Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2018 Instructors
With more than 20 years of dance training and over a decade of teaching under her belt, Nicole is a movement and communication professional with a mission.
Nicole enjoys enabling dancers to use their body in the most healthy way possible and her ability to diagnose and change postural issues is only exceeded by her love for cultivating dance as an art form. Whether you want to add technical excellence to your dance or experience music in a whole new, visceral way, Nicole has got you covered. Dance has been one of the most important forces for growth in Nicole’s life and she is excited to share her joy of dance with you.
Nathaniel is a nationally acclaimed blues dancer who loves to social dance, compete, and teach as much as he sleeps. He is known for having precise musicality, playful movements, and expressive body shaping as a lead, follow, and solo dancer.
Nathaniel first explored dancing through a catchy choreography on YouTube in his bedroom, and continues to do so to this day. Coming from a non-technical background, he is highly attuned to his intuition for body mechanics and musicality. His intuition-first approach allows him to craft intellectually accessible and relatable lessons that reward students with new techniques to challenge themselves on their own time. He also executes each lesson with as much patience as he has excitement, and hopes to empower his students to start navigating their own personal expression within Blues.
Nathaniel has worked with dedication in the past several years, and competed and placed at many national events such as: BluesSHOUT!, Austin Blues Party, Rose City Blues, and more. He has won competitions as a Lead, Follow, and Solo dancer, and is proudly recognized as the first to officially qualify in the Blues All Star division as both a Follow and a Lead.
Nathaniel continually strives for new ways to grow, and for more things to learn, in hopes that he can share his newfound knowledge and experiences with his students.
Joe Demers & Jes Cutler
Joe DeMers and Jes Cutler have been teaching together for three years. They are powerhouse instructors who engage total beginners to experienced dancers. In an intensive, ‘all-levels’ approach, they leave students feeling focused, guided, included, and encouraged. As teachers, they have beautiful interplay and teach strongly to both roles. Followers in their class feel equally challenged and focused in their experience of technique, movement, and making beautiful lines, shapes and expressions.
Drag Blues is a lovely dance culmination of Blues aesthetic, jazz elements, dynamic shapes, soft close embrace connection, and Frame Matching. Joe and Jes explore the range of musicality and shapes within a partnership, alignment, body mechanics, and teach moves for the social dance floor. They give language to connection in a way that empowers partners to clearly express timing, shape changes, weight transfers, and a sharing of energy that is efficient, comfortable and fun.
LaTasha “Tasha” Barnes is an artist, dancer, entrepreneur, and ambassador of culture. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Tasha has enjoyed much of her life immersed in jazz, funk, soul, and R&B music and dance thanks to her DJ father and dancing family. Having turned that lifelong passion into cultural activism she serves towards achieving the mission of Urban Artistry, Inc to preserve the arts that represent the urban experience, as a directing member, performer and educator. She is celebrated for her musicality, athleticism, and joyful presence throughout all her dance forms which include: House, Hip Hop, Waacking, Vernacular Jazz, and Lindy Hop. Through her own expression and endeavors Tasha hopes to inspire fellow artists to cultivate an authentic sense of self in their creative expressions and daily lives.
Rachel is a Movement Coach and Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator. She is dedicated to developing customized workshops that provide sustainable tools to empower businesses, dancers, social justice activists, and educators to thrive. Participants leave workshops with a deeper understanding of how our minds and bodies are intrinsically linked and in constant communication. Rachel received her B.S. in Pure Mathematics and Secondary Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Masters in Educational Policy and Leadership from University of Colorado at Denver. After teaching in urban high schools for 7 years, Rachel left the classroom to pursue her goal of combining dance and mindfulness practices to strengthen communities by cultivating healthier relationships rooted in trust and empathy. With over 23 years of experience in partner dancing including Brazilian Zouk, Lindy Hop, Blues, and Ballroom, she approaches the body and brain from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Workshops incorporate the 5 step Neurosculpting® process to regulate our emotions, heighten neuroplasticity, and edit our stories in a way that better serve us. Contact Rachel with questions and ideas regarding workshops, private meditation and/or dance, small group session or just to say “Hello!”
Lindy On The Rocks 2018 is run in Conjunction with Hot Night Fusion Weekend 2018… All Access passes give you access to Lindy Hop classes as well as the fusion classes. Lindy on the Rocks has brought in Skye Humphries, Gaby Cook, Nathan Bugh, Latasha Barnes, Joshua McClean, Jenna Applegarth, and Jon Tigert to teach swing classes. Read more about these instructors HERE.