The Powerhouse Executives
Which incredible band should we book next? How can we get that awesome DJ to spin for us? Which tie clip looks best with these shoes? These folk make all the tough calls.
Kelsey Savage – President
Kelsey has been dancing lindy hop for 3.5 years, and she can say with certainty it’s one of the best things that’s ever happened to her. Beginning with lessons at Rhythm City Productions and social dancing at Jungle Swing events in 2010, she’s a two-time finalist for RCMA’s Jack & Jill competition as well as the co-recipient of the Lindy Bout VI’s ‘Spirit of Lindy Bout’ award, alongside Edmonton’s Read Fenton. She was a member of the Vancouver lindy hop team Bathtub Gin for two years and is in her second year of being a board member for the Vancouver Swing Society. She’s in her 4th year of Creative Writing at UBC, is fumbling her way through learning Balboa, and can beatbox on command.
Tyler Jones – Vice President
Hey, I'm Tyler. I started partner dancing at the age of 14. At that time, I was dancing Salsa and found a love and passion for dancing. I went on to learn many ballroom dances before coming to UBC. In my first year at UBC I found the UBC Swing Kids Club and started with West Coast Swing classes. I recently took the blues classes and would recommend the class to any dancer, new or experienced. You can find me social dancing anything from Salsa to Lindy and I like to mix it up with some fusion (search Fuse Dance Vancouver). Apart from dance, I am a Hardware/Software Engineer at Gumstix and a 4th year Engineering student. I hope to see you out dancing this year!
Isaac Robinson – Treasurer
In May 2011, Isaac had the excellent fortune to fall in with a great ol' gang of swing dancers called the UBC Swing Kids at their Spring Formal. Formerly convinced he had two left feet, Isaac started taking lessons in Lindy Hop and West Coast from the Swing Kids’ wonderful instructors and has made the discovery that dance is one of life's greatest pleasures. He’s been an active executive of the Swing Kids since 2012, and is always in the mood to learn new steps and meet new dancers.
Teachers, room bookings, set up, takedown, you name it. These cats are behind the scenes making all the lessons run smoothly!
Steven Pham – Lindy Hop Coordinator
I am a goofy and open and out-going guy. Some people strongly believe I am weird but, honestly, I think we are all weird in some way. I love to dance and learn new things so come dance with me if you get the chance. I am a slave to science, currently pursuing a Master of Science. Feel free to meet me and chat about anything since I am interested in nearly everything.
WEST COAST SWING
Megan Oglivie – West Coast Swing Coordinator
Megan started swing dancing when she took Lindy hop lessons with UBC Swing Kids three years ago. She has since taken up West Coast Swing and Blues dancing. Megan is a fourth year Economics major at UBC.
Sam Robinson - Blues Coordinator /
I'm an M.Sc student studying high arctic insect pollination in the Geography department. I have a background in jazz music, so I had played swing music for years but never danced to it. I was introduced to Lindy Hop through the Swing Kids in 2011, and I loved it! Since then I've also started dancing Blues and West Coast Swing, and they're also super fun!
The Council Members
Getting you registered as a fellow Swing Kid! Greeting you with a smile at dances! Brainstorming ways to make this club even better! These are a few of the things our devoted Council Members busy themselves with year-round.
Connor O’Brien – Lindy Hop Council
My name is Connor O'Brien, I'm a science student from the United States and am slated to graduate in 2016. I started learning Lindy Hop in the beginning of my freshman year, before that, I only had some education in ballroom dancing. Vancouver has a great number of venues for Swing Dancing, and many excellent teachers!
Kaitlyn Jesky - General Swing Council
Kaitlyn Jesky began swing dancing summer of 2010, a few years after her parents, when she started developing a love for swing music. She is particularly passionate about lindy hop and blues dancing, but also enjoys balboa, and partner and solo Charleston. When not on the dance floor, Kaitlyn can be found working on schoolwork, reading comic books, or getting dolled up in vintage dresses.
Angela Zhao – Lindy Hop Council
Still fairly new to swing dancing (and dancing in general), I got my start by finding out about UBC Swing Kids just this last school year. I’ve always been interested in the music of the big-band era and to learn how to dance to it has been very exciting! Looking forward to the rest of my journey in the dancing scene!
Matt Fisher – West Coast Swing Council
Matthew Fisher is the Western Swing Councilor for UBC Swing Kids 2013. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, BC, Matthew has just started dancing for the past year, and has loved every minute of it. He enjoys dancing and getting to know others, learning new things, and isn't afraid to sweep new dancers off their feet! Matthew also works as a Software Developer, and could talk on end about all the different types of cheese and how much he enjoys them. If you find him on the dance floor, feel free to approach him and ask for a dance!
Brandy Roenicke – West Coast Swing Council
Brandy is a third year LFS student majoring in Applied Animal Biology. With no previous dance experience, Brandy started taking West Coast Swing lessons through UBC Swing Kids last September with some friends, and is looking forward to another great year of dancing.