You'll Always Find Me Dancing at:
Sometimes I Dance at:
It's really simple: I like socializing. I'm one of those people who doesn't mind a crowd and I've always kept a large circle of friends. I love dancing; dancing is very social; so partner dancing is almost nirvana for me. I believe Lindy Hop is one of a few activities where strangers come together to create something beautiful, and I like sharing that with other people.
I was taught that I shouldn't expect a Follow to follow a movement if I couldn't lead it. Therefore, I focus my classes on teaching movements that can be lead and followed by dancers NOT in my classes, coupled with stressing the importance of good Frame and consistent Connection to be able to lead and follow these movements.
I make it a point to try and dance with EVERYONE who takes my classes, Follows AND Leads. I believe this gives me unparalleled first-hand feedback on the effectiveness of my teaching methods.
Honestly, I wouldn't be a Lindy Hopper if not for my best friends, William and Steve, and the core group of friends (the West Wall Gang) that I met when I started learning Lindy Hop — (in alphabetical order:) Aaron, Andrea, Chris, Dori, Elana, Jim, Heather, Leigh, Mark, Steve, and Tammy. If not for their support, friendship and willingness to dance with me, I wouldn't be dancing!
(this is some of the West Wall Gang in New York)
Of course, I also benefitted from Denver's great local instructors: Jon C., Kathy I., Kendi, Rob L., Victor and the members of the 23 Skidoo performance troupe (circa 2000) Brie, Dan, Diana, Judd, Ryan, Tiffany and Tyler.
I was born December (way too close to Christmas) in Denver, CO. I was the first of two sons — my brother, Kevin, was born in March, nine years after me.
I have few claims to fame, but I'm proud of the fact that: