Instructors

Skye Humphries

Skye Humphries

Skye Humphries is a nationally renowned swing dancer and instructor. He emphasizes fun, energetic social dancing with strong partner connection, solid technique, innovative moves, and musicality. Skye was a member of the award winning Lindy Hop dance troupe Minnie's Moochers. He has taught and performed Lindy Hop at many major national and international events and dance camps, including Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden. Skye is a versatile and creative dancer. He has earned some of the most prestigious awards at national dance competitions, including winning the 2002 Lindy Hop World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Marie Mattsson

Marie Mattsson

Marie, of Stockholm, Sweden, is internationally recognized for her high energy and spirit as a Lindy Hop dancer and instructor. Her classes emphasize the use of musicality, technique and partner connection. Energy and focus on fun are constant elements to every class. Marie regularly teaches at established swing dance camps around the globe including Herrang (Sweden), Camp Hollywood (USA) and Rock That Swing Festival (Germany) just to mention a few.

Peter Strom

Peter Strom

Peter Strom is one of the most dedicated and well traveled instructors on the lindy hop scene today. His humor in classes is only matched by the clarity and care he takes with his students. Since his start in 1998 he has taught at international dance camps from Australia to South Korea to Herrang, Sweden. In addition to teaching he brings with him his skills as a sought after DJ and experienced Master of Ceremonies. He is currently a member of the renowned team the Silver Shadows and the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Naomi Uyama

Naomi Uyama

Naomi Uyama discovered lindy hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late nineties. Over the past decade she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the American Lindy Hop Championships, the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. She founded the internationally renowned dance team The Silver Shadows, and was an original organizer of "The Jam Cellar"- one of DC's best dance venues. When she's not traveling in the name of triple steps Naomi currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Nathan Bugh

Nathan Bugh

Nathan Bugh brings the Jazz Age vividly to life, in performance and in the classroom. He danced in David Tutera's "Great Gatsby" wedding on the hit reality series "My Fair Wedding." Nathan also performed on FoxNC's "Fox and Friends Christmas" with George Gee and cast members from "Sleigh Bell Swing." He danced Lindy Hop in Noemi LaFrance's site-specific odyssey, "Agora II.” And he performed with the Vanaver Caravan at Jacob's Pillow, at the Rudolstadt Festival in Germany, and in a televised concert in the Redlands, California. He has been a featured dancer and instructor with several of today's top Swing bands, such as George Gee's Jump Jive n' Wailers, Harlem Renaissance Orchestra, The Cangelosi Cards, and he performs regularly with New-York companies: Swing FX, Lindy Hop All-Stars, and The Vanaver Caravan. With a decade of professional experience teaching dancers of all ages and skill levels, Nathan is equally at home in dance camps, public schools, and private events. He has taught at specialized camps worldwide, like Swing Out New Hampshire, Lindy Focus, and Swing Brother Swing. He has been an artist in residence at P.S. 144, home of the champion dance program featured in "Mad Hot Ballroom." And he has given "Horizons" seminars in jazz dance at The Juilliard School, his alma mater.

Gaby Cook

Gaby

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, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Focus, Lonestar Championships and Balboa Rendezvous. She is a founder of New York's Syncopated City Dance School, and the leader of several all female-dance troupes across the country. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.

Alain Fragman

Alain Fragman

Alain Fragman hails from Montreal and is one of the top Lindy Hop dancers and instructors in Canada. He has taught in countries as far away as Australia and can be seen regularly teaching workshops and competing in North America. In 2013, he won the coveted ULHS Showdown battle and placed 2nd in the ILHC Showcase division. Alain is a founding member of the Northern Lights Team and had the privilege of performing with them at Frankie95 and the Jump Session show. A talented and musical dancer, Alain teaches dancers to connect to the music and to their partner through active listening and response. When he dances, teaches, performs, or competes, Alain’s purpose is to spread the joy of dance and inspire others.

