Heri & Nika
Heri (pronounced “Eddie”) and Nika have been dancing and traveling together since 2017, they dance Social Latin, Ballroom, Argentine Tango, Fusion, and more. They’ve taught at SaBaKiZou (Columbus, OH), Mile High Fusion (Denver, CO), Dallas Fusion Reaction (Dallas, TX) and are planning on traveling and teaching more!
They have been a part of Viva Dance Studio in Cleveland Ohio for the past four years, but they enjoy traveling and quite possibly run on nothing but coffee most of the time, because they don’t want to miss a moment of dancing!
Movement and human expression was always a central focus in Michael’s life. He has a background in martial arts (Kung Fu, Taiji, Qi Gong and more), he dances Lindy Hop since 2001, is a Lindy Hop instructor since 2004 and a Blues Dance Instructor since 2015. In 2012 he graduated as a contemporary dancer from the Amsteram Highschool of the Arts and lived as a professional stage dancer for some years besides couple dancing. Today he is an experienced instructor, organizing two international festivals and regular events, practicing movement more than ever and a leading force in the Swing Dance & Fusion Dance scene in Bern, Switzerland. In 2019 he opened his own dance studio “The Rhythm Rebels”.
Jessica & Ry’el
NYC & The World
Ry’el’s main aim is to educate and cultivate the appreciation for each one of these different styles of Brazilian Zouk-Lambada , building a strong foundation of versatility by embracing evolution thru the classics techniques found in the origins of our dance (Lambada). His rich formal dance training in classical ballet, jazz, World Jazz, modern dance, international Latin, and social dances like Salsa, Bachata, cha-cha and different Brazilian Zouk styles enables him to understand, share & create flavorful and fluid organic movement in each of his works as well in his teachings. His expressive sensuality and trained eye for technique through his Body and mind connections philosophies makes a unique class experience.
Jessica Lamdon, also known as “Unicorn”, instructor, performer, actor, loves to MC, professional hugger, has been dancing since she was 8 years old. She began with competitive international 10-dance ballroom dancing and was fortunate enough to compete and place in international competitions such as Black Pool and represent the US in the Worlds Competition in 2007. Along the way, the Unicorn got bit by the Brazilian Zouk bug 4 years ago and never recovered.
New York City/Zurich, Switzerland
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 Melting Pot & Motley Hue. www.FlouerDances.com
Fen Kennedy is a doctor of dance, currently teaching at the University of Alabama and touring their work internationally. Fen is a certified dance geek who loves getting into the physical mechanics of fusion – their classes are playful and curious, with a focus on student-led discovery. Expect influences from contact improvisation, blues, and WAY too many puns. Fen is currently researching fusion pedagogy, and their work has been seen at NYU’s “The Between” conference, and published at the “Headtail Connection” in collaboration with Mark Carpenter.