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 annual European Swing Dance Championships. Visit www.sharonmdavis.comto find out more about her.
Andy's 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 bands.
Learn more about Andy and Nina at their website!
Gaby is a New York based lindy hopper, choreographer and teacher of swing, charleston,
balboa and blues. She started her love of jazz-era dances in 2004 while living in New York. Since then, she has traveled all over the world to compete, perform and teach.
Because of her strong background in dance performance, she brings great care to lines, shapes, balance and overall aesthetic to her dance. She works with students to find personal style, new rhythms and unique moves towards self-expression. She also produces variety shows that combine swing, chorusgirl choreography, tap, burlesque and all other form of vintage inspired entertainment. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.
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!
Jesse Hanus is a resident of Denver, CO, previously calling Rochester, NY, her home. She currently teaches for Swingin' Denver as well as the Diamond Dolls, an all-girls dance troupe in Denver. Prior to her move, she co-founded and taught the Rochester-based girls troupe, the Flower City Follies. Jesse is especially passionate about solo dancing, enjoying the high-intensity of solo charleston and the refined movement of solo blues. Fast footwork, musicality and choreography particularly pique her interest. Jesse has more than a decade of dance experience, during which time she has traveled throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe to teach, compete and perform.
Choreographer, instructor, and founding member of the Flower City Follies, Rebecca enjoys showcasing jazz dance as part of this all-ladies troupe. She teaches locally with Groove Juice Swing, in Rochester, NY, and adores traveling to learn, perform, compete, and dance her heart out.
Being a musician as long as she can remember, the sounds and rhythms of jazz move Rebecca. She loves a great dance with laughs and playful movement, momentum that can't be resisted, and just fooling around on the dance floor because the music said to. She aims to share her enthusiasm and love of this dance whenever she teaches.
Bobby Bonsey lives his nomadic life as a versatile performer, dance teacher, and portrait and event photographer. Hard to keep in one place, his most recent stops include teaching, performing and photographing dance in Buenos Aires, Paris, London, St. Petersburg, New York City, Munich, Stockholm, and New Orleans,. Accomplishments include Solo Jazz Champion of ULHS 2010, is the Director of Photography for the largest Swing event in the world: Frankie 100, and was once told by Shirley Maclaine that he is a “Fantastic dancer”.
A California native and longtime Seattle resident, his current “permanent” home is New Orleans. His inspirations include Bruce Lee, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Dali, and Frankie Manning
Darren Stevenson was born and raised in England and studied Physical Theatre at The Center in St. Louis, MO. He co-created International Expression with his partner and wife Heather Stevenson. They toured the US and England and continued studying with Several Dancers Core in Atlanta, Pilobolus collaborator, Bill Wade in Cleveland, and the Goldston & Johnson School for Mimes at Kenyon College. In 1997, the Stevensons founded the Studio School of the Arts. PUSH Physical Theater was born in Rochester in 2000. Under the Stevensons' leadership, the company has toured nationally and internationally with a strong connection to their Rochester home. In 2010, Darren was invited to speak about PUSH's unique artistic process at TEDx. Darren can be seen in Fake Off, a live performance show every Monday night on truTV. Darren currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rochester Fringe Festival.
Guy Thorne is the co-founder, artistic director, choreographer and dancer at FuturPointe Dance. As artistic director, he has primary responsibility for the development and execution of the company’s artistic vision. Thorne’s current choreographic work explores the confluence of folklore as well as popular and contemporary dance forms infused with his short film and multi-media creations.
Thorne also teaches for FuturPointe Dance educational programs as well as in master classes and residencies at colleges/universities and for youth in k-12 school outreach programs. Thorne was on the dance faculty at SUNY – Potsdam where he taught ballet, modern dance, and Caribbean urban and folkloric dance. Thorne has over 15 years of professional experience and has toured extensively and taught master classes throughout the world including in Italy, Germany, Hawaii, France, the United Kingdom and Austria. Thorne holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY-Brockport.