Joel Plys – Teacher Bio

JOEL PLYS began his swing dance career in the summer of 1998 on a date in Chicago. He learned very quickly from countless workshops and non-stop dancing and brought his skills to Cleveland, OH. Joel taught swing full-time out in Cleveland, OH for 4 years (1999-2002) and started Get Hep Swing, LTD. He co-created the very first All Balboa Weekend with Valerie Salstrom (June 2001). He moved to San Diego in 2002, started 2PlySwing Productions and taught all over the world with Alison Scola. Joel continues to travel the globe sharing his love of Swing dancing teaching with ...

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Nick Williams – Teacher Bio

Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy. His successes include World Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion, National Jitterbug Champion, International Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate Lindy Hop ...

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Shesha Marvin

I am pleased to introduce Shesha Marvin.  Shesha is the seer of all seers, the prognosticators of all prognosticators...no, wait, that's the groundhog...but he, along with his lovely wife, Nikki, is the Grand Poobah, the creator and organizer of the 24 Hour Cancer Dance-a-thon. I participated in the 24 Hour Cancer Dance-a-thon for the first time last year, but I didn't meet Shesha personally until one night at Third Saturday Swing.  We got to talking and I told him how much this organization meant to me, especially since I lost a dear friend to cancer at the beginning ...

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Audrey Wilson

Audrey Wilson learned to lindy hop directly from her friend the late Frankie Manning as well as famous contemporary lindy hopper Sylvia Sykes over 15 years ago. She grew the OC lindy scene from the ground up in the 90s'. Audrey taught Shesha Marvin to teach. Audrey is currently teaching swing dancing at various Colleges and at Chapman University and owns a Pilates business. You didn't know it, but you are dancing today, very likely because of Audrey Wilson.

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Rusty Frank – Teacher Bio

Rusty Frank is a Tap Dancer and Lindy Hopper, producer, choreographer, writer, and dance preservationist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955, the producer and choreographer of the stage revues "Swingin' The Century - The Big Band Show" and "Jazz Tap." Rusty is the producer of the one-hour television special in production, "TAP! Tempo of America" (recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant). As a result of her on-going dance preservation work, Rusty Frank is the recipient of "The ...

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