2012 Camp Swing Teachers
- Bromley and Jean
- Chris and Emma
- Jenna Chalmers
- Amanda & Gary Sharpe
- John Ratto & Charissa Ratto
- Nicole Frydman
- Heidi Salerno
- Micah Jacobson
- Sara Lerner
- Allen Henderson
- Colleen Sollars
- Jeff Kroll
- And original inspiration Cari Bartholomew
Jean Ma and Bromley Palamountain who first teamed up in August 2004, are award-winning swing dance instructors, choreographers, and performers specializing in vernacular movement through the dance patterns of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston. Jean is also well-versed in hip-hop having danced in the professional hip-hop troupe Culture Shock, while Bromleyâ€™s expertise lies in his gymnastics foundation. He trained under Olympic gold medalist Tim Daggett and was able to pave his way through college as a competitive gymnast.
They live in Berkeley, California but teach across the San Francisco/ East Bay Area and have even been stretching their wings out with some national and international appearances. Jean and Bromley also run a weekly venue in Berkeley, CA called The Dancersâ€™ Den (www.berkeleydancersden.com) every Wednesday night.
Together they are known for their explosive aerials, high energy, and passion for the dance. Jean and Bromley love to showcase their talents in competitions, jam circles, and on the social dance floor. They ardently spread the coolness of Lindy Hop wherever they go, enjoying teaching and the many friends they have met within the dance community. For more info, check them out at www.jeanandbromley.com
Chris and Emma met after following the hordes of teenagers going to swing dance classes in the late nineties and suddenly found themselves members of The Rugcutters. It was here that they learned the importance of zoot suits, Bleyers and swishy skirts.
A few years later, Chris and Emma became founding members of the Foothills Swing Dance Society bringing the joy of dance to the communities of Placer and Nevada Counties. Chris and Emma love to share their knowledge and obsession for dance and can be found teaching nearly every night of the week. Their chemistry with each other along with their unique ability to break down the intricacies of each movement make their classes fun and productive.
Now with a better understanding of the importance of white loafers, stripy socks, and seamed stockings, Chris and Emma have been teaching extensively in the greater Sacramento area and are the driving force behind the budding Sacramento Balboa scene. Visit them at www.intheswingofthings.com
Jenna, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Camp Swing Co-Director Jenna Chalmers has been teaching and performing dance since 1993. She has appeared in music videos, advertisements, and commercials. You may have seen her flying through the air on the Washington Mutual posters or in the Sony Tri-Star film â€œThe Thirteenth Floor.â€ She has performed on-stage with The Brian Setzer Orchestra and The Manhattan Transfer, and worked with GAP, Hewlett-Packard, Macys, and Pixar Animation Studios, to name a few. Jenna has been a member and choreographer for the performance groups â€œBay City Boogie,â€ â€œRetro Cabaret,â€ â€œLe CanCan Bijou,â€ and â€œThe Decobelles.â€ She is an accomplished irish ceili dancer and travels the world to learn new forms of dance. She has appeared on TV and National Public Radio as an expert in the field of swing dance. Jenna has trained, taught, competed, and judged internationally, including â€œMonsters of Swing,â€ the National Lindy Hop Championships, Swing For Choice, â€œBlast From the Pastâ€, and the â€œWorld Swing Championshipsâ€ in London.
Amanda Sharpe will celebrate 20 years of swing dancing in 2013. She is truly a seasoned and skillful dancer, with a love of everything music and dance. A Polynesian dancer for 10+ years from the time she was six, Amanda discovered Ballroom at a small studio in her home town of Davis and then Lindy Hop shortly after in her first year of college in Santa Barbara. Since, she has traveled the continent and parts of the world, and from as far as I can tell ranks high if not highest in almost every lead’s list of favorite follows. Also a quietly accomplished Salsa and West Coast Swing dancer, Amanda’s follow is often compared to a fabulously crafted, but rare sports car: amazing center of gravity, dreamy around the corners, and as fast and furious as she is relaxed and musical. Amanda is also a warm, energetic and thorough instructor: always willing to help, inspire laughter, or just make you do something a few dozen more times because you should.
Gary Sharpe is an amazing dancer and a hard-working advocate for all things swing-dancing. In addition to teaching and competing for the last five years, Gary helps out the swing club on the UC Davis campus, promotes for local venues, DJs, and does anything else he can to make swing dancing in the Sacramento area thrive. Gary specializes in energetic and awe-some partnered Charleston, fabulous footwork fancies, and all things solo jazz. He will rock your socks off as a teacher, and then he’ll come out and dance with you afterward and rock your socks off all over again.
John and Charissa are the 2007 San Francisco Shag Jam Champions. Traveling with a professional dance troupe, they have given instruction and been a part of performances all over the state. They entered the competitive dance world 2 years ago and have continued to develop into advanced dancers. Some of their other accomplishments include: 3rd at the 2007 National Jitterbug Champions in the Pro Collegiate Shag Division, as well as winning several local competitions. In their passion for dancing, John and Charissa hope to help everyone learn and enjoy this historic dance and keep swing alive. Their focus for students is to become comfortable quickly and enjoy themselves on a social dance floor.
