Dance Instructors / Performers
With over nine years of Lindy experience, and a continuing humble quest to advance her skills, Nissreen now gives back to the great community she learned from, especially in her home state of New Jersey. She is an avid social dancer and a classic Lindy Hopper who has been mentored by wonderful Lindy Hop Icons such as Bill Kline, Roddy Caravella, Matt Bedell, Laura Jeffers and the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, and most important of all, Frankie Manning.
Her teaching focus is primarily classic Lindy Hop using technique, musicality and vocabulary that is applicable socially.
(Seattle, WA) Jenna first started dancing when she was still in diapers. She began dancing Lindy Hop some many years later, which opened doors to many other forms of dance including various forms of solo and partnered dancing. Swing Dancing has created many opportunities for Jenna, including allowing her to use her second passion, event planning, in the realm of dance events.
Jenna continues to expand her dancing repertoire and share her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Although she enjoys pretty much any type of music you can move to, her first love is still Lindy Hop. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning, creating challenging yet applicable lessons.
Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun. She loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom.
Known for her magical energy, high-flying aerials and dynamic movement, Evita Arce is a specialist in the Lindy Hop, The Charleston, and other Swing era dances. Evita performed the featured Lindy Hop role with partner, Michael Jagger, in the Broadway show SWING for the 2008 Japan tour, The Sacramento Music Circus, and the Benedum Theater in Pittsburgh. As well as staring in musicals, Evita has appeared as a dancer in movies, commercials and competed with partner, Michael Jagger, on the Fox TV show, "So You Think You Can Dance". She has performed at many of New York City’s top venues, including Lincoln Center Plaza, The Waldorf Astoria, The New York Athletic Club, and The Rainbow Room.
Evita performed in "Let Freedom Swing", a Celebration of America, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center and held at the Kennedy Center. It was part of the Martin Luther King day and 2009 Inaugural Festivities.
Evita's choreography and partner work have earned her 1st and 2nd place in numerous national contests. In October 2007 at the American Lindy Hop Championships she won 1st place in Blues and Cabaret. Evita also has been recognized for her solo-Charleston dancing with 1st and 2nd place standings. Her competition credits stretch back to 2001, when she placed 1st in Jack and Jill at ALHC. She has also won 1st and 2nd place in several regional qualifiers for American Showcase and twice advanced to the final round. Her latest accomplishment was to take 1st place in the Jazz dance competitions, both solo and partner (with partner Nathan Bugh), at ILHC 2012!
ANDREW D'ANGELO began swing dancing in 1991 inspired by the rhythm in his "genes" passed on to him by his grandfather, a big band leader and drummer for over 50 years, fronting "Tommy Dange and His Club Royal Dance Orchestra."
A national competitor, instructor and judge for over 15 years, Andrew considers his greatest achievements his 2 first place titles at The North Atlantic Swing Dance Championships in the Champions Lindy Division with his longtime partner, swing legend, Ms. Dawn Hampton. Dawn and Andrew were also the subject of a documentary on swing dance for the Film School at Columbia University.
Andrew began teaching in 1994, and has been a proud member of the faculty at Dance Manhattan since 1999. He specializes in Smooth Swing and "classic" New York style West Coast Swing. He has been a guest artist and performer for many organizations and venues, including, Lincoln Center, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Swing Dance America and the 52nd Street Project.
In addition to his dance credits, Andrew is also a popular swing deejay and M.C. in his native NYC and around the country. He is a respected jazz collector, historian and writer who has contributed his knowledge to books, articles, panels and shows.
Without a doubt, Tommy Blacharz is one of the most talented dancers in the world. His unique style is tommybrooklyn2defined by free form body movement and intricate musicality and he is constantly pushing the limits of swing as we know it. With over 12 years of dance experience, Tommy not only exudes expertise on the social dance floor, but he can clearly articulate the various element that make up his dancing. His classes are filled with fun, humor, good dance technique and most of all great dancing. His talents have been passed on to some of the top dancers in the world today and he is a major organizer/teacher in one of the strongest dance scenes in Europe, Montpellier, France. The last few years, Tommy has been placed in major international competitions such as Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown & International Lindy Hop Championship. He is a key member of the Famous troupe: The Ninjammerz who performed their Jitters choreography at Frankie95 in New York City. Lately, they proudly performed alongside the famous Electro-Swing Band Caravan Palace & has been involved in running the project I Charleston the world!
