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Our 2018 Camp Hollywood instructors:

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Nils Andren and Bianca Locatelli

Bianca Locatelli started dancing at the age of six and tried a lot of dance styles from ballet to street dancing - but she got stuck in swing dancing, her biggest passion. She has been competing several years internationally and in Italy in Boogie Woogie, where she won the Italian championship several times in the junior category. Nowadays she's competing, social dancing and teaching Boogie Woogie and Lindy Hop with her dance partner Nils Andrén in Sweden and around the world. They have been dancing together as a couple since 2013, the year Bianca moved officially from Italy to Sweden. Bianca recently received the EuroStar Award which was given to her for showing talent and potential and for having exemplified the spirit of the dance during the European Swing Dance Championships. Bianca thinks that music is one of the most inspiring factors for her dancing, she enjoys social dancing and watching people dancing and having fun.

Nils Andrén has now been dancing for about 10 years. He has throughout his career been constantly competing in various dances such as: Boogie Woogie, Salsa, Lindy Hop and the Swedish bugg. During several years of dancing he has placed in and won numerous competitions all around the world in Lindy Hop and Boogie Woogie. One of his most recent achievement was the first place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Couples Division in addition to a second place in the Advanced Lindy Hop Classic Showcase Division with his dance partner Bianca Locatelli at the European Swing Dance Championship.

Nils and Bianca's core values of teaching are to make their students reach their full potential as dancers and have fun doing it.


 Pamela Gaizutyte

Humorous and dynamic, keen, full of heart and a touch of the anarchic, Pamela was spellbound by Lindy Hop energy and community at the age of sixteen when she started her first classes at Club in Vilnius. Despite her young age Pamela has already brought herself to light constantly learning anything related to dancing, be it music, psychology or anatomy.

In 2009, Pamela began working at Hoppers’ Dance Studio in her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. Today she dances and teaches with the top leaders in the international Lindy Hop scene. Having no constant partner has given Pamela space to bring a lot of variety to her dance - no wonder dancers call her one of the most exciting followers in recent years.

As a dancer Pamela cherishes individuality and freedom. For her Lindy Hop is not as much about impeccable technique as it is about musicality and awareness. As a teacher she shares her values and encourages people to find their own way of dancing: “Learn to be ok with the way you are and how your body moves. It’s all about you.”

Nietzsche once said “You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star”.


Felipe Braga

Many ask how Felipe learned Lindy Hop so quickly: transitioning from a toilet-cleaning newbie dancer marveling at the Folkets Hus floor to a Herrang instructor in three short years. The explanation is simple: his pre-Lindy life prepared him for what was to come. Training in theatrical acting gave Felipe body awareness and control as well as an ability to improvise--both in his energetic and now infamous class warm-ups, and in the competitions where he always shines. Felipe’s experience playing drums, as well as his youth in Brazil --where the music and dance culture are rich-- gave him an innate sense of rhythm. And finally Felipe’s days as a dancing party-animator for a live music club in Brazil gave him plenty of training for getting people excited about dancing in his Lindy Hop classes today.

But more important than any of this is that Felipe has embodied the Lindy Hop spirit since before he knew it existed. It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like Felipe. His warm personality charms every dancer he meets, and his ability to connect with people in conversation carries over onto the dance floor. He leaves every follower with a smile, and anyone who has danced or talked with him will confirm: he always makes you feel special.




 Sylvia Skylar

Sylvia Skylar and partner Erik Robison began dancing together in April of 1997. Their similar interest in reviving the earlier forms of swing dance was the driving force behind their wholehearted investigation into the more traditional swing dances, such as Partnered Charleston, Collegiate Shag, and the Balboa, as well as the more common dance of the 6 and 8 count Lindy Hop. They studied hours of old movies, soundies, and vitaphone shorts and actually had the opportunity to learn first-hand from many of the original dancers from these clips.

The more they studied, they realized that there was an entire style of Lindy Hop which seemed to be lost in the modern Lindy movement. It was the style that belonged to the swing dancers from Southern California and more specifically, Hollywood, during the 1930's and the 1940's. Erik and Sylvia fell in love with the style and dedicated themselves completely to its revival. Erik and Sylvia named and trademarked their rendition of this authentic Lindy Hop style "Hollywood Style". Hollywood style refers not to the geographic area of origin, but to the medium from which they learned, old Hollywood and its dancers.





