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Emerald City

Solo Jam teachers

Gaby Cook is an internationally-renowned dancer and instructor who loves all things Swing. Her unique style of movement balances power and dynamism with clarity and razor sharp turns. She brings great care to lines, shapes and balance in her personal performance, as well as her choreographic work. She holds 1st place titles in lindy hop, balboa and solo jazz from events such as International Lindy Hop Championships (2012), Stompology (2012), Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2011), Lindy Focus (2013), Lonestar Championships (2012) and Balboa Rendezvous (2009). She is a strong supporter of female-dance traditions and has worked over the last 7 years to create and foster growth for Chorus Girl Troupes. She is passionate about lindy hop traditions and works to share the joy of swing with new audiences.

GABY COOK

​Nathan Bugh presents a unique, rhythmic style of jazz dance in performance and in workshops worldwide. He “rocked the stage” at Carnegie Hall, dancing Lindy Hop with the New York Pops Orchestra. And he has performed in Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater in Swingin’ Frankie’s Way. He is a principle dancer in the upcoming feature film, Rebel In The Rye, and in several music videos, including the Weepies, Be My Honey Pie. Nathan is one of the most eminent solo-jazz contestants in the world, having won both the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (2012) and International Lindy Hop Championships (2014). He is also the director and choreographer of “Yeah Man,” the 2015 ILHC Team champions. Based in New York City, Nathan travels regularly to teach at landmark solo-jazz events, like AJW Korea, Paris Jazz Roots Festival, and Stompology. His classes focus on the meaning and flow of traditional steps, as well as rhythm and improvisation.

NATHAN BUGH

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Ben White has been addicted to all things swing since 2004. He has studied Lindy Hop, Balboa, Tap, and Solo Jazz dance under masters from the original swing era and worked with world class contemporary swing dancers. 

He has had success both locally and internationally as a competitor and coach placing in contests such as The International Lindy Hop Championships, the National Jitterbug Championships, Camp Jitterbug, and many more.  He has also been involved in more than 100 productions as a performer, producer, choreographer, and technician.
Ben is well known for his clear instruction and ability to break down and communicate technique while keeping classes entertaining and engaging.  He is the Artistic Director at The Syncopation Foundation, and frequently teaches swing dance all over the world.

BEN WHITE