Teachers

Ruth & Mike

ruth-and-mike-2Ruth and Mike love teaching dance. They work exceptionally well as a teaching partnership and are internationally renowned for their dynamic energy, precise explanations, entertainment value, and ability to make very detailed dance technique fun to learn. They are among the most sought-after instructors in the Blues dance world, and they have a growing reputation in the Lindy Hop scene.

They both love carrot juice, smoky Scotch whisky, and philosophical discussions but differ on the use of the oxford comma. They have been known to fishtail in grocery stores and swing out in the aisles of moving trains. Students rave about their dynamic energy, precise explanations, entertainment value, and ability to make very detailed dance technique fun to learn. Check out ruthandmike.com and follow them on Facebook- Facebook.com/ruthandmike.

Ruth Evelyn skipped into her first dance class more than 25 years ago, and has since been dancing as many styles as she can get her feet on. Ruth’s 15+ years as a dance instructor have taken her on teaching adventures across the US, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia. She has continually developed both her teaching and her dancing skills. Ruth is known for her ability to craft explanations that fit students’ learning styles. She brings a vibrant mixture of deep technical knowledge, passion for movement, and silly fun that students can’t help but connect with.

In addition to training in blues, lindy, Argentine tango, modern, ballet and many other dance forms, Ruth is certified in Franklin Method, an increasingly popular body somatics method. She has a long-standing love affair with close-embrace connection, has sneakily swung out in the Louvre, and is curating a fine collection of fishtail variations.

Mike reluctantly started social dancing in college when a couple of his friends persuaded him to do some ballroom east coast swing in their dorm social lounge. In the many years since then, dance has steadily taken over Mike’s life. He has danced until sunrise more times than he remembers, trained in a wide variety of dance forms, and taught around the US, Canada, and Europe.

As an instructor, Mike strives to put himself in his students’ shoes so that he can explain techniques as intuitively and thoroughly as possible. He loves seeing students’ eyes light up when they understand a concept or feel a movement work naturally in their body for the first time. Mike is constantly honing his skills. If you run into him at grocery store, on public transit, in a museum, or on a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing. Mike is constantly working on his movement. If you run into Mike at grocery store, on public transit, in a museum, or on a mountain top, you’ll probably catch him dancing.

Flouer Evelyn & Philippe Wilson

flouer-teacher-picFlouer is a full time dance instructor based out of New York City, though she can often be found galavanting about the world spreading her love of the blues. With over 20 years of training in various forms of partner dance, having performed with modern dance companies and competed in ice skating throughout Europe, North and South America, and acquiring her MFA in Dance; Flouer presents a very contextual, holistic approach to Blues. In her classes this often translates into encouraging individual artistry while paying close attention to connection, technique, and historical references. Dance classes are about people- they should be interactive, interesting, and FUN! Flouer is deeply dedicated to furthering the art of Blues dancing, and believes that people physically moving and learning together can lead to powerful experiences.http://www.flouerdances.com

philippe-wilsonRecently referred to as Blues Dance’s “best kept secret lead”, Philippe is all about listening to the music and his partner, and interpreting both with exquisite flair. He combines precise leads with musical integrity, creating a dynamic dance that feels ooey-gooey in all the right ways. Although Philippe has rocked some competitions, his first and true love is social dancing. Philippe learned to dance and teach in Austin, TX, where you can dance to live music nearly 8 nights a week. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he’s designing very cool things for very cool mobile devices (i.e. he’s fluent in geek speak).


Mark Carpenter & Nicole Trissell

mark_nicoleMark has spent the last 11 years entirely immersed in social dancing. Starting with lindy & blues in 2005 he began teaching shortly thereafter, co-founded the still-running Drop Dead Blues in San Luis Obispo, California. He has been part of the organizational staff for dozens of events (BluesQuake, BAmF) as well as a few of his own (SLOx, &ATJ). Coming from a non-dance back­ground spanning theatre, music, and tech, Mark has a unique approach to dance and its instruction. As a teacher, Mark is passionate about subtle connection and clear musicality, his constant goal is to make the impossible easy and the easy look impossible.
With more than 20 years of dance training and over 9 years of teaching under her belt, Nicole is a movement and communication professional with a mission.

