Adam Brozowski

Adam Brozowski is a professional choreographer, dancer, and teacher specializing in “Jazz Age” American dance forms: Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Slow Drag (or Blues), and Tap.

Based in Seattle Washington, Adam spends his year traveling around the world teaching, choreographing and performing. He holds titles from the International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships and is an inductee into the Camp Hollywood/National Jitterbug Championships Hall of Fame.

Adam trained closely under 96-year-old original Savoy Ballroom dancer Norma Miller (Ken Burns Jazz) and is dedicated to preserving and spreading her legacy and the legacies of her fellow original Harlem Lindy Hoppers through his classes.

Adam is also a proud member of the Actors Equity Association and has worked commercially as an actor and choreographer. In 2010 Adam founded the Harlem Swings! youth dance project in New York City. In 2014 Adam co-directed the Youth Program of the Frankie Manning Centennial celebration in New York City in collaboration with Lincoln Center, and the Frankie Manning Foundation which reached over 500 youth in NYC giving them a first experience with authentic American Jazz partner dancing.

Jenny Sowden

“You are truth in motion when you dance, Ms S.” – Jason

Jenny Sowden is an award winning, full-time, international dance instructor based in New York City where she is the managing director of Brooklyn Swings and nycBABBLE.com. Jenny has been training in dance for over twenty-five years and teaching for over twenty, with a BA in Dance and Theater from San Diego State University. She has studied 34 different styles of movement including Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, West African, Capoeira, Aikido, Tango, Salsa, Lindy hop, Balboa, and Blues. Her background influences her teaching and general style through musicality, variety, expression and an understanding of body mechanics. Jenny believes the dance floor is a ‘World of Yes,’ where by constantly accepting and being inspired by what happens, creates an amazing place to be. We then take classes in a ‘World of Intention’ to expand our ‘World of Yes.’ Find out more at JennySowden.com. 

Dan Repsch

[Dan Repsch] personifies the joy of dance with every step he takes on the dance floor and every word of encouragement in his classes.” – Brad Woodworth

Dan is immersed in the music and the movement. He constantly travels to continue learning, happily sharing his ideas along the way. In his teaching, Dan’s enthusiastic approach brings a focus on innovation, connection, and attention to your partner. Dan is also a veteran DJ, spinning for events across the continent and locally on a weekly basis, and has dabbled in organizing for events and local dances. In the end, Dan is most excited to push his dancing and to see his students break through their boundaries.

Samuel Coleman

Samuel Coleman (Herrang Ambassador, 2011) of New York City is an impeccably dressed vintage fashion plate – and so much more.  He continuously attracts new African-American dancers of all ages into lindy hop through his classes in Harlem and his outreach to dancers at Alvin Ailey School, where he works. Samuel had such a great time at Herrang that he has been determined to show Harlemites how much fun swing dance camp can be. Last year he received a special recognition award from Beantown Camp for bringing a group of 8 new campers. This year it already looks like there will be 15.

Samuel has developed teaching styles and choreographies that are “culturally relevant” and bring an appreciation of Lindy hop into the Harlem community.  He has recently started teaching once a month in Albany, the New York state capital, at the African American Cultural Center in a partnership with the local Lindy and Blues dance community to help build a more diverse swing dance scene.

A frequent competition winner, Samuel also performs with the Big Apple LindyHoppers and the Rhythm Stompers, who recently performed at the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Year’s Eve celebration.

Laura Keat

Laura Keat began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. And as an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student’s technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples’ faces with an entertaining performance which shares and inspires the joy and excitement for swing dancing.

Rachel Pitner

Rachel Pitner officialy started dancing when she was five years old, but she was bopping around long before then.  She began with ballet and trained in ribbon dancing, hip hop, jazz, and she has a degree in modern dance with a focus in Graham style modern.  It was in college that she discovered Lindy Hop and embraced her old soul. From thence forward, she has enjoyed exploring this art form and has attended many workshops and exchanges.  She loves to dance and to teach.  It is her absolute pleasure to organize Atlanta Varsity Showdown, and she hopes that it brings you as much joy to attend it as it does her to organize it.

AVS Teaching Philosophy

 

“We at Atlanta Varsity Showdown believe in developing a well-rounded dancer by exposing students to multiple vintage dance styles in addition to a strong foundation in those dance forms.  Through this we hope for students to discover themselves in the dance and be able to truly dance what they feel.  We seek for our students to be in touch  with themselves so that they will be able to genuinely connect with another person.  To this effect, Atlanta Varsity Showdown offers both partnered and solo classes as well as encouraging our teachers to teach with partners and individually.

Dancing is a reflection of life, and it should be done with love.  We hope that by the end of the weekend our attendees will love themselves more and know themselves a little better.”

-Rachel Pitner

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