Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig -
Stephen Sayer is a dancer/instructor who is dedicated to preserving the great American partner jazz dances of the 1920s–1950s. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Steve began dancing in 1998 at the age of 16. In 2011, Steve and his partner Chandrae Roettig won first place at the National Jitterbug Championships and the US Open Strictly Lindy Hop divisions. In 2012 he was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Today Steve teaches in North Hollywood and has started the California Jubilee performance teams. His focus on connecting to partner and music are what makes his dancing and teaching so unique.
After an early career in advanced gymnastics, Chandrae “Chanzie” Roettig got her start in contemporary dancing at Dance Vision in Portland, Oregon. Chanzie has worked with some of LA’s top choreographers in film, television, music, and stage. Recently, she and her dance partner Stephen Sayer completed work on a major motion picture entitled Gangster Squad.
In 2007, Chanzie found her “True Love” in the dance world: Swing Dancing. After winning many national swing dance titles, she and Stephen Sayer have turned their focus to teaching. Known for her cheerful and playful attitude, Chanzie is a joy to watch, dance with, and learn from.
Photo Credit Steve Hwan
Nick Peterson - It all started on an outdoor, uneven cobblestone floor that is the Las Vegas Strip on September 12, 1998, when a skinny high school senior in $20 Payless loafers first…..Ohhh….man….that was a long time ago. I mean, I obviously understand I’m in my twentieth year dancing, but to see it written down…I’ve been doing this for awhile…and who are all these kids dancing outside. Why aren’t they somewhere else? Hey! Get off my lawn!
Sami Askew - Samara or best known by Sami. Sami has been dancing for over 6 years. She loves expressing musicality and emotion through Solo Jazz, Lindy, Charleston, Balboa, and Shag. One of her favorite things is being creative to whatever music she hears.
Jacob Spinney - Jacob is a swing dancer/performer/instructor based out of Arizona. He’s been dabbling in swing dancing for the past decade and has been obsessed with it for the past few years. What he enjoys most is syncopation, tension and compression, slides, and being a goofball.