The Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and Jazz Dance Camp and New Year's Party - Dec 26, 2018 to Jan 1, 2019
Jenna has been a key member of the Lindy Focus team for years, and we’re proud to welcome her back to the teaching roster this year. She has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Some of her favorite highlights are performing at Benaroya Hall in The Jump Session Show and teaching for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun. With over 10 years of teaching/coaching experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom.
Kelly has been dancing as long as she can remember. As a child she was especially drawn to modern dance. Starting at age 11, Kelly traveled with the Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble for 6 years, performing around the globe including Taiwan, Singapore, and Indonesia. When she met Mickey in 2004, she discovered her love for balboa and lindy hop; and so began their amazing friendship and partnership.
Emily began teaching privately at the age of 15, then at Camp Burton on Vashon Island from 1998-2005, Music Education and Jazz Studies degrees from University of Washington, Mary Gates Leadership Scholar for beginning improvisation, then director of bands at Ballou Jr. High in Puyallup Washington from 2004-7. She has been a teaching artist throughout NYC from 2008-10, a private trombone instructor at Little Red School House in Manhattan from 2014-2017, and led numerous clinics and workshops while on tour with Emily Asher’s Garden Party.
Heather Ballew has always been drawn to music and movement. For two years she taught ballroom, latin, and swing dancing at World of Dance in Denver. A regular competitor at events around the country, Heather has performed and competed with Denver’s champion swing dance troupe, 23 Skidoo, and has been an instructor at Beantown Summer Camp, Balboa Rendezvous, All Balboa Weekend and Provence Swing Festival.
She holds titles from Camp Jitterbug, International Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Hollywood, All Balboa Weekend and Canadian Swing Championships, but her proudest dance achievement to date has been organizing and growing a group of mighty fine dancers in her hometown. She is known for her personal investment in her students’ success and is a popular instructor in greater Denver for Lindy Hop and Balboa.
LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur, and ambassador of culture. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tasha has enjoyed much of her life immersed in jazz, funk, soul, and R&B music and dance thanks to her DJ father and dancing family. Having turned that lifelong passion into cultural activism she serves towards achieving the mission of Urban Artistry, Inc to preserve the arts that represent the urban experience, as a directing member, performer and educator. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout all her dance forms which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Through her own expression and endeavors Tasha hopes to inspire fellow artists to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.
Adam Brozowski is a professional choreographer, dancer, and teacher specializing in “Jazz Age” American dance forms: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Slow Drag (or Blues), and Tap. Based in Seattle Washington, Adam spends his year traveling around the world teaching, choreographing and performing. He holds titles from the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships and is an inductee into the Camp Hollywood/National Jitterbug Championships Hall of Fame.
Adam trained closely under 96-year-old original Savoy Ballroom dancer Norma Miller (Ken Burns Jazz) and is dedicated to preserving and spreading her legacy and the legacies of her fellow original Harlem Lindy Hoppers his classes.
Adam is also a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and has worked commercially as an actor and choreographer. In 2010 Adam founded the Harlem Swings! youth dance project in New York City. In 2014 Adam co-directed the Youth Program of the Frankie Manning Centennial celebration in New York City in collaboration with Lincoln Center, and the Frankie Manning Foundation which reached over 500 youth in NYC giving them a first experience with authentic American Jazz partner dancing.
Ryan Calloway shines on the dance floor. His enthusiasm, buoyant rhythm and boundless creativity make him one of San Francisco’s best known Lindy Hop leaders. Most nights you’ll find him pounding the floor at one of the city’s local jazz and swing clubs. Ryan’s goal as a teacher is to inspire his students to find their own creativity. With an open and warm style, he welcomes individuals to not only learn the traditions of Vintage Jazz Dance, but to add to it as well. Lindy Hop has taken Ryan Calloway around the world, having taught in Singapore and throughout the US. But you’ll only need to look as far as his smile to see how much he truly loves the dance.
He learned the basics of boogie woogie in 2012 in his home country Hungary, then he met Lindy Hop two years later which he became very fond of and passionate about. Since 2015 he teaches locally in Budapest, attends workshops, festivals, and all sorts of dance events all around Europe. He considers knowing both roles a very important aspect of Lindy Hop so he dances both as a follower and as a leader. In his dance he prefers smoothness, rhythm variations, sharp angles, alongside with elegance and light hand gestures. He’s deeply motivated by old timers, for example Jewel McGowan and Dean Collins. He likes to play around with facial expressions, and one of his specialities are swivels.
