December & January Classes Are Open and Next First Friday is Jan 4.

December & January Classes Are Open and Next First Friday is Jan 4.

Staff

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Andrew Twiss

Andrew has been teaching and performing with Big City Swing since it was founded in 1997. Andrew’s keen sense of connection and incredible creativity has awarded him an international reputation as a fantastic dancer. Andrew is also a performance team coach.

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Audra Lawlor

Audra has been an instructor at Big City Swing since 2007. She teaches swing, balboa, lindy hop and wedding dance. She is known for enthusiasm and patience while teaching. Students have remarked on her ability to assess their movement and break complex dance concepts into smaller understandable steps, all while making the classroom environment fun.

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Bob Bednarz

Bob began dancing in 2004. In referencing is his own swing dancing education, Bob is most focused on perfecting basic fundamentals that have a strong impact on your dancing. He balances that perfectly with a relaxed and encouraging teaching style that ensures students progress with confidence. In addition, he is one of Chicago’s premier jazz DJs. Nicknamed “DJ Thor,” he always “brings the thunder”.

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Bradley Smith

Bradley has been loving the Lindy Hop and solo vernacular jazz dancing since 1998. He travels, learns, teaches, competes, and dances as often as he can. With his understanding of technique, historical context, and just plain goofiness, Bradley shares with his students the not-so-secrets of Lindy Hop.

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John Holmstrom

John fell in love with swing dancing in Chicago in 2005. He has since traveled the country learning, teaching, competing, and dancing. He joined Big City Swing in 2010 where his focus on technique and creativity help his students master this incredibly fun dance called Lindy Hop!

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Jonathan Beato

Jonathan discovered the joy of swing dancing and Lindy Hop in 2007 after a chance encounter on a Colorado brewery tour. Ending up at a dance night at Denver’s Mercury Cafe, he spent most of that evening with an awed grin on his face, enjoying the music, wondering “How do they do that?!?” Upon returning to Chicago, he soon found Big City Swing. Now, Jonathan is thrilled to help others find their own answers – while keeping that spirit of joy and wonder – at BCS.

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Jonathan Dyer

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Julee Mertz

In addition to numerous TV and film credits, Julee Mertz toured with “Swing! The Original Broadway Musical”, was a featured instructor for national and international workshops, and produced “Ready to Lindy Hop”, a three volume instructional video series available nationwide. Her most beloved accomplishment is creating Big City Swing, Chicago’s destination Swing and Lindy Hop.

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Lindsay Longstreth

Lindsay discovered swing dancing in 2002 in her hometown of Knoxville, TN and has since then traveled the country for Lindy HOp. She truly enjoys performing, be it solo jazz or flying high during the recreation of vintage choreography. In her own classes, Lindsay focuses on quality of movement, technique, self-expression, and most of all, fun! Although Lindy Hop is the love of her feet, Charleston, Solo Jazz, and Balboa show up for the party too.

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Megan Markowski

Megan was determined to add swing dancing to her repertoire after watching dancers at the 1940s ball in Denver, Colorado. Since then, she has dived head first into learning and mastering Lindy Hop. When she isn’t dancing, Megan is making appearances at events as a 1940s pinup. She is thrilled to have found her swing family at Big City Swing.

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Melissa Rutherfoord

Melissa was introduced to lindy hop in 1997 in her hometown of Phoenix, AZ. She moved to Tucson in 2001 and briefly joined the University of Arizona’s swing dance club, the SwingCats. She took a hiatus from dancing and moved to Chicago to establish her career as a theatrical scenic artist. She rediscovered her love for lindy hop in 2010 through Big City Swing and has danced nonstop ever since. Instructing since 2012, she is grateful to have the opportunity to share her love of lindy hop with those discovering it for the first time, as well as those finding their way back.

I have taken lessons with Audra, Erin, Jenna, John, Jon, Julee, Luke, and Melissa. All of the instructors, in addition to the subs that have filled in for the regular instructors, are compassionate, well versed in swing dance and want you to succeed. I have always felt welcome from everyone in the studio every time I show up. I am so glad I stumbled upon this studio and picked up a great social skill from some of the best instructors Chicago has to offer.

Joshua V., Mar 2015
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