Jeremy Otth amassed a great amount of knowledge on the historic essence of vintage swing dances from many of the original jitterbugs and swing dancers. Along with his seemingly inexhaustible amount of energy, Jeremy's natural talent and dedication led him to accumulate championship titles at many acclaimed dance competitions such as the International Lindy Hop Championships, National Jitterbug Championships, American Classic Balboa Championships and the US Open Swing Dance Championships. Jeremy is now able to share that breadth of knowledge and passion for these classic partner dances by entertaining and educating feet from Southern California to around the world.
Joel began his swing dance career in the summer of 1998 on a date in Chicago. He learned very quickly from countless workshops and nonstop dancing. His passion for swing dancing led him to teaching full time as a regular teacher at major events all over the world. Joel has a high quality, down to earth, enthusiastic, and energetic approach to the dance that makes every lesson with him and any partner a blast! He has a full knowledge of various styles from years of study that he shares in his instruction of Balboa, Lindy, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, Jazz Movement, and Pre-Swing dances.
Laura Keat began her swing dance career in Denver when she joined the award-winning Lindy Hop performance team, 23 Skidoo! She immediately developed a passion for the art of swing dancing. Ever the disciplined student and skilled competitor, Laura began winning national titles and gaining recognition as a championship lindy hop follow with an independent style and point of view. She loves dancing with a wide variety of leads with diverse styles and ideas to challenge and broaden her own abilities as a follow. And as an instructor, she brings a fresh perspective towards developing each student's technical foundation and individual style. For Laura, every dance is a chance to put smiles on peoples' faces which shares the joy and excitement for swing dancing.
Zach’s first encounter with partner dancing was overhearing his dad’s attempt to sign him up for lessons as a child. He promptly screamed in terror, and the studio never called back. He joined his college swing club in 2011 – much to his dad’s bewilderment – out of a need for PE credit. Collegiate Shag holds the special distinction of being the only dance Zach has done socially the same night he learned it. His first dance competition was also in shag. Zach maintains a strong competitive record with a number of different partners, especially on his home turf at Hot Rhythm Holiday. He danced on the Austin shag team, Rad Youth, which took 4th place at Camp Hollywood in 2016. His style emphasizes nuanced musicality, playing off of his partner’s awesomeness, and letting his inner nerd create new ideas. Zach lives in Austin, Texas, where he co-runs twice-monthly shag house parties, serves on the Hot Rhythm Foundation, and teaches classes.
Cami Asher started swing dancing in her hometown of San Diego in 2015 and shortly thereafter moved away to college where she now organizes the Cal Poly SLO Swing Club. Living in the middle of the state allows her to be an active participant in many swing dance scenes including San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, the Bay Area, and Sacramento. She has recently taken the balboa and lindy hop competition circuits by storm, placing at ILHC, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Inspiration Weekend, and Swing California. Cami enjoys finding a happy medium between adding her own voice and adding her own harmony to the dance. Her 16-year tap background helps her create intricate rhythms which she uses to converse with the rhythm section. She focuses most on the creation, addition, and quality of momentum. If you ask her to dance, be ready for a silly 3-½ minutes!
Amanda began swing dancing in 1995 and did her first swingout a year later. After moving to Austin,Texas in 2014, she fell in love with Collegiate Shag and immediately began competing. She won the first Shag competition she entered at Hot Rhythm Holiday 2015, and has been competing regularly since that time. Amanda loves spreading her love of Shag and other swing dances with new and experienced dancers alike, and travels nationally to teach. She was on Austin's Shag team, Rad Youth, and also leads an all-girl Collegiate Shag team called Shag Hags. Currently, she teaches regular Collegiate Shag classes at Four on the Floor in Austin, Texas.