Featured Co-Instructors


Over the years Shawn Trautman has primarily danced with his wife, Joanna Trautman who is an outstanding dancer, excellent teacher and the perfect compliment to Shawn's teaching style and personality. Shawn and Joanna on camera are quite the show and certianly will keep you entertained as they turn you into a confident dancer.

Shawn and Joanna are the proud parents of four beautiful children and during two of Joanna's pregnencies Shawn had to bring in a ringer. Enter Nicole Frye. Nicole is an accomplished, competitive, award winning dancer who brings her own style of charm to Shawn's instruction videos. Nicole Frye is the featured danceer on all Shawn's country two-step DVDs (aside from Two-Step 101).

Joanna Trautman

Originally from Salt Lake City, UT, Joanna Trautman has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She trained in a variety of dance genres from childhood including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, liturgical, and hip hop dancing. Her dancing continued throughout her college years in Massachusetts when she was introduced to Swing (East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop specifically) and taught group fitness classes while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree. Although dance performance remained a part of her life through numerous community theatre musicals and operettas, Joanna discovered a true passion for dance education through her group fitness experiences.

Following the completion of her degree, Joanna Trautman moved to the Tampa Bay area in Florida, where she met and married Shawn Trautman and was introduced to the wide world of social ballroom, Latin, country, and swing dancing. Soon Joanna’s repertoire of dances was expanded from East Coast Swing to include favorites from all of the social dance genres including Salsa, West Coast Swing, Two-Step, Waltz, and more. She loved it!

In 2003 Joanna Trautman was instrumental in the launch of Dance Xpress, a series of intensive, interactive dance instruction workshops where participants learned to dance in as little as a day. In 2005 Joanna Trautman filmed the first of the Shawn Trautman Instruction DVDs with Shawn and has partnered with him on over two dozen titles. In 2006 Joanna co-authored the book, Picture Yourself Dancing, and helped launch the teaching structure for the entire Picture Yourself series through Thomson Course Technologies (more than 100 books to date). Her expertise in dance instruction and video production has been applied since to several titles including Dance Lessons 101 and other top-selling beginner titles.

Today, Joanna Trautman is a busy mother of four, and works full-time with Shawn and the Dance Videos Direct Team in producing the latest titles from Dance Videos Direct, including Shawn Trautman Instruction products. Take a look at the instruction videos she’s a part of, both as an instructor and a contributing producer and reap the benefits of her enthusiasm, expertise, and experience.

Nicole Frye

Originally from Florida, Nicole Frye graduated with her Masters in Education and has a strong passion for teaching that is evident in her many students’ successes. Though she is extremely passionate about her dancing and is proficient working with students of all ages, she holds a special place for working with grade-school children on both the academic as well as social sides of life. Most important to Nicole Frye is understanding her student’s goals and striving to help them, whether it be in dancing or in life.

Nicole Frye has been dancing since 1997 and has been involved in many competitive dance events. She was lured into dancing to meet new people and to do something different, and that’s exactly what happened. The first time she witnessed a crowd of people dancing with partners, she knew she wanted to be able to dance like them. Once she tried it and realized how much fun it was, she was hooked!

Nicole Frye soon took her dancing very seriously and began training for competition in the country western dance circuit, UCWDC. For years, she trained with top country, ballroom, and swing instructors around the U.S. and ended up competing in all eight of the available dance categories (Triple Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Polka, Cha-Cha, Waltz, Two Step, East Coast Swing, and West Coast Swing). Nicole Frye and her partner quickly worked their way up to Division 1 and accumulated several 1st Place overall finishes at a number of National competitions.

Today, Nicole Frye focuses on her strengths as a genuinely passionate person and delivers her brand of instruction in a fun and unique way. Whether socially or for competition purposes, Nicole Frye can help you achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. Take a look at the instruction videos she’s a part of and reap the benefits of her vast knowledge base.