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.
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).
Born in Ithaca, New York, Ramona was only 14 when spotted by one
of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, the late, great, Frankie
Manning. Still in her early teens, Ramona went on to teach with
Frankie, and eventually moved on to perform with some of the most
influential lindy hop groups of the modern era: Minnie's Moochers,
Mad Dog and the Silver Shadows.
Now based in Melbourne, Ramona travels to teach and dance all
over the world, working with students at the Herrang dance camp in
Sweden, the International Lindy Hop Championships in New York,
Swing Out New Hampshire, the Melbourne Swing Festival, and
Juan Villafañe is a benchmark in the development of dance Swing
in Buenos Aires. He is a producer, choreographer and dancer who
specializing in Lindy Hop, Jazz Roots, Charleston -20s and Tap
among other disciplines from the Golden Age of Jazz. Juan currently
divides his time between personal projects in Buenos Aires and
International Workshops in USA, Europe and Asia.
Special Guest Instructor!
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.