"You have to go too far to find out how far is far enough."
Lucy discovered Lindy hop in 1999, and has since travelled extensively to dance, train, and teach. She has taken up numerous other dances, all more or less in service to her first love: Lindy hop.
In 2000, she spent two months studying African dance in Ghana, and now takes African, Jazz, and Tap dance classes in her hometown of Vancouver.
Recently she has dabbled in Ballet, for balance, grace, and all that good stuff, but couldn't get over the feeling that she was in drag. Lucy has taught Charleston, Vintage Jazz, Lindy Hop, and Blues across Canada and the Pacific Northwest, and at the world-famous Herräng Dance Camp, in Sweden.
"Learn to dance with your own body and assets. Have fun."
Edina has been teaching Lindy hop since 2005. She is champion, with Eric Shaw, of the Hellzapoppin competition in Utah, February 2008 and the Flyweight (Fast Lindy) competition at Lindy Bout II in April 2008, but her priorities as a dancer and teacher are in having fun with people, growing the scene and spreading the love of Lindy hop.
In addition to travelling to dance, compete, and attend workshops from the masters of Lindy hop, Edina keeps her inspiration up and swivels fabulous by dancing in her kitchen every chance she gets.
“Same thing but different.”
Referred to as "the Energizer Bunny" by his peers, Eric is as fearless and fierce on the social dance floor and in competition as he is mild-mannered in social settings.
He travels to dance, train, and compete, but his greatest honour came in Vancouver, when he was chosen to train and perform with the South African performance group Umoja in January 2007.
Although an avid performer and competitor, Eric's priorities remain in the realm of improvisation and the boundless potential in every partnered social dance, an approach that makes him one of the strongest, clearest, and most approachable teachers in the region.
"Dancing transformed my life and I've watched it transform others. It's the best high in the world."
Lisa teaches Balboa and Lindy hop and is celebrated for her ability to follow anything and remain cool in any storm. With a background in jazz and flamenco, Lisa started partner dancing via West Coast and East Coast Swing, but soon discovered Lindy hop and Balboa, and there her heart remains.
She won the first Lindy hop contest she entered, in 2002, and was a founding member of Vancouver's award winning Hot Koko. Her ulterior motive as a dancer and teacher is to have more Lindy hoppers and Balboa enthusiasts to dance with.
"When in doubt, just swingout!"
Dragged kicking and screaming to her first dance in high school, Becca started East Coast Swing at the tender age of 16, followed by a 7-year hiatus. She discovered Lindy Hop in university and fell in love with the dance. Becca is an avid Tap dancer and is constantly amazed by the many places aspects of Tap can fit into Lindy Hop. She also loves Balboa and feels the rotational energy of this dance helps her turns in other dances.
Becca wants new dancers to keep these things in mind: never stop your basic and triple stepping, it's your engine that keeps you going and if it dies, you aren't dancing anymore. and remember -- that 'hot shot' you see ripping it up on the dance floor? he or she was a beginner at one point too!
"Let's just try it, and see what happens..."
Matt started swing dancing in 2008, and has since traveled throughout North America to dance and compete in Lindy Hop and Balboa. Dance highlights include placements in the Lone Star Championships (Austin, TX) and the Eastern Balboa Championships (Raleigh, NC), as well as being a former member of Vancouver's award-winning Lindy Hop team, Granville Street Rhythm. Together with Angie Weddell, he is a founding member of the Vancouver Swing Society and currently serves as its Secretary-Treasurer.
In class and on the dance floor, Matt emphasizes simple, natural motions and authentic swing dance patterns. However, he focuses above all on rhythm and musicality, and the space for improvisation that this allows.
"Relax, but with energy!"
Following a childhood filled with modern dance, jazz, and ballet, Eileen discovered the joy of Lindy hop in September 2001, and hasn't stopped swivelling since. She is an avid instructor, event organizer, performer, competitor, judge, and, above all, social dancer.
Eileen has a long and varied history of teaching, including gigs with the Vancouver Swing Society, UBC Swing Kids, SFU Swing Club, Jungle Swing, Red Hot Swing, and Swing Dynamite. As a competitor, Eileen has received top placements at Lindy Bout, Rhythm City Mess Around, and O-Town Showdown. She was a founding member of Hot Koko, and is proud to have been part of the first ever Canadian team to compete at the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown in 2006. One of Eileen's most inspirational experiences as a Lindy hopper was an intensive week of teacher training with Lennart Westerlund in Montreal in 2013.
Eileen is happiest when dancing to live music, and aspires to speak jazz music with her body. When teaching, she works to help her students find their own rhythm and creative voice.