Erin Morris is an internationally-acclaimed jazz artist with an uncanny mix of wild creativity, stunning poise and remarkable stage presence. As founding member and choreographer of Erin Morris & Her Ragdolls, Erin has sparked a local resurgence in the popular chorus girl traditions of the Jazz and Swing eras.
Whether teaching or performing, Erin is one of the most pivotal figures in the Michigan dance scene. Erin honors the tradition of the dances she teaches without losing sight of innovation or personal expression, and her love of solo movement gives her a unique artistry and playful confidence. In addition to dancing, she studies and performs on her jazz tuba with the Easy Street Jazz Band alongside the best Dixieland musicians in Michigan.
Since 1999, Erin has taught for the University of Michigan – Swing Ann Arbor and greatly enjoys investing in her local lindy hop community. She has also taught across the country and internationally, recently completing a 2 month teaching residency in Vienna for IG Hop’s Dancers in Residency program. With strengths in raw, unique movement, poetic yet simple breakdowns, and an overall conversational teaching-style, it’s easy to see why Erin is always a favorite in the classroom.
Stacia hails from the white winters of Minneapolis, is a nerd and a lover of love, and that’s mostly what you need to know. Her raison d’etre since she can remember has been simply to keep heading toward things that stir her heart and her curiosity. She wants to know you in a real way, from the inside out, and she approaches dancing in the same way. Her lindy hop journey was prefaced by competitive gymnastics, marching band and classical flute. She’s excited and sustained by beautiful, expressive and creative movement, and focuses her classes on uncovering those things. She has been teaching with Uptown Swing in MN for the last 5 years.
Irina began Lindy Hopping at the age of fifteen. It only took one night of social dancing for her to develop an addiction to it. As the years have passed since then, her passion for Swing dancing expanded to include solo Jazz, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag. Her rapid growth as a dancer can be attributed, in part, to the fact that her hometown scene (Orange County, California) is home to some of the best Swing dancers and instructors in the world.
Irina’s greatest joy as a teacher is to see her students progress with their dancing, no matter the increment. She likes to focus on clean, efficient technique and natural styling that results from being comfortable with one’s basics.
Anthony started dancing at age 8 when his parents pressured him into performing traditional Chinese lion dances. In 2002 he was introduced to break dancing at a speech and debate tournament, and shortly thereafter he found his home in the local swing community in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he quickly fell in love with Lindy Hop. Throughout his dancing career he has trained in several other types of styles from hip-hop to Argentine Tango to West Coast, but most of all he enjoys drawing upon them to expand upon his technique and creativity in Lindy Hop. On the social dance floor, he is known to be playful, musical, creative, and clear—a “feel-good” dancer. He holds first place titles from events such as Boston Tea Party, Montreal Swing Riot, Lone Star Championships, Heartland Swing Festival, Lindy on the Rocks, and Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown.
Anthony began teaching in Albuquerque in 2006 and has since taught at numerous workshops and events across the country. His teaching style focuses on energy, technique and connection theory, and his love of both leading and following has been instrumental to making the classes that he teaches both clear and intuitive.
Cole Huling, our fabulous MC!
Cole Huling is a performer, co-creator and producer for the Handsome Little Devils, a touring theatre company specializing in Vaudeville, comedy and magic. She and her dance partner/husband Mike currently tour with 3 different productions: Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama, Conjure and The Piff the Magic Dragon Show. She has performed off-Broadway, internationally and on several national tours. Recent highlights include assisting Piff the Magic Dragon on America’s Got Talent and performing her magic show Conjure at the World Famous Hollywood Magic Castle, along with Rob Zabrecky (Possum Dixon). She has been swing dancing since 1997 when her mom first drove her to the Mercury Cafe to learn some sweet dance moves. She was previously a member of 23 Skidoo and loves all things swing-related!