Dance history: Nicole Ramirez (FKA Clonch), grew up in Redlands in Southern California. She started dance when she was 3 years old, studying jazz, tap, ballet, and hip-She began her partner dancing around age 5 in latin and ballroom, and found her way to west coast swing. In 2009, Nicole partnered with Christopher Dumond. She and Christopher won the US Open Swing Dance Championships Young Adult Division 2012/2013. Nicole went on to partner with Benji Schwimmer in Showcase Division from 2015 through 2019. Nicole trained with the Schwimmer’s from the start. She and Benji were multiple 1st place winners of the US Open Showcase Division and other top Swing Events on the circuit. Nicole has also won numerous Jack n Jill and strictly competitions. Her passion and love for west coast swing led her to her current partner, Thibault Ramirez, from France. She and Thibault partnered in the beginning of 2019, building a strong partnership and winning the 2019 US Open Showcase Division. Their success led them to a career of traveling through Europe teaching, judging, competing, coaching, and performing. Thibault and Nicole married in 2020.
Descriptions of accomplishments: US Open Swing Dance Champion Young Adult – 2012-2013 Multiple US Open Swing Dance Showcase Division Winner, with Benji Schwimmer and Thibault Ramirez. Multiple winning titles in Jack n Jill, Strictly Performer on Dancing with the Stars Created “Flash Choreo” with Thibault a mini intensive for those to learn routine choreography. Winner of the NASDE All Star Tour Performed in Germany’s Rosen gala before thousands and in Australia’s Gold Coast.