Jenna Applegarth and Jon Tigert

 

Jenna Applegarth is a professional dancer, performer and instructor who specializes in American Jazz dances such as Lindy Hop, Balboa, Shag, Charleston and Blues.  Jenna is often seen traveling the world, spreading her joy of swing dance through workshops, performances competitions and more. When not out globe-trotting, Jenna can be found in her home city of Vienna.

 

Jon Tigert found swing dancing at the tender age of 15 and never looked back. Now, somewhat older than 15, Jon shares his knowledge of the dance all over the United States and the World. You may know him from his roles at events such as Lindy Focus, Lindy Fest, The Canadian Swing Dance Championships, The Chinese Lindy Hop Championships, Herrang Dance Camp, The International Lindy Hop Championships and many more. Known for his concise language, historical knowledge and and infinite supply of dad jokes, Jon’s classes are immensely informative and entertaining. Beyond teaching, Jon is often seen behind the microphone as a well known MC and host, behind the computer as a DJ, or behind the drum kit playing and singing with various bands.

Cindiasaurus Rex and Jony Navarro

(Photo Credit: Jerry Almonte)

Cindy and Jony accidentally became dance official in 2015 when they started practicing solo jazz together in Cindy’s garage.  Even now, solo jazz is very important to all aspects of their dancing and it always shows in their movement choices, even when sharing connection with others. They believe social and performance dancing are dependent upon strong listening and communication with their partners. Above all, they seek to create movement that expresses the joy and soulfulness of the driving force of the dance – jazz music.

Teaching is a passion for both Jony and Cindy. Both were very active in their college and local scenes growing up and they continue to teach locally and regionally across the Southeast and Midwest.  As much as they love teaching, they are first and foremost students of the dance.  They take classes every chance they get, and are constantly working with others to learn and improve.
Their classes will dive deep into the heart of jazz music and strong, solid movement, with an aim to get their students connecting to the music in ways they’ve never experienced before. They cordially invite you to come get weird with them.

Kerry Kapaku and Viktor Lillard

Kerry Kapaku comes from a long history of training, performing, and teaching ballet and contemporary dance professionally. She has been dancing since she was just four years old, and holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Education from The Ohio State University. Kerry was introduced to Lindy Hop and vintage jazz dancing during her time at OSU, and has been hooked ever since. Kerry has a passion for teaching, and brings that enthusiasm into every class she teaches, whether she’s teaching to a large group or a doing a one-on-one private lesson. Kerry strives to cultivate a fun and encouraging environment for all of her students, while emphasizing the importance of efficient muscular engagement and anatomical alignment. In addition to Lindy Hop, Kerry also specializes in St. Louis Shag, and is considered to be one of the strongest shag dancers in the Midwest. Kerry loves to compete, and has placed at events such a Midwest Lindy Fest, Nevermore Jazz Ball, and Camp Hollywood. When she’s not out traveling the country for dancing, Kerry serves as Head Instructor for Naptown Stomp Lindy Hop Society, Indianapolis’s only organization dedicated to teaching, preserving, and promoting vintage dancing.

Viktor Lillard is an avid and enthusiastic up-and-coming instructor hailing from Columbus, OH. He shares his rhythmic and flowing style of swing on the social floor and stage alike, competing and placing in social and choreography competitions at regional events such as Midwest Lindyfest, International Lindy Hop Championships, and the Nevermore Jazz Ball. In the classroom he brings a solid understanding of both leading and following technique. He uses his understanding of musicality and his creative outlook to help students both become comfortable in their basics and expand their boundaries. Above all, he encourages all swing dancers to feel the music and have fun!