Instructors

 

Justin Riley

Valencia, Spain

Blues, Alt-Blues, Tango, Fusion, etc

www.JustinDance.com

 

Since 2002 Justin has studied, danced, and taught over a dozen forms of dances in 30 countries. He brings an international and nuanced style to every class, DJ set, and dance he does.
Each of Justin’s classes utilizes coursework that refines the fundamentals of blues-based partnership, the body’s natural movement, and inspires one’s own full creativity of expression. Justin offers a complex understanding of body mechanics that open new avenues of expression and movement in his students.

Justin is also the founder and main organizer of The Recess Events, and is considered one of the main driving forces behind the development of the alt-blues community. He has placed in numerous competitions (including both Blues Shout and Emerald City Blues), and commits himself to the progress of partnered dancing as a living, growing, and ever-evolving cultural art form.


 

Campbell Miller

Austin, TX

Tango, Blues, Waltz, Lindy Hop, Country, Ballroom, West Coast Swing, etc.

AustinSocialDance.com

 

A lifelong dancer, Campbell has trained in and taught dozens of solo and partnered styles and is fascinated by how dance enhances our connection with others, creative expression, and self-confidence. She has helped thousands of students to fall in love with social dance at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as won numerous blues dance competitions and appeared as a dance expert on local television.

With 18 years of teaching experience, she offers a wealth of knowledge about body awareness, adapting to a variety of partners, and strategies for learning to dance your best. Campbell’s students praise her ability to simplify the complex and nurture each dancer to find their own unique voice. Her warmth and patience create an inviting atmosphere for all levels of dancers, and she offers personal feedback in a way that makes students feel empowered and confident.

You can find her dancing and teaching at workshops around the world, or in her hometown of Austin, TX. Connect with Campbell at AustinSocialDance.com


 

Flouer Evelyn    

New York City

  Blues, Fusion, West Coast Swing, Zouk, Contemporary, Ballet, Contact Improv, Latin Ballroom, Lindy Hop, etc

 

Flouer has an extensive, multilayered background in movement practices.  Her experiences range from competing at lindy & blues exchanges, professional ballroom & Latin shows, stage combat, burlesque, and world travel for ice skating and contemporary dance.  She has both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Dance.
Fascinated by the history of social dances, Flouer often brings context into her classes.  With the belief that all dance is partner dance, she strives to help people create connections within themselves, their partners, and the community as a whole.  Currently, she can be found teaching full time in New York City, and running her dance events- FNBlues, Nocturne Blues, Melting Pot & Motley Hue.  www.FlouerDances.com
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Shawn Hershey   

New York City

Blues, Lindy, Balboa, Tango, Fusion, Play/Fight Dancing

www.shawnhershey.com

 

Shawn’s style is a blend of traditional blues, lindy hop, and tango. He strives for technical perfection, but values musicality and fun above all else! Shawn has won or placed in dozens of blues competitions throughout the years, most notably Enter the Blues, Mile High Blues, Emerald City Blues, Cheap Thrills, and BluesSHOUT! He started teaching blues in 2005, and has since traveled and taught at workshops and events around the US and Europe, including Blues Muse, Austin Blues Party, Down Home Blues, the Fusion Exchange, and BluesSHOUT! Shawn teaches nationally and internationally with Amanda Gruhl, Julie Brown, and Natalya Alissa. He has also taught with Mike Legett, Heidi Fite, Joy Arico, and Kathy Warwick.

Before moving to NYC, Shawn taught with a collective of Boston dance instructors at New School Swing in Charlestown, MA. Along with Josh Fialkoff, he runs a successful swing and blues bands, The Fried Bananas.