Sylwia Bielec

Sylwia Bielec

Sylwia Bielec is from Montréal, and has been a fixture on the local teaching and social circuit for many years. She began dancing at age ten, and fell in love with Lindy Hop in 2000. Sylwia's teaching combines her love of partner dancing and her belief that each of us embodies primal internal rhythms and a biological impetus to move. She is a charismatic, sensitive and versatile follow, and an articulate and skilled teacher who understands and works with individual learning styles. Her dance motto is "This little light of mine, I'm gonna' let it shine!", and she delights in igniting the light in others. Sylwia and Alain Fragman count several 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes at national competitions in couple and team divisions. They are members of the Northern Lights and teach at Cat's Corner in Montreal.

Ann Mony

Ann Mony

Ann Mony strives to make every dance a unique and memorable one. Known for her playful style and the joy that she exudes while dancing, she travels as often as she can to share her love of lindy hop through classes, competitions, performances, and social dances. She is committed to preserving the improvisational link between lindy hop and jazz, empowering followers, and celebrating the cultural wealth of vernacular jazz dances. Ann fell madly in love with swing dancing in 2002. Over the next few years in Montreal she honed her skills as a dancer, competitor, and teacher. She holds titles from such events as the International Lindy Hop Championships, American Lindy Hop Championships, Canadian Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Jitterbug, and Lindy Focus. Through her classes and performances she hopes to add to the legacy of unique and powerful dancers in lindy hop. Ann is also an active organizer and scene-builder in San Francisco. She is the education coordinator at the 9:20 Special, an organizer for Fog City Stomp and The Bootleggers Ball, and a member of a feisty dance troupe called Fancy Pants.

Ryan Calloway

Ryan Calloway

Ryan Calloway shines on the dance floor. His enthusiasm, buoyant rhythm and boundless creativity make him one of San Francisco’s best known Lindy Hop leaders. Most nights you’ll find him pounding the floor at one of the city’s local jazz and swing clubs. Ryan’s goal as a teacher is to inspire his students to find their own creativity. With an open and warm style, he welcomes individuals to not only learn the traditions of Vintage Jazz Dance, but to add to it as well. Having worked for seven years as a Visual Effects Artist for ILM, you might have caught some of his work on the silver screen. It’s this type of artistry that is so apparent in his dancing. It’s not just his technique that shines, it’s his attention to the aesthetic quality as well. Ryan is also passionate about carrying on the tradition of Hot Jazz music. He is the clarinetist and bandleader of the San Francisco based band, The Hot Baked Goods. Lindy Hop has taken Ryan Calloway around the world, having taught in Singapore and throughout the US. But you’ll only need to look as far as his smile to see how much he truly loves the dance.

Christian Frommelt

Christian Frommelt

Christian Frommelt, a St. Louis native, is a world-renowned swing dance instructor, performer, and social dancer. In addition to being an accomplished lindy hop, charleston, and solo jazz dancer, Christian is one of the world’s foremost aficionados of St. Louis Shag, which he learned from original St. Louis Shag dancers John Bedrosian, the late Tommy Russo, and Lorraine Byrnes, who also belong to a unique local jitterbug tradition. While Christian possesses a historical perspective in his dancing and teaching, he embraces the importance of individual style and creativity above all else. Some of Christian’s proudest accomplishments include winning the 2014 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in New Orleans, Louisiana and placing 3rd in the 2014 Lindy Hop World Cup at Rock That Swing in Munich, Germany, both with partner Jenny Shirar. Christian’s versatile talents have carried him to places such as Vienna, Austria, London, and Sidney, Australia, in addition to countless corners of the United States. His passions remain in St. Louis, where he enjoys social dancing, teaching lessons, and relishing the city’s rich live music offerings; co-organizing events such as Lindy Hop St. Louis’ Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival; and performing in a variety settings such as the Beggar’s Carnivale, and self-produced shows at the St. Louis Fringe Festival.

