OUR INSTRUCTORS

 
PETER STROM - FOUNDER

Since his start in 1998 Peter has taught at dance camps from Australia to South Korea to Herrang, Sweden. In addition to teaching he brings with him his skills as a sought after DJ and experienced Master of Ceremonies. He is currently a member of the renowned team the Silver Shadows and the founder of Uptown Swing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Naomi Uyama discovered lindy hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late nineties. Over the past decade she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the ALHC, the ULHS, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships.

 
NAOMI UYAMA
 
JEREMY

FISCHER

Jeremy has travelled around the country taking classes from the best instructors, and some of the worst, and he learned what he liked about the Lindy Hop: he loved sharing something—fun, true, fearful, or even sad—with another person. 

 

He loves to hear new ideas, and in his classes he tries to integrate them all into one meaningful whole for his students.

STACIA

MARTIN

MICHAEL

BRAFFORD

After graduating from Iowa University, Mikey has continued to compete, teach, and he founded the Heartland Swing Festival and Collegiate Jitterbug Championships in Des Moines.

 

He has taught classes and workshops for several groups around the Midwest. His style combines Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Shag, Charleston, Hip Hop and everything in between.

DEE

DANIELS-LOCKE

Stacia has been enjoying Lindy Hop for the last ten years of her life. Sometimes she gets to travel around the country to teach, compete and in general just enjoy this dance.

 

When she’s not doing that, you can typically find her teaching at Uptown Swing on with the rest of the gang. Bringing that joy to her students is something very near and dear to her heart.

 

For over a decade Dee has shared her love of dance, expanded her knowledge of genres, become an influential member of the Twin Cities Lindy Hop scene, and she continues to inspire dancers young and old.

 

She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance. You should ask her, she follows and leads….and she wants to dance with you.

VALERIA

KOCHUBEI

Though Valeria is a native of Ukraine, where she began dancing Lindy Hop in 2011, she became a transplant to Minneapolis in 2015.

 

For the past half-decade, she has worn many Lindy hats—student, teacher, choreographer, performer, and competitor. Above all else, Valeria looks forward to spreading her knowledge and excitement for Lindy Hop to all those around her.