Teachers

Mike & Dan Legenthal
Mike’s true loves in life are teaching, dancing, following, and music. There’s no order, because for her, these things are intrinsically linked. In addition to national events like Lindy Focus and Enter the Blues, Mike has taught at countless regional events in Lindy, Blues, and Balboa, as well as traveling all over the country to teach and perform. She performed in an all-girls Charleston troupe at Camp Jitterbug’s Jump Session Show in 2007, and in the all-girl blues troupe, the Hoodoo Ladies, at events from DC to BluesShout in St. Louis. Additionally, she has taught at events ranging from one-month artists residencies to international training camps.

Mike combines an intuitive understanding of connection with an analytical speaking style to give her students technique, but also strives to challenge and inspire her students to push themselves further into the music. She aims to help leaders create artistic compositions that are clearly led; she wants follows to have the ability to be a completely literal follow, and the inspiration and freedom to be an imaginative and dynamic contributor. In the classroom or on the social floor, she seeks a connection that involves active communication from both partners, to make a dance together.

Dan Legenthal lives in Boston, MA, working on as many vernacular jazz and blues dances as he can. His passion extends to both the social floor and competition. When not competing, he teaches at events like Korea Blues Camp (South Korea), Hot Blues In Toulouse (France), and The Blues Experiment (USA).
Drawing from his degree in Classical Guitar, Dan has unique insight into how to practice and develop one’s skills, and uses that knowledge to create a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Since dance is experiential, Dan likes to prioritize doing, and treats learning like a sequence of experiments where you can learn as much from failures as from success. This philosophy is anchored on clear, precise language, and a belief that every student is capable of developing their own skill by patient, intentional practice.

 

Jean-Charles Joyss
JoYsS is a Blues, Jazz, Contemporary, Swing and Hip Hop professional dancer. He took acting classes at the school of art “la Comète” in Paris.

As a swing dancer, he won 1st place at the Solo jazz Contest at Paris Jazz Roots Festival 2015, and the 1st place in the Solo Charleston contest at ILHC 2015. Touring and teaching all over the world he is one of the most surprising and versatile solo dancer from the worldwide swing scene.

As a choreographer he creates Golden Ages, a piece with jazz ballet dancer in Kielce (POLAND), he coached artists from other scenes like the french Twice world champ of ice dancing(Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron) on their swing routine on ice, which finished second at the 2017 Ice Dance world championship.

And yet as an performer, he is just took part in the new “Fashion Freak Show” by Jean-Paul Gauthier that will take place at one of the most anthology place in Paris the Folie Bergère in Paris from September 2018 for more than 8 months.

For him, the body is like a stringed instrument. Each of these strings are feelings (sadness, happiness, melancholy…) And we have to learn to not be afraid of all of these feelings to be able to play the best melody… to be an “HEARTist”.

In his classes he emphasizes improving his students movements by teaching them how to better understand their own bodies. To work with your own body movements will help you grow as a dancer, because it fosters your coordination, balance and expression which in turn helps you improve your musicality and capacity for improvisation, to never lose the pleasure of learning – skills absolutely crucial for partner dancing.

And yet dance is not his only professional activity! He is mainly an artistic director and a music composer. He has his own artistic company (Cie ULTIME) which won awards in 2007 for best dance performance as a choreographer. And in 2012 and 2013 as a music producer.