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INSTRUCTORS

Jenna Applegarth

Jenna first started dancing when she was still in diapers. She began swing dancing some many years later, luckily no longer in diapers. Jenna continues to expand her dancing repertoire and share her love and knowledge of these dances with others. Although she enjoys pretty much any type of dancing and music you can move to, her first love is Lindy Hop. Her energy and passion create the perfect environment for learning, creating challenging yet applicable lessons.

Jenna has attended, coordinated, and taught various workshops and exchanges all across the globe. Some of her favorite highlights are performing at Benaroya Hall in The Jump Session Show and teaching for Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. Above all else she believes that learning to dance should be fun. With over 10 years of teaching/coaching experience, she loves finding new ways to connect with other dancers on the floor and in the classroom.

Shelby Johnson (beginner track instructor)

Shelby started swing dancing in Orlando, Florida in 2011 as a member of the University of Central Florida Swing Knights. Over the past 5 years Shelby has honed his teaching skills as a personal fitness coach, hosting a number of practice groups in his home, and teaching private small group lessons for Lindy Hop, Balboa and Solo Jazz. In 2016, he attended Herrang Dance Camp as a Frankie Manning Ambassador. 

Shelby enjoys creating an environment for students to explore not only technique but also creativity, partnering and music. Along with that, he provides storytelling and historical elements to give life to the dance that he’s teaching. Shelby is dedicated to keeping the historical roots of Lindy Hop, Jazz and Jazz dancing attached to the learning process and openly speaks about how to create a more culturally and racially diverse dance scene. That dedication was recognized at this year’s Camp Jitterbug and The Northwest Lindy Hop Championships, where he was awarded the Spirit of Lindy Hop Award and placing first in the Open Social Dance competition. Shelby is an instructor ready to bring guidance, history, and enthusiasm to students for a positive classroom experience.

Peter Kertzner & Elze Visnevskyte

Elze and Peter are maybe just the right amount of crazy you’ve been looking for. She comes from Lithuania, while he comes from Los Angeles and together, they have this Euro-American style all about fun and connectedness. Their musicality, playfulness, and creativity are not just parts of their light-hearted personalities as dancers, but also as instructors. For them, Lindy Hop is much more than only leading and following… it’s dancing… trying to feel your partner… and in the meantime having a freaking great time!

Their energy is contagious and their class material is stimulating. Be prepared for loud laughs, crazy fun, and exciting new moves!

Brigette Marquardt

Many moons ago, an awkward theatre child got invited to a live band dance. Jazz music found a piece of her soul, and she found a peace of home. Twelve years later, Brigette is still in love with Lindy Hop (#DeansWhip), Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Charleston, Tap, and Solo Jazz. Hand-in-hand with teaching swell technique, she loves to connect people to the soul of swing dancing: creation, improvisation, & connection with humans and the music.

Professionally, she is an instructor, dancer, choreographer, actor, and director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in classical ballet and modern dance from Belhaven University, is president of Fort Worth Swing Dance Syndicate, and teaches private and group lessons regularly across Dallas/Fort Worth. Her versatility allows her to have a unique perspective on teaching the vintage dances and to put herself in many people’s shoes. She’ll try yours on, if you like.

 

Peter Strom

Peter is one of the most dedicated and well traveled instructors in 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 possesses 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.

 

 

Jon Tigert

Jon is an internationally known performer and and instructor proficient in a multitude of vintage dance styles, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Vernacular Jazz, and Tap. He holds competition titles from The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (ULHS), The Canadian Swing Dance Championships, and The International Lindy Hop Championships, as well as being a featured performer with the Indiana University School of Music, and the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphonies. Jon is also an accomplished Singer, having performed alongside the likes of Grammy Winner Sandi Patty, Tony Winner Gary Beach, and Tony Nominees Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway. Jon loves dancing, and hopes to share that joy with each and every student and audience member. Currently living in Baltimore, Maryland, Jon is mostly found traveling the country and the world teaching workshops and performing in shows.

 

Naomi Uyama

Naomi discovered the original form of swing dancing – the Lindy Hop – when she was 16 years old in her hometown of Washington DC.  After nearly 2 decades of devoting herself to the dance she has won first place at the International Lindy Hop Championships, the American Lindy Hop Championships, the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the US Open Swing Dance Championships.  With expertise in the Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Solo Jazz she has traveled to over 20 countries on 5 continents spreading her knowledge and love of dancing.  When she’s not traveling in the name of jazz she is teaching and dancing in her adopted home of Minneapolis for Uptown Swing.

Naomi works with her main partner Peter Strom as well as Skye Humphries, in addition to teaching solo classes.  As one of the most experienced Lindy Hop teachers of her generation, Naomi believes in followers having their own technique and that confidence comes from earning your skills as a dancer.

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