Gaby Cook from New York
Gaby is an internationally-renowned dancer and instructor who loves all things Swing. Her unique style of movement balances power and dynamism with clarity and razor sharp turns. She brings great care to lines, shapes and balance in her personal performance, as well as her choreographic work. She holds 1st place titles in Lindy hop, balboa and Solo Jazz from events such as International Lindy Hop Championships (2012), Stompology (2012), Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2011), Lindy Focus (2013), Lonestar Championships (2012) and Balboa Rendezvous (2009). She is a strong supporter of female-dance traditions and has worked over the last 7 years to create and foster growth for Chorus Girl Troupes. She is passionate about Lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.
Nathan Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz movement on stage, on screen, and in classrooms worldwide.
Nathan Bugh “rocked the stage” at Carnegie Hall, dancing Lindy Hop with the New York Pops Orchestra. And he has performed in Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater, in “Swingin’ Frankie’s Way.” Nathan brought the 20’s to life in the “Great Gatsby” episode of David Tutera’s “My Fair Wedding;” appeared on FoxNC’s “Fox and Friends Christmas” with George Gee; and he danced Lindy Hop at the legendary dance mecca, Jacob’s Pillow, as part of the Vanaver Caravan’s “Earth Beat.” He has also danced in several music videos, including the Weepies, “Be My Honey Pie.”
As a national competitor, Nathan has taken 1st place in Lindy, Slow Dancing, Solo Charleston, Team, Jill&Jack, and Cabaret divisions. He is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014). He is also the director and choreographer of “Yeah Man,” the 2015 ILHC Team champions. He is based in New York City, where he performs and teaches regularly, in affiliation with Syncopated City Dance Company, and Gaby Galore.
Originally from Seattle, Washington Adam fell in love with Swing and Jazz music at 11 years old. Since then, Adam has been a member of the International Lindy Hop and Swing dance communities and travels the world as a teacher, performer choreographer and voice of all things swing. Known for his accomplishments in Tap, Solo-Jazz, Balboa and Lindy Hop as both a leader and follower, Adam has a unique multi-faceted skill set on the dance floor and in the classroom. Adam is well known for his creative and out of the box approach to teaching. Often throwing convention out the window, Adam places a high value on musicianship, creative experimentation, self expression, historical inspiration (not appropriation) and a strong sense of equality between the voice of the follow and the leader. Adam has worked to help foster spaces for progress in partner dance towards becoming less gendered. Modeling a queer positive way of dancing with his Hungarian dance partner Máté Csike, together they received the 2018 "Golden Budgie" award for inspiration in the community. Adam also founded the "LGBTQAI+ Swing Dancers Network," a facebook group dedicated to promoting a stronger queer presence in Swing Dance.
Joining Adam for his Lindy hop classes will be RCP director and instructor Lucy Falkner! You can read more about her on our People page.
In Malinke, N’Nato means "I’m coming" and she arrived in this world dancing! N’Nato Camara is a member of the Susu tribe and comes from the city of Conakry in Guinea West Africa. In Guinea, N’Nato was the principal dancer with the Ballet Taille led by Mamadouba Camara, soloist for the Ballet Djoliba and former soloist for the Ballet Africans - two of West Africa’s most respected traditional groups. Other Guinean groups N’Nato has performed with include Circus Baobob, and Kaley Multicultural, and Aklysso.
After arriving in Canada in 2004, N’Nato performed with Masabo Culture Company and primarily with three time juno award winner Alpha Yaya Diallo. N’Nato travels the world performing and teaching traditional West African dance including in Mexico, Japan ,Costa Rica and the United States. Some of her career highlights include in August 2008 when she was the lead Choreographer and Artistic Director of Explosion Africaine performed at the Chan Centre in Vancouver. She toured North America and Poland with Les Amazonnes de Guinee. Along with touring with Marafani World Beat and Kikeyambay Traditional Drum and Dance, N’Nato continues to perform internationally with Alpha Yaya Diallo.
Troy V. McLaughlin is a native of Richmond Virginia. He holds a B.F.A. in Jazz Dance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There he studied with Judith Jamison, members of the Martha Graham Dance Company, New York City Ballet, and Jo Jo Smith’s Dance Factory. He was also given the chance to grow as a tap dancer studying under the master hoofer and tap legend, LaVaughn Robinson. Troy co-founded Tap Team Two, danced with Manhattan Tap and had the privilege of working with the late great Harold Nicholas of The Nicholas Brothers. Other highlights of Troy’s career include performing in Disney’s The Lion King, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Starlight Express, The Radio City Rockettes Show, The Siegfried & Roy Show, as Richard Pryor’s tap dancing conscience in ‘Pryor Offenses” for Showtime, and entertaining the troops for the U.S. Dept. of Defense. He’s choreographed for musicals, industrial shows, and dance companies. As well as taught in Universities, public schools, and dance studios all over the world. Troy has recently started a Vancouver based company that brings workshops in dance to school systems and the community called Troy’s Bop Shop.
Jennifer Hodge, a busy Vancouver-based bass player, bandleader, and arranger, is a versatile musician who can be found playing with a wide variety of artists all over the world. When Jen is leading the band, she likes it hot – hard swinging grooves, boisterous New Orleans style horns, cheeky lyrics, intriguing arrangements, plenty of spontaneous fun, and an evident, infectious love for making music. Jen’s particular expertise in the arena of traditional jazz has taken her to stages all over Canada, the USA, China, Spain, France, the UK, Sweden, and the Caribbean. On home turf, Jen can be found leading a band on Wednesday nights at Guilt & Co, a bar in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district and a major hub for the city’s musical creative minds, where she has held a regular gig since January 2011.
Once again this year Jen will be bringing great artists onto the stage every night so we can Swing out hard, shuffle softly, kick like mad, and glide sweetly.