Hannah first discovered Lindy Hop in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland in the summer of 2009, but didn't really pick it up until she moved to Boston in the fall of 2011 after finishing school. Drawing on 15+ years of music training, Hannah's teaching (and dancing) focuses on locking in with the music, rocking your basics, and triple stepping in the grocery store. She digs a steady pulse, comfy connections, and partners who smile. Off the dance floor, Hannah spends her time playing upright bass, riding her bike, and gardening.
Hannah Catzen schedule a private
Cassie's nickname as a kid was “dancing fancy”. She loved to dress up and dance in front of the giant mirror in her family’s hallway. Obviously, her dream job was to be a tap-dancing orthodontist. While her dream career never took off, the need to groove stayed strong and in 2013 she went looking for dance classes in Boston. Lindy Hop’s focus on connecting with the music and your partner was love from the beginning. Well almost. Cassie didn’t go out social dancing for over nine months. Learn from her mistakes. Go out social dancing. Anyway, after a year of Lindy Hop she started Balboa too, and loved learning new ways of partner dancing and showing the music. Cassie values individuality and strives to learn and teach how to make dancing work for yourself and fit with your partner. She thinks you can pretty much dance any way you want so long as it’s connected and you feel like the music made you do it. In addition to social dancing and teaching, Cassie also organizes for a few Boston swing dance organizations. When Cassie’s not dancing, she probably cooking or trying on outfits (ok, and dancing) in front of her mirror - some things never change.
Katie Piselli schedule a private
Katie began her dance career as a toddler in her mother’s dance studio and has since spent her years training professionally in dance and Musical Theater Performance. As dancing was always her favorite form of expression, she was thrilled to be introduced (by her hubby) to a social dance that went with every jazz song she ever loved: the Lindy Hop! She is now a regular in the Boston scene, dancing Lindy Hop as well as Balboa, West Coast, Charleston, and Authentic Solo Jazz. Katie travels out of state regularly to social dance, compete, study, and perform. She is also a passionate, high energy, and approachable teacher who focuses on how to make social dancing fun and feel great with every partner at every level. It is her greatest joy to share these dances with anyone who wants to learn.
Mari Adams schedule a private
Mariel (Mari) Adams has been swing dancing for more than a decade and she still loves it! She has worked as a dance teacher since 2007, teaching modern, improv, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, salsa, and of course swing. She has a background in all performing arts (vocal & theater/improv) which makes for an eclectic style of emotion, character, and dynamics within her dancing. Dance is one of her favorite forms of expression because it includes the entire body and mind at once. It’s a great way to exercise and reduce stress! Dance frees people to move, enjoy their bodies, and express themselves.
During school, instead of attending sports games and mixers, she travelled to national events such as the World Lindy Hop Championships, ILHC, and across national borders for social dancing too! She has a special place in her heart for soul music and all type of swing dancing, and to her, social dancing is the most important reason for spreading the love of Lindy Hop. She is very excited to be teaching with Boston Lindy Hop!
Cari Meisel schedule a private
Cari got her start dancing in 2009 when she accidentally tried out for Penn’s West Philly Swingers dance troupe. She was hooked from the first triple step, and hasn't stopped swinging out since! After graduating, she became involved in teaching and organizing for Lindy and Blues in Philadelphia, and picked up a serious dance-travel bug. In 2013, Cari moved to Boston to start graduate school, and, of course, to do more dancing. She loves creativity, comfortable connection, and communication in all her dances, and would be happy to talk your ear off any time about dancing, teaching ideas, and/or ways to practice dance at home alone and not wake your neighbors.
Ken Thomas schedule a private
Ken started Lindy Hopping with New School Swing when he moved to Boston in 2010, and was immediately hooked! He started teaching with New School in 2014. Ken thinks that social dancing is an excellent way to have a fun conversation with a friend or a stranger, and values equally both creativity and clear relaxed partnership. If you social dance in Boston, you'll probably see him out. Ask him to dance!
Lee Tucker schedule a private
Sometime around 1999, Lee Tucker made his first foray into swing dancing near Ithaca, NY at an assembly of his high school chorus. However, not even the allure of sopranos doing Charleston could overcome his awkward adolescence. Nearly four years later and 1,000 miles away as a college freshman in Minnesota, Lee was finally ready to try again. Needless to say, this second experiment was much more successful, and dancing has remained a major part of his life ever since.
After a four-year stint in DC, Lee moved to Boston in August 2010 to begin his PhD in Economics, and he has become a fixture of the local and regional dance communities. Lee is an active teacher, DJ, competitor, and social dancer. He has won or placed at events around the country such as the Big Big Event (DC), Lindy on the Rocks (CO), the Wicked Lindy Weekend (MA), Midwest Lindyfest (MN), and the Orange County (CA) Inspiration Weekend. He is also the 2008 International Lindy Hop Pro-Am Champion, and is fond of using that title to impress his non-dancing friends' parents. Lee believes in the value of Lindy Hop as a social dance, and his teaching style emphasizes developing technique that gives both leaders and followers more options to explore their own creativity.