Fredrik Dahlberg is a member of the famous swing dance company Harlem Hot Shots and has taught at several international events such as Frankie 100, Herräng Dance Camp, Camp Jitterbug, Swing Crash and travelled to perform around the globe.
Mickey began swing dancing in Los Angeles in '99. Mickey and Kelly Arsenault have been dancing and competing since about 2005. During this time, their innovation and showmanship, coupled with their love of dance history and theory, have led them to become internationally recognized teachers and competitors in both Lindy Hop and Balboa. Together their winnings include repeat victories at the Balboa Redezvous for 2006, 2007 and 2010. They are 2008 ABW American Balboa Classic Champions as well as winners of the 2010 ILHC and ESDC Balboa Strictly division. Mickey and Kelly have taught extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, Korea, and Australia.
Christian Frommelt, a St. Louis native, is a world-renowned swing dance instructor, performer, and social dancer. In addition to being an accomplished lindy hop, charleston, and solo jazz dancer, Christian is one of the world’s foremost aficionados of St. Louis Shag, which he learned from original St. Louis Shag dancers John Bedrosian, the late Tommy Russo, and Lorraine Byrnes, who also belong to a unique local jitterbug tradition. While Christian possesses a historical perspective in his dancing and teaching, he embraces the importance of individual style and creativity above all else.
Laura was introduced to Lindy Hop in her small Texan hometown and helped grow the scene in San Antonio before making her way to Austin, TX, where she is now a vital part of the local scene. Her boundless energy & dedication have led her to become a highly-regarded international teacher and competitor. Laura is the co-owner of The Lindy Project in Austin and is well-known for her work choreographing performances like the Lindy Focus New Year’s Eve Show and her work with the ILHC-winning team, Lindy Hopper’s Dozen.
Jo Hoffberg is one fancy-pants lady in the lindy hop world today. She holds first place titles from the American Lindy Hop Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. She teaches vernacular jazz, lindy hop, ladies’ only workshops, runs teacher trainings in Europe and the States, as well as a performance/choreography weekend. She is a passionate and avid dancer, instructor and competitor.
Jamin Jackson is a professional dancer, entrepreneur and coach. He is the founder of Street Smart Swing and has empowered dancers for over 2 decades in the States and abroad. He is known for his focus on principles, a positive charismatic style, and his ability to help people cultivate a positive mental attitude in their personal development as human beings.
He has over 30 years and 25,000 hours of experience in the styles of Lindy Hop, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Jazz. Jamin has helped build and strengthen Lindy Hop communities in Spain, England, France, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Greece, Canada and many other new communities throughout the heartland of the United States.
He believes the world has yet to see the biggest days for Lindy Hop and continues his commitment to systematically expose and grow the dance in new territories around the globe. His shared passion for Lindy Hop like many others continually, drives him to spread the dance to those waiting for the joy that it brings.
Javier is a rocket scientist by trade, and he brings a powerful analytical sense which joins the mechanics of dance and the soul of expression. He is well versed in all the swing dances, but specializes in Balboa and soul. As an international swing dance instructor, he’s traveled around the world sharing his joy of teaching and his passion for jazz dances. He was the founding member of Lindy Circle (now Hartford Underground) back in 2007. He wanted to create a space where folks could get down and have some serious fun.
His accomplishments include top placements at Lindy Focus, the International Lindy Hop Championships, Beantown, Boston Tea Party, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, Eastern Balboa Championships and many more.
Dee Daniels Locke
Dee started Swing Dancing at the age of four with her Dad in the basement while wearing her Mom’s heels and her favorite plaid skirt. With a hiatus into hip hop during her school years, she realized her true dance calling was Lindy Hop, and was a co-founding member of the Bemidji State Swing Dance Club. For over a decade she’s shared her love of lindy hop with dancers young and old. She has became an influential member of the Twin Cities scene, and continues to inspire students at all levels. She looks to motivate new generations of swing dancers by organizing programs for Minnesota’s Youth.