Jo Hoffberg

Jo Hoffberg is one fancy-pants lady in the lindy hop world today. She holds first place titles from the American Lindy Hop Championships, Canadian Swing Championships, International Lindy Hop Championships, European Swing Dance Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. Since 2007, Jo has spent her life traveling the world spreading jazz culture through vintage partner dancing and has taught and performed in 25 countries across 5 continents. She teaches vernacular jazz, lindy hop, ladies’ only workshops, run teacher training in Europe and the States, as well as a performance/choreography weekend. In 2013, she was on the cover of Swing Magasinet om Swingdans, guest starred at Yehoodi broadcast of ILHC, and was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She is a passionate and avid dancer, instructor and competitor.

Jo is also a notorious movie quoter and inundates her friends and students with her sassy attitude and one liners from Anchorman, Wedding Crashers, and How I met your Mother, as well as breaking out into song at inappropriate moments. When Jo grows up, she wants to be a secret agent and have language skills, survival skills, knife throwing skills, shorthand skills, costuming skills, and the power to read minds. When she is not learning a new skill, she plots to take over the world! After that accomplishment she’s not entirely sure what she’ll do. Long walks on the beach and cold weather aren’t for her, but she does enjoy wearing boots and drinking cups of hot water.


Mikey Pedroza

Since 1998, Mikey Pedroza has been dedicated to the understanding and preservation of classical American Jazz dances such as, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Slow Dancing (Blues) and Solo Jazz. Hailing from Orange County, California, he passionately developed his own perfect blend of powerful movement and classic grace with a hard edged and playful style which is evident each time he steps onto the floor. Such dedication and originality has earned him numerous awards at national dance competitions as well as opened avenues for teaching and performing.

The same passion and energy Mikey exudes on the floor, he brings to students around the world. And as an instructor, he encourages his students to be self-expressive and creative while establishing a strong understanding of connection, lead/follow technique, frame, body awareness and mechanics. By building a good technical base, students are then free to develop their own personalized style with confidence. Mikey hopes that by sharing his love and knowledge of these dances with others, that they too will find joy in this classical American art form.





Todd Yannacone

Todd Yannacone is one of the most recognizable names on the swing dancing circuit today. He has won countless championship titles from the most prestigious competitions around - The American Lindy Hop Championships, The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, The U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships, The Rhythmic Arts Festival, Lone Star Championships, The International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus - to name just a few. Todd has been inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, and has been interviewed for articles by Swing Dancer Magazine and various other publications. He has taught vernacular jazz, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and other jazz era dances both locally and internationally since he was 16 years old. His demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to 28 countries and five continents. He specializes in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike, and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.




Nikki Marvin

Nikki is one of the most recognizable follows in the scene today adapting her unique style to each of her unique dance partners. Nikki grew up with a passion for early Jazz and Swing music; learning to dance was a natural progression. A 1st place win at the 2004 National Jitterbug Championships jump started her competition, performance and teaching career and since she has gone on to win and place in many top level Lindy Hop Competitions including the International Lindy Hop Championships and the National Jitterbug Championships. Today Nikki travels the world sharing her love of the dance with her students.  Her style focuses on the things she loves the most about Lindy Hop: lead and follow, style, rhythm, and musicality.  She feels that we should look to other dance styles and dancers for inspiration and guidance, but form our own ideas about the dance. Nikki has been a featured performer on Dancing with the Stars, has worked on multiple occasions for choreographer from SYTYCD Mandy Moore, and has appeared in a long list of tv shows, movies, and music videos including the “Happy” video by Farrell Williams. Nikki owns the famous ATOMIC Ballroom in Irvine, CA, is a producer of Inspiration Weekend in Fullerton, CA, is the director of the award winning Atomic Cherry Bomb Chorus Girl company, and moonlights as Moxie Gold a burlesque producer and performer in the Orange County and Hollywood Burlesque scenes. 