If you haven't already had the chance to let this man inspire you, it is one opportunity you would never want to miss!
Lauren "Lollipop" Bova
Lauren trained as a ballroom dancer in Charleston, SC and specialized in Fox Trot and Waltz. She's made the conversion to Lindy Hop and Balboa over the past 7 years and brings and elegance and lightness to this dance. She has appeared in several television ads for Midsummer Night Swing, and has travelled throughout the east coast as a performer and instructor of these american born dances. Those favorites include performances at ,The Shake Rhythm & Roll Festival Asbury Park, The Saratoga Racetrack, Poughkeepsie Swing Dance Society, Central Jersey Dance Society Midsummer Night Swing Lincoln Center, The All-American Dance Weekend Villa Nova Resort, NJ Swings American Legion. Lauren has a playful air about her, she's a pleasure to watch and easy to learn from. Lauren appears in the latest DVD instructional called Lindy Hop 1 & 2 featuring Paolo & Lauren.
Adam Brozowski is a New York based dancer, actor, performer and teacher. Adam began Lindy Hopping in Seattle and LA in 1996 and training in the dances of the swing and pre- swing era’s. In his 15 years Swing dancing he has performed around the world, and gathered over 15 national and regional titles for his dancing. Along the way Adam has taught Swing, Lindy Hop, Vintage Jazz and Tap at studios and workshops around the country, in particular using Swing and Jazz to connect with people of all ages and dance backgrounds; passionate about connecting the shared histories of modern dance styles with their street, jazz and swing dance roots. Adam has had the honor of studying with, and working alongside, some of Lindy Hop's innovators, including original members of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning and Norma Miller and Jazz legend Dawn Hampton. Most recently he co-taught a “Cotton Club Master Class” here in New York City with Norma (at age 91!) Adam holds his degree in musical theatre from Penn State University and has toured across the country in musicals as an accomplished dancer and tap dancer, most recently appearing onstage at New York City Center dancing original Broadway choreography from 42nd Street, alongside Randy Skinner (The Broadway revivals choreographer).
Gaby is an internationally-renowned dancer and instructor who loves all things Swing. Her unique style of movement balances power and dynamism with clarity and razor sharp turns. She brings great care to lines, shapes and balance in her personal performance, as well as her choreographic work. She holds 1st place titles in lindy hop, balboa and solo jazz from events such as International Lindy Hop Championships (2012), Stompology (2012), Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2011), Lindy Focus (2013), Lonestar Championships (2012) and Balboa Rendezvous (2009). She is a strong supporter of female-dance traditions and has worked over the last 7 years to create and foster growth for Chorus Girl Troupes. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences. gabycook.com
Bobby White is known worldwide for his individual dance style, expressive teaching methods, and floppy hair.
He is a passionate dancer of Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Solo Jazz and has won many national and international championship placements in those dances, which he teaches all over the world. His welcoming nature and humorous personality are complemented by his passion for the dance and in-depth instruction.
He is dedicated to exploring the art form and history of swing dance, as shown through his well-read blog, Swungover, and the story-telling talks that he delivers at events. He is the emcee of Lindy Focus and other events.
Adrienne Weidert has been swing dancing since 1996. While based in CA, she had the opportunity to learn from swing legends like Frankie Manning, Jean Veloz, Hal Smith and many of the LOS ANGELES original dancers, along with Sylvia Sykes, and the Rhythm Hot Shots (when they were hosted by Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association on Catalina Island). Her love to teach, perform and share this passion with future generations of dancers in the swing community keep the love of this historic dance alive, and allow her to not only dive into its past but to also push the limits - to keep re-defining and expanding the dance for a lifetime to come.
Adrienne is classically trained in Ballet, Pointe, tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical and Contemporary Ballet from childhood through college at Laguna Dance Theatre, CA, Milwaukee School of Ballet, Boston Ballet School, London's Royal Academy of Dance, Urdang Dance Academy, and Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Gardens, England.
Weidert recently relocated to NYC where she's introducing herself to the Big Apple's swing dance scene with partner Adam Brozowski.