Nicole enjoys enabling dancers to use their body in the most healthy way possible and her ability to diagnose and change postural issues is only exceeded by her love for cultivating dance as an art form. Whether you want to add technical excellence to your dance or experience music in a whole new, visceral way, Nicole has got you covered. Dance has been one of the most important forces for growth in Nicole’s life and she is excited to share her joy of dance with you.


Dan Legenthal & Kelly Pavao

dan-rosenthalDan Legenthal lives in Boston, MA, working on as many vernacular jazz and blues dances as he can find the time for.  His passion extends to both the social floor and competition, and he regularly makes finals and places in Lindy Hop, Blues, and Balboa competitions.  The rest of the time Dan can be found teaching at regional events like LaB Love (Philadelphia, USA), or at international events like BluesSHOUT! (USA) and Korea Blues Camp (South Korea).

Before becoming obsessed with jazz and blues, Dan studied Classical Guitar at Carnegie Mellon University’s conservatory program.  There, he learned how to practice effectively, and was exposed to pedagogy that bridges the gap between making music and moving to it, including Dalcroze Eurhythmics (not to be confused with the totally awesome British new wave group “Eurythmics”).  Dan uses those techniques in classroom to create the right balance between thinking and doing, pushing students to understand important underlying principles by developing and testing their own ideas.

kellyKelly continually pinpoints the moment at which balance tips. Her ability to float yet remain grounded combine in a magical force that prevents her from ending up on the floor. Usually. She’s not afraid to push her limits, and she’ll encourage you to push yours.

Since 2009, Kelly has taught and competed in many cities across the US and is thrilled to be returning again to Montreal. Over the years, she has laced up her shoes for a variety of dance styles including Blues, Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, West Coast Swing, Waltz, House, and some African styles at a local drum circle. The thing that remains true, regardless of the style, is her love of connection. No matter what subject she’s teaching, there’s always an underlying theme of bettering that bond between you and your partner, the music, the floor, and yourself.


Natalya Alissa & Tanya Teal

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Dancing has always been a big part of Natalya’s life, and she believes the world would be a better place if everyone danced!  Natalya was trained as a ballet dancer in Toronto, Canada, where she taught and performed ballet and baroque dance professionally for 10 years.  She also studied many other types of dance, including modern, jazz, flamenco, salsa and contact improv.  In 2007, she discovered the swing dance scene when her coworker dragged her down the street to the swing night at a local jazz bar.  Natalya fell in love instantly with the combination of artistic expression, amazing music, and wonderful people!
Although originally a lindy hopper, Natalya started blues dancing in 2009 and quickly received national acclaim for her beautiful movement quality and expression.  She has recently placed or won jack and jill, strictly, solo and choreography competitions at numerous national and international blues events including BluesSHOUT!, Sweet Molasses Blues, Feelin’ Blues, Snowbound Blues, Austin Blues Party, Bambloozled, Canadian Swing Championships, Enter the Blues and Blues Blast.  She has taught at national events and local workshops in Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada. Natalya is excited at every opportunity to share her passion for dance, movement and connection with others!
Natalya has been teaching classes, troupes and workshops with Tanya Teal at Cat’s Corner since Natalya moved to Montreal in 2015, and they are delighted to be teaching together this year at Montreal Bagel and Blues.

tanya

Rumour has it that Tanya likes to dance. Indiscriminate about the way — leading, following, or rocking out solo, or the style — Blues, Lindy Hop, Balboa, or West Coast Swing — Tanya has left her mark both on the social dance floor and in competitions all around North America. She’s also been seen choreographing and performing, as well as spinning in the DJ booth. In the classroom, Tanya tries to help her students embody the music that they hear and to feel the joy of expressing themselves through dance, whether solo or partnered. Tanya likes to learn about the mechanics and aesthetics of many partnered dance styles and enjoys sharing that knowledge with others.
Tanya started dancing in Montreal in 2009, and teaching shortly after that. In 2013, Tanya helped start the Blues Program at Cat’s Corner. Since then, she has taught weekly blues classes, geeked out about curriculum development, choreographed for and coached a few performance troupes, and organized a few workshops.
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