Ruth & Mike
Ruth 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.
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.
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.
Flouer Evelyn & Philippe Wilson
Flouer 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this often translates into encouraging individual artistry while paying close attention to connection, technique, and historical references.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
Recently 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 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 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).
Kelly 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