Voices and Styles from Around the World Featured Instructors
Past Winners, Great Talents, and Engaging Tasters Instructors
Vintage Blues & All the Shag, Founder
Jonathan LindseyVintage Blues & All the Shag, Founder
Known for his dynamic style, technical knowledge, and occasionally over-the-top humor, Jonathan actively dances, teaches and performs around the world. He is founder of the performance group Savage Rhythm. As an instructor and DJ, Jonathan has traveled throughout North America and Europe spreading the gospel of classic jazz dance, music and history. Through his experience as a student of the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology, Jonathan brings the unique perspective and knowledge of body mechanics and movement to teaching and the dance.
Dabney and Karen HopkinsCollegiate Shag
Energetic and technically focused, Karen is an accomplished dancer, instructor, and co-organizer of Hep Kats and the Kats Korner in Mesa, Arizona. Karen has lived, taught and coached Lindy and other Jazz varieties of dancing since first becoming enamored with it in 2003. A versatile dancer with experience in Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Solo and Partnered Charleston, Karen has taught and competed through the Southwest. Her other credits include performing with the Hollywood Hotshots, as well as being cast as a dancer in Katy Perry’s music video “Thinking of You” and being cast as a principle dancer for the episode “Static” on the TV show “Cold Case.”
Slow Bal, Head DJ
Ann SychterzSlow Bal, Head DJ
Ann began swing dancing (lindy hop, balboa, solo jazz, collegiate shag, and a bit of blues) in 2009 in Waterloo, Canada (not far from Toronto) and started teaching a year after. She moved to Lausanne, Switzerland to pursue her PhD in robotic bridges, where she founded and taught at Studio Swingtime. Having since returned to her native Canada, she continues to teach, compete, and DJ around the world. She holds titles for competitions in balboa and lindy hop from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, and Russia. As an academic and a dancer, she finds joy in teaching by breaking down intriguing concepts on partnership and rhythm while keeping a comfy dance. She's also DJ Bubbles!