Dee and Michael

Dee started Swing Dancing at the age of four with her Dad in the basement while wearing her Mom’s heels and her favorite plaid skirt. With a hiatus into hip hop during her school years, she realized her true dance calling was Lindy Hop, and was a co-founding member of the Bemidji State Swing Dance Club. For over a decade she’s shared her love of lindy hop with dancers young and old. She has became an influential member of the Twin Cities scene, and continues to inspire students at all levels. She looks to motivate new generations of swing dancers by organizing programs for Minnesota’s Youth.

Dee loves to shake her thang and she wants you to shake yours, too. She encourages self-expression on the dance floor, and prides herself on making each dance unique to the musical experience and partner, creating an authentic dance conversation. She advocates individual creativity as the true spirit of Lindy Hop.

She has taught,performed, and choreographed around the Midwest. She thought it was exceptionally cool to be invited to dance for the Dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. But even more ridiculously exhilarating was the opportunity to assist Frankie Manning in teaching a class! Most important to know is that Dee never refuses Peanut M&Ms, and will gladly become a lifelong friend to anyone who offers her that bite sized chocolate heaven.

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.

Mikey’s love of swing dancing started during the “Swing Craze” of the late 90s when GAP Swing and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were all the rage. Over the past decade, he has been dedicated to spreading the joy of lindy hop across the Midwest and beyond.

He has taught classes and workshops for several events and clubs, including: Midwest Lindyfest (Saint Paul, MN), The Heartland Swing Festival (Des Moines, IA), Hawkeye Swing Festival (Iowa City, IA), Rock Ya Body (Kirksville, MO), Uptown Swing(Minneapolis), University of Pennsylvania, University of Missouri, The University of Iowa, ISU, UNI, Grinnell, Drake, COE, and Step Into Swing.

Mikey now lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota where he stays busy in the very active swing dance scene. You might find him DJing at Rhythm Junction, teaching at Uptown Swing or hosting the exciting Rhythm Challenge Series, a quarterly contest that encourages local dancers to compete. Mikey loves teaching new students and hopes to create a fruitful Swing Dance community in the Twin Cities and around the Midwest.

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