Nina Gilkenson is one of the most well known and respected teachers, performers, and competitors in the international Lindy Hop scene. Since 1999, Nina has been traveling the world inspiring dancers with her knowledge and love of the dance. Nina can lay claim to national Lindy Hop titles from some of the most prestigious swing dancing competitions in the world, including the American Lindy Hop Championships and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. Performance credits include television appearances on PBS; Apollo Theatre; Lincoln Center and concert performances with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Aretha Franklin. Her classes focus on authentic Lindy Hop technique, musical interpretation and the history and future of the dance.
Nina is one of the founding members of Silver Shadows, a dance troupe that helps set the bar for the height of Lindy Hop group performance. She is also a founding member of The Jam Cellar, a groundbreaking dance party and troupe in Washington, DC. She is also co-director of the International Lindy Hop Championships in Washington, DC.
Kate has instructed and performed extensively for Cleveland's Get Hep Swing as well as in workshops throughout America and in Europe. Aside from a love of both social and performance Lindy Hop, it is her passion to develop the opportunities for follows in Balboa and learn every follow's footwork variation possible.
Kate holds 1st place titles in the Eastern Balboa Championship's Invitational Jack & Jill (2004, 2006) & Intergalactic Strictly (2005), and the American Open Lindy Jack & Jill (2004). She is also proud to have held, along with her friends at Get Hep Swing in Cleveland, the Guiness World Record for longest dance party ever (52 hours, 3 minutes).
She also likes to climb trees.
Bobby has been a devout student of all things swing. Whitey's speed lindy, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, all styles Lindy Hop, air steps, tricks and vernacular jazz, and choreography are all passions he has been studying since 1998. He also has a great love of teaching and hopes to pass along the enormous swing-inspired smiles that make people walk a good distance away from you on the street.
While some people are proud to hold trophies or world records for dance marathons, he is proud to have held a jar of duck preserved in it's own fat (which he won in a Balboa competition in France).