Heather Jenkins schedule a private
In an effort to redirect some of her boundless energy, Heather's parents enrolled her in gymnastics at the age of 3. When that wasn't enough to rein her in, they added dance classes to the mix (ballet, modern, jazz) and Heather found her first true love. Dance was always a part of her life, whether through classes or through her theater studies, until 2009 when she decided to try her hand (erm, feet) at Lindy Hop. From that first class she was hooked! Having primarily studied under the current and former New School Swing instructors, Heather is a product of the local scene in Boston. However, she also regularly travels to regional and national events to dance and learn (and she thinks you should, too!). She believes that dance and movement can break down barriers and increase joy, and she sees great value in social dancing as a means to making the world a better place. As a dancer she loves connection, communication, and inspiration from the music and her partner. As a teacher she strives to provide clear instruction and assist in increasing body awareness in her students. But above all she believes that dancing should feel great and be fun!
Kevin Sihlanick schedule a private
Kevin started dancing a long time ago when he was dragged to a lindy hop dance by friends. Since then, dancing has dragged him all over the country, where he has gotten to meet and dance with hundreds of cool people. Kevin values relaxed posture, clear communication, and strong musicality in dancing. In fact, Kevin also plays jazz and blues guitar. You can sometimes find him playing harmonica and guitar with the Boston based amateur jazz band 'The Rubber Band' or just hanging out on his porch banging out some blues riffs. Kevin enjoys dance competitions and occasionally wins things. He also helps to maintain this website, a fact that guilted him into FINALLY uploading his own picture and bio.
Mike Herring schedule a private
Mike started tapping at the age of six after watching Mary Poppins and deciding that he too would like to smear soot on his face and dance on chimneys. A student of tap, jazz, ballet, and swing, he started teaching during his first year at UVA with the University Dance Club, choreographing for eight straight semesters. He later joined the staff at the Wilson School of Dance where he taught for the next nine years. During his time in Charlottesville he also ran the UVA Swing Dance Club, was an occasional guest performer with ACME Swing Mfg. Co, and was later a founding member of SwingCville, where he helped organize Lindustrial Revolution and ran a swing performance team. Now a resident of Boston, Mike has been guest-teaching with Boston Lindy Hop and is also a performing member of the Boston Tap Company. His teaching credits include Jammin on the James, My Lindy Kraze, The Process, and Lindy Focus.
Andrew Selzer schedule a private
Andrew Selzer began swing dancing at The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Swing Dance Club. A native of Southern California, Andrew had a unique swing dance upbringing from learning and dancing on both coasts of the United States. At Penn State and the central Pennsylvania area he had the opportunity to teach, DJ, and organize workshops for several years until his college graduation. His travel bug has taken him to places such as Paris, France and Herräng, Sweden, and led to experiences that have provided him with a smorgasbord of influences to bring to a classroom setting.
When it comes to teaching, Andrew's three priorities are paying attention to your partner, being inspired by the music, and putting emphasis on "T’aint what you do it’s the way that you do it". Some past accomplishments include: Lindustrial Revolution Jack & Jill 2010 (1st), Hot Mess Team Comp 2011 (1st), Jammin on the James Jick & Jall 2012(1st), SparX Solo Jazz 2012 (2nd), Kind of a Big Deal Advanced Jack & Jill 2017 (1st).
Edgar B. Herwick III schedule a private
Edgar hails from the booming metropolis of Frackville, Pennsylvania where he learned how to build a fire, cut keys, and change a tire -- but not do a swingout. A guitar player with a background in theater – Edgar figures that music and dance have been a part of his life for three decades. He began studying Lindy Hop in Boston around 2009. He's learned from dancers here and around the country, and spent considerable time working under Daryl Begin and Jennifer Stout at Providence Swings in Rhode Island. Edgar can be seen regularly on the social dance floors here in Boston and at the occasional regional or national event. He's also competed in Jack & Jill competitions both regionally and nationally (with mixed results). As a teacher, Edgar believes strongly in the music, watching video, and practicing your dancing. He strives to move with purpose and dance with conviction and hopes to inspire his students to do the same. He's also emceed dance events and competitions including Providence Swings' Dirty Dozen Weekend and Beantown Camp. When not dancing, Edgar is a radio host and producer for 89.7 WGBH – Boston Public Radio. He leaves you with this: “When you are dancing with your partner, for that two and a half minutes, you are in love with each other…It’s a love affair, between you and your partner and the music." -Frankie Manning
The organization that is now Boston Lindy Hop began under the name New School Swing. New School Swing was founded in 2010 by Shawn Hershey, Amanda Gruhl, and Nicole Zuckerman. Since that time, we have had many instructors who are no longer in the Boston area or are otherwise no longer teaching with us. Check them out here!