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.
Sharon 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
Swing Dance Championships. Visit www.sharonmdavis.comto
find out more about her.
Jo 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,
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
Learn more about Andy and Nina at
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).
Special Guest Instructors!
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.