 David Frutos & Kim Clever

David and Kim met in a dark, smokey Swing dance class at a bar in 1994. By 1996 they were teaching Swing dance together at the world famous Brown Derby.  It was there that they first learned to teach a class that was both informative and entertaining. Over the years they have honed their skills as teachers in small and large class rooms around the world. As competitors David and Kim have numerous titles together from The National Jitterbug , International Lindy hop, and US Open Championships,  just to name a few. They have also been inducted into the California Swing Dance hall of Fame, both individually and as a couple. David and Kim have been honored to have worked  in Hollywood as choreographers, consultants and performers. With many credits to their name. But with all these accomplishments, David and Kim's real passion is teaching and sharing their love of all things Swing. They are known for their humorous and comprehensive teaching style that draws inspiration from Southern California Swing history and has kept them in demand these many years. They look forward to seeing all of you on a dance floor soon!


Nick Williams 

Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original dancers. Nick’s desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality and dynamic energy.  His successes include World Lindy Hop Champion, US Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion, National Jitterbug Champion, International Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown Champion, American Classic Balboa Champion and California Balboa/Swing Champion. He is also an accomplished choreographer and has been featured on the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. As an instructor, he is known for his ability to break down movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning environment. His true love of music and dancing will forever inspire him to learn, teach, and grow. In 2004 and 2010, Nick was honored to be recognized by the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. Nick is also a member of the performance dance troupe Hot Club Stomp.

Be sure to check out his newest venture, Jitterblast, a fun swing dance inspired workout and warmup, mornings before classes at this year's Camp Hollywood!


Sylvia Sykes

Sylvia, an internationally recognized authority on most types of Swing Dance, has been teaching for 25 years throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Sylvia studied with the great dancer Dean Collins, and was a member of his last dance troupe. She studied Balboa with Maxie Dorf and Willie Desatoff and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers.

Sylvia is an inductee into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame as well as the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She won the US Open twice, was the NASDE top point winner, third place in the National Carolina Shag Dance Championships, won many Strictly Swing contests in Lindy, Balboa and West Coast Swing through the US.



Stephen Sayer & Chandrae Roettig-Gomez

Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig-Gomez are dancers/instructors who specialize in LA/smooth style lindy and collegiate shag. While they have a love for all things that swing, their primary influences and inspirations come from the Los Angeles Jitterbugs of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Their partnership began in late 2010 and together Steve and Chanzie have taken First Place titles in several national swing competitions. In 2011 they won 1st place in the Lindy Hop divisions at the National Jitterbug Championships and US Open Swing Dance Championships. In 2012 they took 1st Place in the Lindy divisions at Camp Jitterbug and again at the US Open. In 2014 they regained their 1st place title at the National Jitterbug Championships and also took their LA Shag team to a 1st place victory in the team division. You can find them teaching and performing all over the United States, Canada,  Europe and Australia. They are committed to improving and pushing the limits of their own dancing as well as those who take their classes, while keeping their regional style of swing alive.


 Mike Mizgalski & Irina Amzashvili

Irina started swing dancing at the age of fifteen and was immediately hooked after attending her first social dance. Over the course of the next few years, under the close guidance of some fantastic local dancers and many, many hours spent practicing and social dancing, Irina exceeded normal expectations of a beginner and was already teaching by the end of her first year. She is absolutely in love with Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Shag and is constantly pushing herself to try and achieve new heights with her dancing. Irina is thrilled to be partnering with the legendary "Sailor" Mike Mizgalski with whom she placed 2nd in their first Shag competition together at the National Jitterbug Championships.

It all started in 1998 with a girl, The Derby in Hollywood, a pair of 501 jeans and a bowling shirt. After spending the night at the bar refilling his glass watching that girl spin around the dance floor like a beautiful top, Mike vowed to learn this “swing dance” and impress the hell out of that girl if it killed him. After 5 frustrating months of classes he was about ready quit when he saw a couple dancing this thing called “Collegiate Shag”, he was hooked, and practiced for hours in front of his VCR watching a grainy copy of the Artie Shaw soundie of Lady Be Good trying to get it. He did. The next year he won his first trophy at the prestigious Camp Hollywood shag contest. Since then Mike has received trophies in that contest eight times, winning it twice! He reunited with “the girl” years later and after their dance, she responded “holy crap you’re good!”…VICTORY!


