Instructors

Evita Arce & Michael Jagger

Michael and Evita are International Lindy Hop dancers and teachers based in New York City.  They bring an exuberant energy and joy to every project.  Their combined resumes span the globe, together having performed on prestigious stages and dancing with Philharmonic Orchestras, touring with Broadway shows, working with Jazz at Lincoln Center and appearances on, “So You Think You Can Dance.”  Michael and Evita have worked together for over 13 years and have been dancing Lindy Hop for over 18 years.

Currently, the two teach pop up workshops all over the world and produce educational material for their online swing school, www.michaelandevita.com

As dance teachers, Michael and Evita emphasize the understanding of anatomy and efficient use of the body. Connecting elegant movements, clearly projecting direction through the body, and romantic interactions are what create their lead and follow technique. Above all other descriptions, one will surely say that Michael and Evita are inspiring to watch and possess a warm welcome to any student of Lindy Hop.  You can enjoy more of their instruction by subscribing to their mailing list at MICHAELANDEVITA.COM

 

LaTasha Barnes

LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur, and ambassador of culture. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tasha has enjoyed much of her life immersed in jazz, funk, soul, and R&B music and dance thanks to her DJ father and dancing family. Having turned that lifelong passion into cultural activism she serves towards achieving the mission of Urban Artistry, Inc to preserve the arts that represent the urban experience, as a directing member, performer and educator. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout all her dance forms which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Through her own expression and endeavors Tasha hopes to inspire fellow artists to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.

 

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