Laura Keat began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. And as an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student’s technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples’ faces with an entertaining performance which shares and inspires the joy and excitement for swing dancing.
Bobby teaches vintage swing dances around the world, and holds championship titles and placements in Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Solo Jazz. With each, Bobby strives to innovate and create a new voice, while still capturing the spirit of the original dancers. He is the director of the Lindy Hop performance group the Swung Furies, which specialize in dancing in the performance style of Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers. He is the author of the popular swing dance blog Swungover*, and the book “Practice Swing.” As a dancer, he is widely recognized for his floppy hair, and as a teacher, by his sound effects.
Delilah Williams can be found truckin’ at dance events all over! She was classically trained in ballet since birth and bumped into swing dancing at 15. It was then in 2005 that she got the bug, the lindy bug! Delilah learned how to swing dance at the Mercury Cafe and started traveling to workshops. Over the years, she has performed and competed individually and with numerous teams including the CU Jitterbuffs, Atomic Rhythm, Baltown Grapplers, Woodside Jumpers, and 23skidoo! She is part of Denver’s premiere girl troupe, The Diamond Dolls. Her cheerful smile, playful presentation, and creative movements will put a smile on your face.
Kenny started swing dancing in 1997 when the swing revival hit. Riding this wave, he discovered lindy hop and other related vintage swing dances. His curiosity, desire to learn and perform has kept him hooked ever since. His classes are known for being fun, detailed, and technique based whether he’s teaching Lindy Hop, Balboa, air-steps, West Coast Swing or Blues. Kenny’s competitive side has found him winning at numerous events including Camp Hollywood, Lindy on the Rocks, Ultimate Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Jitterbug and others. When he’s not dancing, you can typically find him doing Parkour and Crossfit, pursuing great local restaurants and drinks, or brainstorming crazy new moves.
Felix is a swing dancer, teacher and choreographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Like most Swedish dancers, it started in the Swedish competition scene. At age nine he began to dance, with the bugg as his main style. A year later he took his first six-step basic step in Boogie Woogie and since then he has not stopped. At the age of 16, he visited Herräng Dance Camp in Sweden for the first time and fell in love with African-American dances of the swing era, such as Lindy Hop, Vernacular Jazz, Charleton or tap. Since then he has invested all his strength in inspiring, learning and developing his dance, musical, and teaching skills. His goal is to pass that knowledge to people around the world. Felix strongly believes in freedom and the authentic style of dance, and in the connection that is created between the members of the dance partner and the music. He sees swing dancing as a way to bring people together and bring happiness to their lives, because when he dances he can only think and express that: pure happiness!
Humorous and dynamic, keen, full of heart and a touch of the anarchic, Pamela was spellbound by Lindy Hop energy and community at the age of sixteen when she started her first classes at Lindyhop.lt Club in Vilnius. Despite her young age Pamela has already brought herself to light constantly learning anything related to dancing, be it music, psychology or anatomy.
In 2009, Pamela began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. Today she dances and teaches with the top leaders in the international Lindy Hop scene. Having no constant partner has given Pamela space to bring a lot of variety to her dance – no wonder dancers call her one of the most exciting followers in recent years.
As a dancer Pamela cherishes individuality and freedom. For her Lindy Hop is not as much about impeccable technique as it is about musicality and awareness. As a teacher she shares her values and encourages people to find their own way of dancing: “Learn to be ok with the way you are and how your body moves. It’s all about you.”
Nietzsche once said “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star”.
Written By Migle Ravnialicevaite