Adrienne's top achievements include:
- 1st Place NJC (National Jitterbug Championship) Shag Division in Hollywood, with Ben Yau in 2007;
- 1st Place Title at New Orleans, LA (NOLA) Girl Jam Solo Charleston Competition 2012.
- 2nd place showcase "Lindy Hop en Pointe" at the International Lindy Hop Championships (ILHC)
- 3rd Place Pro Classic Lindy NJC, Hollywood, CA with her East Coast Partner & Broadway Actor/Dancer, Adam Brozowski in 2011.
- 3rd Place Showcase performance at the U.S. Swing Open in 2010 ( U.S. Open Lindy Hop Champion)
- 4th place NJC Showcase title in 2012.
- Adrienne also holds 1st and 2nd Place TSS Titles in the Jack & Jill Division, Los Angeles, CA 2010 & 2011;
- 4th Place Jack & Jill NJC Hollywood, CA in 2010
Nathan Bugh & Gaby Cook
Nathan began his Lindy Hop training in 1998 with Tina Morales and Carnell Pipkin. He went on to study tap with the great Robert L. Reed, and later earned a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. He has been teaching professionally since 2000, and has taught vernacular dance for The Oklahoma City Swing Club, The Houston Swing Dance Society, The Wichita S.D.S., The U. of Central Oklahoma Swing Club, The U. of Pennsylvania Swing Club, Tulsa Community College, The Juilliard School and the Rudolstadt festival in Germany. He currently lives in New York and teaches classes for Dance Manhattan, The Columbia University Swing Club and The Vanaver Caravan Institute. He also performs frequently throughout New York, the U.S., and abroad, and he regularly places in the top three in Lindy Hop and Charleston competitions.
Sara began competing and performing in 2005 and has since won titles in Lindy Hop, authentic jazz, and blues dance at events around the world. As much as she loves to show off, Sara is a true street dancer and is happiest on the social dance floor, or connecting with students in a relaxed workshop setting.As a teacher, Sara is spirited and encouraging. She emphasizes staying true to the spirit of Swing and creating authentic, organic movement while maintaining one's own creative voice and, of course, having as much fun as possible. She strives to give her students the confidence to get out and let their spirit move, experiment with new steps and celebrate happy accidents. Sara has taught at many workshops around the world, including the acclaimed Herräaut;ng Dance Camp in Sweden. Sara is also an instructor for cmDance's school outreach program, which fosters the next generation of jazz babies in Denver, CO.
As a performer, Sara is inspired by the ladies of the Jazz Age, such as Josephine Baker and Mable Lee, but also by the go-go girls and shake dancers of the 60s and 70s. She has performed in cabaret-style shows at various dance festivals in the United States and Europe, and was recently featured in the music video for Caravan Palace's song "Dramophone".
Heather Flock discovered Lindy Hop in the late 90s and is an avid social dancer, experienced teacher, award-winning choreographer and popular DJ. She runs NYC's most popular and longest running Thursday night dance the Frim Fram Jam and is the head instructor. In addition, she provides color commentary for Yehoodi.com’s live broadcasts of the International Lindy Hop Championships, she is choreographer and leading member of Coney Island Mermaid Parade’s “Winningest Group in Parade History,” the Brooklyn Bombshell Revue and was also a member of the renowned troupe the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers for many years. As a DJ. Heather likes all kinds of swinging jazz and blues, but does favor female vocalists and has a soft spot for Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Johnny Hodges, Cozy Cole, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. Heather can be heard regularly at the Frim Fram Jam, Brooklyn Swings, Swing Remix, New York Swing Dance Society and has played around the country at Lindygroove, the 9:20 Special, Girl Jam and Yehoodi Radio.
Tony Fraser & Jaime Shannon
Teaching out of Dance Manhattan in NYC, Tony Fraser is a 17 year veteran of swing dancing, competition, coaching and teaching. He’s a best of breed technical instructor having taught workshops in shag, aerials, partner charleston and lindy all over world. He’s been on television many times and is an ALHC and US Open champion.
Jaime Shannon acquired her B.A. in dance from Hofstra University in 2006. Since then, she has established her professional modern dance career by performing throughout the northeast and Colorado with such companies as Lauren Hale Dance, HalloHallo, Dance Cat-Alyst, Kelley Donovan and Dancers, and the Bronx Opera Company. As a swing dancer, Jaime is an assistant instructor at Dance Manhattan, one of the most well known shag follows around the globe, and a master coach in partnering technique across all styles of swing dancing.
