Jamin Jackson has choreographed, instructed and performed for over 2 decades in the States and abroad. Jamin Jackson continues to be a master student and teacher of dance. As a teacher, Jamin's skills are widely recognized and praised for his focus on principles, his positive charismatic style, and his ability to help his students cultivate a positive mental attitude in their personal development as dancers and as human beings.
He has over 18,000 hours of combined training alone in the styles of Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Tap and Lindy Hop. His love and determination for empowering dancers with the gift of Lindy Hop has driven him to train more than 1500 hours in the year of 2011 alone. He believes the world has yet to see the biggest days for Lindy Hop and continues in preparation to be a better communicator of the dance to new minds.
His skills have been sought out by some of the music industry's top names in dance performance, from M.C. Hammer to Omarion and the creators of 2004's runaway dance film "You Got Served." His shared passion for Lindy Hop like many others continues to drive him to expand the dance to those waiting for the joy that it brings.
Elaine Hewlett has been teaching dance for over 15 years. She has won national competitions, as well as judged competitions both locally and nationally. She has appeared in television commercials and talk shows in the United States and Japan. In Dallas, Elaine owns and is the primary instructor of The Rhythm Room.
Elaine has consulted with the Dallas Fort Worth Ballet for their production of the Rite of Swing and numerous plays at Kitchen Dog Theater. She choreographed and performed in Plano Repertory's 2004 production of Swing as well as numbers in the Contemporary Ballet Dallas 2007 production of A Christmas Carol.
In addition to teaching in DFW, she has taught at workshops around the country including the St. Louis Tap Festival, American Lindy Hop Championship, Oakland Swing Festival, Swing Out New Hampshire, New England Swing Dance Championship, Great Southwest Lindy Fest and Austin Swing Riot.
Grace Durant has hit the ground running with Lindy Hop since she began dancing in the Dallas Fort Worth area where she has quickly become a rising star. Within the last few years, she has competed throughout the Midwest, placing 1st in a Jack and Jill and 1st in a Strictly Lindy in Dallas, 3rd in the Jack and Jill and 3rd in the Pro-Am at The Rhythm is Jumpin', and 3rd in the Open Strictly Lindy and 1st in the Advanced Jack and Jill at Lonestar Championships. She continues to travel and compete, expanding her horizons. Grace has been teaching all over the DFW area and has even traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to teach at the Greenwood Swingout.
Grace is known as a true follow, and her dancing, as her name indicates, is often described as graceful, classy, and elegant. In the classroom, she focuses on follow technique and movement. She is always so excited to share her knowledge and love of the dance.
Kathy and Jerry Warwick
Kathy Warwick has been teaching dance in Dallas for almost ten years. She has specialized in in the vintage dance forms of the early 20th century, to include Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, Charleston, Jazz and Blues dance forms. She is a founding member of the Dallas Swing Dance Society, currently sits on the board of directors and is the Executive Director of Acme Swing Company.
Kathy has been a featured dance instructor at Austin Blues Party, Enter the Blues, Denver Blues Summit, Houston Fusion, Emerald City Blues, Down Home Blues, Mezz Jelly and many other dance workshops across the United States. She believes learning to dance should always be fun and strives to help all of her students achieve better results that they ever imagined.
A dance instructor with over a decade of experience in Blues, Lindy Hop and East Coast Swing, Jerry Warwick has been social dancing for four decades. His most recent 14 years have been dedicated to Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing and Blues styles.
Jerry, with his wife Kathy, have taught to rave reviews across the U.S. as featured instructors. They have and entertaining style of teaching with a strong emphasis on technique and fundamentals. After a class with Jerry and Kathy you will realize that you not only had a great time but you walked away with principles you can use all night long on the dance floor.
Shawna and Mike Westervelt
Mike and Shawna have a combined dance history of over 17 years. In 2006 Shawna went to her first Lindy Hop dance in Charleston, SC and never looked back. Mike started dancing in 2007 in Greenville, SC and quickly fell in love with the dance (and Shawna). Both have served on their respective swing dance boards to include organizing weekly dances, workshops, exchanges and teaching.
In 2013 Mike and Shawna moved to Texas and started the Longview Swing Dance Association. Between Mike's unique ability to break down moves and technique (along with his terrible puns), and Shawna's enthusiasm they make a great team. They are both passionate to encourage others in their growth as dancers.
Misty Owens has returned to Dallas after 12 years of teaching, choreographing and performing in New York city. She danced with the Peggy Spina Tap Company in NYC for 20 years performing in such venues as Jacob’s Pillow, Town Hall, F.I.T., The New School and the Spina Loft. While in NY, she taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Long Island University-Brooklyn, and the Mark Morris Dance Group where she was the Artistic Director of Student Companies I & II and also a Founding Teacher of the Dance for Parkinson’s Disease® classes. Misty wrote extensively about Dance for Parkinson’s Disease for her MFA thesis and has presented the program at conferences and symposiums in the US, Canada and England.
Misty also regularly trains other teachers in the Dance for PD® approach around the US. Misty is currently is an adjunct faculty member at UT-Dallas, teaching Dance for Movement Disorders at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Dallas, she and is the Co-Director of the London School of Dance with Gwen Owens.
Misty serves on the Board of Directors for the North Texas Dance Council where she is the Adaptive Dance Committee Chair. In 2007, she was presented the Dallas Dance Council Natalie Skelton Award for Artistic Achievement.