Guest Instructors

Laney Barhaugh

Laney Barhaugh:
Minneapolis, MN

Laney is a blues dance instructor, organizer, and DJ. She has been dancing Lindy Hop and blues for 10 (!) years, with some dabbling in tango and hip hop. She also loves lifting heavy things – it has given her a confidence and a quality of movement that has completely changed her dancing. She loves shaking her booty to any genre of music that encourages it. As a teacher, her goals are to integrate a little history and a little musicality into every lesson. http://laneybarhaugh.com/

Nick DeWitt

Nick DeWitt:
Austin, TX

Nick teaches and dances blues as a vernacular style with historical context peppered throughout and a sizable side of humor. His classes tend to revolve around authentic blues elements including musicality, improvisation, connection, solo movements, and conversational dance. Nick enjoys competing at blues events to keep his skills sharp; his recent successes include 1st place in the J&J competition at Nocturne Blues 2014 (NYC, NY) and the Strictly competitions at Mile High Blues 2015 (Denver, CO) and Northstar Blues 2015 (Minneapolis-St Paul, MN), 2nd place in the Strictly competitions at European Blues Invasion 2014 (London, UK) and Bluesquake 2015 (Oakland, CA), and 3rd place at the All Star JnJ at Snowbound Blues 2015 (Rochester, NY).

Flouer Evelyn

Flouer Evelyn:
New York, NY

Currently Flouer is the Director of Blues Dance New York through which she teaches private and group lessons full time. With over 20 years of training in various forms of partner dance, having performed and competed 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this often translates into encouraging individual artistry while paying close attention to connection, technique, and historical references.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, http://www.bluesdancenewyork.com

Brooke Filsinger

Brooke Filsinger:
Toronto, CA

For more than a decade, Brooke has been hopping across Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia, dancing, djing, and teaching as she goes. She has been called an organic follower, accidentally creative, and a vagabond street dancer. She isn’t entirely sure what these all mean, but she’s proud of these labels nonetheless.

Brooke is known for classes that are unconventional, entertaining, and chock-full of good technique, historical tidbits, and new ideas. You can always count on full-bodied “scrumpditiliumptious” quality movement – the kind that you can really sink your feet into!

Grace Jones-Taylor

Grace Jones-Taylor:
Austin, TX

Grace dabbled in belly dance and swing in the mid-2000’s, but stopped dancing to pursue horseback riding 8 days a week. Her years of dressage and bareback riding provided her with priceless knowledge about body awareness, connection and partnership—tools which would later aid her as a dancer. In 2011, she rediscovered swing and then fell in love with the improvisation and collaborative dynamic of blues dancing.

Today, Grace teaches blues dancing at her home studio in Austin, and works to promote Blues dancing locally and regionally. She regularly teaches workshops across Texas and beyond with her partners Nick DeWitt and Tommy Schwegmann. Her teaching style is a combination of friendly, down-to-earth warmth and precise, technical breakdown. When she’s not teaching, Grace travels to compete in blues. Her recent accomplishments just in 2015 include 1st place wins at Mile High’s Strictly and J&J (Denver, CO), North Star’s Strictly (Minneapolis, MN), Blues Muse’s Jill Invitational (Philadelphia, PA), and Snowbound’s All-Star J&J (Rochester, NY). http://gracejonestaylor.weebly.com/grace-and-nick.html

Shoshi Krieger-Joven

Shoshi Krieger-Joven:
New York, NY

A long-standing member of the international blues dance community, Shoshi is known for her organic quality of movement, deeply ingrained blues aesthetic, and intuitive musicality. As a teacher, she encourages her students to explore music and movement, solo or with a partner, and truly make blues dance their own. She loves to see students using higher levels of thinking and working together through the learning process. Shoshi has also been incredibly successful as a competitor over the years: making finals, placing, and winning in many Jack and Jill, Strictly, and Solo competitions.

Blues dance is inherently accessible; embrace the structure of the music, ground yourself in the fundamentals, throw in some personality, and anyone can have a fantastic dance. She is continually evolving as a dancer, teacher, and lover of music, and is thrilled to be on the team at Nocturne Blues this year.

