Guest Creative StaffWe are big fans of bringing in teachers and DJs from around the country and even around the world! Because of their location, these folks are not in our normal rotation, so we've saved this space to put up info about them so you know what to expect.
Ursula finished her professional dance education in July 2002, including Modern Dance, Jazz Dance, Ballet, Flamenco and more. She has been teaching in Switzerland but also on a international level .. (expand) for several years, mainly Lindy Hop and Blues, as well as stretching and body-control. She can give all the Ladies an excellent example to follow and a lot of new and fresh inspiration in Lindy Hop. She is part of a younger generation of Swing Dancers and therefore adds a lot of new elements to the Swing Dance. All of this comes to her in a very natural way, since she grew up surrounded by music and rhythm from a mother who was a professional jazz musician. Maybe that explains her ease in playing around with rhythms as well as her passion today for Music and Dance.
Adam Lee is the founder of Swing Beijing and the Beijing Big Band, and has been swingin' since he was 7 years old starting with music (saxophone and clarinet), and picking up swing dance in 1997. .. (expand) He taught in his home state of California for 3 years before moving to China. He has taught in Beijing continuously for 7 years, and conducted workshops in places such as Hong Kong, Moscow, Ireland, Portugal, Vietnam, and Ukraine. He describes himself as a 'Musician who also can dance' and thinks of the Lindy Hop as a "natural dance" that should be done as an extension of natural movement and musical interpretation. He is currently on a world tour, heading to places with burgeoning swing scenes and helping out where he can. (collapse)
Patrick began dancing in 2002 after being dragged kicking and screaming to a Swing class. He was instantly hooked. Introduced to Blues dancing in 2004, Patrick began attending several Blues .. (expand) weekends. After being introduced to Blues musicality through a Jerry and Kathy class at Cheap Thrills, he became hooked on Blues music. He began collecting a wide variety of music that he felt was ideal for Blues dancing, with an emphasis on smooth, sultry Blues. The next logical step was for Patrick to begin sharing his music with others.
Karissa started blues dancing one steamy night in Seattle kitchen and knew the blues was for her! This music makes her weep, rejoice, praise, and melt all at the same time. With any luck, her sets will .. (expand) do the same to you...