Instructors

 Kelly Howard     San Francisco: Fusion, Blues, Lindy, Acrobatics, Modern/Jazz

Kelly started partner dancing with Lindy Hop and Blues in Seattle, WA around 2005. She choreographed for a modern dance repertory in University. In 2010, Kelly joined the circus and became a circus instructor for flying trapeze while performing professionally doing adagio acrobatics. With her background in hip-hop, modern/jazz, and acrobatics, Kelly naturally attached to the fusion dance movement, combining different styles of dance to musically express whatever song is playing. She’s been teaching partner dancing since 2007, primarily focused in Lindy Hop, Blues and Fusion, while dabbling at Tango and West Coast Swing. Internationally, Kelly has taught dance in 13 countries including South Korea, Thailand, Germany, and Denmark. She enjoys classes that push the envelope, explore creativity, and engage the body.

 

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Mark Carpenter    San Francisco:  Fusion, Blues, Lindy, Tango

Hailing from sunny California, Mark has spent much of his time traveling, dancing, and organizing events across the country. Mark has been teaching partner dancing since 2006 and now specializes in various flavors of blues and fusion. Coming from a non-dance background spanning theatre, music, and tech, Mark has a unique approach to dance, movement and the teaching of both. His constant goal is to make the impossible easy and the easy look impossible.
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Flouer Evelyn     NYC:  Blues, Fusion, West Coast Swing, Zouk, Contemporary, Ballet, Latin Ballroom, Lindy

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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Paula Wilson & Ken Kreshtool    NYC:  West Coast Swing, Lindy, Ballroom, Tango, Modern

Paula and Ken are super excited that Flouer invited them to teach at Motley Hue again and can’t wait to dance with you! Together, they have taught at national dance events, performing arts schools, and studios up and down the East Coast, and regularly teach West Coast Swing (WCS) in Manhattan. They also run the New York/Tri-state area’s largest and most popular weekly WCS dance, “Westie Cafe,” in Manhattan. Paula and Ken are the Directors of TIPDI (The International Partner Dance Intensive). TIPDI is a series of interdisciplinary dance camps and workshops for adults – both classical dance and partner dance – featuring top instructors from around the world. For more info about how their classes, intensives, workshops, and camps can enhance your dancing happiness, visit www.tipdi.com.

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Paula Wilson & Lukas Weichert     NYC:  Tango, Modern, Theatre Movement, etc…

Paula & Lukas became practice, and then performance partners, in 2010, while both were studying at Estudio DNI, a Tango conservatory in Buenos Aires. They have since taught classes and workshops in Argentina, the UK, and the US, as well as performing in commercial projects together, including Lukas’ award-winning feature film, “Tryst”, in which Paula served as the Tango dance double for the female lead. Known for their funky, fun style, they approach Tango as an organic process of “give and take” that’s about sharing space, while also focusing on musicality and creativity. Jeans and t-shirts are absolutely appropriate tango wear in their classes – and smiling is cool, too!
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Emilio Estevez     Philadelphia: Fusion, Lindy, Blues, Hip Hop, House, Tango

Emiliano has a background in Lindy Hop, Blues, Hip-Hop, House, Tango, and a host of movements from many other genres. He has been dancing since late 2000 and continues to add new ideas and movements to his style. He has taught at national events such as the Fusion Exchange; Albany Lindy and Blues; Blues Recess, and workshops in many locations like Montreal; Seattle; Austin; and Philadelphia.     Dance is a conversation…

 

 

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Laura Boddorff    Pennsylvania:  Ballroom, Blues, Ballet, Irish Kaylee, Bellydance, Lindy

Laura Boddorff was a classical dancer all her life, until, in 2004, she began partner dancing because of a boy.  She found two lifelong loves in that class, and she and her husband still dance as much as they can.  From ballet to Irish Kaylee to bellydance, Laura has never met a dance style she didn’t enjoy studying.  Her emphasis is in American Smooth and Latin Ballroom and Blues.  Her diverse range provides her unique fusion stylings, and allows her to relate in dance terms to people with many kinds of movement experience. Laura has taught and competed across the country, but her joy lies in dance as a fun and social experience. She will help your dancers find that just-perfect connection with everyone they dance with, and hold the doors open to a lifelong community.

 

 

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.Vinícius de Souza    NYC:  Brazilian Zouk, Lamba Zouk, Fusion

Hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Vinny (aka the Unicorn’s Apprentice) began his dancing with Salsa in 2012. Originally, dance was more of a side passion, until 2014 when he fell into the rabbit hole that is Brazilian Zouk. Training extensively under Henri Velandia and Jessica Lamdon of ZenZouk, in addition to other prominent international instructors, Vinny became deeply immersed in the dance and culture of Brazilian Zouk. Vinny is now an active member of the NYC Zouk community who hosts events, teaches, and DJs at home and at other national zouk events and festivals. Armed with an infectious smile and abundant energy, Vinny lights up both the classroom and dance floor wherever he goes.

 


Gina Garoogian     Summerland, CA:  Contact Improv, Blues, Balboa, WCS, Fusion, Tango

Gina Garoogian spends most of her life on the road dancing, teaching and learning. Her background is in Balboa, Blues, WCS, Fusion, Contact Improv and most recently Tango. Gina’s main interest lies in the feel of a dance, finding that floating feeling, where two bodies can become one in pure connection.

Melding the technicalities of Fusion and the weight sharing of Contact Improv together, Gina has formed her current class called Partners in Flow. She is currently having a blast traveling around sharing her ideas in a fun class atmosphere.

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Galit Weinfeld     NYC:  Blues, Lindy, Modern, Ballet, Ghanaian, Breaking, etc…

Galit Weinfeld never stops thinking or working on dance. Best known for her gooey connections and playful following, Galit openly shares her passion of dance with delight and energy.

As an instructor, Galit lovingly crafts her lessons with intention. From fundamentals to advanced topics, she models her classes to be experiences of accessibility, knowledge and joy.
Galit earned a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from The University of Colorado, Boulder with a focus in Dance Pedagogy. She has studied several dance forms including Transnational Dance Fusion, Jazz, Modern, Aerial, Ghanaian, Ballet, Breaking and B-Boying. Since 2011, Galit has been professionally teaching, performing, competing and creating solo as well as partner dances at dance events across the US. She has shown her work in Denver, Chicago and New York City.


Neil Benen    NYC: Blues, Fusion, Taiji, Feldenkrais

Neil Benen studied Taiji, Qigong and Yi Jin Jing with Master Ham King Koo until his teacher’s passing in 1999, and has been dedicated to the practice for more than 35 years. He is a Mechanical Engineer, founder/president of Elliott International Equipment Corp and resides in Manhattan. He also recently completed a 4 year training program at the Feldenkrais Institute of New York for Feldenkrais practitioners.

Shawn Hershey   NYC: Blues, Lindy, Balboa, Tango, Fusion

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.

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