Mia Halloran (GOldsmith) - lindy hop
Mia Halloran, 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.
When she’s not shuffling around, you can find her selling beautiful vintage inspired dresses in the French Quarter Trashy Diva Dress Boutique! She’s overly enthusiastic about taking photos of her three pups, Josephine Boxer, Louly Mae Hampton, and Cowboy. She also has dreams of someday moving to a small Caribbean Island where she can listen to Calypso music daily, while sipping Hemingway Daiquiris by the sea.
Andy Reid - lindy hop
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.
Since 2002, he has performed and taught all over the world including Korea, Australia, Japan and all over Europe. Always striving for harmony with the music, Andy's experience playing jazz in his current home of New Orleans affords him the opportunity to give his students a deeper connection musical connection to their dance. Andy's teaching aims to bring the best out of his students both physically and mentally.
Andy has been a part numerous very prominent dance teams. He is a founding member of Silver Shadows, which is undoubtedly one of the most influential Lindy Hop dance teams. He is also a member of the highly innovative troupe Minnie's Moochers. Finally, Andy is also a founding member of Mad Dog!, a Lindy Hop Crew who is infamous within the Lindy community for some reason.
Andy currently resides in New Orleans, LA, where you can regularly see him playing bass with local traditional jazz bands.
Erin Morris - SOLO JAZZ
Erin Morris is a champion solo jazz dancer, celebrated lindy hop artist, and a working jazz musician. She is a formidable improviser and spirited partner, able to draw upon a wealth of musical knowledge and vernacular dance movement. Her strongest influences are Katherine Dunham and Leon James and, of course, the music itself. In the classroom she is renowned for her depth and clarity, and she strives to develop artists and individuals. She is very proud that none of her students ever look like her. She has taught, performed, and competed around the world.
Erin began teaching dance in 1999 for the University of Michigan swing club. She invested more than a decade in her home lindy hop scene and spent four years teaching primarily as a lead to meet the unique challenges of that scene. In 2011 she founded Michigan’s first chorus girl troupe, Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls, to explore her voice as a choreographer and to become an ambassador for women in jazz. She choreographed more than 40 original routines for the Ragdolls and worked closely with local band leaders, including the acclaimed James Dapogny, to present revues and performances that featured live music.
Erin moved to St. Louis in 2016 to continue her journey as a working musician and dancer. She is currently developing a traditional jazz program for local high schools that combines jazz band with dance class.
Casey Koroshec (Schneider) - lindy hop
Casey Koroshec is a Lindy Hop and vintage jazz dancer, teacher, performer, and choreographer.
Casey’s love of swing and jazz dance and music began in 1998. Today, she brings her experience to students both locally and nationally. Casey is known for her clear teaching style and approachability. Her students develop solid technique while appreciating the playful side of the dance. She also encourages followers to dance themselves as much as they are “danced by” their leader, to be an equal voice in the creation of a dance.
Casey is an accomplished performer, spending years on Seattle’s Jackson Street Lindy Hoppers. She was a founding member of the Sister Kate, an all female performance group specializing in chorus dancing from the golden era of jazz.
Casey most regularly teaches with dancer extraordinaire and jazz guitarist, Michael “Falty” Faltesek. Together, they offer a unique approach imparts practical technical information without sacrificing creativity, musicality, and the excitement for swing dancing.
Casey’s competitive career notably includes first placements in the Camp Jitterbug Jack and Jill, Killer Diller Harvest Moon Lindy Competition, and ULHS Showcase Division. Today, Casey now regularly judges at some of the country’s biggest events, including the International Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Hollywood, Lindy Focus, and Camp Jitterbug. She is the proud winner of the 2015 Seattle Dances! Judges’ Award at the annual professional/celebrity dancer fundraiser and gala for Plymouth Housing Group. Casey also co-produced Savoy Swing Jam, Seattle’s lindy hop competition for one and all, for six years.
Casey’s philosophy is there is no wrong in the art of dance–there is only intent and effectiveness. If you aren’t expressing yourself as an individual, then you’re not doing yourself justice. As a teacher, her job is inspiring you to find your “dancing voice” and towards self-sufficiency in learning.
Michael Faltesek - lindy hop
Falty brings to the dance floor an incredibly diverse social and performance dance talent that includes not only Lindy Hop but also Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Traditional Jazz, Tap, Charleston, Breakaway, Balboa, Big Apple, Blues and many other Authentic American Jazz dances. So basically all of the swing dancing.
Falty has been dancing for well over 18 years, in that time he has traveled to instruct, compete, and perform all over the globe, from Harlem to Los Angeles, Canada to Korea, and all throughout Europe. Falty is well known for his charismatic personality, approach-ability and passion for the essence of authentic jazz dance and music. He possesses an enthusiastic ability to convey ideas and movements explicitly, making him a popular instructor wherever he goes. He has taught hundreds of workshops here and abroad, each time leaving a lasting impression on his students.
Falty's main sources of inspiration are the greats of yesteryear. Dancers and performers like Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, the Nicholas Brothers, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, John Bubbles, Earl "Snakehips" Tucker, and the Berry Brothers.
Falty's main dance partner is considered the most trusted face in Lindy Hop, Casey Schneider. However, he has the fortunate opportunity to teach with some of the world's best instructors including the likes of Nina Gilkenson, Ramona Staffeld, Carla Heiney, Laura Glaess, and even the swing dance goddess herself, Sylvia Sykes.
Manu Smith - solo jazz
Manu Smith is a native New Yorker who now lives in San Francisco, California with his family. He has been dancing the Lindy Hop for 20 years and has taught Lindy for 16 years. He started the swing dance community website Yehoodi back before the days of Facebook and YouTube. Manu is an advisor for the weekly San Francisco Lindy Hop dance The 9:20 Special and sometimes they let him teach and DJ there! Manu has been involved at a high level in many Lindy based events including the broadcast of Frankie 100 and the International Lindy Hop Championships, The Count Basie Centennial, numerous live music events and many panel discussions and seminars. Manu also loves to play pinball because that’s what you do when you get old.
Delilah Williams - lindy hop
Delilah Williams can be found truckin’ at dance events all over! She was classically trained in ballet since birth and bumped into swing dancing at 15. It was then in 2005 that she got the bug, the lindy bug! Delilah learned how to swing dance at the Mercury Cafe and started traveling to workshops. Over the years, she has performed and competed individually and with numerous teams including the CU Jitterbuffs, Atomic Rhythm, Baltown Grapplers, Woodside Jumpers, and 23skidoo! She is part of Denver’s premiere girl troupe, The Diamond Dolls. Her cheerful smile, playful presentation, and creative movements will put a smile on your face.
Kenny Nelson - lindy hop
Kenny Nelson started swing dancing in 1997 when the swing revival hit. Riding this wave, he discovered lindy hop and other related vintage swing dances. His curiosity, desire to learn and perform has kept him hooked ever since. His classes are known for being fun, detailed, and technique based whether he’s teaching Lindy Hop, Charleston, air-steps, Balboa or Blues. Kenny’s competitive side has found him winning at numerous events including Camp Hollywood, Ultimate Lindy Hop Championships, Montreal Swing Riot and others. When he’s not dancing, you can typically find him being a gym rat, pursuing great local restaurants and drinks, or brainstorming crazy new moves.
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.