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Workshop Teachers!

Irina Amzashvili

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. 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.

 
 
 Photo Credit: Alain Wong

Photo Credit: Alain Wong

Anthony Chen

Anthony's first ingress into the performing arts was at age 8 when his parents convinced him to learn and perform Chinese lion dances. He then stumbled upon breakdancing during a national speech and debate tournament in middle school, and at the age of 16, he had his first foray into swing dancing alongside other young interns from a research laboratory. Since then, he has trained in other dance styles ranging from hip-hop to West Coast Swing, but most of all he enjoys using this background to expand upon his technique and creativity in Lindy Hop. On the social dance floor he is known to be playful, musical, creative, and clear. He holds first place titles from events such as Lindyfest and Lone Star Championships, Montreal Swing Riot, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Lindy Focus, and International Lindy Hop Championships. Combined with his professional background in education, his love of both leading and following have been instrumental to making the classes that he teaches both clear and intuitive. He is an active scene builder in his community and founded Salt Lake Swing, where he teaches locally.

 

Workshop DJ’s!

 

Alina Lusebrink

Say hello to DJ Avogadro Toast! Their pronouns are: they/them, per/pers. Alina Lusebrink started listening to jazz as small child when they heard it on the record player in their grandfather’s garage. Ever since then, they’ve been hooked, often jamming with their friends downtown and now DJing at dance venues in the Sac/Davis area. Alina takes great pride in highlighting music that features black musicians, as well as women, non-binary, and POC musicians. They are excited to be returning to their alma mater, Cal Poly, to spin some great tunes. Welcome Alina!

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Oscar Hampton

We are excited to announce one of our DJ's, Oscar Hampton!

Oscar Hampton is passionate about swing dancing and dances from his soul. He started dancing in 2005 in Kansas City and has since become an accomplished performer, competitor, DJ and instructor in both the Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing communities.

As a DJ, Oscar has worked at many national events including Heartland Swing Festival, Hawkeye Swing Festival and the Canadian Swing Dance Championships. Lately Oscar has been DJing regularly at the Firehouse in San Diego and has loved bringing some Kansas City Jazz out to Southern California!

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Event Schedule

Friday

Dance is at Studio @-Ryan’s American Dance

8pm-12am:

Social Dance!

Saturday

Lessons & Dance at Studio @-Ryan’s American Dance

10:45am-11am:

Warm-up Dance

11am-12pm:

Tuning Out your Swing Up!

Starting off the weekend on the right (or left) foot — we’ll be making sure you’re building everything on top of solid fundamentals, and working on improving what you already have.

12:15pm-1:15pm:

Fundamomentum: An Analysis of Nonsense Portmanteaus, and Other Concepts.

Momentum takes you places. Learn to use it and have fun at the same time.

1:15pm-1:45pm:

Snack break!

1:45pm-2:45pm:

Marriage Counseling 101: Listening to your Partner

It takes two to do a whole lot more than Tango. Your partnership has a lot more to offer than your individual dance skills, so we’re diving into how to not leave your partner in the dust.

3pm-4pm:

Visual Connection 501: Graduate Studies in Looking at your Partner

We’ll be continuing the deep dive into more nuanced pieces of connection that advanced dancers utilize.

9pm-1:30am:

Social Dance!

Sunday

Lessons at Chumash Auditorium at Cal Poly in the University Union

10:45am-11am:

Warm-up Dance

11am-12pm:

“It Wasn’t Me!”: How to Stop Making Excuses for your Shaggy Fundamentals

We always like to start with the vegetables. Now with 50% more Shag!

12:15pm-1:15pm:

Collegiate Shag 2: The Making of the Musical(ity)

An exploration of movements and connection technique to help your Shag fit more seamlessly with the music.

1:15pm-1:45pm:

Snack break!

1:45pm-2:45pm:

Lindy Hop: Instructor’s Choice

We see you. We got what you need.

3pm-4pm:

Stealing Your Heart Away

Combine concepts from previous classes into seamless partner stealing!


Registration

T-Shirts

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T-Shirt sells are now closed! There will be a few extra for purchase at the door during the event.


Housing


Private Lessons

For both teachers it is $160 an hour, for one teacher it is $90 an hour.

Venue Locations

Studio @- Ryan’s American Dance

202 Tank Farm Rd

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

**In the back of the lot, drive straight back and you will see it**

 
 

Chumash Auditorium

McPhee University Union

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

**Located inside the University Union on the second floor**