PROVIDENCE SWINGS is a community of dancers dedicated to spreading the artistic expression of Lindy Hop in the Rhode Island area. We are a non-profit organization and since 2004, our mission has been to share the joy of African American vernacular 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
During fall of 2013 I was introduced to Lindy Hop and immediately fell in love with the dance. Always having found joy and inspiration in music from the Swing Era, it just clicked, and has been a huge part of my life ever since. I like to think of my brain as a sponge, learning and absorbing as much as I can about Lindy Hop and it’s history. I am extremely enthusiastic about teaching and sharing as much as I can with others. Exploring the basics and expanding upon them with my own creativity, while doing my best to honor the roots of the dance is something I am passionate about. I am always brewing new ideas, which is very helpful when creating new routines. Aside of teaching, I work with Providence Swings through organizing, DJing, choreographing, and occasional performing. This community is a special part of my life and I love being a part of it. When not dancing, I am working in the Mental Health field, playing Flag Football, watching bad TV, or hanging out with my cats.
Photo credit: Amanda Seigel
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.
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.
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 Clinical Therapist and per diem Art Therapist, and dreaming about a future career of combining her love for art, dance, and helping others.