PROVIDENCE SWINGS is a community of dancers dedicated to spreading the artistic expression of swing dancing in the Rhode Island area. We are a non-profit organization and since 2004, our mission has been to share the joy of Jazz and Swing era dances.
Providence Swings Instructors
Daryl BeginDaryl has spent a considerable amount of time studying the classic footwork and movements of the original Lindy Hoppers and as a result, has an indepth and personalized understanding of the dance. Mostly self taught, Daryl has the ability to demonstrate complex concepts and loves incorporating the history of the Jazz era dances into his teaching. He also loves to compete and sees it as an opportunity to continuously improve. Plus, he works harder than anyone we know on his dancing
Vivian MadridIn the summer of 2013 I told Norma Miller that I recently discovered Lindy Hop and her response was “where have you been? It’s been around for over 70 years!” That’s exactly how I feel. Where has this dance been all of my life? I guess that in many ways, Lindy Hop was just waiting for me to discover its many unique qualities. Not only is this dance, a way to unwind and melt my concerns away, but it is a wonderful way to express creativity and emotion without saying a single word. It’s magic and it’s the purest form of joy that I’ve ever known. It’s probably the best decision that I’ve ever made in all of my life.
If a friend of yours says “come to a dance lesson with me to Providence Swings”, promise me that you’ll do yourself a favor and go! Take a chance and let go of that fear of the unfamiliar. The worst thing that can happen is that you have the time of your life. I promise that after that first hour lesson, you won’t know what hit you and you’ll go full steam ahead and never look back. I’m continuously trying to improve my dancing by taking classes at Providence Swings, competing, traveling to workshops, and social dancing as much as I can. The best part is all the friends you’ll meet along the way and all of the dance adventures that still lie ahead.
Jennifer StoutI started partner dancing in 1996, but didn’t discover Lindy Hop until 2002. Once I found it, though, I’ve held on tight and haven’t let go. I’ve been competing since 2004 and teaching since 2005. I am continuously trying to improve my skills both as a dancer and a teacher. And I’ve gotten pretty good at being an organizer, too.
I’ve been a member of the Providence Swings Board of Directors since its inception and am proud of what our little organization has accomplished over the years. It hasn’t always been easy. There is a lot of blood sweat and tears that goes into this endeavor, but it’s worth it to see the joy on people’s faces when they’re dancing and having fun.
When I’m not dancing, I work as an environmental engineer for the State of Rhode Island, but I might also be practicing yoga or playing volleyball.
Max MonnBefore I came to Providence Swings in May 2014 the phrase, “I can’t/don’t dance” was part of my typical social dialogue. Although you might say I’m a bit of a late bloomer (after all Lindy Hop had been around some 50 years before I was even born!), now that I’ve started dancing I just can’t stop. The dynamic, energetic, and relatable nature of jazz music is what initially drew me to swing, but the amazing community at Providence Swings and creativity/individuality of the dance is what has kept me coming back!
If you’ve always thought you “can’t” dance, be bold and think about coming to a class at Providence Swings!
When I’m not swinging out, you’ll either find me outside rock climbing, or studying sea sponges for my PhD.
Photo credit: Ravi Kumar
hoto Credit: Tom Hagar
Becky started dancing in her teens with tap and jazz, which quickly morphed into a passion for any dance and music from the jazz and swing era. A member of Providence Swings since 2012, she wears many hats including teacher, dj, organizer, choreographer, and graphic designer. Becky is an open and enthusiastic teacher, with a special love of choreographing routines for beginners and beyond! A member of Divine Providence Chorus Girls and the Lil’ Rhody Lindy Hoppers, Becky enjoys the chance to showcase her love of the dance. Also an avid competitor, she relishes the opportunity to throw down in friendly competitions. Most importantly, Becky is constantly searching for her own ways, and challenging her students, to bring out individuality and spirit when social dancing, learning, performing, or competing.
When she’s not lindy hopping, she’s working as a licensed in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapist, and dreaming about a future career of combining her love for art, dance, and helping others.
Photo credit: Tom Hagar