Board of Directors

President: Sidney Shiroma

Vice President: Howard DePorte

My life-partner Jeffrey and I discovered dance. It has deeply enriched our relationship and lives. We started with Ballroom then discovered country two-step and line dance. Our world exploded into the fantastical realm of the LGBTQIA+ Hoedown dance world attending weekend events and enjoying new friendships nationwide. I want to put San Diego Coasters on the national LGBTQIA+ country dance scene. Coasters, the off-spring of our spectacular parent dance organization Kickers at Urban Mo’s in The Hillcrest, has a mission to establish and grow country dance in the gay community. Itching to learn and also meet new like minded folk? Join us. We love beginners because we all were beginners at some time along the way!

Treasurer: Laura Daly

My line dancing interest began in 2017 when I attended a workshop on a cruise and loved it!  When I got home, I found a class at a local studio, where I learned a handful of line dances.  We took a ‘field trip’ to Urban Mo’s to try out our skills and watch some advanced dances.  I was hooked!  I SO appreciated Lee’s patient instruction, along with others, who took the time to teach me dances.  I love waltzes, but have thoroughly enjoyed learning two-step as well.

I am honored to serve on the San Diego Coasters board and hope that all will feel welcomed, challenged & encouraged at our events.

Director of Events and Communication: Robert Castanon

I was introduced to the world of line dancing by a good friend of mine in the Fall of 2017. The lack of experience and my shy nature almost kept me from going back, but the welcoming attitude of the ‘regulars’ made me want to keep going, and I’m glad I did.

Being part of this group has helped me grow not only as a dancer, but also a person. I have learned to challenge myself, and to not be afraid to step out of my comfort zone. From taking on the role of DJ to line dance instructor, I have pushed myself more with this group than I have in my entire life. I am proud to be part of a diverse group that is welcoming, loving, and above all accepting of everyone. I am happy to call this group my family.