Corinne Elysse Adams is a writer, lyricist, folk musician, composer, dancer, organizer, and teacher. She has been playing violin and Irish fiddle since she was a child, studies traditional Japanese folk music (minyou) on vocals and shamisen, sings and plays various other musical traditions, dances collegiate shag and lindy hop, and plays original compositions and American roots music with her husband Jonathan Doyle.
Organizer & Musician
Saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle lives in Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. Jonathan is committed to crafting original music as well studying the American musical traditions
He strives to organize and be a part of bands whose music is rooted, yet distinct. And to play for listeners and dancers anywhere they'll have him! Jonathan has had a career that has allowed him to perform professionally on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, at Preservation Hall, on Austin City Limits TV show, at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing, in the famous Spiegeltent, at Chichen Itza, and major festivals such as Chicago Jazz Fest, Chicago Blues Fest, New Orleans Jazz Fest, French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, and many more.
Organizer & Instructor
Ryan Martin’s love of jazz music initially inspired him to start swing dancing in 1996. Since that time, the music and dance of the swing era have become major preoccupations in his life. He has been dancing and teaching various swing dances off-and-on for twenty plus years. And in the last ten years he has expanded his involvement by studying the history of these dances. Ryan has travelled around the U.S. collecting interviews with dancers from the original swing era, and he completed a feature-length documentary, called "The Rebirth of Shag", that focuses on one swing dance in particular, the Collegiate Shag. He was one of the original co-founders of the Hot Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote and sustain the jazz music and dance forms that originated in the early part of the twentieth century. For eight years Ryan was involved with running that organization and its main event, Hot Rhythm Holiday. Today Ryan travels to teach and compete in Collegiate Shag, both domestically and abroad. He currently holds regular dance classes in Dallas as well as other major cities in Texas.
Jeron has loved dancing shag ever since he had the chance to see it one night at his first-ever social dance. Ever since then he has done everything he can to learn as much as he can over the years he has been dancing. Outside of just learning to dance shag, he has always had a passion for teaching the dance as well as helping spread the love of shag wherever he is. As he spreads his love for shag, he also wants to make sure the shag community welcoming for everyone and allows others to have the space to show their love for shag.
Theresa Manney has been a passionate member of the jazz dance community for many years. She is a primary follow who loves playing with musicality and expression inspired by music. Theresa enjoys helping her students feel comfortable with the basics of Collegiate Shag while still allowing for play time both individually and within the partnership.
Instructor & Competition Coordinator
Peter Flahiff began swing dancing in 1993 and started teaching just one year later. He’s taught across the United States and around the world, including Herrang Dance Camp (Sweden,) Lindy Focus (USA,) Camp Hollywood (USA,) California Balboa Classic (USA,) Balboa on the River (Australia,) and many others. Peter has been a featured DJ at The Snowball, The Experiment, California Balboa Classic, and Camp Hollywood, to name a few. Peter emceed the California Balboa Classic for many years and has emceed other major events around the world! He’s also a noted coach, lecturer, and competition judge. Today, Peter counts some of the world’s top dancers and instructors as his own former students. Peter’s worldwide reputation is as a highly sought-after social dancer and instructor. He helped create several thriving venues over the years (Rusty’s Rhythm Club in Los Angeles, ATOMIC Ballroom in Orange County, and Eastside Stomp in Seattle.)
Haily started dancing Collegiate Shag in 2017 in Portland, OR, and it was love at first step. She loves both leading and following Collegiate Shag, and enjoys experiencing the different styles and ideas brought to life in the dance. Haily loves how energetic yet graceful Collegiate Shag can be, and loves to teach others how to use their energy efficiently to make dancing shag sustainable and loads of fun!
Amanda discovered swing dancing as a teenager in 1994 in Southern California, and feels lucky to have been part of the “Swing revival” of that time. After moving to Austin in 2014, she started focusing on Shag. She fell in love immediately, spending countless hours studying it, watching clips, and of course discussing it with other Shag dancers. That same year, she won her first Shag competition, and has been teaching and performing regularly ever since. Amanda loves spreading her love of Shag and other swing dances with new and experienced dancers alike, and regularly travels to instruct. With a background in gymnastics and many years of teaching in and out of the classroom, she brings years of experience of teaching adults to her classes, and enjoys blending serious technique with fun, self expression, and love for the dance. Currently, she teaches regular Collegiate Shag classes at The Swing Syndicate in Austin, Texas, and leads an all-female Collegiate Shag team, The Shag Hags.
