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 Nashville, TN.
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.
Cindi Lyons and Jony Navarro
Cindi first wandered into a dance studio at the age of seven and hasn’t let their feet settle down since. With over a decade of training in tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater followed by almost as many years in swing dancing and vernacular jazz, Cindi has no intention to stop learning, and wants to bring as many people along for the ride as possible.
Cindi believes that good, honest dancing comes from a blend of understanding jazz, physics, and yourself.
Their classes will dive deep into the heart of 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
Jony, who uses he/him pronouns, fell in love with jazz in early 2011 and has since never been the same. He has a constant drive to make art completely his own, which is fueled by a desire of learning. His fascination began with dancing, moved onto jazz music, then continued to black history and culture and beyond.
From the very beginning, Jony has always had very unique ideas when it comes to making art. He excels at inspiring others to think about dance in a different way than they’re used to, often expanding on familiar topics. While conceptual learning drives a lot of his classes, movement and technique play a large part in the learning environment he creates.
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!