21st Year • Endicott College • Beverly • Massachusetts • USA

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Lindy Track instructor.

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.  

Founder and director of Swing ConneXion in Montréal, QC, Zack Richard is one of the most versatile dancers on the floor: not only does he excel in swing dances (Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Shag, Fake Coast Swing) but he’s always absorbing dance forms old and new (Ballroom, Tango, Salsa… still working on his Twerking). A swing instructor for more than ten years, he’s been all around the globe, spreading the joy of dancing to everyone who will listen.

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.

Nathan “Soft Shoe” Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz movement, on stage, on screen, and in classrooms worldwide. He danced in David Tutera’s Great Gatsby wedding on the hit reality series My Fair Wedding; He performed on FoxNC’s Fox and Friends Christmas with George Gee and cast members from Sleigh Bell Swing; And he and Ramona Staffeld exhibited Lindy Hop in Noemi LaFrance’s Agora II, and later with the Vanaver Caravan at the legendary dance mecca, Jacob’s Pillow.

Nina Gilkenson. Lindy Hopper. Belly dancer. Hair-removal Laser Technician, event promoter. The mysterious figure that is known only as “Nina” (and sometimes “Naomi”) has many titles from prestigious dance competitions. But that’s only a small part of her accomplishments. For instance, she can swivel in midair. She can simultaneously create vintage-style dresses and then destroy them while dancing. She can make 12-minute biscuits in 10 minutes. She writes upbeat musical theatre involving funeral homes.

Naomi discovered Lindy Hop in her hometown of Washington DC over 15 years ago when she was in her teens. She has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won champion titles at such prestigious competitions as the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, the American Lindy Hop Championships, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. When she’s not traveling in the name of triple steps, decorating cakes, or loving libraries, Naomi lives in Minneapolis with her husband Peter Strom, where they also have a very active local dance studio.

Sylvia is one of the most well-known and respected dancers, instructors and judges in the U.S. today. An internationally recognized authority on most types of Swing dance, she has been teaching and judging for over 30 years throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. Sylvia studied with the great Swing dancer Dean Collins, studied Balboa with Maxie Dorf and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers. Sylvia is an inductee into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame and the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She is a U.S.

Peter originally learned to dance almost exclusively on the dance floor, but has since studied under the biggest names in Lindy Hop. He teaches regular classes with his own Uptown Swing in Minneapolis. At the American Lindy Hop Championships, he was the Classic Champion in 2000 and third in Showcase in 2001, more recently took 1st place in the team division as part of the Silver Shadows in 2006, and has consistently placed high in national competitions. He has taught workshops throughout the U.S.

Evita and Michael are International Lindy Hop performers and instructors based in New York City. They bring an exuberant energy and joy to every project, whether it’s teaching Swing classes worldwide or performing in renowned theaters. Their combined resumes span the globe, together having performed on prestigious stages, dancing with Philharmonic Orchestras, touring with Broadway shows, working with Jazz at Lincoln Center, plus television appearances on the American TV show, So You Think You Can Dance.

Skye was first persuaded to dance Lindy Hop by his mother in 1996, but quickly discovered his own love of social dancing, swing music and the Lindy Hop community. This led him to a wider interest in dance and he took classes in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz. Since 1999 he has taught wherever Lindy Hop is done- from national weekends to international dance camps. He is a founding member of some the most influential modern Lindy Hop troupes including Minnie’s Moochers, Mad Dog, and the Silver Shadows.