Julee Mertz discovered the small Lindy Hop scene in Chicago in 1997. Instantly hooked by the music, the sense of community and the energy of the dance, the hobby she adored fast became her career.

Having traveled the country to learn from the best, Julee now travels herself, teaching the dances of the swing era. Known for her dynamic styling and musicality, she has been a featured instructor at many workshops across the country and around the world.

In September of 2001, Julee was asked to join the cast of “Swing! The Original Broadway Musical” and toured nationally from Sept 2001 to February 2002. After completing the tour, she was asked to return to NYC to train the next touring cast of “Swing!”

Back in Chicago, Julee has attracted and nurtured a collective of the most talented Lindy Hop dancers and teachers in the city. The troupe teaches and performs Swing and Lindy Hop at the studio, schools, festivals, corporate and city sponsored events. Julee and members of Big City Swing have also been seen on stage and screen…

Film Credits include
Road to Perdition (Dreamworks), Leading Ladies (Independent), Betaville (Independent)

National Tours
Swing! The Original Broadway Musical – 2nd National Tour

TV and Commercial Credits include
Kahlua (Cable, National), Wisconsin Department of Transportation PSA, Oprah (ABC), Early Edition (CBS), Jenny Jones (NBC), Wild Chicago (WTTW), CBS/NBC/ABC Morning News

Julee’s National Workshops include:
Connecticut, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, New
Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin

Julee’s International Workshops include:
Australia, England, Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland

Concert Performances include:
Dance Chicago, Dance for Life, McHenry Performing Arts Festival, Capital Art’s Center (KY), Lincoln Way Senior Series

Festivals include:
Taste of Chicago, Chicago’s Summer Dance, Chicago Botanic Gardens’ Hot Summer Nights, Chicago Winter Break, Downer’s Grove Summer Festival, Old St. Pat’s Block Party, Deerfield Park District Summer Festival, Gorton Community Center, Metropolitan Beach Summer Festival (Detroit, MI)