Marc Longhenry

Marc Longhenry:
Philadelphia, PA

Marc began dancing East Coast Swing in the fall of 2010 at University of Delaware at the request of a friend, playing video games in most of his free time. The dancing bug quickly dug deep and it didn’t take long for Marc to begin traveling up to Philadelphia to LaB’s many dances and gradually expanding his repetoire to include Lindyhop, Charleston, Balboa, Hiphop, Tango, Salsa, Fusion, and his love, the Blues.

Marc now contributes to the Philadelphia community as a LaBTech, the Ringleader of Powerhouse Blues, and a regular Teacher and DJ. He travels to events nearly every month of the year to connect with the national and international dancing community, to grow and learn to better himself and those around him, and to have fun and experience the world. This, and the commitment that he is for the dancing community, shows up in the way he dances, the way he teaches his classes, the way he competes, and the way he interacts with students.

Marc also runs events, offers private lessons, and travels around to provide benefit to various communities. If you’re interested in contacting him about private lessons or other services, please visit his website: www.MarcLonghenry.com

(Photo Credit to Devon Rowland Photography)

John Lozano

John Lozano:
Seattle, WA

With over a decade of teaching blues under his belt, John has helped to shape blues scenes around the Midwest, West Coast, and Canada. His methodical approach to studying and teaching partnered movement packs the biggest punch with the lightest touch. His accessibility inspires beginners, enables intermediates and unlocks the advanced. His masterful soft lead is swooned over, his following leaves people awestruck, and his ability to seamlessly switch roles is unmatched in the natural world. The effortlessness that he demonstrates on the dance floor can only be compared to that which he demonstrates when puffing himself up in a bio. Whether his classes are exploring Blues fundamentals, components & variations, or adaptive techniques, they are guaranteed to be accessible and addicting.

Alfredo Melendez

Alfredo Melendez:
Hong Kong

Alfredo Melendez has been performing, teaching, and competing partner dancing for almost 15 years. He has won multiple competitions in blues and west coast swing, has collaborated and taught with nationally and internationally recognized artists, and has studied Argentine tango, blues, and multiple kinds of swing with world class instructors from all over the globe.

His joy is in imparting the knowledge he has gained and sharing his love of the beauty of partner dancing. He specializes in the power of connection and musicality between partners.

Joey Science

Joey Science:
Chicago, IL

Joey started swing dancing in 2005, and still can’t wrap their head around where the time has gone. Since then, Joey has fallen madly in love with blues dancing. Joey is actively training in both lead and follow roles, and finds that each role is important and exciting in its own way. They prefer to teach in ways that get students dancing first, and talking after. http://www.joeyscience.com/

Jered Morin

Jered Morin:
Freiburg, Germany

From numerous TV appearances, performing in major symphony halls, and a steady travel itinerary, Jered is an international figure in Blues, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and other Afro-American dances.

With almost two decades of training and scene building, he has become a featured Instructor, Performer, and Competition Judge, spending the majority of the year traveling to events around the globe. His work as a Choreographer has also been presented before Frankie Manning, at dance competitions, and on theatre stages with large acclaim.

It is through his extensive study of the history, culture, and body movement, that he shares with his students how to create something expressive and – even more so – impressive on the dance floor.

In the classroom, both Leaders and Followers find an equal focus on what they can bring to their dancing to truly capture the Afro-American spirit and joy. From breaking down powerful technique, to coaxing out your personal style, students find that being in a class with Jered brings them to a higher level.

He also works tirelessly off the floor to raise dance awareness, such as via his Dance History Seminars, organizing major festivals such as MezzJelly Blues (over 15 years!), and other popular events. http://www.jeredmorin.com

Chris Wells

Chris Wells:
Phoenix, AZ

Chris has been dancing and teaching for about thirteen years, and he’s turned this passion into a full time career in academia as a historian of jazz music and dance. He holds a PhD in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his doctoral dissertation on Savoy Ballroom house bandleader Chick Webb has received multiple awards. He conducts research on a range of jazz music and jazz dance history topics and regularly presents his work at national and international conferences. As a member of the musicology faculty at Arizona State University, Chris teaches a range of courses on jazz and popular music, dance and embodiment, and how issues of race impact practices of sound and movement.