Teachers

Mike Faltesek

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Mike Faltesek brings to the dance floor an incredibly diverse social and performance dance talent that includes not only Lindy Hop but also Cakewalk, Black Bottom, Traditional Jazz, Tap, Charleston, Breakaway, Balboa, Big Apple, Blues and many other Authentic Jazz dances.

Mike has been dancing for almost a decade, in that time he has traveled to instruct, compete, and perform internationally. From Harlem to Los Angeles and all throughout Europe. Mike is well known for his charismatic personality, approachability and passion for the essence of Authentic Jazz dance and music. He possesses an enthusiastic ability to convey ideas and movements explicitly, making him a popular instructor wherever he goes. He teaches workshops internationally, each time leaving a lasting impression on his students.

Laura Glaess

LauraLaura grew up in a little hick town with more cows than people. It didn't have much dancing, and the only radio stations were country, rap, and country. However, she was always enchanted by the classical CDs her parents had and danced around the living room constantly.

She bumped into Lindy Hop, Swing, and Jazz ( ♥ ) in San Antonio while at Trinity University. She learned her first swingout from Mike Lenneville and Lani Steffens and, since then, has been dedicating every spare moment (and dollar) to learning more about this amazing dance. She has taught in Canada, France, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand and throughout the US.

Sharon Davis

Sharon DavisSharon Davis is internationally known for her distinctive and feminine style in Lindy Hop, 1920s Charleston, Blues and Burlesque. Australian born but now based in London, Sharon has performed around the world and holds numerous 1st place competition titles, including at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, National Jitterbug Championships, Canadian Swing Championships and the World Burlesque Games. She is known for her dedication to the history of vernacular jazz dances and the music they evolved to. A sought after instructor, her classes focus on pairing dynamic connection and flow, with body awareness and quality of movement, as a pathway to individual style, creativity and musicality. With her bright and bubbly personality, Sharon's teaching style is energetic, inspiring and fun. She is also the director of the annual  European Swing Dance Championships. Visit  www.sharonmdavis.comto find out more about her.

Jo Hoffberg

Jo -Hoffberg -02-600x 338Jo Hoffberg holds 1st place titles from the US Open, Canadian Swing Championships, Camp Hollywood, American Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, International Lindy Hop Championships, and European Swing Dance Championships.

Although Jo Hoffberg calls California her home, she spends most of the year travelling with her dance partner Kevin St. Laurent. Her first international working experience was in Japan working for Universal Studios, and since then she has taught in the US, Asia, Australia, South America, 

Andy Reid

Andy ReidAndy'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. Since 2002, he has performed and taught all over the world including Korea, Australia, Japan and all over Europe. Always striving for harmony with the music, Andy's experience playing jazz in his current home of New Orleans affords him the opportunity to give his students a deeper connection musical connection to their dance. Andy's teaching aims to bring the best out of his students both physically and mentally.

Andy currently resides in New Orleans, LA, where you can regularly see him playing bass with local traditional jazz bands.

Learn more about Andy and Nina at their website!

 

Andrew Nemr

AndrewMentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew is considered one of the most hardworking and diverse tap dance artists today. Whether playing with Nat Adderley Jr., directing  CPD PLUS, or co-founding the  Tap Legacy™ Foundation, Inc., Andrew has garnered a reputation for impeccable musicianship and sensitivity, and respect for the craft that he loves. The artist in residence for the Quarterly Arts Soiree (QAS) at Webster Hall, Andrew received an  NEA Masterpieces: Dance Initiative Grant to reconstruct the works of classic tap dance soloists, garnering critical and popular acclaim upon their presentation in  Echoes In Time.  Collectively, Andrew's choreography and solo work has been described as "a welcome return to the elegance of simplicity and the tap dancer as maker of aural magic" (exploredance.com) and "deeply touching" (Daily Gazette).

 

Special Guest Instructors!

Graeme Guthrie

Graeme

Graeme Guthrie was born in Kansas but grew up Canada as nationally competitive gymnast and martial artist. However, he found his passion in high school with Street Dance. For the last 13 years Graeme has been competing internationally Bboying and Locking, while also continuing to study from the originators of the dance.  Since 2004 Graeme has resided in Toronto as a full time Instructor, Choreographer and Stuntman. Some Stage & Film credits include  Mirvish Productions The Lord of The Rings, Cirque Du Soleil, Ubisofts Splintercell, Nikita, Pompeii and Hannibal Season 2.