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Jodi Fleischman, Dance Goddess of Left Foot Boogie, founded the Eastside’s premier dance studio in 1999, the same year she took first place at the first-ever Pacific NW Lindy Hop Championship. Jodi has been teaching a variety of partner dances in the Seattle area, across the U.S. and around the globe since 1997. She has studied African dance for five years and continues to study Salsa in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Los Angeles & New York. Her professional career began as an artist painting at the age of 8. (Yes! She can paint houses too).

Jodi Fleischman

An avid bicyclist, Jodi has pedaled across Spain, Bali & Austria (knee surgery in 2000). Her former professions include: Baker and ESL teacher. She has a B.A. in Comparative Theology and burns everything she cooks! (Former profession as a baker.) Voted top Seattle-based instructor in Swing & Lindy, Salsa & Waltz by Seattle Magazine!

Julie Cauthorn

Julie has over 15 years experience teaching dance with people of all walks of life. Her background is in social work and dance therapy. She passionately believes in the pleasure and power of movement and is devoted to sharing dance with others. Her daily dance of life includes a wonderful husband andtwo beautiful daughters!

Jim D’Apice

Tim Collins

Tim has spent a lifetime traveling, dancing, and smiling. He found Lindy Hop in Seattle in 1998, and has since also managed to find it throughout the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. Always bouncing in and out of town, his new project is to bring Lindy Hop to India, details of which can be found at:

In 1995 Jim signed up for a wine appreciation course and walked into the wrong room where a Salsa class was underway, and he never left. Many classes, workshops, and bottles of Merlot later Jim began teaching Latin dancing. Under the tutelage of master dancers/instructors Julie Cauthorn and Jodi Fleischman, Jim blossomed a few years later as Knucklehead-in-Charge of Salsa classes at Living Traditions, and now happily shares the classroom spotlight with Jodi. 

Mark Kihara

Mark Kihara  has been enthusiastically dancing Swing since 1998. An avid social dancer, Mark has traveled and danced Lindy Hop all around the world and was a member of the 2002 1st place American Lindy Hop Championship team. Great energy is brought to every class he teaches, and he becomes most excited while getting people to share his love of the dance.

Chris began partner dancing in 1992 and it didn't take more than two years for him to become an avid and evangelical Lindy Hopper. Chris was the driving force behind the beginings of the Chicago Lindy scene in 1996. He has taught Lindy Hop in workshops throughout USA & Europe. In his spare time, Chris is a family practice physician.

Chris Yee

Wren Newman

Wren began with gymnastics throughout her early years, then took up folk and square dancing in College. She graduated with a Dance Minor, and went on to teach aerobics for 20 years. She fell in love with partner dance in 2003 and has been dancing, teaching, and inspiring students ever since.

Pam began dabbling in partner dancing as a diversion from her graduate studies in Biochemistry in 1995. It wasn't until she returned home to Seattle in 1997 that partner dancing became sustenance for her mind, body and spirit. Pam loves helping students discover that they CAN dance!

Pam Johnson

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