LAura Keat - lindy hop
Laura Keat began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. And as an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student’s technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples’ faces with an entertaining performance which shares and inspires the joy and excitement for swing dancing.
Jeremy Otth - lindy hop
Jeremy Otth amassed a great amount of knowledge on the historic essence of vintage swing dances from many of the original jitterbugs and swing dancers. Along with his seemingly inexhaustible amount of energy, Jeremy’s natural talent and dedication led him to accumulate championship titles at many acclaimed dance competitions such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships and the US Open Swing Dance Championships. Jeremy is now able to share that breadth of knowledge and passion for these classic partner dances by entertaining and educating feet from Southern California to around the world.
LaTasha Barnes - solo jazz
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.
Anaïs Sékiné - Lindy hop
Anaïs Sékiné has been stepping on hard swinging floors for over a decade. In that time, her love for the jazz has pushed her to reflect on the tradition of the dance, on womanhood and togetherness through dance productions, and on educational reform within the swing community. These reflections ultimately led to the publishing of her doctoral research "The Worlds of Lindy hop – Cultural appropriation and the politics of joy".
Some of her proudest accomplishments include performing with the Northern Lights, the W Project and the Cats Club Chorus Line, sharing the stage with the cast of “Rhythm Live” feat. Arthur Duncan, winning the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown and the solo Blues division in New Orleans, and participating in the invitational battles at Montreal Swing Riot.
Now a mama of two, she’s committing to refine how we think about dance practice and education by bringing together a collective of dancers driven by a common desire to push barriers. For Anaïs, learning and teaching jazz dance is a way to develop a consciousness for the world we live in. In the classroom, she takes the experience of the dance to a deeper dimension, connecting it to its cultural context and legacy, ultimately hoping to bridge past and present, in all its complexity.
Aleix Prats ferrer - lindy hop
Since his first contact with jazz culture Aleix has been fascinated by it. He started by dancing Lindy Hop, solo and partnered Charleston, balboa, tap dance and other vernacular dances in Barcelona, and continued studying tap dance in Paris. After learning guitar and electric bass, he took up upright bass in Montreal, and co-founded a band that has played at local jazz clubs and at Cat's Corner, where he has also taught Lindy Hop, solo jazz and tap. A member of the dance troupe The Northern Lights, Aleix's style is smooth, rhythmic and deeply connected to the music. This is reflected in his teaching, which is both detailed and intuitive, and always rooted in the music.
Felix Berghäll - sOLO jAZZ
Felix is a swing dance instructor, performer, choreographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Like any other Swedish dancer, he started in the Swedish competition scene. He started at the age of nine and with bugg as his main style. One year later he took his first basic six-count step in Boogie Woogie and has since then never stopped.
At the age of 16 he made his first visit to Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden and fell in love with the African American social dances of the swing era such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleston and Tap. He has since then tried to inspire and learn everything that he can and develop his skill of dancing, music and teaching. He wants to pass on this knowledge to people all over the world. He is a strong believer of the freedom and the authentic style of the dance and the connection you create with your partner and the music.
He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness in to their life. Because when he dances that's all he can think about and express. Pure happiness!
aNN mONY - lIndy hOP
Ann Mony strives to make every dance a unique and memorable one. She has been teaching lindy hop since 2004 and organizing swing dance events in San Francisco since 2011. She holds titles from events such as the International Lindy Hop Championships and is known for her uniquely playful performances. Ann is committed to preserving the improvisational link between lindy hop and jazz, empowering dancers, and celebrating the cultural wealth of vernacular jazz dances.
rYAN cALLOWAY - lIndy hOP
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 leads. 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.