MAIN INSTRUCTORS

 
SKYE HUMPHRIES

Skye’s Mom got him dancing when he was only 12 and before long he was performing, competing and teaching while still in his teens.

 

As a competitor, he has taken first place in the American Lindy Hop Championships, the U.S. Open, the World Lindy Hop Championships, and the International Lindy Hop Championships.

Sylvia Sykes began dancing in 1966, competing in 1970, and teaching in 1979. She has studied with many of the dance greats, including Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf, and Willie Desatoff. Her extensive studies and travels have made her an expert on regional dance styles and she is credited with helping to preserve the Balboa by introducing the dance World Wide.

 
SYLVIA SYKES
 

Watch Skye & Sylvia dance!

Since his start in 1998 Peter has taught at dance camps from Australia to South Korea to Herrang, Sweden. In addition to teaching he brings with him his skills as a sought after DJ and experienced Master of Ceremonies. He is currently a member of the renowned team the Silver Shadows and the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 
PETER STROM
NAOMI UYAMA

Naomi Uyama discovered lindy hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late nineties. Over the past decade she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the ALHC, the ULHS, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.

Watch Peter & Naomi dance!

LOCAL INSTRUCTORS

 
MICHAEL

BRAFFORD

After graduating from Iowa University, Mikey has continued to compete, teach, and he founded the Heartland Swing Festival and Collegiate Jitterbug Championships in Des Moines.

 

He has taught classes and workshops for several groups around the Midwest. His style combines Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Shag, Charleston, Hip Hop and everything in between.

DEE

DANIELS-LOCKE

For over a decade Dee has shared her love of dance, expanded her knowledge of genres, become an influential member of the Twin Cities Lindy Hop scene, and she continues to inspire dancers young and old.

 

She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance. You should ask her, she follows and leads….and she wants to dance with you.

JEREMY

FISCHER

Jeremy has travelled around the country taking classes from the best instructors, and some of the worst, and he learned what he liked about the Lindy Hop: he loved sharing something—fun, true, fearful, or even sad—with another person. 

 

He loves to hear new ideas, and in his classes he tries to integrate them all into one meaningful whole for his students.

STACIA

MARTIN

Stacia has been enjoying Lindy Hop for the last ten years of her life. Sometimes she gets to travel around the country to teach, compete and in general just enjoy this dance.

 

When she’s not doing that, you can typically find her teaching at Uptown Swing on with the rest of the gang. Bringing that joy to her students is something very near and dear to her heart.