends how to dance and they would dance ANY TIME and ANYWHERE. By 1996, Saturday night dancing at Disneyland Carnation Plaza became a weekly event for Alan, his sisters & his cousins. He soon struck up friendships with some very young and talented “Disneyland Dancers” including; Shesha Marvin, Jofflyn Valencia, Adrienne Weidert & Peter Flahiff.
Alan rode the “Neo-Swing” wave of the 90’s dancing in various music videos & TV sitcoms (including Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Everybody Loves Raymond), as well as dancing and teaching at swing dance clubs like The Derby, The Hollywood Athletic Club and The El Rey Theatre. He even created his own dancing & singing performance troupe named Eddie Planter’s M.A.D. Dancers, which was composed of his family, his cousins & that “girl next door.
The gift of dance allowed a very shy kid to travel the world to various national and international Dance Camps, Lindy Exchanges and Dance Cruises.
Alan prides himself on being able to share his love for dance with even the most uncoordinated dancers. If he can learn to dance, anyone can.
Left-footed dancers UNITE!