Instructors

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Rob and Diane

Rob and Diane are part of the first generation of Lindy Hoppers and Jazz dancers like Ryan Francois, Steven Mitchel, Chester Whitmore and the Rhythm Hot Shots who choreographed, promoted, produced, presented and taught worldwide starting in the early 1990’s. Starting to Lindy Hop with Jonathan and Sylvia in Santa Barbara, Rob learned the original Al Minns and Frankie Manning style Lindy with Steven Mitchell in 1986, which led to meeting the legendary Frankie Manning that same year. Besides studying with the original Lindy, Shag and Balboa dancers in LA and working with Norma Miller in Las Vegas and Chester Whitmore in LA, in 1991 it was time to connect with other Lindy Hoppers in Europe.
Soon after that Diane and Rob started teaching extensively on the European and world circuit and taught at the amazing Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden for over 18 years. Diane performed with the Rhythm Hot Shots from Sweden on their American Tour. They built a special bond with Frankie Manning, Norma Miller and Chazz Young and other teachers working side-by-side at many events around the world.
Rob and Diane are known for being easygoing, approachable and fun teachers who get dancers to do amazing stuff quickly. They have earned a reputation internationally with many of the dancers that are teachers today. Rob and Diane were instrumental in building the San Francisco Bay Area Swing dance scene in the late 90’s and built an amazing following with their weekly club nights in different parts of town from San Francisco to San Jose, with attendance of over 300 people a night, being able to hire bands and inspiring other teachers to follow their example.
After living in California they are now in Texas where they teach between Austin and San Antonio. Meet them at the next workshop or class and see how their passion is so contagious and is there to inspire you!
They Teach, Perform and DJ at Weddings – and can add a great atmosphere at your Private and Corporate Event and Parties. Let us know how we can help you. Phone/Text (512) 393-1622

Teni Lopez-Cardenas

Graceful and fiery. Feminine yet dynamic. Known for her swivels. Teni Lopez-Cardenas began dancing Lindy hop as a lucky fluke in college. Within a year, she was invited to join the Denver-based team 23 Skidoo!, which went on to win 4 National Championships over the next 2 years. Since then, Teni has become an accomplished competitor, teacher, and performer and has had the pleasure of working with many well-known leads. In the classroom, Teni maintains a fun and accessible attitude while focusing on the importance of connection, body awareness, and technique. Her passion for the dance shines through in her teaching, and she strives to instill a sense of playfulness while encouraging her students to develop their own personal style. To achieve these goals, she makes a lot of sound effects, draws pictures in the air, makes faces, and generally just makes a fool of herself.
Teni is happiest when dancing her heart out, and she loves to perform and compete; she has performed for events such as the Great Southwest Lindyfest and Camp Jitterbug’s Jump Session Show, as well as for various events in the Denver area. On the competition circuit, Teni is one of the few unpartnered follows to consistently place in top Lindy Hop and Balboa divisions at many prestigious events including the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, American Classic Balboa Championships, American Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, Eastern Balboa Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, and Lindy on the Rocks.
Teni currently resides in San Antonio, TX, where she is a Masters of Occupational Therapy graduate student. She’s also really into Krav Maga.

Teni Lopez-Cardenas

Graceful and fiery. Feminine yet dynamic. Known for her swivels. Teni Lopez-Cardenas began dancing Lindy hop as a lucky fluke in college. Within a year, she was invited to join the Denver-based team 23 Skidoo!, which went on to win 4 National Championships over the next 2 years. Since then, Teni has become an accomplished competitor, teacher, and performer and has had the pleasure of working with many well-known leads. In the classroom, Teni maintains a fun and accessible attitude while focusing on the importance of connection, body awareness, and technique. Her passion for the dance shines through in her teaching, and she strives to instill a sense of playfulness while encouraging her students to develop their own personal style. To achieve these goals, she makes a lot of sound effects, draws pictures in the air, makes faces, and generally just makes a fool of herself.
Teni is happiest when dancing her heart out, and she loves to perform and compete; she has performed for events such as the Great Southwest Lindyfest and Camp Jitterbug’s Jump Session Show, as well as for various events in the Denver area. On the competition circuit, Teni is one of the few unpartnered follows to consistently place in top Lindy Hop and Balboa divisions at many prestigious events including the International Lindy Hop Championships, Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, American Classic Balboa Championships, American Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus, Eastern Balboa Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, and Lindy on the Rocks.
Teni currently resides in San Antonio, TX, where she is a Masters of Occupational Therapy graduate student. She’s also really into Krav Maga.

Jay and Michelle

Jay and Michelle have been teaching Swing dance for years around the San Antonio area. You will find them teaching at Sam’s Burger Joint on Mondays, showing off their West Coast Swing dancing skills on Tuesdays, or helping out with Alamo City Swing Revival on Thursdays. They have a long list of accomplishments including Swing performances in their past. They have dedicated much of their time and effort into sharing the joy of dancing and their knowledge with others. They offer group lessons along with privates.

Joseph and Tabitha Robinson

Joseph and Tabitha began their dance partnership in Orlando, Florida in 2001. Together they began to further their knowledge and fundamentals in Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and Charleston. Their focus is mainly on the basics, maintaining the authenticity of the original dances, and being creative within that structure. Shortly after their partnering they began competing and then teaching. They have placed in several contests including 1st place in the Shag division at Camp Hollywood 2016, and they have performed for special events including a PBS special for the Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Fest and for the Governor of Marlyand Convention. They love Swing dancing and teaching others as well as continuing to further advance their own dance and partnership techniques.

Joseph and Tabitha Robinson

Joseph and Tabitha began their dance partnership in Orlando, Florida in 2001. Together they began to further their knowledge and fundamentals in Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Balboa and Charleston. Their focus is mainly on the basics, maintaining the authenticity of the original dances, and being creative within that structure. Shortly after their partnering they began competing and then teaching. They have placed in several contests including 1st place in the Shag division at Camp Hollywood 2016, and they have performed for special events including a PBS special for the Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Fest and for the Governor of Marlyand Convention. They love Swing dancing and teaching others as well as continuing to further advance their own dance and partnership techniques.

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Sheri Tate

Sheri has been enjoying swing dance since 1998. After learning in the Kansas City area, she went on to teach Charleston and East Coast classes and has assisted with Lindy and Balboa classes. She was blessed to perform with a team called the Swingsters in KC around 2001. Since then, she has enjoyed dancing in many states including but not limited to Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Ohio, Texas, and the state of happiness. Today she still resides in the state of happiness. After Swing, Sheri enjoyed learning many other types of dance including West Coast Swing, Waltz, American Tango, Hustle, Cha-Cha, Rumba, Blues, and Foxtrot. She states that variety is her spice… but her favorites, and what always keeps her smiling, are Lindy and Charleston. Her goal is to know Lindy so well that she could one day eat, dance, and perform minor surgery all at the same time. Just kidding. Her true desire is to share the joy and the health benefits of these great dances with you! And she hopes you too might one day become a Swing-aholic.