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Dan Repsch (Baltimore, MD) and Jenny Sowden (New York, NY):

Dan & Jenny are both full-time international dance instructors traveling to share the joy of dance. They've won many competitions around the country both separately and together in Lindy Hop and Blues. Dan & Jenny have found themselves teaching together with ease throughout events with a focus on musicality, fine movement detail, and play between partners. Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels to continue learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across the continent and locally on a weekly basis, and has dabbled in organizing for events and local dances. In the end, Dan is most excited to push his own dancing and to see his students break through their boundaries.

Jenny, based in NYC, is also a DJ and Director of nycBABBLE.com and Brooklyn Swings. Jenny has been training in dance for over twenty years and teaching for over fifteen, with a BA in Dance and Theater from San Diego State University. She is trained in 34 different styles of movement including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, West African, Capoeira, Aikido, Tango, Salsa, Lindy hop, Balboa, and Blues. Her background influences her teaching and general style through musicality, variation, expression, and an understanding of body mechanics. Jenny believes the dance floor is a 'World of Yes' where we accept and are inspired. In turn we take classes in a 'World of Intention' to expand our 'World of Yes.' Check out more at JennySowden.com Dan & Jenny’s general vibe is uber playful; just watch them dance! They like to challenge and play with their students, sharing both classic and new approaches while keeping one’s own unique style.

Additional Instructors Available for Privates:


John Joven (NYC):

John discovered dance during the neo-swing revival of the late 90s and has expanded his interests to blues dancing, deejaying, and event organizing. His dancing and teaching are grounded in the blues aesthetic and an appreciation for the emotions of the music. The quintessential social dancer - you rarely find him off the dance floor.



Brooke Filsinger (Toronto, ON):

Brooke stumbled on the Blues over a decade ago and has been dancing, djing, and instructing ever since. She thinks this Blues love affair might be getting serious. Brooke has been called an organic follower, accidentally creative, and a vagabond street dancer. She isn’t entirely sure what these all mean, but she’s proud to hold these titles nonetheless. Brooke’s philosophy is make things feel good, make ‘em look good, and above all, have fun! Be prepared! Her methods may be somewhat unconventional but you can be sure that you’ll walk away with a lot of technique and new ideas, wrapped up in one entertaining package!



Alfredo Melendez (NYC):

Alfredo’s love of dancing began with salsa as a young boy and his passion for it led him to become a partner dance instructor. Dance has greatly influenced all of Alfredo’s artistic pursuits.

With over 10 years of experience as a professional partner dance instructor, Alfredo enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. He has taught thousands of students from age 6 to 86. He also has helped hundreds of wedding couples prepare for their first dance.

Alfredo has danced competitively and has choreographed and performed Argentine Tango, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, Salsa, Foxtrot and Cha Cha routines. He has appeared on The Today Show, ABC Channel 7, WB11, Channel 9, and Telemundo. Alfredo has taught and performed at philanthropic galas, weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, and public events.



Erin Kelly (Los Angeles, CA):

Erin has been social dancing for nearly 12 years. She knows a number of dance styles including swing (lindy, bal, etc.), swing (west-coast), blues, American tango, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, fusion, lyrical, and, of course, belly-dancing.

She teaches privately in Orange County, regularly makes the finals of most competitions, and recently won her first national Jack-and Jack Blues competition at Blues Shout in the novice category.

Known for her solo-stylizing incorporating traditional swing and blues with alternative dance forms such as belly-dancing, Erin's gonna make you move in new ways



Heriberto Perez (Cleveland, OH):

Heriberto (Eddie for short) Perez is currently a principal instructor and Owner of Latin Soul Ballroom in Cleveland, OH, a studio that specializes in both competitive and social dancing with a focus on lead and follow. Specializing in Argentine Tango, Salsa, Mambo On2, Cha Cha and Body Movement Isolation, Blues Fusion & more… Eddie loves to travel, and his unique style makes him a favorite lead and guest instructor where ever he goes.



Andi Hansen (Grand Rapids, MI):

Andi Hansen was convinced by a friend to go swing dancing in late 2008, and was addicted immediately. Since then she has discovered the joy of Lindy Hop, the allure of Blues, and dabbled in various ballroom dances. Andi loves to learn, and she loves sharing her knowledge with those she teaches.



