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.
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.
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!
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!