Dee loves to shake her thang and she wants you to shake yours, too. She encourages self-expression on the dance floor, and prides herself on making each dance unique to the musical experience and partner, creating an authentic dance conversation. She advocates individual creativity as the true spirit of Lindy Hop.
She has taught, performed, and choreographed around the Midwest. She thought it was exceptionally cool to be invited to dance for the Dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. But even more ridiculously exhilarating was the opportunity to assist Frankie Manning in teaching a class! Most important to know is that Dee never refuses Peanut M&Ms, and will gladly become a lifelong friend to anyone who offers her that bite sized chocolate heaven.
She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance. You should ask her, she follows and leads….and she wants to dance with you.
Nikki grew up with a passion for early Jazz and Swing music and learning to dance was a natural progression. A 1st place win at the National Jitterbug Championships jump started her career and required her to compete at the Pro level. She started assisting her mentor and now husband, Shesha Marvin, with local classes and national workshops and learned quickly to be a clear and effective teacher. Her teaching style focuses on the things she loves the most about Lindy Hop: lead and follow, rhythm, musicality, and style. Nikki is a strong believer in dancing for the right reasons. Dance for yourself and no one else. She feels that we should look to others for inspiration and guidance, but form our own ideas about the dance.
Keenan McKenzie plays reeds at dance events across the country, frequently appearing with the Rhythm Serenaders, The Mint Julep Jazz Band, and The Lindy Focus All-Star Orchestra, led by Jonathan Stout. He also is a busy composer/transcriber, having reconstructed many of the Chick Webb and Jimmie Lunceford charts for the Heritage Sounds campaigns. Based in Durham, North Carolina, Keenan maintains a full roster of private students and teaches saxophone at NC State University. In December, he released his first album of original dance music, entitled Forged in Rhythm.
Joshua Mclean lives in Seattle, Washington, and has been dancing since he was five years old. He started dancing Lindy Hop in 2011, and has traveled to Chile, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and all over the US to teach and perform Lindy hop, Charleston, and Solo Jazz. In the classroom, He enjoys focusing on rhythm, fluidity of motion, balance, and partnering technique.
Some of Joshua’s favorite accomplishments include being honored as a Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador of Lindy Hop, performing in the Lindy Focus New Year’s Eve Show, a short interview with the NY Times, and teaching swing dance for Campfire USA’s 103rd birthday celebration. TV appearances include “Bienvenidos!” (Chile), “Good Morning NOLA” (Louisiana), and “Best Western: Victory Dance.”
Ann Mony strives to make every dance a unique and memorable one. Known for her playful style and the joy that she exudes while dancing, she travels as often as she can to share her love of lindy hop through classes, competitions, performances, and social dances. She is committed to preserving the improvisational link between lindy hop and jazz, empowering followers, and celebrating the cultural wealth of vernacular jazz dances.
Marie has been dancing almost as long as she has been walking, training mostly in modern Jazz. She fell in love with Swing, Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz in 2007. A true scientist, Marie loves history and facts – studying the roots of the dances through collaborations with other dancers as well as through research conducted on the different dancers of the swing era. Her main focus is on the jazz women and chorines of the time. She taught at Cat’s Corner in Montreal before moving to Stockholm, a base from which she has since taught internationally.
Mikey Pedroza is a professional swing dancer, instructor, and performer based in Orange County, California. He travels the world spreading his love for classical American Jazz Dances such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Solo Jazz, Blues and Slow Drag. Since 1998, he has earned acclaim performing swing dances on stage and winning competitions with an originally developed style of effortless techniques elevated by powerful movement, classic grace and playful expression.
Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix was introduced to music through the local marching band at the age of eight. After discovering his love and passion for music, Felix received a Benny Goodman recording from his grandfather, sparking a burst of what would become a life long dedication and devotion to the American art form, Jazz.
Despite his young age, Felix has been granted numerous awards and distinctions for his dedication and contribution to the clarinet and music, including a full tuition scholarship to the prestigious institution Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Music Performance (2012). After moving to New York, Felix has collaborated and performed with notable artists such as Wayne Shorter, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson jr., and Marcus Miller, whom the latter was featured on Felix’ critically acclaimed debut album “Royal Flush” (2014).
