Dancing has always been a passion for Irina, her expression completely and boundlessly inspired by music. She began learning Lindy Hop in 2009 at the age of 15 and fell in love with it after her first night of social dancing. Shortly thereafter, her passion for Swing dancing expanded to include Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and solo Jazz as well as exploring the opposite role of leading in all dances. Since her start in Orange County, CA, Irina has taught these dances all across the U.S. as well as Europe, Asia, and Australia. As a teacher her goal is to patiently guide her students through building solid foundations and technique as well as inspiring individuality in personal movement. Irina's greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment.
Laura Keat began her swing dance life style in 2002 when her brother, after seeing Swing Kids for the first time, convinced Laura to take him swing dancing. After an all day Lindy Hop workshop, she was hooked for life. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national contests and gaining recognition as a championship Lindy Hop follow with an independent style and point of view within a few years. That love quickly expanded to encompass Balboa, Collegiate Shag and dancing as lead in Lindy and Bal.
To this day, she loves dancing with a wide variety of partners with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities. As an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective to her classes, working to develop a technical foundation for the purpose of creating space for individual expression and voice in response to the music.
When Laura isn't on the dance floor she can be found with her dog hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, enjoying the beautiful Colorado sunshine or a good book in a great coffee shop.
Originally from Seattle, Adam fell in love with Swing and Jazz music at 11 years old. Since then, Adam has been a member of the International Lindy Hop and Swing dance communities and travels the world as a teacher, performer choreographer and voice of all things swing. Known for his accomplishments in Tap, Solo-Jazz, Balboa and Lindy Hop as both a leader and follower, Adam has a unique multi-faceted skill set on the dance floor. In the classroom, Adam is well known for his creative and out of the box approach to teaching. Often throwing convention out the window, Adam places a high value on musicianship, creative experimentation, self expression, historical inspiration (not appropriation) and a complete equality between the voice of the follow and the leader. Adam is especially proud of his work in raising visibility for the LGBTQAI+ community in Swing dance and continuing efforts to de-gender the roles of the "lead" and "follow." with his amazing partner Máté Csike. Adam is delighted to return to The Switch for a 3rd year in a row! www.AdamBrozowski.com
Máté Csike started dancing in his hometown of Budapest, Hungary and was quickly recognized as one of the most talented up and coming European followers. Máté splashed onto the world Lindy Hop community with several 1st place titles for his dancing, bringing to the dance floor a unique and immediately recognizable style all his own. Máté is truly inspired by old timers such as Jewel McGowan. He believes in the musical conversation between the partners and the jazz music itself, creating something very beautiful and true. He always tries to inspire dancers to embrace themselves, and not to be afraid of expressing their individuality while dancing.
Dee Daniels Locke
Dee started Swing Dancing at the age of four with her Dad in the basement, wearing her Mom’s heels and her favorite plaid skirt. With a hiatus into hip-hop during her school years, she was called back to Lindy Hop, and co-founded her college swing dance club. She has became an influential member of the Minneapolis scene. For over a decade she’s shared her love of Lindy Hop with dancers young and old, teaching and dancing nationally at swing dance events.
Dee loves feeling free on the dance floor and advocates for self-expression and individual creativity as the true spirit of Lindy Hop and Vernacular Jazz. She dances for joy, and in either partnered or solo dancing, searches for presence in each moment. She loves responding to the music and partner, priding herself on making each dance unique to the musical experience and partner, creating an authentic dance conversation.
She has taught, performed, and choreographed nationally and internationally, but mostly she wants to have a good dance. You should ask her, she follows and leads and wants to dance with you.
Laurel fell in love with swing music nearly three decades before she threw herself into the dance. Soon after her first lindy hop crash course Laurel was attending every event she could reach across the Midwest, jonesing for another dance to a live band. Laurel’s background as an educator and world traveler serves to fuel her passion for learning and teaching swing dance. She nerds out on putting educational theory into practice to better serve the dancers she instructs.
Laurel’s goal is to help preserve lindy hop’s roots as a social street dance while re-translating partner roles for continued relevance in modern culture. She also loves helping her students to find what unique qualities they bring to the dance as individuals, and is passionate about a diverse dance floor. Her enthusiastic partnership and fearless creativity has earned her titles from events such as Heartland Swing Festival, Lindy on the Rocks, Nevermore Jazz Ball, and Montréal Swing Riot.
She loves to craft playlists for an evening of swing, she blends vernacular jazz and hip hop in her choreography, and she has even designed dancewear competitors. From playlists to lesson plans to the perfect performance skirt, Laurel is into lindy for the long haul. She’s also a champion silly dancer, so expect the unexpected on and off the dance floor.