Flouer has an extensive, multilayered background in movement practices. Her experiences range from competing at blues & lindy exchanges, professional ballroom & Latin shows, stage combat, burlesque, and world travel for ice skating and contemporary dance. She has both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Dance.
Fascinated by the history of social dances, Flouer often brings context into her classes. With the belief that most life lessons can be found in partner dance, she strives to help people create connections within themselves, their partners, and the community as a whole. Currently, she can be found teaching full time around the world and New York City, and running her fusion events Melting Pot & Motley Hue.
For private lesson during the weekend: Flouerme@gmail.com
Mark has been dancing for much of his life. He found social dancing with lindy & blues in 2005 and began teaching shortly thereafter, co-founding the still-running Drop Dead Blues in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since then he’s organized a number of events and workshops (The * Workshop, &ATJ, SLOx, …) and traveled the world as a dancer.
In recent years he has dedicated his study to the emerging forms and conventions of “fusion” dance and is eager to explore and advance that movement via quality teaching throughout the world. He has taught at multiple events spanning four continents and in two languages.
For private lesson during the weekend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dance Drop-in Teachers
Friday Night 8:30 | Queer tango with Geraldine & Kristina
Dancing since the age of four, Geraldine has explored many styles including ballet, jazz, ballroom and DanceSport. She began taking Argentine Tango classes with her mother, and discovered a passion for the connection between partners in the this style. Since moving from France to Montreal she has continued to dance tango, and met Kristina in the Queer Tango community. Kristina also has a background in dance starting with childhood ballet, but became hooked by the exploration and exchanges that learning queer tango had to offer. The two have performed choreographed and improvised numbers during tango social nights in Montreal.
Saturday Night 8:30 | Dance games with Howard Chong
Howard Chong has taught in blues and lindy hop communities since 2004, being a part of the SF/ Berkeley scene including running Lindy on Sproul (2004-2007) and BluesPlayground at the Athletic Playground (2008). He spends half his time in Ithaca, NY, and the other half in #vanlife. He’s visited/taught in over 30 scenes in 5 continents. His most recent class was called “solo dancing, start with the pinky”.
Sunday Afternoon 1:00 | Qigong with Tristan Stark
Tristan Stark has been a student of somatic disciplines for over 18 years. His orientation towards embodiment is informed by his long term study and practice of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Zazen, Yoga Asana, and Somatic Experiencing. The heart of his work as a teacher and therapist is supporting individuals and groups to connect to the inherent resources and deep knowing that are available through experiential Eastern practices and encouraging their integration into an experience of embodied wholeness.
Sunday Night 8:30 | WCS with Scott Chilstedt & Marie-Charlotte de Koninck
Scott has been teaching West Coast Swing, Blues, and Fusion for over 9 years. His primary dance style is West Coast Swing, in which he has attended and/or taught at over 50 events and intensives. He has additonal background in Ballroom, Blues, Country Western, Brazillian Zouk, and Modern Jive. He is passionate about student centered learning, and is known for his ability to synthesize complicated subjects into fun, easy to understand classes. He loves following as much as he loves leading, and strives to use 100% gender neutral language in his instruction.
After many years of figure skating, Marie-Charlotte turned to dance, starting with lindy hop and jive. But it is by seeing West Coast Swing for the first time that she really falls in love with the freedom, movement and connection of this dance. She has been teaching West Coast Swing for almost five years and is passionate about seeing her students grow and be inspired. She has been interested for some years in Brazilian dances such as Brazilian zouk and samba de gafiera and loves to color her WCS with movements inspired by these dances.