Instructor & Competition Coordinator
Lauren Smith has been dancing throughout her life, and started swing dancing in 2007, when a friend brought her to LA’s Lindy Groove. After that, she could be found dancing almost every night of the week, competing regularly, and teaching locally and around the world. Lauren has taught at Balboa on the River (Australia,) Minor Swing (Sweden,) Camp Jitterbug (USA,) Edinburgh Balboa and Shag Festival (Scotland,) Cologne Balboa Festival (Germany,) and Big Sky Weekend (USA,) to name a few, and has headlined events across Europe, Australia, and the United States. She specializes in jazz era dances, including Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, Collegiate Shag, and Slow Jazz. Her degree in vocal music education allows her to bring a unique approach to classes, incorporating natural musicality, body efficiency, and Alexander method techniques. Lauren regularly competes as both a lead and a follow, and has won and placed in a number of dance competitions, including Hot Rhythm Holiday, Camp Hollywood, the Lone Star Championships, Inspiration Weekend, Le Hot Sauce, and many others. She is also a sought after competition judge. Lauren has been a DJ at several notable events, including The Snowball, Camp Jitterbug, Bal-Ast Off!, The Balboa Experiment, Balboa on the River, and Big Sky Weekend, and many other events around the world.
Winner of the 2013, 2018 and 2021 “NW Instrumentalist of the Year” honors in the Seattle Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, D’Vonne Lewis (drums) is the grandson of the ‘Godfather’ of rock and roll/soul, 1950s-1960s Northwest organ legend, Dave Lewis. Lewis graduated from Seattle’s Roosevelt High School in 2002 and was a member of the award-winning jazz band, directed by SRJO trombonist, Scott Brown. While in high school, D’Vonne received the Essentially Ellington Drum soloist award for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002. Lewis resides in Seattle, WA, and extensively tours and performs various gigs in styles ranging from jazz, big band, funk, hip-hop, rock, Brazilian and African. He has recorded and performed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis; Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; Maria Schneider; Digable Planets; Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam; Christian McBride; John Clayton; George Porter, Jr. of the Meters; George Cables; Diane “Deedles” Schuur; Bucky Pizzarelli; Marian McPartland and a number of other local and national artists. Lewis composes for his own band, ‘D’Vonne Lewis’ LIMITED EDITION’; his own trio under his name and D’Vonne Lewis 2. He is also the 2006 Earshot Golden Ear Award winner for ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ and the 2014 Stranger Magazine ‘Genius’ award recipient and serves on the Seattle Jazz Fellowship Board.
Seattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman plays creative, swinging jazz for listeners and dancers. On top of leading "Jacob Zimmerman & His Pals" he has performed with jazz groups including Rachael & Vilray, the Jonathan Stout Orchestra, and The Fat Babies. His playing is melodic and spontaneous in the spirit of his heroes: Bix Beiderbecke and Lester Young.
Josh Roberts is a jazz guitarist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Specializing in styles of jazz which emerged in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, his playing is rooted in the styles of early electric jazz guitarists like Charlie Christian and George Barnes, as well as masters of acoustic rhythm guitar, such as Freddie Green and Allan Reuss. He has performed across North America, in Europe and the Caribbean.
Big tone and rock-solid rhythm have made Matt Weiner one of the busiest bass players in the Northwest. Inspired by the “prebop” bass players and their music, he’s slapping out a syncopated jazz feel on one tune, bowing a folksy melody on the next. Frequently performing upward of 200 shows per year, Matt can be spotted around Seattle and other places plucking, bowing and slapping his gut-strung bass with Jacob Zimmerman, Ray Skjelbred, Del Rey, Jonathan Doyle, Barton Carroll, Bric-a-Brac Trio, Squirrel Butter, Wayne Horvitz, Eli Rosenblatt, Casey MacGill and many others. He has also recorded and performed with The Todalo Shakers, The Hot Club of Cowtown, The Asylum Street Spankers, Butch Thompson, Becky Kilgore, Danny Barnes, Matt Munisteri, Jon-Erik Kellso, Rani Arbo and James Hill.
Grammy Nominated saxophonist Chris Miller likes ending up in musically unexpected places. Growing up in Florida he attended public schools and studied jazz, eventually earning a Bachelors from University of North Florida and going on to a Masters from SUNY Purchase. At the same time his wide-ranging taste brought him to bluegrass festivals and playing in everything from jam bands to classical orchestras to accompanying pop & R&B singers. Chris eventually joining up with Cajun/zydeco supergroup the Revelers (Louisiana) and picked up a Grammy nomination for their 2015 album "Get Ready". Now a multi-instrumentalist playing woodwinds, dobro, and banjo, its still his deeply evocative saxophone playing that he's most known for, from soaring improvisations to mind-bending Celtic fiddle tunes and seemingly everything in between. He splits his time between playing with a wide range of musicians around his home in Port Townsend, Washington, touring with the Revelers and his own folk outfit The Faux Paws, which released their debut album in 2021 to critical acclaim. Aside from performing Chris loves teaching music and building community through music, food, and dance.