Several dance instructors at Northwest Dance Network teach our series classes and workshops. In beginning-level series classes, these instructors have help from teaching assistants, who can dance both lead and follow roles and provide class participants with personal guidance as needed. (Information on how to become a TA is available for anyone interested.)

In addition to the dance instructors listed below, a number of other individuals also teach at Northwest Dance events, including the one-hour dance lessons before our dances. Please check individual dances for information on who is teaching pre-dance lessons.

Jeannette Baker

Jeannette Baker is the owner/head instructor from Studio B Dance in Renton, WA.  Jeannette began teaching over 10 years ago and still loves every minute of her time on the floor with students.  She loves to teach a wide variety of lessons from absolute beginner to intermediate/advanced Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Country, Nightclub & Line Dance.  While she is an accountant “by day” she loves her teaching time the most – there is no greater joy than seeing a student achieve their goals on the dance floor!  Jeannette is an active competitor in the UCWDC ( United Country Western Dance Council) circuit traveling throughout the US & Canada competing in 8 partner dance styles, line dancing and line dance choreography.  When not teaching, working, competing or social dancing … Jeannette enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as traveling.

Guy Caridi

Guy Caridi

Guy Caridi has been dancing since 1988, performing and choreographing since 1991, and teaching since 1993. He is a founding member of Seattle’s Savoy Swing Club and with his dance partner, Nancy Fry, the first couple from the Pacific Northwest to teach Lindy Hop and Balboa. He has taught and performed internationally and is well known for his respectful, sensitive, and humorous teaching style. Guy has been artistic director of the Savoy Swing Club Performance Troupe for over fourteen years. In 1999, Guy and Nancy took home trophies in the Lindy Hop and Team divisions at the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in southern California. In total, four of five routines choreographed by Guy were place-winners.

Guy has produced many dance events and shows in Seattle, including “What Is This Thing Called Swing” with The Rhythm Hot Shots from Sweden, “Swingin’ Then, Swingin’ Now!” with the legendary Norma Miller, and the annual Pacific Northwest Lindy Hop Championships (1999-2006).

Guy’s choreography credits for local theaters and schools include State Fair, Oklahoma!, Wizard of Oz, Charleston!, Kilroy Was Here, Music Man, Oliver!, Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, Urinetown, Robin Hood: the Legend Continues, The Fantasticks, Beauty and the Beast, A Rock ‘n Roll Midsummer Night’s Dream, Suessical the Musical, High Button Shoes, The Sound of Music, Godspell, and Into the Woods. He also choreographed and was a featured dancer in the 2011 movie Camilla Dickinson.

Sean (Gator Boy) Donovan

Sean Donovan

Sean Donovan brings great passion, joy, and excitement to dance and to teaching. Positive and playful, Sean is a creative and effective communicator who focuses on the essence of dance and its power to delight and transform us. Dancing and teaching since 1999, both nationally and in Seattle, Sean has been on staff with Northwest Dance since 2004. In addition to swing (his first love) and zydeco (a passion that prompted numerous learning expeditions to Louisiana and Texas), Sean revels in teaching blues, waltz, Whiskey River jitterbug, country two-step, and cha cha. Emphasizing solid basics, fluid movement, and elemental connection—to ourselves, the music, and our partner—Sean seeks to facilitate dancing ecstasy! More information on Sean at Gator Boy Productions.

Tony Fan and Ilana Rubin

Tony Fan and Ilana Rubin have been dancing the Argentine Tango together for more than 20 years. The beauty of their movement comes from their maturity in the dance, strong connection and deep respect for the music.
 
Tony and Ilana are fabulous dancers and inspirational instructors. They have the special gift of excellent teaching. They take a creative approach to tango, and combine musicality with a superb analysis and breakdown of the individual movements. Their workshops are fun, informative, well thought out and presented. Their tango program offers weekly group lessons on Tuesday nights (Greenwood) and Thursday nights (Capitol Hill) and a popular weekly social dance every Saturday night at their beautiful dance studio, Dance Underground on Capitol Hill. You can find out more about Tony and Ilana and their tango program by visiting their website: www.seattletango.com

Cathy Footer

Sending her daughter off to college in 2001 left Cathy looking for entertainment and a way to make new friends. The search led to her first dance class (Samba) and a large dance family. Along the way she has learned social dance skills in Country, Swing, Latin and Ballroom.

One of Cathy’s first instructors, Doug Henry of InStep Dance in Tacoma, WA, invited her to partner with him and was instrumental in her introduction to teaching. The rest they say is history. Over the last 11 years she has had the pleasure of teaching in the Tacoma, Tukwila, Auburn and Seattle areas. “I am excited to be back on staff with the team at Northwest Dance. We’re gonna have some fun!”

Nancy Fry

Nancy Fry

Nancy Fry discovered her passion for dance in 1981 and has been dancing ever since. Over the years she has participated in a large variety of partner dances, and enjoys it all. She began teaching Lindy Hop and swing-related jazz movement classes in 1994 with Seattle’s Savoy Swing Club, for which she was a founding member. At the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships in 1999, she and her dance partner, Guy Caridi, placed in both events in which they competed.

Nancy’s joy on the dance floor is in connecting with her partner, and she believes that this connection is where the magic in partner dancing is to be found. Nancy began teaching swing and waltz with Northwest Dance in 2004, and is happy to be part of this great team. Her teaching focuses on that special connection between partners—helping her students develop the ability to communicate and move together, to lead and follow, while having fun.

John Lozano

Having taught Swing and Blues for over 18 years and on three continents, John is ever ready to share his passion for dance.  John pours many hours each week thinking in-depth on the many aspects of dance.   Like a scientist who looks deeper and deeper into the most fundamental parts of the universe,  John searches deep into the constituent parts of partnered movement to see what can be found within and how can it tinkered with.  Whether he is explaining fundamentals, exploring variations, or expounding theory, his classes are sure to be fun, and insightful.