Anthony Genatempo

The World Swing Dance Council wishes to recognize Anthony (aka Awgie) Genatempo for his critical work in creating the original digital Points Registry database.

Since the World Swing Dance Council was founded in 1993, Annie Hirsch had wanted to track the progress and advancement of swing dancers in a digital format, to promote the dance she loved so much.

In 1996, while stationed at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Anthony Genatempo was a familiar person at the nightly swing dance locations in Southern California. During this time, Anthony became close to Annie Hirsch and the World Swing Dance Council. Recognizing his natural enthusiasm, passion for the dance, and technical abilities, Annie asked Anthony to convert her concept of a swing dancer tracking system into reality.

Anthony worked with Annie Hirsch and Mark Scheuffele to understand Annie’s vision, scope, requirements and limited resources available to the fledgling non-profit organization. To understand the complexity of this initiative, he consulted his cousin Steven Diethelm for additional insight on database design. Aware that custom technology can become unmanageable or obsolete, Anthony designed Annie’s concept using commonly available technology.

By mid-1997, Anthony Genatempo created a usable, reliable database using Microsoft Access to record dancers’ Jack and Jill contest results and the associated points for placements. Annie finally had a tool that could be used to promote swing dancing by tracking a dancers’ progress. This Access database became the first working prototype of what is now known as the WSDC Points Registry.

Anthony recognized the magnitude of the work Annie was trying to achieve. He donated his time, effort and the Points Registry database to the World Swing Dance Council.

Over the years, this original database has been updated and enhanced, but the core functionality remains. The World Swing Dance Council recognizes Anthony Genatempo for his time, effort and generosity in creating the Access database that was the first viable digital Points Registry and fulfilling a vision of Annie Hirsch’s to promote swing dancing.