Carol has performed, judged, and taught in the world of Lindy for almost 10 years. In that time, she has created multiple world class performance teams, has won top honors at multiple national competitions and is now a mother of 3. She holds Champion titles from US Open Swing Dance Championship, ALHC, North Atlantic Dance Championships, Camp Hollywood, Virginia State Open, New Year’s Eve Dance Extravaganza & Swingin’ New England.She is ecognized around the world for her entertaining and energetic teaching and performing style.
Dave Graybill started competing in 1998, and has since earned the titles of U.S. Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Champion, Georgia State Open Champion, Virginia State Open Champion, New Year’s Eve Dance Extravaganza & Swingin’ New England Champion. He has lived in New York, Singapore, Raleigh, Chicago, Oakland, and Los Angeles and has traveled to Japan, Indonesia, London, Paris, and Edinburgh for fun, and the love of teaching dance. He currently lives in Connecticut teaching private, group, and club lessons and passes the time in between dancing, riting fiction, and articles for Swing Dancer magazine.
Michael Jagger and Evita Arce are full time professional dancers in New York City, and they have each been dancing for over 10 years and with each other for over 4 years. They both teach regular swing classes at Dance Manhattan and have taught at several national and international dance camps including: Swing Out New Hampshire, Swing Out North West, Lindy Focus, Beantown Swing Camp, Boogie Bären and Camp Savoy. They also work with world renown Lindy Hoppers Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas in their company, Swing Xtreme. Competitively, Michael and Evita recently took 1st place in the Cabaret Division at ILHC and have placed in several other national competitions in various divisions. As if all this weren’t enough, they attempt to balance teaching and competing with their professional performance careers.
They have multiple stage credits as Lindy Hoppers, working with renowned artists like Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They were featured dancers for J@LCO in Let Freedom Swing, a celebration of jazz for Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Kennedy Center earlier this year. They joined J@LCO again this summer for a tribute to Benny Goodman at the Rose Theater in NYC. As principle dancers, they have starred as the Lindy Hop couple in several productions of the Broadway musical Swing!, including regional productions at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, the California Music Circus in Sacramento and the 2008 Japanese tour.
Students and audience members alike are drawn to their energy and humor, while also admiring the couple's technical execution. In all their endeavors, Michael and Evita strive to spread the love and spirit of Lindy Hop.
Bill has been dancing and teaching for over 20 years. He has taught, choreographed and performed nationally and internationally, and currently teaches independently in Manhattan and Westchester County. He was fortunate to study for many years with lindy hop legend Frankie Manning and three-time U.S. Professional Ballroom champion Sandra Cameron.
Highlights of his career include performing (or teaching and performing) on American Movie Classics Swings with Cherry Poppin' Daddys, Good Morning America, Good Day New York, Midsummer Night Swing (at Lincoln Center), the Vicki Lawrence Show, for the Crown Princess of Holland at the Peter Stuyvesant Ball, the IDMC Dance Festival in Budapest, Hungary, being featured in Smithsonian magazine, and promoting monthly swing dances at the 92nd Street Y for over a decade.
Paolo Pasta Lanna
Paolo is a 15 year veteran of Swing Dance specializing in the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and The Madison. He is a staff instructor at Dance Manhattan NYC and has been a featured instructor at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing for past 10 yrs. Mr. Lanna has toured with with Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, as well as “Swing Dance America” and “Forever Swing” The Big Band Musical Revue that featured Michael Buble and he has appeared on Television/Film programs from CNBC’s Great Stuff to The David Letterman Show. Paolo is the 1998 American Swing Dance Champion and in addition to directing the Lindy Hop All-Stars, he has founded events such as the Summer Jamboree Dance Camp in Italy, The Shake, Rhythm & Roll Festival in Asbury Park, and Swing Remix in NYC. He continues to hone his knowledge and skills of these classic American dances by teaching and performing throughout the world.
