Watch the videos posted below of the 6 entries for the Hawkeye Swing Festival 2013 Choreography Contest then vote here! Remember, the winner of this contest gets to teach you their routine! So choose something you want to learn 🙂

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Jon Tigert and the Lulligans

Jon Tigert is an internationally known performer and and instructor proficient in a multitude of vintage dance styles, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Vernacular Jazz, and Tap. He holds competition titles from The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown (ULHS), The Canadian Swing Dance Championships, and The International Lindy Hop Championships, as well as being a featured performer with the Indiana University School of Music, and the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphonies. Jon is also an accomplished Singer, having performed alongside the likes of Grammy Winner Sandi Patty, Tony Winner Gary Beach, and Tony Nominees Ann Hampton and Liz Callaway. Jon Loves performing, and hopes to share that joy with each and every student and audience member. Currently living in Nashville, TN, Jon is mostly found traveling the country and the world teaching workshops and performing in shows.

Dancers: Miranda Longaker, Christian Frommelt

David Rogers

David Rodgers is an active member of the Illini Swing Society, located in Champaign-Urbana, IL. He has been actively working to improve his swing dancing since 2011. For the last two years, he has been a member of the SwingDings, a competitive swing dance team operating out of Champaign-Urbana. He is attempting the 50-state-swing project, which will be successfully completed after attending a dance event in all 50 states

Erin Taylor — Hawkeye Goes Harlem

Erin Taylor grew up among the cornfields in Iowa, where she developed a passion for any and all styles of dance. She earned degrees in dance, voice, and business from the University of Iowa where she was exposed to the wonderful world of swing dancing. Erin stayed out late dancing several nights a week and traveled to many workshops, often causing her to head to class exhausted, yet inspired. Though she keeps busy performing in operas, ballets, modern concerts, feature stage shows, and touring shows, she has always found time to keep swing dancing a big part of her life. She has choreographed for many styles, from swing dance teams to show choirs, and musicals to modern dance companies. She has danced and choreographed with Step Into Swing’s Swing Cats (Des Moines) and the Flying LindyHawks (Iowa City) as well as sharing her love of dance by teaching swing to beginners around the state. In 2010, Erin joined the teaching staff at Nolte Academy in Coralville where she teaches many forms of dance (as well as voice) to students of all ages.

Bill Ewanick and Laura Smith

Laura Smith and Bill Ewanick have been dancing for a collective 15 years. They became partners over three years ago while training with Swing Dynamite. Since then, they have performed and competed together all over the Eastern seaboard, including being part of a TV pilot with Swing Dynamite about a big band in the modern era, “Swinging Jubilee”. They currently coach and dance in Ottawa, and are excited to spread their love of dance where ever they go

Ellen ‘Birdy’ Murray — The Wagawoo

Ellen ‘Birdy’ Murray
Seattle, WA

Ellen has been in love with Lindy Hop since she first learned the steps in a friend’s living room in 1998. Since then, she has taught classes all over the United States and traveled all over the world to dance. Most recently, Ellen performed in Thomas Marek’s DRAMA: Love Songs and Other Jazz in Hamburg, Germany.

Since first learning swing, Ellen has been eager to soak up all things Jazz. She not only has studied the dances of the Jazz era for the last 14 years, she has also studied the history. While living in New Orleans, Ellen has been able to see history come to life. Ellen is particularly fond of her time performing in a monthly Variety Show which was produced by Mia Goldsmith, Meschiya Lake, and Laura Manning.

When Ellen isn’t dancing she’s listening to great Jazz, traveling the world, or sharing a cup of coffee with friends.

Alevtina Kapusta — Music Box

Alevtina began dancing at the age of 12 with Acrobatic rock-n-roll. Than spent 12 years for boogie-woogie and ballroom dancing. And six years ago start to dance Lindy Hop and Charleston. By education is choreographer (magister of ballroom dancing).
In 1997 began teaching. The last 10 years, she manages and teaching at Swing Dance Club “The Golden Chestnuts” in Kiev (Ukraine).

Valentina Kovalenko
Daria Kuzmenko
Lilia Butenko
Anastasiya Lukoshyna