Nicole has been singing and dancing since she was a small child. She has performed all over USA in national tours, regional theaters, summer stock, repertory, and even some major motion pictures. For example, you can catch her head fly by Julia Roberts in the dance scene of â€œMona Lisa Smileâ€.
In 1997 she discovered swing dancing to go along with the jazz she already loved so much. Since then she has become a professional dancer placing in over 40 local, regional, and national swing dance competitions. She previously taught swing at Dance Manhattan Studiosin New York but is now a teacher and the Education Coordinator at 920 Special in San Francisco. She considers her emphasis and style in teaching and dancing to be about connection with her partner and the music, all else is secondary.
She has also spent time and energy behind the scenes creating events, shows, workshops, galas, concerts, dances, etc., and continues that work today with the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Some of her past favorites include Frankie Manningâ€™s 88th Birthday weekend.
Micah Jacobson has been an ambassador of the San Francisco swing scene from the beginning. He began teaching at the historic Hi-Ball in 1995, voted the best swing club in the country during its peak years. Micah can be seen in music video, advertisements, and movies like the Sony Tri-Star film â€œThe Thirteenth Floor.â€ He has taught swing to the CEO of The Gap one day and hundreds of high school kids on another. Micah has a true gift for teaching the dance and making it FUN! Micah is an original member of the swing group â€œBay City Boogie,â€ who have performed at numerous events and in front of thousands at the Sacramento Kings half time show. He has trained, taught, and competed all over the world including Monsters of Swing, â€œBlast from the Past,â€ the National Lindy Hop Championships and the SF Swing Jam where he placed first.
Currently living in Los Angeles, Sara Lerner has been dancing since 1997 and teaching, performing, and competing in San Francisco and around the country since 1998. She was the resident Balboa teacher at San Franciscoâ€™s beloved Saturday night venue, the Doghouse. She blends her prior experience in figure skating with extensive training in several forms of swing, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Big Apple. Her enthusiasm for the dance and the music shine through in her teaching. Her classes are fun, lively, and always entertaining. Her mix of humor, great musicality, and her knack for breaking it down ensures that everyone has a good time learning how to dance.
A few of Saraâ€™s recent placements include: 1st place Balboa Jack & Jill and 2nd in Strictly Lindy Hop at Norcal Championships in Dec 2006. 2nd in Balboa at The Rhythmic Arts Festival over New Yearâ€™s 2007. 1st in Lindy Jack & Jill and 2nd in Strictly Lindy at Reno Dance Sensation 2007. A special note, Sara was nominated to the CA Swing Dance Hall of Fame this year. Good luck Sara!
We are thrilled to have Allen with us again this year. Many of you may know that he has taught and performed extensively throughout the nation. With years of experience in many styles of dance he brings clarity, passion, and humor to his classes. Through his work with Homestyle: The Integration Project, Allen has brought legendary musicians and instructors to the San Francisco Swing Scene. A handful of his many accomplishments include performances with The Kennedy Center, Macyâ€™s Passport Fashion Show, The Lucas Arts Academy Awards Celebration, The San Francisco Jazz Organization, The Annual Hip Hop Dance Festival, as well as numerous movies, music videos, and commercials.
Colleen Sollars is an incredible instructor and we are so fortunate to benefit from her many talents! A long time camp organizer and instructor, she has an extensive background in performance and she has been dancing for over 15 years. Though especially passionate about swing, she has studied many dance styles including jazz, salsa, hip-hop, tap, Afro-Haitian, Irish & English country dance and ballroom. Colleen has performed in a venues far and wide, working with Bay City Boogie and the Swing Cats Rhythm Review, as well as being featured in industry and music videos. You can see her perform this year (as every year) in the exciting Camp Swing talent show!
Colleenâ€™s classes always emphasize proper technique, and she really works to make sure that students feel confident in what theyâ€™re learning. She has taught various dance styles and movement at American Conservatory Theater, Santa Rosa Junior College, Las Positas College and The Willows Theatre Company, as well as teaching and performing at private events and parties throughout the bay area.
Jeff Kroll has been swing dancing since 1996, and teaching and competing nationally since 2004. He has danced on TV and for the big screen, and has performed, taught, and DJed at countless public and private events.
While Jeff enjoys all styles of swing dancing, he has a particular fondness for Balboa-Swing, dancing and teaching it almost every chance he gets. His love for dancing and his desire to share it is reflected in the enthusiasm and positive energy he brings to his classes. Jeff infuses everything with fun and creativity, even the most technical of details, and he is known for the relaxed, patient individual attention and encouraging guidance he gives.
Cari Bartholomew, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Cari Bartholomew has been a gymnast for over 20 years and a womans competitve gymnastics coach for over 17 years. On the swing scene, she has been teaching and performing since 1995 and has gained numerous professional credits and awards, including appearances in videos for Brian Sezter, Cherry Poppin Daddies, John Lee Hooker, Santana, and the graces the cover of the subculture book â€œSwing The New Retro Renaissanceâ€. As an early pioneer in bringing Lindy Hop into the nightclub scene, Cari, with long time partner Johnny Swing, taught hundreds of people to dance with their easygoing and entertaining style. Co-creator of the wildly successful â€œSan Francisco Swing Jamâ€, and the original inspiration for Camp Swing, Cariâ€™s dynamic and high energy dancing continues to inspire.