Returning for her second year at Fog City Stomp...
Nina began Lindy Hopping in 1998, after breaking down some sweet moves from the movie "Swing Kids". Her teaching career started when she was 14 and she's been touring the world ever since. She is a founding member of the Silver Shadows and has won dozens of competitions nationally and internationally. Sadly, she is no longer 14, and has taken on a variety of new roles in the Lindy Hop community. In 2008 she co-founded the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, D.C. When she's not traveling, teaching, judging, organizing, or watching Law & Order SVU, Nina spends her time in Baltimore running the Mobtown Ballroom (believe the hype) . Basically, she's a really big deal.
Michael Seguin started dancing in Seattle in 1999, and helped build the swing and Lindy Hop Program at the world famous Century Ballroom. In 2008 he moved to Baltimore and began working on the dance scene by teaching classes and drinking with students on his porch. He is known for throwing wild parties, and for entering contests under the influence. Michael has competed and taught all across the country, but he is devoted to the Baltimore dance scene and hopes to leave as little as possible. He is noted for a snarky style that only thinly veils how much he cares about his students. You can find him at the ballroom every night of the week, sometimes wearing a red sequin jacket when it’s time for announcements.
Returning for her second year at Fog City Stomp...
Laura started dancing in 2001 in San Antonio. It wasn’t a very large scene, and the people teaching her hadn’t been dancing very long, but she quickly came to love lindy hop, the music, the history and everything involved. Now Laura travels the world teaching, competing, performing and learning. She is a passionate believer in dancing with swing, with rhythm, and with presence. She constantly strives to find something genuine and fun, instead of finding the next cool move, and passionately believes that follows and leads are two vitally important sides of the same coin. She is also an active participant in her home community, Austin, TX; co owning a teaching company, The Lindy Project, with Mike Roberts, participating in the Austin Swing Syndicate board, the Austin Lindy Exchange board, organizing community events, and any number of things to keep Austin one of the best scenes around.
Todd Yannacone is one of the most recognizable names on the swing dancing circuit today. He has won countless championship titles from the most prestigious competitions around - The American Lindy Hop Championships, The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, The U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships, The Rhythmic Arts Festival, Lone Star Championships, The International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus - to name just a few. Todd has been inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, and has been interviewed for articles by Swing Dancer Magazine and various other publications. He has taught vernacular jazz, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and other jazz era dances both locally and internationally since he was 16 years old. His demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to over 25 countries and five continents. He specializes in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike, and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.
Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008, Jenny Shirar has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at Midwest Lindy Fest, Hawkeye Swing Festival, and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown shag competition. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving. Jenny partners with Christian Frommelt, also of St. Louis, MO, and in addition to traveling, teaching, and competing throughout the U.S., they have devoted a great deal of energy to building their local hometown scene. They are also the proud co-founders and directors of the Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival.
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. Some of Christian’s proudest accomplishments include winning the 2014 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans, Louisiana and placing 3rd in the 2014 Lindy Hop World Cup at Rock That Swing in Munich, Germany, both with partner Jenny Shirar. Christian’s versatile talents have carried him to places such as Vienna, Austria, London, and Sidney, Australia, in addition to countless corners of the United States. His passions remain in St. Louis, where he enjoys social dancing, teaching lessons, and relishing the city’s rich live music offerings; co-organizing events such as Lindy Hop St. Louis’ Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival; and performing in a variety settings such as the Beggar’s Carnivale, and self-produced shows at the St. Louis Fringe Festival.
Erin Morris (SOLO JAZZ)
Erin Morris is an internationally-acclaimed jazz artist with an uncanny mix of wild creativity, stunning poise and remarkable stage presence. As founding member and choreographer of Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls, Erin has sparked a local resurgence in the popular chorus girl traditions of the Jazz and Swing eras.
Whether teaching or performing, Erin is one of the most pivotal figures in the Michigan dance scene. Erin honors the tradition of the dances she teaches without losing sight of innovation or personal expression, and her love of solo movement gives her a unique artistry and playful confidence. In addition to dancing, she studies and performs on her jazz tuba with the Easy Street Jazz Band alongside the best Dixieland musicians in Michigan.
Since 1999, Erin has taught for the University of Michigan – Swing Ann Arbor and greatly enjoys investing in her local lindy hop community. She has also taught across the country and internationally, recently completing a 2 month teaching residency in Vienna for IG Hop's Dancers in Residency program. With strengths in raw, unique movement, poetic yet simple breakdowns, and an overall conversational teaching-style, it’s easy to see why Erin is always a favorite in the classroom.
JOSHUA WELTER (SOLO JAZZ)
Joshua began dancing in 1998 in Washington, D.C., inspired by the jazz music of the 20s, 30s & 40s. Now a proud Seattleite, he loves to share his passion for lindy hop, charleston and jazz dance wherever he goes. An experienced competitor, Joshua has won titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Focus, and other competitions. In his teaching, he focuses on rhythm, individual expression, and flow of movement, seeking to challenge dancers while remaining accessible and fun. In the past few years, Joshua has combined his passions for jazz dance and independent film, helping to produce the jazz dance film projects Black Coffee, The Killer Diller, and Shadrach. When he's not dancing, Joshua is a union organizer with Teamsters Local 117.