Tise Chao

Tise started her dance education in her early years, studying jazz and flamenco dance with master teachers, and since 1997 she began swing dancing. Tise‘s swing repertoire includes Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Charleston, and more, learning from the original dancers from that era. She has performed and taught around the US, as well as consistently winning top placements in international level dance competitions. Tise has worked as the head judge at numerous dance competition and events, and continues to mentor and support the next generation of dancers.

Tise is dedicated to preserving yet innovating the dance. Most importantly, Tise hopes to inspire other dancers to find their own sense of style and spirit by spreading her own knowledge, joy, and energy to the people who appreciate the fine art of dance.








Giselle Anguizola

Giselle has dedicated her life to jazz era dances for twenty years. She has been an unmissable voice in the swing dance community as a successful: performer, instructor, competitor, event organizer, social dancer, judge, DJ, and singer/band leader.  She is founder of Girl Jam, an organization honoring women in jazz music and dance.  Girl Jams host weekend festivals around the globe, inspiring Jazzy women of all generations. She has recently devoted herself to combining vintage tap/jazz with singing as part of her performance. She's highly influenced by Cab Calloway and loves bringing the music to life. One of the top proponents of syncopated footwork, personal style, improvisation and communication - Giselle will breathe rhythmic life into any dance, class, or stage appearance. "G", spends most of her days working as a vintage jazz performer - singing and dancing in New Orleans with The Swinging Gypsies & The Swinging Three.  She never ceases to stop spreading her love for jazz culture in the epicenter of Jazz and around the world.  

Giselle's only desire is to instill and inspire the joys of community, passion and artistic freedom to others. 



Jean Veloz with Rusty Frank

Jean Phelps Veloz (90 years young), the icon of the Hollywood Style Lindy to new generations of swing dancers, provides a living bridge from the Los Angeles dance scene of the 1940s to the present-day Lindy Hop revival that has swept the United States and the rest of the world since the late 1990s.  Hundreds of thousands of Lindy Hoppers around the world watch her on YouTube in her classic 1940s films ~  "Groovie Movie" and "Swing Fever."  Now is your chance to learn from the legend herself in person.  Jean Veloz was inducted into the prestigious California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 1996.  JEANVELOZ.COM
Rusty Frank has been assisting the lovely Jean Veloz since the late 1990s in workshops around the globe as well as on national television shows (The Bachelorette and Forever Young). Rusty is the author of the critically acclaimed book TAP! The Greatest Tap Dance Stars and Their Stories 1900-1955, the producer and choreographer of the stage revues "Swingin' The Century - The Big Band Show" and "Jazz Tap." Rusty is the producer of the in-production documentary, "TAP! Tempo of America” (recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Grant). She has the longest running Lindy Hop program in Los Angeles: Since 1998, Rusty’s "Lindy By The Sea" dance school (El Segundo, California) has been offering group and private classes in Swing Dance, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Charleston, and Rusty's "Rhythm Club" weekly swing dance in Playa Del Rey, California, is one of the few clubs in the nation featuring an evening of dancing to live bands.  Rusty began dancing at age six and entered the dance profession in her early 20s. She has taught and performed in twenty-three countries around the world and performed at such locales as Broadway's 42nd Street, The Hollywood Bowl, Disneyland, and the Derby. She also produces instructional Lindy Hop & Tap historic legacy lessons, including “Legends of Swing ~ Jean Veloz & Ray Phelps.” Rusty is featured in the seminal Swing Dance documentary, “Alive and Kicking”  and was inducted into the  California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame in 2015.  RUSTYFRANK.COM

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 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.

Michael Gamble has been at work within the swing dance community for over 15 years. Along with his wife and partner Jaya Dorf, he runs Lindy Focus in Asheville, NC, one of the largest events on the world scene. His band Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders is one of the most active and dedicated dance bands working today. He is a lifelong devotee to swing music, and in 2016 led a worldwide crowdfunding campaign to make the lost work of Savoy Ballroom bandleader Chick Webb once again accessible to contemporary swing orchestras. He received a bachelor's degree in music in 2006, and also during that time traveled the country teaching Lindy Hop in over 35 US cities, a set of circumstances that has recently led to him teaching the appreciation and practice of swing music within the dance community. Michael currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, with Jaya, his partner in all things, their two dogs and four goats, continuing his lifelong study of the art forms he loves.