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2018 Instructors

Jeremy Otth
Los Angeles, CA


Irina Amzashvili
Irvine, CA
Joel Plys
San Diego, CA
Laura Keat
Denver, CO

Jeremy Otth - 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.

Irina Amzashvili - Irina began Swing Dancing at the age of fifteen and it only took one night of social dancing for her to develop an addiction to it. Her passion for Swing dancing includes Collegiate Shag, Balboa, Lindy Hop, and Solo Jazz.  Irina's greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment. She likes to focus on clean, efficient technique and natural styling that results from being comfortable with one's basics.

Joel Plys - 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 - 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.