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Since 1978 Mike Bendavid has been teaching Country Western Dancing with his Company called Mike's Country Dancing. From 1980 - 82 Mike competed on a national level and won the State of California Dance Championships with his partner. He was also a member of the California State Champions Super Kickers Dance Team from the greater Los Angeles area. Mike's dancing and DJ career took off with the Urban Cowboy craze, Mike began teaching at more locations including several night clubs, such as the World Famous Palomino Club, Country Club, Longhorn Saloon, The Forge, Cowboy Palace, The Saddle Bronc, The Cowboy, The Corral, Calico Saloon and several others that became popular during that time.

In the late 80's Mike traveled throughout Europe, Middle East and South America teaching dancing and DJing at several locations. Upon his return he started DJing on a more regular basis at some of the local Country Clubs in the Los Angeles area.

Mike is often sought out as a Judge for the major dance festivals that occur for The Country Western Dance International (CWDI) Mike has also been the coordinator and event director for six major dance festivals called the All Valley Country Dance Festival and has had great success with them.

Mike is also a singer of Country Music and has performed at several night clubs including singing at Gilley's in Las Vegas, as well as several other venues in the greater Los Angeles area. In 1999 Mike was awarded the prestigious American Disc Jockey Association of the Year award for Country Music Disc Jockey. Mike is a voting member of the Country Music Association (Nashville) and Academy of Country Music (Los Angeles) he is also involved with his Jewish roots as well giving time to the Temple when needed as a member of his Men's Club. Mike is also a Kiwanian who spends several hours a week giving to senior citizens dance lessons as a way to give back to the community.

He is often asked to DJ and teach dance lessons at several other dance festivals including Pismo Beach Western Days, Desert Sands in Las Vegas, and events at Palm Springs, Utah, Wyoming, San Francisco and several other states. Mike was also a major speaker and panelist for Country Music at Disc Jockey Conventions including Mid America in Kentucky, and Mobile Beat Magazine's in Las Vegas.

Mike currently teaches dancing full time for his living while DJing whenever needed and on weekends. His classes are listed on his website at mikescountrydancing.com. His current classes at the Cowboy Palace Saloon in Chatsworth, CA are on Wednesday and Sunday where he eagerly greets new comers who would like to learn.

With his many travels he is versed in Hebrew, English, Spanish, and has taught classes and Dj'd with these languages as well. He has met and interviewed several Country singers as he was also a Radio on air Disc Jockey from 1984 through 1985. He is often called upon by other Disc Jockeys for his expertise in the Country Music field.

In 1986 when Country was going strong, Mike made a trip across the United States & Canada traveling 15,000 miles to several Country clubs to promote Country Music. In 1999 Mike was elected as the director of the Millennium Line Dance Event, 2000 on Parade for the City of Los Angeles. This New Year's Eve event drew thousands of line dancers from all over Los Angeles to help celebrate the year 2000 with everyone line dancing at the same time.

 

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