Laura Glaess and Brooks Prumo
Laura started dancing in 2001 in San Antonio. It wasn’t a very large scene, and her teachers hadn’t been dancing very long, but she quickly came to love lindy hop, the music, the history and everything involved.
Now Laura travels the world teaching, competing, performing and learning. She is a passionate believer in dancing with swing, with rhythm, and with presence. She is madly in love with jazz music and movement and strives to convey that love to everyone she encounters. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Laura is also an active participant in her home music and dance communities. She co owned a teaching company, The Lindy Project, participated in the Austin Swing Syndicate board, the Austin Lindy Exchange board, and she organizes community events, and any number of things to keep Austin one of the best scenes around.
In her spare time, she is currently studying to become a physical therapist and is learning to write and play music.
Brooks Prumo is an avid Lindy Hopper living in Austin, TX. He is driven by a continuous need to create something new and true to himself. He is also a founding member of award-winning dance groups: Lindy Hopper’s Dozen and Lindy Hopper’s Half Dozen. Now a-days, Brooks is often seen dancing to jazz music, teaching how to dance to jazz music, listening to jazz music, trying to find new jazz music, or playing jazz music. He really likes jazz music. Brooks enjoys focusing on the rhythm of the dance, in addition to an understanding of his partner and the music.
Danny Beyrer and Mandy Hogan
Danny started dancing at a ballroom studio in 2007 and left on a mission to pursue lindy hop after watching his first old timey dance clip. He has since performed and competed at many regional and national events. Danny’s passion in the dance is striving for freedom of movement in cooperation with the freely expressed art form that is jazz. In class he likes to emphasize personal body movement, musicality, and fun.
Mandy Hogan is a dental hygienist by day and fun loving lindy hopper by night. Her dancing journey began in 2008 attending AU’s swing club. Since then she has traveled around the US social dancing, performing, competing, and teaching. Mandy loves the joy that lindy hop brings and sharing that joy with others. As a teacher she strives to bring the best out of her students through clear communication and keeping a positive atmosphere.
Dave Barry and Cate Rauschenberger
Dave teaches regularly in his home scene of Richmond, VA, and around the southeast region from Atlanta to Baltimore to Knoxville. Dave’s dancing focuses on simple, powerful rhythm, and leading/following that comes from body mechanics. His classes place high value on dynamic following, and inclusive reactions from leaders. Most important is Dave’s belief that the enjoyment of the dance comes from an active and honest connection shared by both dancers. He is not associated with the humor columnist from the Miami Herald but is happy to do book signings.
Cate started ballroom dancing in Georgia in 2006, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that the music, community, and capacity for expression of lindy hop stole her heart. Since then, she’s been traveling and learning, competing and placing at events such as ILHC, Heartland, Boston Tea Party, and others around the southeast. She is passionate about the multi-directional aspect of communication in partner dancing– the conversation between musicians and dancers through the music, between a couple and anyone observing them, and between the lead and follow themselves. She loves and strives for balanced connections, playful improvisation, and musically-inspired movement in her dancing. As a teacher, she enjoys breaking things down, building them back up, and seeing those joyful, dance “aha!” moments.