Adam Lee is the founder of Swing Beijing and the Beijing Big Band, and has been swingin' since he was 7 years old starting with music (saxophone and clarinet), and picking up swing dance in 1997. He taught in his home state of California for 3 years before moving to China. He taught in Beijing continuously for 7 years, and conducted workshops in places such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Moscow, Ireland, Portugal, Vietnam, Ukraine, London, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, and back again in his home region in the SF Bay Area. He describes himself as a 'Musician who also can dance' and thinks of the Lindy Hop as a "natural dance" that should be done as an extension of natural movement and musical interpretation.
Catrine Ljunggren (from Sweden) started dancing as a child - Tap, Modern Jazz and Ballet. At age 14 she added Jitterbug to the list of dances, and that was the beginning of a long relationship that has lasted until today. She learned her first Lindy Hop steps from the legendary Al Minns from Whitey’s Lindy Hoper’s and a year later Frankie Manning became her teacher and mentor. In 1985 she founded, together with five other members, the dance group “The Rhythm Hot Shots”. She specialized in Lindy Hop but also in other dances from the same era as Tap, Charleston, The Sham Sham, The Big Apple, Black Bottom and Cake Walk. During the next 15 years she traveled across the world teaching and performing these amazing dances. Some of the artist she has worked with includes Count Basie Orchestra, Nicholas Brothers, Albert Minns, Frank Manning and Norma Miller. She was also part of TRHS own productions, musicals, Commercials and TV appearances. As a member of the group she also received awards as the: Winner of the legendary Amateur Night at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem (New York USA, 1992) Winner of the Feather Award for Most Outstanding Global Swing Dancers (Beverly Hills USA, 1994) Winner of the Frankie Award for everlasting work to preserve and spread the African-American dance culture (Munich Germany, 1996)
Brian T. Lawton & Samantha L. Siegel
Samantha and Brian are professional dance partners, choreographers, and instructors. They teach all styles of social dancing including foxtrot, waltz, rumba, cha cha, salsa, and more, and place a strong emphasis on their favorite style, the Lindy hop. Samantha and Brian find the most pleasure in teaching brand new students and helping them find their passion for dance. Their performing and teaching experience spans the nation from coast to coast from California to New York City.
In her more than 11 years of swing dancing, Maggie has held multiple national and international championship titles including World Lindy Hop Champion (Munich, 2000), choreographed award winning routines, and traveled around the world to teach and perform in major national and international cities such as Singapore, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and more. Maggie began her lindy hop career in San Francisco, but has been a New Yorker since 2002, and is pleased to be asked back to Swing ReMix as a guest instructor.
More about Maggie at maggiemoon.com
Born in Augsburg Germany, Michele is a Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop and Blues dance specialist. He began dancing in 1996 partly due to his love and fascination with American music from the Fifties. In 2003 his hobby of dance turned more dedicated passion after his coach Klaus Kessler advised him to join The Tanzsport Zentrum Augsburg for top training and development. There he met Margit Kahn and within a few short years together they had garnished top prizes in national and international competitions. After that partnership, Michele moved his focus to Twenties and Thirties swing. In January 2006 Jochen Heckmann (Director and chief choreographer of Ballet Theater Augsburg) invited Nardella to coach his professional ensemble culminating with a Roaring 20’s dance number at the Augsburg Opernball 2006 that was performed to great acclaim in front of more than 3.000 spectators. Through this success, Michele went on to choreograph ?Swing Alive?, premiering at the Augsburg Komödie in October 2006. These numbers are now part of the ballet group’s most requested showcases. In the summer 2006 he founded (with Boogie Woogie dancer and twice World Champion Fabian Schünke) the dance group ?The Savoy Stylers.
Awards & Championships:
- 1st Place Southgerman Championship 2005
- 1st Place Großer Preis von Deutschland 2004/05
- 1st German Vicechampion 2002/03/04/05
- 3rd Place World Cup Eindhoven (NL) 2005
- 5th Place Worldchampionships (CH) 2005
Dan Newsome & Elaine Silver
Elaine "Lainey" Silver
Based out of NYC, Lainey Silver is a jazz era dancer, performer, choreographer, and vintage fashionista. She specializes in Lindy Hop, Charleston, and vernacular jazz. She’s an enthralling performer, who embraces the music and the audience whenever she hits the dance floor. She has appeared in many exciting venues along the East Coast, including: Revel Atlantic City, Gansevoort Hotel in NYC, Shake, Rhythm, and Roll Music Festival in Asbury Park, Midsummer Night Swing with the Brooklyn Bombshell Revue, The Edison Ballroom, and Club 412. She is a member of Syncopated City, the Lindy Hop All Stars, the Sugarfoot Follies, and Dawn’s Dancin’ Divas–a jazz dance ensemble inspired by legendary entertainer, Dawn Hampton.
