Teachers

Nicole

With more than 20 years of dance training and over 9 years of teaching under her belt, Nicole is a movement and communication professional with a mission.

Nicole enjoys enabling dancers to use their body in the most healthy way possible and her ability to diagnose and change postural issues is only exceeded by her love for cultivating dance as an art form. Whether you want to add technical excellence to your dance or experience music in a whole new, visceral way, Nicole has got you covered. Dance has been one of the most important forces for growth in Nicole’s life and she is excited to share her joy of dance with you.

Flouer

Flouer is a full time dance instructor based out of New York City, though she can often be found galavanting about the world spreading her love of the blues. With over 20 years of training in various forms of partner dance, having performed with modern dance companies and competed in ice skating throughout Europe, North and South America, and acquiring her MFA in Dance; Flouer presents a very contextual, holistic approach to Blues and Fusion. In her classes this often translates into encouraging individual artistry while paying close attention to connection, technique, and historical references. Dance classes are about people- they should be interactive, interesting, and FUN! Flouer is deeply dedicated to furthering the art of Blues dancing, and believes that people physically moving and learning together can lead to powerful experiences.

Andrew

Teaching internationally for over a decade, Andrew still wears the same pair of dance shoes he bought after falling in love with social dance at the end of high school. In classes around the world, he draws upon his experience in social, vernacular, and classical dances to inspire and challenge his students. He brings a balanced focus to technique, body mechanics, spirit, and creativity and strives to create a positive, safe learning environment. Andrew continues to hone his skills through competitions and wins at events around the country, including Mean Old Blues, Rose City Blues (twice), and Portland Blues Experience (thrice). In his spare time, Andrew is a software engineer and holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Design and Construction from Stanford University. He enjoys hugs, yoga, and dark chocolate.

Catherine

With over 10 years of professional dance experience, academic training, and knowledge of multiple styles of dance, Catherine skillfully and with a keen movement sensibility helps dancers discover the origin and understanding of their own personal movement. She draws from performance concepts, emotions, visualizations, memories, body mechanics, sensations and alignment to support a constantly flourishing understanding of dance for her students.

Catherine hopes her students receive insight, playfulness and enthusiasm from her work enabling them to develop their own signature style within their dance.  Because of Catherine’s ability to interpret various dance styles coupled with her proficiency in revealing the unlimited nature of African dance, this makes her appealing to dancers of any genre or experience level.

Annette and Eran

Eran and Annette met each other years ago on the dance floor and – after rounds and rounds of fantastic dances – they realised they had a very similar idea of smooth connection, clear body movement and or
iginal musicality, all with a generous helping of dance humour.

As teachers they want to share their vision of great social dancing with you. No one knows what they’ll cook up but it’ll sure have a bit of everything: Rhythms and moves, shapes and style, class & sass, grounded individual and beautifully partnered movement.

 

Vera
Vera is a certified instructor of the Franklin Method, which combines results from the learning sciences, dynamic imagery and the study of anatomy and bio-mechanics. Those techniques bring improved movement and a healthier function of the body and mind together, both for dancing and everyday life.

Her first contact with Blues dancing was during her exchange year in the States in 2011, and she fell in love with following and the closed embrace connection. From then on, she’s traveled all over Europe and the US to study the Blues dances, fascinated by the variety of musical styles that create ever-new conversations expressing a full rainbow of emotions in the dance partnership.

She believes that body awareness is the most important skill for dancers, because it brings joy of movement and freedom of expression, contributing to the dance conversation and giving a more direct way of experiencing and understanding partner movement. As a teacher, she shows a passion for language and its impact on people, community and learning. Through the combination of playfulness and an analytical mind, she wants to share dance as a safe space to explore, experiment and express different ways of being.