Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him at the tender age of six by his grandmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, he went on and eventually studied a score of different dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the history and styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them with a special focus on the Southern styles from the Mississippi Delta region. He has studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance across the United States learning from a number of the original dancers.
He is largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues idiom dance, a long time board member of the Northern California Lindy Society, former member of the California Historical Jazz Dance Foundation, and has been interviewed as a dance historian in documentary and for radio. Damon has been a featured instructor at camps, festivals, and workshops across five continents. Learn more at Damon's website here.
The Chicago Style Steppin Culture has so many things to offer people! First of all, it has a very rich history in the world of dance. It offers a way to express your artful style and talent. It offers an atmosphere that we all long for! It offers a fun way to exercise and focus on your own health. It offers ways to contribute to communities where the Steppin sets are held. It offers a place to be around folks with a common love of dancing. It offers music that will soothe your soul, make your toes tap, and fingers snap. It offers the opportunity to meet new folks with similar interest. It offers networking opportunities. When you join the culture you will be so excited and wonder where has this been, I have been waiting for this for a long time! Come join us!.
Julie’s expressive dancing and joyful, playful connection are known throughout the blues dancing world. With a background in theatre, improv comedy, and solo dance, she is best known for her solo movement, artistic choreography, and killer follower expression.
As a teacher, Julie is clear, thoughtful, and varying degrees of goofy. From in-depth analyses of arm movement, to beginner-friendly intros to lead-follow conversation, Julie carefully crafts her classes and continuously tailors her material to fit the crowd at hand. Julie has taught blues in San Francisco, Seoul, Austin, Boston, London, Chicago, Zurich, and many places in between. She also teaches regularly in her home-base of Boston. For dance videos, pictures, and more info, check out her website here.