Lainey is a part of the Dance Manhattan team, since joining in January 2013. She also teaches for Harlem Swings! – a non-profit that instructs youths in Harlem the dances of their neighborhood. Lainey stresses connection to your partner, a solid base in fundamentals, and dancing as an expression of the music. She strives to nurture and inspire her students to embrace the history of jazz dance while supporting the development of lindy hop in the present.
Daniel Newsome has been a professional dancer, DJ, and historian since 1996. He is considered a preservationist and an innovator in Lindy Hop, Aerial Dance, Blues, Tap and more. In addition to teaching tens of thousands of students at Denver`s Mercury Cafe Daniel has also travelled to learn, teach, compete and has won at major national competitions such as the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, Reno Dance Sensation, National Jitterbug Championships and the Rhythmic Arts Festival.
He also co-founded, choreographed and coaches Rainier Rhythm, a champion team from Seattle Washington, and was formerly the co-leader of 23 Skidoo, Denver's nationally recognized swing team. He is dedicated to sharing the history, artistry and music of the jazz era, and recently choreographed a number for an off-broadway show. Daniel`s lifelong pursuit is touching as many lives as possible with the beauty and artisty of Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Blues, Solo Jazz Dance, Ballroom and Tap. Daniel believes that the best dancer is the one having the most fun, and aims to make his students the best out there.
Joe Palmer (Owner/Performing Arts Director) has been competing and teaching ballroom, Latin and swing for over 14 years. He majored in dance education at New York University and has taught for schools such as NYU, Pratt University, Brooklyn’s St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, Columbia University and is a regular teacher at Lincoln Center’s yearly summer festival, Midsummer Night Swing. In addition to his numerous competitive titles, including American Lindy Hop Champion, Joe has been a featured dancer and choreographer on stage, television and in film. He has created, produced and directed many original shows including Measurements; The Makings of a New Musical and most recently an all jazz version of Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland.
Joe started performing around the age of 8 when he and some classmates wrote, directed, and performed in a short film about Halley's comet. That hooked him. He has become an accomplished dancer in many different styles including swing, Latin, ballroom, ballet, jazz, tap, modern and theater dance and has been on the stage in some form or another ever since. By combining these styles he has become known as a smooth, clean and dynamic dancer who is always a crowd favorite when he performs.
Spencer has been dancing swing since 1998. Spencer has studied Lindy hop extensively with 4 time world champion and 8 time American champion, Nathalie Gomes. Spencer had led the outreach program for Hop Swing And & Jump dance studios at local venues around NYC.
Spencer has had his own program in swing at the JCC in Manhattan for over 6 years, and also teaches at the YMCA. He currently organizes the New York City Swing Dance Meetup Group, which has over 2500 members, making it one of the most active swing dance clubs in the world. Spencer also co-founded Swing Remix.
Based out of NYC, Emily Vanston is a passionate swing dance teacher, performer, and social dancer. She specializes in the Lindy Hop and other jazz-era dances, with additional repertory in modern, percussive, and traditional forms. Emily has danced with such companies as New York’s Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Lindy Hop All-Stars, the Jivadeers, the Vanaver Caravan, General Mischief Dance Theatre, the City Stompers, and the Palmer Arts Collaborative. She has performed at such NYC hotspots as the Edison Ballroom, the Connelly Theatre, LaMaMa Theatre, Galapagos Art Space, Pier 54, SOL and Club 412. Recently Emily appeared on the ‘Great Gatsby’ episode of the hit reality show ‘My Fair Wedding.’ Emily teaches at Dance Manhattan Studios in NYC, where she runs group classes, private lessons, and workshops. She also teaches for the Vanaver Caravan Institute in New Paltz, NY, and at events throughout the world, including the Hep Cats’ Holiday in England; the Southside Stomp in Norfolk, VA; the Shake, Rhythm & Roll Festival in Asbury Park, NJ; and the Dance Flurry festival in Saratoga Springs, NY. When not teaching, Emily can usually be found in her natural habitat—on the dance floor!