World-Class Instructors

Laura Glaess

Laura Glaess

Laura started dancing in 2001 in San Antonio. It wasn’t a very large scene, and her teachers hadn’t been dancing very long, but she quickly came to love lindy hop, the music, the history and everything involved. Now Laura travels the world teaching, competing, performing and learning. She is a passionate believer in dancing with swing, with rhythm, with partnership, and with presence. She is madly in love with jazz music and movement and is a strong believer in music as a guide to better dancing. She has recently returned to San Antonio, and is involved in community organizing to help the scene grow. She firmly believes that good dancing starts at the local level. If you love swing dancing, make sure your community has what it needs to thrive; then it can give back to you.

In her spare time, Laura is currently in grad school studying to become a physical therapist.

Peter Strom

Peter Strom

Peter Strom is one of the most dedicated and well traveled instructors on the lindy hop scene today. His humor in classes is only matched by the clarity and care he takes with his students. Since his start in 1998 he has taught at international dance camps from Australia to South Korea to Herrang, Sweden. In addition to teaching he brings with him his skills as a sought after DJ and experienced Master of Ceremonies. He was a member of the renowned lindy hop team the Silver Shadows and the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

LaTasha Barnes

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LaTasha Barnes

LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an internationally acclaimed and awarded dancer, educator, and ambassador of culture from Richmond, VA. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout the cultural traditions she bears which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. While her artistic journey began at home, the culture and preservation project Urban Artistry Inc. in Washington, DC is what galvanized Tasha as the educator and ambassador she is today. Empowered by all whom she’s encountered and driven to be in service Tasha has/is honored to collaborate with communities throughout the world and is the final stages of pursuing her crafted MA in Ethnochoreology, Black Studies and Performance studies at NYU Gallatin. Her forever purpose is to inspire fellow artists and art enthusiasts to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.

Bobby White

Bobby White

Bobby teaches vintage swing dances around the world, and holds championship titles and placements in Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Solo Jazz. With each, Bobby strives to innovate and create a new voice, while still capturing the spirit of the original dancers. He is the director of the Lindy Hop performance group the Swung Furies, which specialize in dancing in the performance style of Whitey's Lindy Hoppers. He is the author of the popular swing dance blog Swungover*, and the book "Practice Swing." As a dancer, he is widely recognized for his floppy hair, and as a teacher, by his sound effects.

Irina Amzashvili

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Irina Amzashvili

Dancing has always been a passion for Irina, her expression completely and boundlessly inspired by music. She began learning Lindy Hop in 2009 at the age of 15 and fell in love with it after her first night of social dancing. Shortly thereafter, her passion for Swing dancing expanded to include Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and solo Jazz. Since her start in Orange County, CA, Irina has taught these dances all across the U.S. as well as Europe, Asia, and Australia. As a teacher her goal is to patiently guide her students through building solid foundations and technique as well as inspiring individuality in personal movement. Irina's greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment.

Todd Yannacone

Todd Yannacone

Todd Yannacone is one of the most recognizable names on the swing dancing circuit today. He has been a fixture on the international teaching scene since he was a teenager, and holds countless titles from such prominent competitions as - The International Lindy Hop Championships, The European Swing Dance Championships, The American Lindy Hop Championships, The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, The U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships, Lone Star Championships - to name a few. Todd is a California Swing Dance Hall of Fame inductee, and has been interviewed for Swing Dancer Magazine, "The Track" podcast, and various other publications. He has taught vernacular jazz, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and other jazz era dances since he was 16 years old - his demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to 31 countries across five continents. He specializes in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike, and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.

Mandy Hogan

Mandy Hogan

Mandy Hogan is a dental hygienist by day and fun loving lindy hopper by night. Her dancing journey began in 2008 attending AU's swing club. Since then she has traveled around the US social dancing, performing, competing, and teaching. Some of her competitive achievements include titles from Hawkeye Swing Festival, Heartland Swing Festival, and Midwest Lindy Fest. Mandy loves the joy that lindy hop brings and sharing that joy with others. As a teacher she strives to bring the best out of her students through clear communication and keeping a positive atmosphere.

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert found swing dancing at the tender age of 15 and never looked back. Now, somewhat older than 15, Jon shares his knowledge of the dance all over the United States and the World. You may know him from his roles at events such as Lindy Focus, Lindy Fest, The Canadian Swing Dance Championships, The Chinese Lindy Hop Championships, Herrang Dance Camp, The International Lindy Hop Championships and many more. Known for his concise language, historical knowledge and and infinite supply of dad jokes, Jon's classes are immensely informative and entertaining. Beyond teaching, Jon is often seen behind the microphone as a well known MC and host, behind the computer as a DJ, or behind the drum kit playing and singing with various bands.