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Judy A. Edgington
Team Director
Tap/Musical Theater Instructor

Judy was born and raised in a very musical, dancing family in a small rural town in Iowa. She has two grown sons, one in Connecticut and one in Arizona. She began dance lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, hula, and acrobatics, at age 5 and continued throughout her high school years having to drive nearly 60 miles every week to participate. She studied under Betty Mae Harris who was a Life Member and Director of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and a Member and Faculty Teacher of Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. While in High School she was a cheerleader, played trumpet in concert band, was a baton twirler in marching band, and a member of the school drill team. She taught dance and baton lessons to elementary school children and performed at every High School event through singing, and solo dancing to songs she choreographed. She also choreographed many dance numbers for the drill team.  She began performing on stage at an early age and in addition to dance recitals, danced a variety of dances, including ballroom, rock and roll, calypso, and all the dances of the era, with a group of High School students for many events outside her own home town.

She has a degree in Management and retired after 30 years with the Federal Government with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Seventeen of those years were spent with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She spent four years in the Army Reserves, graduating from the NCO Academy, while also serving as a civilian employee for the Department of Defense. She was awarded the Outstanding WAC award while in basic training and received an Outstanding Recognition award from the Governor of Iowa for work as a dual Army/Civilian employee. She was a member of Toastmasters for three years and has done much public speaking throughout her career. She was also President of the Federal Women’s Program Managers for two years.

She moved to Mesquite in 2012 where her friends encouraged her to come and dance with the Mesquite-Toes and she has never stopped. She loves the town, the warm and friendly people, and is grateful to be able to continue with something she truly enjoys – DANCING!!!!

   
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Carol Harris
Tap Techniques/Beginning Tap Instructor

Though Carol was born in Chicago, Il., her family moved to Maryland in 1967. Carol earned a B.A. in psychology from Lafayette College in Easton, PA., in 1976 and, in the 1980's, a Master's Degree in Business and Public Administration (MBPA) from Southeastern University, in Washington, D. C.. At 29, Carol began to study Shinshin Toitsu-do (Ki- Aikido), a Japanese martial way. She studied Ki-Aikido for 18 years, 14 years of which she also served as an instructor at the Maryland Ki Society dojo.

In her 40's, Carol redeemed a long time promise to herself to study tap dancing. She studied tap and jazz weekly after work for a little more than a year at a local Maryland dance studio and vowed to take more lessons when she retired. Carol and her husband, Wayne Griffith, an Australian native, retired in 2007 to the Tweed Coast, Australia - Carol from a Federal government career that culminated at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Wayne from a lucrative private career as a Technical Expert in the wood flooring industry.The couple relocated to Mesquite, Nevada, in 2010.

Carol, a self-confessed "gym junkie", has been committed to fitness for more than 30 years. You can usually spot Wayne and Carol working out at Mesquite's Anytime Fitness every Monday through Friday morning. Carol noticed an ad for Mesquite-Toes Beginner Tap Classes in September, 2011 and, the rest is history. She is currently a member of the Mesquite-Toes Turquoise Tap Team and loves the challenge of tapping and clogging. Carol joined the teaching staff in 2013 and enjoys teaching Tap Techniques and time steps to the Mesquite-Toes beginners.

   
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Debbie Miller
Clogging Instructor

Debbie was born and raised in Utah. She and her husband have four daughters and 14 grandchildren. She taught elementary school for many years and ended her career as a Clinical Faculty Associate, teaching and training student teachers at Brigham Young University. Her husband is retired from the US Air Force, but is currently still working. Debbie participated in dance classes throughout her childhood and teen years. She was a cheerleader in high school and college. Her daughters also participated in dance and were on national champion cheerleading teams in Texas, which kept her involved with the dance and cheer world. When her children were young, she taught clogging classes to young students and performed with her co-teaching partner. She absolutely loves to dance, especially clogging! In 2009, the Millers purchased a home in Mesquite to use for weekends, then officially became "snowbirds" in 2011. Debbie joined the Mesquite-Toes in 2011 and is currently a member of the Red Team. She recently (Jan, 2014) became a member of the teaching staff and will be instructing and sharing her love of clogging to beginner clog dancers for the Toes newly formed clogging teams.

   
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Marge Westwood
Jazz Instructor

Marge was born and raised in California where she was very active in the music community. After meeting her husband in Hawaii, they moved to Long Beach, CA where Russ received his Masters Degree. Two children were born there and shortly after graduating, they moved to Utah where 3 more children were added to the family. She and Russ raised their children in Highland, UT and after they were all in school, Marge was employed as the Operations Officer of Kencraft Candy, Inc. in Alpine, UT. The family enjoyed their passion of water skiing together whenever they could break away from other duties. After Russ retired 20 years ago, they moved to Mesquite, returning to Utah for the summers. Now they have sold their properties in Utah and are in Mesquite full time. Marge has always had a desire to choreograph and moving to Mesquite and joining the Mesquite-Toes has given her this opportunity. Marge is part of the original team started by Vicki in 2003. After recently returning from 18 months in Europe as a humanitarian missionary, she has returned to instruct the Mesquite-Toes Jazz Team.

Team Members

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Beverly

Carol

Claudette

Dee

Donna

Debbie

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Elaine

Gwen

Helen

Joanne

Judy B

Judy D

judye judymae kathylyne linda marcia marge

Judy E

Judy Mae

Kathy Lyne

Linda

Marcia

Marge

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Miriam

Neva

Pam

Pat

Phil

Sandy

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Sue

Susan

Taralee

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Vicki Eckman
Founder/Creative Director 2003-2016

Vicki was born in Michigan during the war years. She has been dancing (and singing and acting) most of her life. She studied all forms of dance in Michigan under the direction of Maybelle Van (a real hoofer in Vaudeville). It was here that she developed her life-long love of tap dancing. During her high school and college years, Vicki performed, danced and sang in every available performance.


While at Marian College in Indianapolis, Indiana, she also developed her love of choreography and did the choreography for the college’s first ever Musical Comedy, “The King and I”…. She was also a member of the College’s Bell Canto Choir. After college and while being a mom, Vicki volunteered for amateur productions, doing choreography for various singing ensembles and local community theater, including several performances of “Guys and Dolls." She later opened and operated a very successful dance studio in Cincinnati, Ohio and taught all forms of dance; tap, ballet, jazz and acrobatics.


After moving to Minnesota, Vicki stayed active in local productions and performed with a local clogging group. She later retired to Mesquite, Nevada where she founded the ever popular “Mesquite-Toes Tap Dancing Troupe." She retired after the 2015-2016 season to move closer to her family and spend time with her granddaughter, Elizabeth, who is quite the performer also. Vicki will always be a "part" of the Mesquite-Toes.