Fall Workshop Guest Instructors

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Rachael Ries

Rachael discovered Lindy Hop back in 1999. She quickly fell in love with the dance and nearly two decades later, is still dancing her heart out. She’s traveled internationally to teach and DJ, spent time performing with Sister Kate and the Portland Rhythm Shakers and even tried her hand at co-running a dance and dance events in Portland, OR. Rachael loves the energy of swing dancing and working on connection with your partner.

Denise Steele

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For the last 25 years Denise has been teaching Swing era dances at various universities and through her studio, The Joint is Jumpin! Dance Studios. In 1993 she began training and partnering with the legendary Frankie Manning, the father of swing dance, teaching and performing with him annually until his passing in 2009. She has a zeal and passion for passing on the original steps, styling, and history of the exciting vernacular dances of the 20s – 50s that have influenced the theatre arts for last 100 years.