The Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues, and Jazz Dance Camp and New Year's Party - Dec 26, 2016 to Jan 1, 2017
Known for her magical energy, high-flying aerials and dynamic movement, Evita Arce is a specialist in the Lindy Hop, The Charleston, and other Swing era dances. Evita performed the featured Lindy Hop role with partner, Michael Jagger, in the Broadway show SWING for the 2008 Japan tour, The Sacramento Music Circus, and the Benedum Theater in Pittsburgh. Evita's choreography and partnerwork have earned her 1st and 2nd place in numerous national contests. In October 2007 at the American Lindy Hop Championships she won 1st place in Blues and Cabaret. Evita was recognized for her solo-Charleston dancing with 1st and 2nd place standings. More recently she took 1st place in the Jazz dance competitions, both solo and partner (with partner Nathan Bugh), at ILHC 2012!
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.
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.
Like any other Swedish dancer he started in the Swedish competition scene. The year of 2009 and the first visit to Herräng was a big turning point in his life. The dance and the music had so much to offer. That visit turned out to be the best thing he could do, his way of training for both competitions and his own dancing really changed and it proved to be good and have resulted in his most successful years in his career.
Felix’s teaching and dancing is focused on getting every dancer to get to know themselves. As a strong believer of the word “Individuality” he believes that by practicing your own movement you can achieve great things and connect with someone and express pure happiness.
Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly - The explanation is simple: his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise--both in his energetic and now infamous class warm-ups, and in the competitions where he always shines. Felipe’s experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil --where the music and dance culture are rich-- gave him an innate sense of rhythm. And finally Felipe’s days as a dancing party-animator for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing in his Lindy Hop classes today.. But more importantly, Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. His warm personality charms every dancer he meets, and his ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. He leaves every follower with a smile, and anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.
Julie’s expressive dancing and joyful, playful connection are known throughout the country. With a background in performance and solo dance, she is best known for her solo blues, artistic choreography, and seamlessly integrating following with expression.
As a teacher… Julie presents material with a caring and often light-hearted tone. She carefully crafts her classes and continuously tailors her material to fit the crowd at hand. Julie teaches regularly in her hometown of Boston, and has taught workshops everywhere from California to London.
A hard-working competitor… Julie has also won many national competitions, including Enter the Blues 2013 Choreography Competition and Solo Blues, Mile High Blues 2012 Strictly and Jack & Jill, Enter the Blues 2012 Strictly and Choreography Competition, Emerald City Blues 2011 Strictly and Solo Cuttin, and many, many more.
Nathan Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz movement on stage, on screen, and in classrooms worldwide. As a national competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill&Jack, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014). He is based in New York City, where he performs and teaches regularly, in affiliation with Syncopated City Dance Company, and Gaby Galore.
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.
Gaby is a national-award winning dancer who is praised for her dynamic style and choreographic ingenuity. In her 10 years+ of professional experience, she has appeared on stages around the world, and has garnered various film and television credits. She performs weekly at the famed “Cotton Club” in Harlem with the “Sophisticated Ladies” led by Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. In addition, she is also lead choreographer for Gatsby Entertainment NYC, an entertainment production house, specializing in Great Gatsby theme.
With a solid foundation of studio dance training, she has developed a unique style in lindy hop. She blends the raw, athletic power of lindy hop, with the grace and refinement of the movie musical-era. She brings great care to lines, shapes and balance in her personal performance, as well as her choreographic work. In New York, she is a cast member in the classroom, she shares her knowledge of the dance with a cheerful disposition, and clear straight-forward instruction. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.
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.
Pamela has danced since she was 5 years old specializing in traditional folk dance of Lithuania until she found her passion for Lindy Hop at the age of sixteen. In 2009, she began working in The Hopper’s Dance Studio in her hometown, Vilnius, where picked up rhythm on a daily basis through practice, and teaching Lindy Hop and traditional Jazz. She was consecrated soon as a leading figure in the Lithuanian movement of Lindy Hop. She has won numerous Jack & Jill competitions through Europe. In 2012, Pamela began to teach classes at international level. A fabulous dancer, able to inspire her students through her knowledge and enthusiasm for dancing.