 

Andrew Smith

Portland, OR

Blues, Lindy Hop, Fusion 

www.AndrewSmithDance.com

Teaching internationally for over a decade, Andrew still wears the same pair of dance shoes he bought after falling in love with social dance at the end of high school. In classes around the world, he draws upon his experience in social, vernacular, and classical dances to inspire and challenge his students. He brings a balanced focus to technique, body mechanics, spirit, and creativity and strives to create a positive, safe learning environment. Andrew continues to hone his skills through competitions and wins at events around the country, including Mean Old Blues, Rose City Blues (twice), and Portland Blues Experience (thrice). In his spare time, Andrew builds software for Montessori teachers and holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. He enjoys hugs, yoga, and dark chocolate. Visit www.AndrewSmithDance.com for more info.

 


 

Heriberto Perez &
Nika Obrosova

Cleveland, OH

Tango, Latin Ballroom, Blues, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Smooth Ballroom, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Fusion, etc

Heriberto & Viva Dance Studio

 

With a combined knowledge of dance of over 27 years in lead and follow roles Heriberto (Heri for short) and Nika share a love for dance that allows them to interact with students in a unique way. Their understanding of the differences between the styles make them very proficient at solving problems student might encounter while dancing. With the ability to dance over 20 different styles (both social and competitive) they are sought after everywhere they go. One year after joining forces with Viva Dance Studio in Cleveland Ohio Heri and Nika have officially partnered up and now seek to Share their knowledge of dance with students for all walks of dance and life.


 

 

Tybaldt Ulrich

New York City

Hustle, West Coast Swing, Zouk, Ballroom, Lindy Hop, Carolina Shag, etc

 

Tybaldt Ulrich has been dancing and teaching since the mid 90’s.  he spent a bit of time on the competitive circuit, becoming a champion in West Coast Swing and Hustle, and has had the pleasure of learning from many great teachers and performing in Lindy, WCS, Carolina Shag, Balboa, Houston Whip, Hustle, Argentine Tango, New York Salsa, International Ballroom, Country 2Step, and Zouk.  A degree in Ethnomusicology, a diverse dance background, and respect for creativity of people and the continually evolving dance community are his tools to help you get more out of your dancing.


 

Mark Carpenter

San Francisco 

Blues, Tango, Lindy Hop, Fusion

Mark has spent the last 11 years entirely immersed in social dancing. Starting with lindy & blues in 2005 he began teaching shortly thereafter, co-founding the still-running Drop Dead Blues in San Luis Obispo, California. He has been part of the organizational staff for dozens of events (BluesQuake, BAmF) as well as a few of his own (SLOx, &ATJ). He has placed at national-level social dance competitions throughout the country (Winter Blues, RCB, MHB) and world (Korea Blues Camp).
In recent years he has dedicated his study to the emerging forms and conventions of “fusion” dance and is eager to explore and advance that movement via quality teaching throughout the world. He has taught at multiple events spanning four continents and in two languages. Coming from a non-dance background spanning theatre, music, and tech, Mark has a unique approach to dance and its instruction. His constant goal is to make the impossible easy and the easy look impossible.

 

 

 

Peter Hetherington

London, England

Blues, Lindy Hop, Fusion

 

 

A staple of London’s ‘usual suspects’ blues dancers, Peter has been MCing, DJing and teaching around UK, Europe and Australia for many years. Bilingual (English and Nonsense), his unfoundedly fearless approach to speaking into a microphone made him a natural choice to be MC for Motley Hue. 
When not immersed in dance related activities, Peter teaches people about ethical kink, performs at decadent underground masked balls in London’s grime and glitter encrusted underbelly, and is known for throwing infamous parties on his ship on the Thames.

 

Sydney Schiff

Ann Arbor, MI

  Zouk, Blues, Fusion, Lindy, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Contact Improv

 

Sydney Schiff, originally from Washington, D.C., is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and a Certificate in World Performance Studies at the University of Michigan.  She has studied Zouk, Blues and Fusion extensively in NYC and at festivals throughout North America and Europe. She has studied Zouk teaching pedagogy with Renata Peçanha, Zenzouk and Laura Riva, taught workshops in NYC, Ann Arbor, Chicago, New Haven, and Manchester, England, and co-organized the Zouk Dance Club at U-M & Ann Arbor where she teaches and DJs weekly.