Job Title: Professional Swing Dancer, The Kats Korner
How did you get your job? "I decided I wanted to bring this amazing style of early twentieth century dance to the community."
So I started up different dance venues here in Mesa, and have been teaching swing and running swing dances for more than four years.”
What are your main duties?
“I am responsible for teaching the beginning dance lesson before each dance, playing music at each dance, as well as set-up and teardown before and after each dance. I am also in charge of everything financial, promotions, and the weekly e-mail update. I also teach during the week, and run a major event called the ‘Phoenix Lindy Exchange,’ held this year November 10-13 th . I travel all over the country and compete in international swing dance competitions.”
What do you like best?
“The thing I like the best is bringing back this amazing style of social dancing to our generation. I feel like I am bridging the gap between the generations, and seeing how people get into the dance and the joy it brings into their lives makes it all worth it.”
How did you start dancing?
“I served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil, and upon return, a friend begged me to come swing dancing. After some convincing (I could have been considered the worst dancer in the world) I finally went, and saw some of the most amazing dancing I’ve ever seen. I was familiar with the music, as my father had been playing Dixieland Jazz since he was really young, and has been the president of the AZ Classic Jazz Society. I was immediately hooked. One of the best things about it is that I now have this special bond with my father through the music and dance that he has playing all his life.”