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 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.
Evita Arce is a Swing dance
star, known internationally for her endless energy, high-flying
aerials, and dynamic jazz movement. Whether she's on stage or
leading a class, her vibrant persona inspires on-lookers to dance
and live in the moment.
Evita played the feature Lindy Hop role in the Broadway
musical "SWING!" on the 2008 Japan tour, at The California Music
Circus, and at The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Evita also
choreographed and danced for Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at
Lincoln Center Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in DC celebrating
MLK and President Obama's inauguration. Television appearances have
popped up frequently since Evita, with partner Michael Jagger,
advanced to finals in Las Vegas on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance
-- the only Lindy Hop couple to do so. Evita choreographed for the
NY Times Square production, "Sleigh Bells Swing," with George Gee's
Orchestra at the Edision Ballroom.
Nathan "Soft Shoe" Bugh is
a unique jazz mover, seeking truth and justice, on stage and in the
classroom. He is one of the leading proponents of solo jazz, with
first place, competition titles from Lonestar Championships and
Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, as well as two silver medals from the
International Lindy Hop Championships. He danced in David Tutera's
"Great Gatsby" wedding on the hit TV 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 presented Lindy Hop with the Vanaver Caravan at the
legendary dance mecca, Jacob's Pillow. In the classroom, Nathan
draws on over a decade of professional experience teaching dancers
of all ages and skill levels. He teaches weekly classes at Dance
Manhattan and Columbia University, and his lessons are available
online at idance.net.
Without a doubt,
Tommy Blacharz is one of the most talented dancers in the world.
His unique style is defined 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!
Mentored 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).