OUR TEACHERS ARE JIVIN'

Christian Frommelt

Christian Frommelt is a passionate swing dance instructor, performer and social dancer who has dedicated his life to bringing people together through music and dancing. His unique style blends an emphasis on traditional swing movement and a highly personal character. In addition to his renown as a Lindy Hop and solo Jazz dancer, Christian is the foremost aficionado of St. Louis Shag, which he learned in his hometown from original jitterbugs through interviews and close study. Some of Christian’s proudest accomplishments include winning the 2014 and 2015 Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Battles in New Orleans, Louisiana and placing 1st in the Open Showcase contest at the 2015 International Lindy Hop Championships with partner Jenny Shirar. Christian is thankful to travel the world doing what he loves most—dancing—but is equally grateful and proud of his projects in St. Louis, including organizing the Nevermore Jazz Ball & St. Louis Swing Dance Festival, cultivating a strong community of dance through the St. Louis Jitterbugs, and playing Jazz piano.

Dee Locke

Dee started Swing Dancing at the age of four with her Dad in the basement, wearing her Mom’s heels and her favorite plaid skirt. With a hiatus into hip-hop during her school years, she was called back to Lindy Hop, and co-founded her college swing dance club. She has became an influential member of the Minneapolis scene, where you can find her teaching at Uptown Swing. For over a decade she’s shared her love of Lindy Hop with dancers young and old, teaching and dancing nationally at swing dance events.

Dee loves feeling free on the dance floor and advocates for self-expression and individual creativity as the true spirit of Lindy Hop. She loves Lindy hop's particular way of corresponding to the music and partner,priding herself on making each dance unique to the musical experience and partner, creating an authentic dance conversation.

She has taught, performed, and choreographed nationally and internationally. She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance. You should ask her, she follows and leads and wants to dance with you.

Keira Hansen

Keira was first introduced to the world of swing dancing through her sister well over a decade ago. She spent her formative years throwing down at swing dance events all over the Midwest before moving to Texas, where she now continually challenges herself to hone her craft through teaching, competing, scene building, and event organizing. Although her first love was Lindy Hop, she has spent the last several years exploring the worlds of Balboa, St. Louis Shag, and Collegiate Shag. She finds fulfillment in giving her students the tools they need in order to make their own creative choices about dancing. Most importantly, she strives to make everyone she dances with walk away with a smile on their face and a sense of belonging in their heart.

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin’s love of jazz music initially inspired him to start swing dancing in 1996. Since that time, the music and dance of the swing era have become the primary preoccupations in his life. He has been dancing and teaching various swing dances off-and-on for the last twenty plus years. And in the last ten years he has expanded his involvement by studying the history of these dances. Ryan has travelled around the country collecting interviews with dancers from the original swing era, and he completed a feature-length documentary, called "The Rebirth of Shag", that focuses on one swing dance in particular, the Collegiate Shag. He was one of the original co-founders of the Hot Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and sustain the jazz music and dance forms that originated in the early part of the twentieth century. For eight years Ryan was involved with running that organization and its main event, Hot Rhythm Holiday. Today Ryan travels to teach and compete in Collegiate Shag, both domestically and abroad. He currently holds regular dance classes in Dallas as well as other major cities in Texas.

Keira Hansen

Keira was first introduced to the world of swing dancing through her sister well over a decade ago. She spent her formative years throwing down at swing dance events all over the Midwest before moving to Texas, where she now continually challenges herself to hone her craft through teaching, competing, scene building, and event organizing. Although her first love was Lindy Hop, she has spent the last several years exploring the worlds of Balboa, St. Louis Shag, and Collegiate Shag. She finds fulfillment in giving her students the tools they need in order to make their own creative choices about dancing. Most importantly, she strives to make everyone she dances with walk away with a smile on their face and a sense of belonging in their heart.

Ryan Martin

Dee started Swing Dancing at the age of four with her Dad in the basement, wearing her Mom’s heels and her favorite plaid skirt. With a hiatus into hip-hop during her school years, she was called back to Lindy Hop, and co-founded her college swing dance club. She has became an influential member of the Minneapolis scene, where you can find her teaching at Uptown Swing. For over a decade she’s shared her love of Lindy Hop with dancers young and old, teaching and dancing nationally at swing dance events.

Dee loves feeling free on the dance floor and advocates for self-expression and individual creativity as the true spirit of Lindy Hop. She loves Lindy hop's particular way of corresponding to the music and partner,priding herself on making each dance unique to the musical experience and partner, creating an authentic dance conversation.

She has taught, performed, and choreographed nationally and internationally. She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance. You should ask her, she follows and leads and wants to dance with you.

Kasey Davis

Kasey began his dance journey in St. Louis (2012) and has since traveled the world learning, making friends, and dancing in the swing dance community. This has given him a wide perspective on varying ways to teach dance, as well as the different styles of swing dancing that come from various regions. His main goal with instructing is to create a fun, loving environment for people to develop their social dancing techniques. From a dancer, to a teacher, to an organizer, Kasey has jumped in heads over heals for the dance community.

Outside of dance, he enjoys swimming, racquetball, peanut butter crackers, Super Smash Bros (N64 is the best!!!), and singing Disney songs with friends and strangers (soon to be friends) alike.

Melanie Nguyen

If you’ve ever heard a loud laugh or sonorous cheer from the dance floor, it’s probably Melanie. Melanie’s passion and enthusiasm for swing dancing started in Austin, Texas in 2013. This passion, tastefully paired with her passion for travel, has taken her around the world seeking dances with new friends in new places. Her playfulness on the dance floor has earned her titles at Lindy on the Rocks, Alamo Stomp, Scissortail Swing, and Lindyfest & the Lone Star Championships. A native of North Texas, she now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma when she’s not traveling.

You can find Melanie regularly competing in Lindy hop, Balboa, and West Coast Swing across the US. When she’s not competing, you can find her teaching and volunteering behind the scenes. Melanie is a volunteer and instructor for the Oklahoma Swing Syndicate; in addition, she has also taught for Austin Social Dance and Swing Out South Florida. Her goal as a dancer and as a teacher is to help others find themselves as a dancer and as a person. She loves to help others develop their own style and feel comfortable in their own dance shoes.

Off of the dance floor, Melanie enjoys browsing memes, taking naps, and going to Zumba classes. Don’t hesitate to ask her for a dance or tag her in a meme!

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