Nicole has been a dancer her whole life. Ballet, west coast swing, lindy hop, and tango are all dances that have driven her need for expression through movement, but when she discovered blues four years ago, it was love at first dance. This unique dance style that combined creativity, freedom of movement, and a strong dance connection with her partner inspired her in a way no other dance had before. After a few years, she couldn’t withstand the draw of the dance any longer and started her life as a vagabonding dance instructor.
Since then, Nicole has become a prominent dancer, DJ, instructor, and organizer in the national blues and fusion scenes.
Nicole’s love and passion for expression through dance propel her through life. She brings that same zeal to her students through challenging but inspiring classes that encourage them to learn, play and grow as dancers and as people.
Paul first started swing dancing in Santa Cruz, CA in 2005. After learning lindy hop in college from Sarah Spence Adams, Paul was dragged to a blues house party in 2006 and has been hooked ever since. More than anything, Paul loves establishing a crystal-clear connection with his partner and discovering their unique blend of musicality together.
Paul started teaching in Boston in 2010 with Amanda Gruhl. Since then, Paul has taught workshops all over the country and around the world. Paul is especially known for his clear, memorable explanations, talent for breaking down difficult concepts and engaging and fun beginner lessons.
Joyfully moving her body to music at every opportunity, Reeva is a natural dancer. Ballet and jazz were her early stepping stones to her discovery of Argentine tango and Blues in 2009. As an experienced musician, she finds adventure in every song, bringing the music alive in her movement. Reeva dances to connect and create conversation with others, in both leading and following, and avidly switches between roles. Based in Oakland, CA, she wears multiple hats as dancer, teacher, DJ, and organizer, working to support and give back to her community.
As an instructor, Reeva brings both creativity and heart to her classes. She teaches clear communication to help partners work together and exchange ideas. With warmth and humor, Reeva emphasizes dance technique, inspiring her students to stretch and grow as dancers. You’ll find her teaching classes throughout the Bay Area, as well as at events and venues across the U.S.
One day, while living in New Haven, CT, Rosalind wandered into a swing & blues dance. The people she met were so kind and friendly that she came back again, and again... Ever since then, going out dancing has been the highlight of her week. She's deeply grateful to be part of another warm and welcoming social dance community now that she lives in the Bay Area.
Rosalind loves teaching blues dance, especially intro-level workshops and classes. Learning partner dance turned out to be the source of a lot of unexpected and wonderful things in her own life--inspiration and self-expression, good friends and thoughtful conversations, improved body awareness and self-confidence. She really enjoys passing it on.
Drop her a line if you have ideas about: dance classes you've taken recently; your experiences on the social dance floor; ways to make the Sundown Blues community (even) better; and/or feminist sci-fi.
Ted Maddry started teaching dance in 2007, but he’s a born teacher. Ted runs a fun, lighthearted classroom and delights in working with first-time dancers, international instructors, and the range in between.
As a teacher, Ted has helped thousands of students change their dancing in places like Norway, Boston, D.C., Raleigh, Las Vegas, London, Columbia, Austin, Holland, Denver, Vancouver, Portland, St. Louis, Chicago, Seattle, Scotland, and San Francisco.
In his classes, he will challenge you to develop dance technique, experiment and take risks in your dancing, while maintaining a comfortable and entertaining classroom environment. You will gain new perspectives, unique material, and sometimes you will even learn how the same methods you use to improve your dancing can also be used to improve your non-dance life.