Hey there! I’m pretty much in charge of this shindig, so here’s a little about me and my dancing: I live in New York City in an apartment with my boyfriend, two cats, and a freshly painted green kitchen. I like to sew, read sci fi/fantasy novels, and occasionally I dabble in calligraphy. But most of my time is spent dancing, choreographing, teaching, and reading or talking about dance. I started teaching at Blues Dance New York winter of 2011, and for the past year and a half I’ve been teaching and running FNB. I started Lindy Hop and Blues in 1999, much of that time spent in Detroit, MI where I grew up. I moved to New York City in 2005 where I continued to dance and train. Besides my love of Blues and Lindy, I also have a background in Contemporary dance, contact improv, International Latin, stage combat, ballet, and Renaissance dance. In the Spring of 2011 I completed my Masters in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. I love dance history! And I’m excited to be working on a Bluesy research project right now. I am so happy to be teaching, learning about, and dancing Blues full time, it continues to be both fascinating and energizing for me. Please come find me on the dance floor! :-) To read more about my work and teaching philosophy, check out www.flouerdances.com
Way back in 1998, Stan’s best friend got married and he ‘lost’ a crucial social outlet. So like any other IT guy looking to meet chicks, he wanted to learn how to dance. He thought Hustle would be the way to go but the dance studio where he started needed leads for East Coast Swing. That would be the start of his dancing hobby and a new life. He later branched out into Lindy Hop, solo jazz movement, West Coast Swing, returning to Hustle, and even getting a little bit of Ballroom, Argentine Tango, and Hip-Hop.
For this wide range of dances, Stan began collecting music and in 2003, he began spinning for private parties and dance events. Stan’s philosophy is to seek out artists who have a keen sense of individuality, playful rhythm, syncopation, and unit cohesion; without these elements, we would be dancing to what is essentially a metronome. His favorite artists include Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Junior Mance, Lou Rawls, B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Etta James, Erja Lyytinen, JJ Grey & Mofro, Jamiroquai, Daft Punk, and Gotan Project.
Stan is currently the house DJ at Friday Night Blues New York. He has also spun for captivated audiences around the country at:
- Flatiron Blues (NY)
- Jook Joint Shimmy Blues (NY)
- Yehoodi.com’s Frim Fam Jam (NY)
- Baltimore Blues Summit (MD)
- Yale Swing & Blues Club (CT)
- Beantown Dance Camp (MA)
- K2 Dance Studio’s Swing Night (MD)
- Chevy Chase Ballroom (DC)