Jenny Shirar

Jenny Shirar

Since being introduced to Lindy Hop in 2008, Jenny Shirar has quickly become known as a dynamic dancer, teacher, competitor, and performer. She embodies a distinctive, high-energy style that favors audacity and individuality over perfection. Ever proud of her hometown roots in St. Louis, Missouri, Jenny also specializes in St. Louis Shag and the regional dialect of swing that developed in St. Louis between the 1930s-present. She has been privileged to learn from and dance with some of the great St. Louis Shag and Swing dancers of eras prior and as one of the only followers in the world to have had this training, she enjoys sharing this unique perspective with students from all over. Jenny has had numerous competition successes, including first place wins at Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, Hawkeye Swing Festival, and third place wins in the ILHC Showcase competition and the Lindy Hop World Cup at Rock That Swing Festival. As a teacher, she adopts a people-first approach and gets most excited about seeing dancers discover and explore their own way of moving. Jenny partners with Christian Frommelt, also of St. Louis, MO, and in addition to traveling, teaching, and competing throughout the world, they have devoted a great deal of energy to building their local hometown scene. They are also the proud co-founders and directors of the Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival.

Bethany Powell

Bethany Powell

Stefan Durham and Bethany Powell first started swing dancing together in 2001, and have never since regretted it. Attracted by the aliveness and improvisational nature of swing—especially the original swing dance, known as "Lindy Hop"--they eventually became involved in the “scene,” both local and national, gaining skill as social dancers, choreographers, and performers. Over their 15 year dance career Stefan and Bethany have been invited to teach and perform at such events as the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC, Lindyfest in Houston, TX, Camp Jitterbug in Seattle, WA, the Frankie Manning Birthday Celebration in New York, NY, and Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden. They love how swing dancing brings people together to play with one another. They love seeing students reconnect to the joy of using their bodies in a creative, improvised, cooperative endeavor. They love how swing dancing offers challenges and rewards both for total beginners and for veteran dancers alike. And they love how it feels to be in a room filled with people enjoying dancing to great music!

Stefan Durham

Stefan Durham

Stefan Durham and Bethany Powell first started swing dancing together in 2001, and have never since regretted it. Attracted by the aliveness and improvisational nature of swing—especially the original swing dance, known as "Lindy Hop"--they eventually became involved in the “scene,” both local and national, gaining skill as social dancers, choreographers, and performers. Over their 15 year dance career Stefan and Bethany have been invited to teach and perform at such events as the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC, Lindyfest in Houston, TX, Camp Jitterbug in Seattle, WA, the Frankie Manning Birthday Celebration in New York, NY, and Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden. They love how swing dancing brings people together to play with one another. They love seeing students reconnect to the joy of using their bodies in a creative, improvised, cooperative endeavor. They love how swing dancing offers challenges and rewards both for total beginners and for veteran dancers alike. And they love how it feels to be in a room filled with people enjoying dancing to great music!

Rafal Pustelny

Rafal Pustelny

Rafal Pustelny is a vibrant young dancer and teacher who is passionate about all things dance! After relocating to NYC in 2010 from Poland with his family, Rafal became addicted to the authentic American Jazz dance forms Lindy Hop, Charleston and Balboa, and quickly established himself in NYC as a top social dancer. 5 years later, his wide knowledge and skill in various styles opened many opportunities to teach all over the states and work with several regional performance groups including “Roddy Caravella’s Canarsie Wobblers,” as well as dancing with the “Amazebals,” the “Big Apple Lindy Hoppers,” the “Lindy Hop All-Stars," and the "Vanaver Caravan." Rafal can be found in NYC teaching at “You Should Be Dancing” studios and performing in various locations in New York City.

Lainey Silver

Lainey Silver

Based out of New York City, Lainey Silver is a globetrotting jazz era dancer, performer, choreographer, DJ, and vintage fashionista. As an avid competitor, Lainey has placed in a number of contests: 1st in the 2016 and 2015 Lonestar Open Balboa Jack and Jill, 1st in the 2014 ULHS Slow Dance division, and 3rd in the Intergalactic Balboa Championships at All Balboa Weekend. As a performer, she's entertained audiences at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Rainbow Room, and the Edison Ballroom. Lainey is a part of the You Should Be Dancing...! Studios team where she emphasizes connection to your partner, a solid base in fundamentals, proper body mechanics, and dancing as an expression of the music. Her mission is to help her students find their own voice and creative ideas.