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Lucy Falkner

"You have to go too far to find out how far is far enough."

Lucy (she/her) 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. The rhythmic and cultural roots of Vernacular Jazz dances of the Swing Era are a priority for Lucy in her teaching, dancing, and research. She aims to connect today's dancers with the histories and experiences of the Black American musicians and dancers who created and fostered the music and dances of this time. African dances, Tap, and related Jazz movement are great foundations to bring into Vintage Jazz dances (including Lindy hop, the original partnered Swing dance) of today.

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. Her teaching approach is to encourage dancers to get a feel for the music, to move in a way that is comfortable and authentic to each person, and to keep it simple. Lindy hop is joyful!

Lisa Marks

"Dancing transformed my life and I've watched it transform others. It's the best high in the world."

Lisa (she/her) 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.

Eric Shaw

“Same thing but different.”

Referred to as "the Energizer Bunny" by his peers, Eric (he/him) 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 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.

Edina Shaw

"Learn to dance with your own body and assets. Have fun."

Edina (she/her) 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.

Eileen Jones

"Relax, but with energy!"

Following a childhood filled with modern dance, jazz, and ballet, Eileen (she/her) 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.

Doug Barber

“Put the music inside you and see what wants to happen.”

Doug (he/him) grew up listening to his father play ragtime piano but only started dancing in his 40’s when he took his first Lindy hop class with Eric Shaw. Since then he’s become an avid social dancer who’s as interested in Solo Jazz improvising as he is in partner dancing.

He also likes the heightened experience that competition brings and has made the finals in several local and regional events. One of his highlights was being a member of the winning performance team at Lindy Bout X — an event where he was also voted by his peers to win the spirit award.

Doug continues to practice his basics while exploring more creative frontiers but still hasn’t learned not to watch inspiring dance videos right before bed.

Suzanna Wright

Front-line superstar and fixture of the Vancouver swing scene since 2012, Suzanna (she/her) meets and greets all the students at the first class of every series, coordinates our hard-working volunteers, and hosts our weekly social dance, Rhythm City Strut. She loves seeing an event run smoothly from start to finish, and watching beginners and experienced dancers have a great time together on the dance floor. She appreciates being part of such a welcoming, fun-loving, and supportive community.

Matt Lam

"Let's just try it, and see what happens..."

Matt (he/him) 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 was a founding member of the Vancouver Swing Society.

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.

Angie Weddell

Angie (she/her) has been dancing all her life. She took her first swing dance class with her dad in the early 2000s and for the last 15 years has made swing dancing a central part of her life. For ten years, she led the Vancouver Swing Society, a non-profit dedicated to swing-era music and dance, and has taught locally and regionally for nearly as long.

As a teacher, Angie focuses on practical exercises and personal feedback to build confidence on the social floor. Angie was drawn to Balboa (especially pure Balboa) by the relentless rhythm as well as the trust and reciprocity between partners. While she’s won and placed in a few competitions over the years, her primary focus is on social dancing.

Claudia Nobauer

Claudia (she/her) has been dancing for the better half of her life. Lindy hop is her home, and the dance floor is where she comes to rest her feet. Over the past 18 years Claudia has had the immense pleasure and opportunity to learn from Frankie Manning, Dawn Hampton, Chester Whitmore, Anaïs Sekiné, Frida Segerdhal, Joseph Wiggan, and countless other incredible dancers. She has gone to Guinea twice to study with Les Ballet Africans, and to Sweden three times to learn from many acclaimed international instructors. She has choreographed numerous championship routines: Hip Shakin' Mamas, Fat Bottom Girls, and The International Shit Storm, whose mandate is to actively blur the lines between music, dance and life.

Claudia’s classes are a mix of rhythm, sweat, and play. Her aim is to help you feel free and safe in your body so that you can express yourself more honestly on the dance floor and in life. Like Dawn Hampton said, “You go to class and you learn the steps, then you get out on the dance floor and throw all that shit out the window and dance.”

Lindsay Leong

bio coming soon...

Carla Rodrigo

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Barney Lee

All around hero of the local dance scene, Barney (he/him) can be found every evening at a dance of one sort or another. He adores social dancing almost as much as his dance partners adore him. Ballroom, Blues, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Tango, you name it, he's done it, and odds are he's taught it, too.

Currently he is the manager of the weekly Rhythm City Strut on Thursday nights, but more than that he is an ambassador of the dance: welcoming to beginners and inspiring to established dancers.