Lucas started dancing in 1996 and hasn’t been more than 100 yards from his dance shoes since.
There are three things that define his approach to teaching1) Creativity can be taught most easily in three steps – Imitate, Assimilate, Create.
2) As a dancer, your main goal is to have the person you’re dancing with now want to dance with you again in the future.
3) Everything physical that you have ever done, even the way that you walk informs how you dance and has prepared you for your next class.Lucas uses his student’s past experience to explain class concepts so we can learn material quickly and fun.
Jeannie Lin is a dance instructor based in San Francisco who currently travels the world to teach dance. With a wide repertoire of dance styles, Jeannie is often seen on the fusion dance floor weaving in and out of styles seamlessly with little effort. She draws most inspiration from modern dance and tango.
As an instructor, Jeannie places a strong emphasis on partner connection and a highly attuned body awareness. She breaks down fundamental techniques in a clear, precise manner and enjoys challenging students to take risks by finding innovative ways of co-creating. Jeannie encourages her students to approach each dance with curiosity, deep listening, and a willingness to play.
Jeannie and Lucas are coming to us all the way from the United States. Check out this interview and see why they teach and what they are bringing to Newcastle! Click here
Not only do we have Dan Nash performing at Brown Ale Blues, but he has also agreed to teach a class for us, so we can tap into his great wealth of knowledge about the history of blues music.
When starting the amazing Bristol blues scene in 2013, Tristan discovered a passion for helping other people enjoy this wonderful dance even more. Since then he’s been invited to teach across Europe, and built a reputation for fun and engaging lessons that still help people change their dancing for the better.
He most loves conversational dances, where ideas spark backward and forward between partners, and you leave the dance feeling like your partner showed you something genuine about themselves. That focus leads him to teach classes on connection, on being a receptive lead or having the confidence as a follow to share what you feel in the music with your partner. He is secretly trying to make everyone in to his ideal dancing partner, and isn’t even slightly sorry about it.
Shell originally hails from Perth, Australia but now calls Edinburgh her home, where she has been heavily involved in the lindy and blues scenes since she caught the dancing bug. She was one of the founding members of the Edinburgh blues scene, involved in its early formation in 2006 and has been teaching, DJing and organising events ever since.
Teaching and dancing both as a lead and a follow equally she brings a unique understanding of dance communication to her classes, and focusses on teaching the application of this technique to get the most fun out of each dance.
Sigga has been famously hailed as ‘Iceland’s greatest export since Bjork’ in the world of Blues dancing and is known for her infectious passion for blues music, which she loves to spread around. She fell in love with blues very shortly after starting lindy hop and has been active in her adoptive scene in Edinburgh ever since – teaching, DJing and organising local as well as international events.
You can expect solid rhythm and flowing sets keeping the party going into the late night when Sigga dons the DJ hat!
Sigga has taught blues, lindy hop and balboa and has gained a deeper understanding of them through comparing and contrasting different dances. She is particularly passionate about all flavours of swing and blues music and brings fun, clarity and connection to her classes through a relaxed and playful musicality.
Zach heard about ‘this Blues thing’ for the first time from a friend during a pub outing who thought he might like it. And the rest as they say is… A LOT OF BLUES! What keeps Zach hooked to Blues dancing is the emphasis it places on experimentation instead of moves, and the space it provides to play around with rhythms, conversations and variations.
His particular speciality comes from being a musician and the many hours spent picking rhythms and phrasing apart for his playing – elements that he has consciously fed into his dancing.The lesson that he’ll be teaching at BAB was inspired by his realization that he would always hook on to a single instrument and dance to that for a whole song. As he puts it, it was an ‘oh shit, I could be doing so much more!’ moment, and accordingly, he started fixing his dancing.
In his class at BAB, he promises to unleash your ears and train them to hear all the many subtleties in a song so you can feed that awareness into your dancing!
Here’s presenting Zach – talented musician, awesome dancer, AND a member of the UK’s one & only all-male blues troop, ‘Manflesh’!
Roya and Isabelle
Roya and Isabelle are hailing from OxBridge – if only there was a Blues University! With their combined 4 years of teaching experience they’re bringing their love for dance and musicality to class. They love switching roles within a dance and are always looking for those sweet spots where switching is effortless and the dance continues to flow.
When Melissa found blues dancing she never looked back. She loves the creativity and sense of fun that each dance brings. Blues is her passion. She is evangelical when it comes to blues and want to spread the joy of dancing. She is a regular teacher at Hoodoo Blues, Newcastle’s monthly blues event.
Greg and Jess
So I asked Greg and Jess for a teaching bio and this is what they sent me (I guess this sums up their style of teaching)…Hi, we’re Jess and Greg. We like cooking, especially with fun things like cinnamon and ginger (but probably not cloves). We enjoy experimenting our way around a kitchen, wielding knowledge and a well-sharpened knife. This gives us the freedom to turn the world into an [insert your favourite spices here]-flavoured oyster. We both like run-on sentences and being too clever for our own good. Jess likes Oxford commas, the sound of some turn signals, milk, and poking her own nose. Greg dislikes Oxford commas but likes battling people who are wrong on the internet, ripping off other teachers’ biographies, scotch and describing his dance teaching philosophy using thinly disguised but hopefully mildly entertaining metaphors, like cooking.