Check out this year's amazing lineup of instructors! If you want to know what they are teaching, be sure to check out the class schedule.
Since meeting in 1999, Ben and Sheri have danced, taught, and competed around the world. Known for their creative dancing and innovative choreography, Ben and Sheri consistently receive top placements in national and international competitions. As a testiment to their great attitudes towards dancing, they won the "Golden Budgie" award at the 2005 NJC. This award goes to the person or persons who best exemplified the spirit of Jitterbug for the entire NJC/CH. This certainly sums up Ben & Sheri!
They have a long list of accomplishments in addition to being regular instructors in the LA area (including frequently teaching at Lindy Groove)Ben and Sheri bring their unique brand of energy, humor, and positive attitude to their classes and to the swing dance community. This is a rare chance to learn from some of the best dancers in the nation at a location right here in your own back yard!
Awards: 2005 National Jitterbug Champions, 2004 & 2005 NE Lindy Hop Champions, 2006 Swingin' New England Balboa Open Champions, 2000 Jitterbug Jam Champions, and many more!
Marc-Andre started swing dancing in Montreal in 2003 and has embraced the crazy attitude of Montreal swing dancers ever since. After rigorous study with many national instructors to hone his skills, MA forgot everything he was taught and as a result has developed a creative and highly energetic style all his own. He has won many competitions up and down the east coast, taught several workshops along the way, and in the process has become the inspiration to many aspiring Lindy Hoppers across the country. Marc-Andre is also a regular instructor at Providence Swings in Providence, RI and part of the Swing dance team d'Shebam.
When he is not dancing, which is not often, Marc-Andre is working on his PhD in experimental physics at Brown University. He also likes to enjoy pints of Guinness with his friends and gazing at the stars.
Awards: 2007 NE Lindy Hop Championships Advanved Jack & Jill Champion, 2006 Lindy Focus V Invitationial Jack & Jill Champion, 2005 Swingin' New England Champion, 2004 NE Lindy Hop Championships Int. Jack & Jill Champion, and many more!
Mike (the Girl) Legett began dancing in 2001 with the "new victims" package from a ballroom studio. She converted to swing a few months later, where she fell in love with Lindy and Blues in the winter of 2002-2003. She flirted with Tango off-and-on before committing in February 2007, and it wasn't long before she left grad school to become a full-time dance junkie, a position she still holds.
Mike's true loves in life are teaching, dancing, following, and music. There's no order, because for her, these things are intrinsically linked. In addition to national events like Lindy Focus and Enter the Blues, Mike has taught at countless regional events in Lindy, Blues, and Tango, as well as traveling all over the country to teach and perform. She performed in an all-girls Charleston troupe at Camp Jitterbug's Jump Session Show in 2007, and in the all-girl blues troupe, the Hoodoo Ladies, at events from DC to BluesShout in St. Louis. Most recently, she spent one month as the Instructor-in-Residence for Philadelphia Lindy and Blues, teaching 2 workshops, a masters' class, a performance troupe review, a four-week series, and over 60 private lessons. She considers it to be one of the most challenging, educational, and rewarding experiences in her career.
Chris Buck - Jacksonville, FL
Chris works as part-time musician & part-time dancer. Currently he is directing dance programming for a non-profit dance company in Jacksonville, heading the performance group "Lindy Riot" with Freddie Thibodeau, and teaching Guitar & Percussion at the Florida Conservatory of Music.
Chris began dancing in 1998 and playing music in 1994. As a dancer, he enjoyed early success in local & regional dance competitions. His favorite challenge was reaching the final rounds of the Ritz Amateur night (in the style of the Apollo). "Nothing motivates performance so much as the risk getting booed & swept off the stage".
Finding his way to the lindy hop was a critical development for him. Buck engulfed himself in the lindy hop community for many years teaching, traveling and partnering with then student, Marcie McCabe. Attending various events & exchanges (LA/OC, DCLX, SOFLEX, CH etc.) and loving every minute of it!