Having performed at famous venues like the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, as well as headlining festivals, and concert appearances worldwide as a bandleader, Felix is on a constant mission to spread joy and inspiration through his music. Felix has hosted numerous charitable performances in collaboration with UNICEF, and serves as an ambassador for ‘Playing for a Future’ bringing music education and instruments to children in impoverished regions of the world.
Andy Reid is one of the most well known and influential swing dancers out there. Since he started dancing in the late nineties, Andy has left an indelible mark on the dance scene. Andy's style is a balance of the refined and the eccentric. His proficiency with rhythm and partnering make his dancing rich and inspiring to watch and experience. While Andy specializes in and is passionate about the original styles of Lindy Hop, his dancing is a mix of many influences, is always inventive, and is never encumbered by labels.
Jenny has been teaching together with her partner Christian since 2011 and is a highly sought-after instructor the world over. She is known for her ability to deliver clear, engaging instruction that makes dancing accessible to students of all experience levels. Her thoughtful approach to teaching creates a learning experience that challenges students to experiment, explore rigorous concepts, and never go too long without laughing and having fun.
What began as a casual attempt to try something new quickly turned into a life-consuming passion. In the five years since she dove into lindy hop, Michelle has managed to attend at least six swing events per year, teach regularly in the Tulsa community, and join the board for the non-profit Vintage Swing Movement. She loves the physical creativity inherent to lindy hop, and its roots as a social dance.
Michelle aims for her students to leave with a firm foundation in rhythm, momentum, and the fundamental shapes of swing dance. She emphasizes comfortable body movement and strong rhythm over the look of the steps. As a feel-good dancer, Michelle hopes to inspire others to get on the social floor no matter what their experience and to be unafraid to ask anyone, of any skill level, to dance. She also encourages dancers not to take themselves too seriously, and will back that up with antics and loud noises.
Michelle loves Nutella, being a graphic artist, cheeseburgers, and automatic carwashes. In fact, she enjoys going through the carwash so much that she once made it a birthday present to herself. The key, she says, is to have a really good song cued up in order to fully lose oneself in the hypnotic spin of the brushes.
Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him at the tender age of six by his grandmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, he went on and eventually studied a score of different dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the history and styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them with a special focus on the Southern styles from the Mississippi Delta region. He has studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance across the United States learning from a number of the original dancers.
He is largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues idiom dance, a long time board member of the Northern California Lindy Society, former member of the California Historical Jazz Dance Foundation, and has been interviewed as a dance historian in documentary and for radio. Damon has been a featured instructor at camps, festivals, and workshops across five continents.
Kelsy brings her lifetime of dance training, a passion for vernacular dance, and a sharp eye for technique to the partner dance world. She has brought her joy and knowledge of blues idiom dances to some of the most high-profile events in the US, including but not limited to: bluesSHOUT!, The Experiment, and Blues Muse–serving as faculty, mentor, competition coordinator, and judge.
Kelsy’s critical eye and love of deep technique are tempered by her love of “dad jokes,” getting lost in the music, and embracing of the ridiculous. She shows her appreciation of African American culture by speaking of the history of Blues idiom dance and taking her craft seriously, but never herself. She believes every mistake is an opportunity to learn, every class an opportunity to challenge, and every dance an opportunity to pay respect to those who came before.
Jon Tigert is an internationally recognized professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor in the Swing Dance community. As a teacher, Jon specializes in Lindy Hop, Charelston, Balboa, Blues, Jazz and Tap. Jon has performed and taught all over the world, including in Montreal, Chicago, New York, Santiago, Budapest, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, London and more, as well as with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras as a featured artist. Based out of Nashville, Jon can often be found travelling the globe spreading his love of Swing to all of his students.
Bobby White has taught Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Solo Jazz around the world for over a decade. He has won various championships in all, and within one year won all three of the greatest national titles in Balboa. (2015-2016). His passion for the dances is rivaled only by his passion for teaching and swing dance pedagogy.
He is know for his storytelling talks, humorous teaching style, and as the MC of Lindy Focus main nights. He is the author of the renown swing dance blog Swungover* and the book Practice Swing: A Choose Your Own Adventure Guide to Getting Better at Swing Dancing.