San Francisco, CA
In 1996 Lindy Hop began Emily Webb's love affair with partner dance and in 1997 she fell for Tango. Through the years Emily has studied Tango, Swing, Salsa, Blues, and Fusion dance with some the top instructors in the world. Today Tango and Fusion remain Emily's greatest dance loves.
Thousands of students across the US and Canada have benefited from Emily's dynamic and interactive teaching style. Emily's adaptability to student needs, knowledge of body mechanics, and specialized drills create high impact learning for students of all levels. Through her years of teaching experience Emily has learned to make even the most complex movements simple and build them from the ground up. This means you will not only look good while you dance, but feel great to your partners too (even if they are more experience than you)!
Emily has completed multiple teachers trainings in and out of dance, is a certified instructor of Krav Maga (martial art) and has a BS in Equine Science with a specialty in teaching.
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.
Alfredo's Dance Blog
Alfredo’s love of partner dancing began with salsa as a young boy and his passion for dancing led him to become an instructor for almost 20 years in blues, Argentine tango, west coast swing, salsa, lindy, and more. He has focused heavily on body mechanics, musicality, and the power of connection between partners.
Alfredo has appeared on multiple US television shows and has taught and performed at philanthropic galas, weddings, private and public events.
He has competed and won at over 15 blues and west coast swing dance event including BluesSHOUT!, MadJam, Enter The Blues, America’s Classic, Swingin’ New England, and Portland Blues Exchange. He has also been invited to be a featured instructor in multiple national and international dance events In North America, Australia, and Asia.
Currently based in Hong kong, he has built a growing blues dance community in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Changsha, and has contributed to the growing scenes in Shanghai and Beijing.
| 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. Ry has been inspired by many dancer and a had the opportunity to work and trainn with some of the pioneeer lambaderos including Braz do Santos, Gilson, Bebe, Josey, Leo, Rominita , Natasha to mention some.
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
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
| Jonathan Janis
Jonathan Janis is a movement educator interested in the power of ritual, the mind and body, healing, and humans’ ability to shape their lives & movement.
He has taught and danced Fusion for the past 1.5 years in Portland, OR and has taught professionally with Antje Martina Schaeffer, Flouer Evelyn, and Brenda Russell.
He holds the power of the individual sacred, and believes this can be embodied in a dance connection. He is consistently searching for this possibility through study and technique.
| Tristan Brightman
Tristan lives a complicated double life. By day he is a mild mannered and fun loving dance teacher who discovered a profound love for partner dancing in 2012. He founded the blues dance and fusion scene in Bristol, UK in order to have people to dance with, and his easy going and fun style has led him to teaching around Europe for the past 4 years. He emphasises partner connection and conversation in his dancing and lessons.
By night he is a similarly mild mannered and fun loving board game teacher who makes his living slinging cardboard and rolling dice, both in a board game cafe and at private events around and about Bristol.
We’re taking advantage of both these lives, inviting him over to teach our beginner tracks and to run some games to make sure that everyone is having enough fun over the weekend. It’s only his second time in NYC, make him welcome!