Mia Halloran (Goldsmith)
Mia Goldsmith, with her incredible string of competition wins and international teaching and performing gigs, excels in dances from the Jazz Age and is known as one of the best Balboa Swing dancers in the world. Based in New Orleans, she is constantly inspired by the live music surrounding her. While she no doubt loves traveling the world, she’s most at home in a small neighborhood bar with a packed floor, getting down to that rhythm only New Orleans has to offer.
Her unique approach to teaching is full of energy and creativity, bringing a passionate and motivated air to the classroom. She is known for her highly impressive footwork, elegance, improvisation, and individual approach to the dance. Above all else, she is driven by her desire to create with both partner and band on the social floor.
Hillary-Marie is one of the accomplished tap dance artist and producers in America. Hillary-Marie's dancing has been described as 'like feathers with steel bones' due to her combination of strength and grace. She has also been called ‘a brilliant artist’. A native of New Jersey currently based in NYC, Hillary-Marie has been recognized by and featured in Dance Studio Life Magazine, Dance Spirit Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. She has performed on The Colbert Report and has appeared at the Smithsonian, Apollo Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, The Copacabana, NJ STATE Theater, NJPAC, SOPAC, and Symphony Space among many other prestigious venues along the American east coast.
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.
Michael began dancing in college in Jacksonville, Fl., and once he had a taste of swing and transferred back home to Colorado he began taking Lindy Hop lessons from the performance troupe, The Jumpin' JiveCats, and eventually joined the troupe as teacher and performer. In 2003, Michael serendipitously moved to Los Angeles to join the dance company run by Londoners Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas, who had relocated to LA for a time. At that time he met his future, and current, partner Evita Arce. Neither could have imagined what adventures were in store for them. Both Michael and Evita moved to New York City in 2005. They currently perform and teach internationally and continue to train with Ryan and Jenny when either jumps across the pond.
Mike’s true loves in life are teaching, dancing, following, and music. There’s no order, because for her, these things are intrinsically linked. In addition to national events like Lindy Focus and Enter the Blues, Mike has taught at countless regional events in Lindy, Blues, and Balboa, as well as traveling all over the country to teach and perform. She performed in an all-girls Charleston troupe at Camp Jitterbug’s Jump Session Show in 2007, and in the all-girl blues troupe, the Hoodoo Ladies, at events from DC to BluesShout in St. Louis. Additionally, she has taught at events ranging from one-month artists residencies to international training camps.
Mike combines an intuitive understanding of connection with an analytical speaking style to give her students technique, but also strives to challenge and inspire her students to push themselves further into the music. She aims to help leaders create artistic compositions that are clearly led; she wants follows to have the ability to be a completely literal follow, and the inspiration and freedom to be an imaginative and dynamic contributor. In the classroom or on the social floor, she seeks a connection that involves active communication from both partners, to make a dance together.
Shesha Marvin is a dance aficionado specializing in Jitterbug dances. He is an active competitor, teacher, and performer, appearing around the world at swing dance events and in Hollywood productions such as Dancing with the Stars, music videos, and TV spots. Additionally, he is the owner of ATOMIC Ballroom in Irvine, CA and organizer of the 24 Hour Cancer Dance-a-thon, Inspiration Weekend, and OC Lindy Exchange.
Dan lives in Boston, MA, working on as many vernacular jazz and blues dances as he can find the time for. His passion extends to both the social floor and competition. Dan can be found teaching at regional events like LaB Love (Philadelphia, USA), and at international events like BluesSHOUT! (USA), Studio Hop Summer Camp (France), and Korea Blues Camp (South Korea).
Before becoming obsessed with jazz and blues, Dan studied Classical Guitar at Carnegie Mellon University’s conservatory program. There, he learned how to practice effectively, and was exposed to pedagogy that bridges the gap between making music and moving to it, including Dalcroze Eurhythmics (not to be confused with the totally awesome British new wave group “Eurythmics”). Dan uses those techniques in classroom to create the right balance between thinking and doing, pushing students to understand important underlying principles by developing and testing their own ideas.
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.
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.
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.
Egle Regelskis is one of the leading Lindy Hop teachers in Vilnius, Lithuania. Egle believes that dancing is something that makes people get out of their fears and meet themselves better. The way we are is the way we dance and magic happens only stepping out of our comfort zone by accepting ourselves with all the weaknesses and strengths. If one can walk one can dance. Everything else depends on passion and willingness to work.
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.
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.