Jean only wanted to take a free dance lesson when she saw the flier for a dance troupe, The Movement, back in 2001. She never expected swing dancing to take over her life. In mid-2004, Jean began social dancing and met her dance and life partner, Bromley Palamountain. Since then they have been teaching classes all around the Bay Area and the world and have opened up one of the hottest swing dance venues in Oakland, CA called The Dancers’ Den. Jean has won numerous awards at prestigious events including Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, The U.S. Open and Boogie By the Bay and is also an accomplished hip hop dancer, and a former member of the world renowned group “Culture Shock”.
Hannah MacKenzie-Margulies is a multidisciplinary vernacular jazz dancer, choreographer, and educator. She is the co-champion of the infamous 2013 Lindy Focus Al and Leon Partnered Solo Jazz contest as well as competitions at Camp Jitterbug, Lindy Bout, Stompology, and more. Currently she serves as the education coordinator for the 9:20 Special, San Francisco’s longest running weekly lindy hop dance, and teaches both throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Samantha - also referred to as Sam, Sma, Ms. Nguyen, and Mama Sam Hen- spent 18 years of her life believing she could never be coordinated enough to dance until she got hooked onto swing dancing at UC Berkeley. After teaching, mentoring, DJing, choreographing, and performing at Cal, Sam has since continued the entire gambit of dance: she teaches throughout the Bay Area; she organizes The Switch Workshop and Dancers' Den; and she travels all over the US for a chance to dance until 5am and to compete alongside her friends. Sam loves to incorporate silly playfulness, "psychic" partnership, and you-know-every-beat-in-this-song-don't-you musicality in her dancing. You can find her leading and following out on the social dance floor 'til the end of the night despite having to wake up at 7am to teach high schoolers. Go Gauchos, Go Bears!
Chiara Coombs started her swing dance journey while living abroad in Seoul, Korea. Having studied classical harp since age seven, she instantly fell in love with Lindy Hop as a new way to express herself. She enjoys taking Pilates classes and Ballet. She spends her time practicing dance and teaching English as a Second Language in Berkeley. She is a dedicated to training and practicing her skills and believes that competition is a fun way to focus on progress and self-expression.
Cami Asher started swing dancing in her hometown of San Diego in 2015 and shortly thereafter moved away to college where she now organizes the Cal Poly SLO Swing Club. Living in the middle of the state allows her to be an active participant in many swing dance scenes across California. She has recently taken the balboa and lindy hop competition circuits by storm, placing at ILHC, Camp Hollywood, Lindyfest, All Balboa Weekend, Camp Jitterbug, and Inspiration Weekend. If you ask her to dance, be ready for a silly 3-½ minutes.
Before taking up swing dancing, Bromley was a gymnast on the UC Berkeley Men’s Gymanstics team. Bromley started swing dancing in 2004 when he was invited to take a free swing dance lesson that was taught by none other than his partner of over 7 years, Jean Ma. Bromley is an award-winning dancer, instructor, choreographer, and performer specializing in vernacular movement through the dance patterns of Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston with placements at Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, The U.S. Open, among others. He also assisted in the choreography of a routine for the show “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2009. Bromley is the co-owner/co-founder of the premier swing dance venue in Oakland, CA, The Dancers’ Den.
Sean Krazit began dancing at the University of Delaware in 2012. Shortly after that, he began teaching, competing, performing and DJing at dances along the east coast. He now lives in the Bay Area, coaches a Shimmytown Lindy Hop team and regularly teaches at the 9:20 Special. Sean most enjoys responding to the ideas of his partners, and exploring strange rhythms and shapes in his dancing.
Kevin found Lindy Hop in 2010 after falling down a Youtube rabbit hole. He quickly abandoned all other activities in favor of this all consuming hobby. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Kevin has traveled around the country learning from, competing with, and dancing with inspirational dancers of this decade. He prioritizes and focuses on having the best social dances and the interpersonal conversations we have through dance. He currently teaches classes at several San Francisco Bay Area venues.
Douglas has been dancing swing for over 10 years, and fell in love with both lindy and Balboa for their improvisation, playfulness, and the energy of swing music. He has competed across the country winning awards at ABW, Cal Bal, ILHC, Camp Hollywood and others. He has been teaching Lindy and Balboa in the SF Bay Area since 2013, and loves to share the joy and connection of the swing dances with anyone who will listen.
Misha Zvonkin started dancing in Moscow, Russia in 2009 and simply couldn’t stop. Moscow is where he learned to geek out about dancing and then party until sunrise, and he carries both of these traditions with him wherever he goes. He has lived and danced all over the U.S. until 4 years ago he settled in the Bay Area as a Software Engineer. On the dance floor, he focuses on connecting with his partner and the music. His goal is for all participants to have the most fun they can possibly have while also discovering the magic of spontaneous, cooperative creativity. In his free time, he likes to get together with friends, play games watch TV shows and play music. The latter has led to him co-founding the swing dance band "Evelyn & Her Vintage Ties" that you can now see performing at the dance venues all around the Bay Area.