Instructors

Instructor Bios

 

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Jo Hoffberg and Kevin St. Laurent live and breathe Lindy Hop with their passion for celebrating life through dance. They travel globally teaching and performing dances from the Jazz Era of the 1920′s to 1940′s. Since their partnership began in 2007 they have taught in 28 Countries across 5 continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Together they hold titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, American Lindy Hop Championship, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Camp Hollywood and Camp Jitterbug. With clear and humorous instruction, these two creative and versatile dancers will entertain, inspire and help you become the best dancer you can be. They are striving to change the world…one rock step at a time.

In the words of the Harlem Hamfats….”Let’s Get Drunk and Truck”

 

 

1071328_10152998208935072_1129985748_oNick 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!

 

 

 

 

IMG_2333Sami 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.

 

 

 

JACOBJacob SpinneyJacob 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Nicholas Tapia and Stephanie Berg - Nicholas and Stephanie have been teaching together for 6 years, beginning in 2013. They were lecturers in dance at UC Berkeley and have taught in locations across the US. They are trained in both classic salón and tango nuevo. They have performed all over the country and at prestigious venues in Buenos Aires. The couple have taught students ranging from absolute beginners to finalists in the US tango championships, a competition they won in 2014. Their philosophy is open minded and evidence-based. Their own dance is constantly evolving and they dedicate a lot of time to study. They encourage their students to see tango as an open-ended journey of lifelong learning.

Nicholas and Stephanie’s approaches to the dance are exactly complementary. Nicholas is an intuitive dancer, who prefers to learn by feel. Stephanie has a clearer understanding of how movements work and offers precise and detailed explanations and instructions. Nicholas taught Stephanie to connect, to relax, to follow and to find the feel and flow of the dance. Stephanie taught Nicholas proprioception, technical precision and how to be more aware of and in control of his movements. Together, they learned the importance of partnership: how to become more attuned to each other’s very different physical and psychological needs, how to harmonize two different approaches and styles to create something beautiful together. This is one of the most important lessons they pass on to their own students: the dance is a joint endeavor. You are only ever as good as your partner and your commitment to him or her must be primary. Everything you do in the dance should complement and support your partner and make him or her shine.  https://nicoandstephie.com/

 

JulieJulie Roman is a Phoenix-based artist. As a classically trained concert pianist/vocalist (with a career as a certified music educator and private vocal coach), she is passionate about pursuing excellence and spreading a love for the arts. She enjoys collaborating with vintage swing dancers from around the world to compete, teach, choreograph, and perform. While she studies as many jazz dances as she can, Julie is madly in love with collegiate shag (and flying aerials). She has made finales, placed in, or won contests at shag events such as the Warsaw Shag Festival, the Barcelona Shag Festival, Camp Hollywood, Shag and Drag, the LA Shag Festival, and Hot Rhythm Holiday. She helps run the Phoenix venue dedicated to shag, and she teaches shag tasters and progressives at various venues throughout the valley. Julie is also the artistic director for and a founding member of the Phoenix Swing Project (an arts coop dedicated to growing and enriching the swing dance experiences available to people in Phoenix through collaborations and team training). She has performed with or directed several Phoenix-based teams including the Rain and Shine Shufflers (balboa), The Phoenix Bomb Squad (lindyhop), The Phoenix Fleahoppers (shag), The Phoenix Flyers (junior Lindyhop), the Salty Dogs (solo jazz), and the Gypsy Jitterbugs (solo jazz).

 

EAC5CB1A-1C7C-44E7-B783-18269854F966Jeremy Lizzardo - Jeremy Lizardo is a Los Angeles based dancer, training in Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, and Balboa. He started listening and playing Jazz from a young age and is a former gymnastics coach. He is known for his fierce love of music and competition, as well as the daring aerials he performs with his partners using his gymnastics knowledge. He has won, placed in, or made finals in many shag contests such as Camp Hollywood, Barcelona Shag Festival, Warsaw Shag, LA Shag, Hot Rhythm Holiday and many more. He’s been on many teams such as LA Shag, Main Street Rhythm, and LA Jitterbug, as well as organizing and coaching his own team, The Shagnanigans.

 

jonathan lindseyJonathan Lindsey - Known for his dynamic style, technical knowledge, and occasionally over-the-top humor, Jonathan has danced, taught, competed and performed since first discovering jazz and swing. He is founder of Phoenix based, Savage Rhythm. As an instructor and DJ, Jonathan has traveled the world spreading the gospel of classic jazz dance, music and history. Performance credits include stage work in New York, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and London. While teaching engagements have taken him across North America and Europe, and to some of the far corners of the world. Jonathan’s passion for dance lies in roots vernacular jazz and swing styles, as well as tap.

Through his experience as a student of the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology, Jonathan brings the unique perspective and knowledge of body mechanics and movement to teaching and the dance. Jonathan’s obsession with jazz and swing started at the very young age of 8 years old through surprise exposure to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. The awe and wonder at the music and movement of jazz greats continued until meeting friend, mentor, and original swing dancer Frankie Manning and childhood dreams of jazz dancing became a reality. He has since gone on to study, work, and collaborate with many classic and contemporary masters. A student of medicine, philosophy, and wine, when not dancing Jonathan can most often be found out enjoying a run, ride, or quiet wander with his pup.

 

A0B42FC6-D7AF-40BE-845F-036B6E36A185Morgan Day- Morgan Day has been swing dancing since 1997, and DJing swing music for dancers since 2003.  He’s DJ’d swing music at venues like Lindygroove (Pasadena, CA) and the Frim Fram Jam (New York, NY), as well as major international swing events, such as Camp Hollywood/National Jitterbug Championships, the Herräng Swing Dance Camp (Sweden), and Lindy On The Rocks (Denver, CO).  Morgan is also a regular contributor to the “Hey Mister Jesse” Podcast, constantly researching and finding historic jazz music as well as new bands for dancers to enjoy.  For more information and various musings on swing music and dancing, check out Morgan’s blog at “ickeroo.com” or check out his swing band “The Mad Hat Hucksters”.

 

Christi Jay Wells – Bio coming soon

 

Laura Evans & Paul Riding - Bio coming soon