Instuctors

 

Nick Williams

Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy.

His successes include World Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion, National Jitterbug Champion, International Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Champion, American Classic Balboa Champion and California Balboa/Swing Champion.

He is also an accomplished choreographer and has been featured on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. As an instructor, he is known for his ability to break down movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning environment. His true love of music and dancing will forever inspire him to learn, teach, and grow. In 2004 and 2010, Nick was honored to be recognized by the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

 
 
 
 
 

Sylvia Sykes

Sylvia Sykes began dancing in 1966, competing in 1970, and teaching in 1979. She has studied with many of the dance greats, including Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf, and Willie Desatoff. Her extensive studies and travels have made her an expert on regional dance styles and she is known for her expertise in, and the preservation of the older forms of Swing dance. In addition, she is credited with helping to preserve the Balboa by introducing the dance World Wide.

In 1985 Sylvia and Jonathan Bixby co-founded the Santa Barbara Swing Dance Club, a twice-monthly live-music dance club that they continue to run. She is still teaching her weekly classes that she started teaching in 1979, plus she teaches out of town over forty weekends per year. She is the most sought-after head judge in the modern Lindy Hop & Balboa dance scenes and is now part owner and head judge of the International Lindy Hop Championships.

Sylvia is actively judging and teaching various forms of Shag, Balboa, and Lindy Hop throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Peter Flahiff

Peter Flahiff began swing dancing in 1993 and started teaching just one year later. He's taught across the country and around the world, including Herrang Dance Camp, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Lindy Focus, and many more. He is a noted instructor, coach, DJ, lecturer, MC, and competition judge. Today Peter counts some of the world's top dancers and instructors as his former students.

Peter's worldwide reputation is as a highly sought-after social dancer and instructor, and his "Art of Social Dance" lecture & discussion, has received global acclaim. He has also helped create several thriving venues and dance scenes over the years (Rusty's Rhythm Club in Los Angeles, ATOMIC Ballroom in Orange County, and Eastside Stomp in Seattle, to name a few) which continue to thrive today.

Peter's passion for the Swing Era shines through in his teaching as well as his daily life.

Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith specializes in jazz era dances, especially Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, and Collegiate Shag. She's very passionate about the preservation and instruction of the partnered jazz dances of the swing era.

Lauren has placed and won in a number of national dance competitions, including Camp Hollywood, the Lone Star Championships, Inspiration Weekend, Le Hot Sauce, and many others. She teaches regularly around the Los Angeles area, as well as at dance exchanges and workshop weekends around the world.

Lauren is sought after as a swing DJ and competition judge. She uses her degree in vocal music education to bring a unique approach to classes, incorporating Alexander techniques, natural musicality, body efficiency, and other dance skills.

Lauren's goal as a teacher is to inspire her students to grow in their abilities and love of jazz dance.

Adam Brozowski

Adam Brozowski is a professional choreographer, dancer and director specializing in "Jazz Age" American Dance forms: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Vintage Jazz and Tap.

Based in Seattle, WA, Adam spends his year traveling around the world teaching, choreographing and performing. Adam holds titles from the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, Camp Jitterbug, The National Jitterbug Championships and is an inductee into the Camp Hollywood/National Jitterbug Championships Hall of Fame.

Adam's classes are always focused on a mix of historical material, technical connection, musicality and most importantly, self expression; Always trying to push students to grow while maintaining their individuality -- the hallmark of Swing.

Tatiana Udry

Tatiana Udry is a native of Haute-Savoie (France). She currently teaches and lives in Montpellier, France.

Tatiana started out with classical and modern jazz, which she had practiced for 12 years, before specializing in lindy hop and charleston. She currently teaches Lindy Hop, Charleston and Solo Jazz. She is known for being a fantastic teacher, known for her ease of movement and her technical maturity despite her young age.

Tatiana has won many competitions in different categories: Solo blues, jazz and roots charleston, jack and jill, strictly, and also team, in prestigious events like : European Swing Dance Championships (2015, 2013, 2011) International Lindy Hop Championships (2013, 2012), Lindy Shock, Paris Jazz Roots...

 

Beginning Instructors

Elaine Buchignani and Stefan Huynh

Elaine and Stefan bring a broad range of perspectives and influences to their jazz dance. 

Since age 3, Elaine has been diving deep into many disciplines of dance: studying and teaching ballet, modern, circus, ballroom, Tango, Pilates, and jazz era dances. She is known for her technical instruction and passion for musicality.

Stefan started studying various styles of partner dancing in high school and never stopped. While in New York, he danced with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, Amazebals, and Yeah Man. Since moving to Seattle, he’s been teaching a slew of weekly classes with Elaine.

Together, they share a passion for the art of close embrace and pushing the boundaries in slow dancing to jazz and blues. 

 

Band

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Casey McGill's Orchestra

Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. At the core of his sound are his band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures.

Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band. From California, he is a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, in a career that stretches from Los Angeles (Mood Indigo, feature films "Frances" and "Swing Shift") to Spokane, WA (The Spirits of Rhythm and the neo-swing classic CD "Jump") to Broadway (The musical "Swing") and finally to Seattle (most recently with the Blue 4 Trio). "I've played a lot of music with a lot of people," he says "and one thing I've learned is to tailor my arrangements to the individual players. It gives each musical situation a unique sound." He steers the band from his piano bench, alternately cruising along and sweating feverishly, switching intuitively between the ukulele and the piano and the cornet, singing and scatting, sometimes all within the same song.