A spectacular dancer with a long and successful stage career, Chazz Young, was originally inspired by his father, Lindy Hop master, Frankie Manning! At the age of 17, Chazz joined Norma Miller’s dancing troupe (Norma Miller and her Jazz Men) and traveled the globe performing. Living in Las Vegas, he still tours the world dancing and teaching Lindy Hop and Tap. Since the early 1990s, he’s been an annual headliner at the Herrang Dance Camp, in Sweden.
Rob & Diane Van Haaren:
Ventura real estate consultant, Rob, and pre-school teacher, Diane were instrumental in building the San Francisco Bay Area Swing Dance scene in the late 1990s, and continue to actively teach and perform today! They ran large Swing Nights and club events in San Francisco, as well as their popular “Swing Central” Swing Club in Redwood City. They’ve taught and performed at Swing Camps around the globe, and together are dynamic performers and excellent instructors!
Jeremy Otth & Laura Keat:
Since 2006, Jeremy Otth and Laura Keat have been united in the task of preserving vintage dances. Laura began her Swing dance career in Denver, Colorado with the Lindy Hop troupe “23 Skidoo!” where she began gaining recognition as a skilled Swing competitor. Her annual California Balboa Classic event brings Bal dancers to Pasadena for a weekend devoted to Balboa dancing. Jeremy is a southern California native, who has long been a remarkably talented and energized competitor—and together they now compete, teach and perform around the world.
Erin & Tami Stevens, and Scott Price:
Co-owning The Pasadena Ballroom Dance Assoc. since 1983, teaching thousands of students the art of social dancing, Erin and Tami are recognized for their enormous contribution in “bringing back Swing”—eventually seeing its peak resurgence in the 1990s. Erin is credited with persuading the “father of the Lindy Hop,” Frankie Manning, out of dance retirement in 1984 (thus re-igniting his dancing career, and helping to spark the 2nd era of Swing). Tami and Erin, along with Tami's husband, Scott Price, hosted an annual June event (The Granddaddy of the American Swing Camps), “Swing Camp Catalina” (1994-2004) bringing thousands of swing dancers from around the world together on Catalina Island, and they have all traveled extensively, teaching Lindy Hop around the globe. In 2012, they were contracted to author the textbook: Swing Dancing (a reference guide to the history of Swing), and are frequently hired as guest speakers for various groups and events.