Demetre Souliotes' love for dance first manifested itself at a young age in the form of Hip-Hop and Break Dancing. By 13 he was competing, battling, and winning competitions in three different styles of Hip-Hop. Since those early years dance has remained a constant and integral part of his life. It wasn't till a couple years later that his journey of life and dance changed forever. Demetre found West Coast Swing, a dance that introduced him to the unique joys of partner dancing while still touting the same freedoms in individual creativity, self-expression, and musicality allowed for in Hip-Hop.
Dance and West Coast Swing in particular, quickly became an all-encompassing passion. 3 Months after learning the basics of WCS he won his first contest, within 2 years and a quick accent through the competition circuit, he was asked to partner by one of the top champion dancers of that time, Beata Howe.
That year started with a bang with Demetre and Beata travelling the USA full time on the West Coast Swing Professional Circuit; competing, performing, and teaching all over the US; finally, capping the year with a 6th place finish at The US Open Swing Dance Championships.
Following that explosive start as a West Coast Swing Dance Professional, Demetre has travelled the world competing, performing, teaching, and choreographing. He has won, finaled-in, and placed in countless Champion & Invitational Division West Coast Swing competitions.
Demetre has taught WCS all over the USA at the some of the most revered conventions such as Chico Dance Sensation, Summer Hummer, Boston Tea Party, South Bay Fling, Palm Springs Summer Swing Dance Classic, Dallas Classic, MadJam, Swingin' New England , and Swing Thing. In addition to weekend events, Demetre had the honor and privilege of being invited to New York to teach at the famed dance studio, Dance Manhattan, where he spent two months teaching alongside some of the best dancers in the world. Back home in Southern California he has taught dance courses at the University of Southern California (USC) & Caltech University. Recently he has been living in Asia and taught in Taiwan, Singapore, and China.
When asked, Demetre categorizes his style of WCS to be focused on a base of micro connection, clear lead, and silent conversation to create the frame work in which free body movement and expression can take place, with a touch of Hip-Hop for good measure. Through the last decade his style has evolved inspired by his Hip-Hop roots, his friends in Lindy Hop, his amazing peers in WCS, and the pure evolution of this amazing street dance West Coast Swing.
His mentors and/or influences are Robert Royston, Mario Robau Jr., Beata Howe, Mary Ann Nunez and Kyle Redd.