Corey Flowers (Youngstown, OH)::

From ages 6 to 8 years old, Corey competed and won many awards in tap, ballet, and jazz. Couples dancing was introduced to him in 2005, though it didn't become something serious for him until early 2011. Corey has been competing all over the USA, earning many placements at events in San Diego, Houston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Phoenix, and Detroit. Corey is a 2013 AANCE Champion and is currently undefeated in Pro-am West Coast Swing and Hustle categories. Corey is an instructor of West Coast Swing, Hustle, Balboa, Lindyhop, Blues, Carolina Shag, Bachata, Salsa, and Contact Improv.

John Joven (NYC):
John has been a staple in the Chicago scene spinning from 2004-2011. He added blues to his repertoire in 2006, debuting at the Chicago Underground Blues Experience. During his time in the Midwest, he had spun at various swing and blues events in the Twin Cities, Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Urbana-Champaign, and Northeast Missouri. Now hailing from Brooklyn, NY, he's taken his act to the East Coast most recently spinning at Snowbound Blues, Enter the Blues, and the Steel City Blues Festival. He brings a versatile style influenced by the live blues of the Second City and the jazzy blues spun during his days as a young lindy hopper.


Jenny Sowden (NYC):
"I know when you DJ I'll go on a journey and be taken care of on the way" - Shira Meet Jenny from the block, in NYC. She is an award winning international DJ and instructor who loves to create a party with music whether with Blues, Swing, Fusion, or just House Party Style incorporating vintage, 'classic' and modern eras. Enjoy the jams as she will be surprising and make you say 'what is that song?!" Get ready to be inspired to create in your next dance. More info at JennySowden.com





Dan Repsch (Baltimore, MD):
Dan is a Baltimore resident whose obsession with music has been life-long. He’s taken to DJing because he loves sharing his music, inspiring other dancers, and guiding the energy of a dance. He’s constantly challenging himself to bring new material to his fellow dancers and works hard to offer a variety of music in his sets that stays true to the roots of the dance. He loves all styles of music and his sets tend more toward authentic Jazz and Blues, but he can bring the funk if the dance calls for it.




Brooke Filsinger (Toronto, ON):
Brooke's heart belongs to Toronto, the place she calls home, but that hasn't stopped her from crisscrossing North America and hopping to Europe and Asia, spinning the Canadian music wherever she goes. Although these days you'll most often find her playing exchanges, festivals, and competitions, she strives to remain true to the roots of her sordid past - late-night house parties! Brooke spins full-bodied ‘scrumpditiliumptious’ music—the kind that you can really sink your teeth into. Be it swing standards, blues, funk, or soul - you'll get that stuff that keeps you dancing well past your bedtime!


Greg Avakian (Philadelphia, PA):

Greg began teaching dance in Philadelphia over a decade ago. He specializes in Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Blues Dancing - and has traveled the U.S, Canada, and Europe teaching at workshops and dance camps.

Greg is a popular DJ, having taught & spun music at over 100 exchanges, competitions, and other Swing, Blues and Fusion events across the USA, in Canada and Europe. He is also well-known for developing classes for DJs and music geeks. Greg's (blues) DJ style mixes acoustic and electric blues from the delta to the city with other sweet & soulful stuff.



Andi Hansen (Grand Rapids, MI):

Andi Hansen was convinced by a friend to go to swing dancing in late 2008, and was addicted immediately. Since then she has discovered the joy of Lindy Hop, the allure of Blues, and dabbled in various ballroom dances. Andi loves to learn, and she loves sharing her knowledge with those she teaches.

Previous to the fall of 2011 there wasn’t a place in Grand Rapids where a swing dancer could enjoy a night of lindy hop and traditional swing music. As a part of the Underground Dancing Community, Andi has helped start and maintain what is now Monday night swing. She and her dance partner teach weekly classes there, as well as the occasional Underground or swing club workshop.

Traveling to dance events is also a passion for Andi; and if you just ask, there’s room in the car for you to go too!



Emory Thompson (Grand Rapids, MI):
Emory has been dancing for 6 years and sorting music for most of it. Constantly growing and tagging his library to entertain, challenge, and possibly educate listeners.