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Kelly Howard

Kelly started partner dancing with Lindy Hop and Blues in Seattle, WA around 2005. She choreographed for her Repertory Dance Club at University, primarily for modern partner dancing. In 2010, Kelly joined the circus and became a circus instructor for flying trapeze while performing professionally doing adagio acro. With her background in hip-hop, modern/jazz, and acro, Kelly naturally attached to the fusion dance movement, combining different styles of dance to musically express whatever song is playing. She’s been teaching partner dancing for the last 7 years, primarily focused in lindy-hop, blues and fusion, while dabbling at tango and west coast swing on the side. Internationally, Kelly has taught in South Korea, Canada, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand. Nationally, Kelly has taught at the Fusion Exchange(s), Seattle Fusion Festival (‘13/’14), and many Blues Recesses. She has also worked for local scenes throughout the United States.


Mark Carpenter

Originally hailing from sunny California, Mark has been effectively nomadic for the last four years. He spends much of his time traveling, dancing, and organizing events across the country. Mark has been teaching partner dancing since 2006 and now specializes in various flavors of blues and fusion. Coming from a non-dance background spanning theatre, music, and tech, has a unique approach to dance, movement and the teaching of both. His constant goal is to make the impossible easy and the easy look impossible.

Classes We Teach


Solo Blues Vernacular

Practical Blues Musicality

Rhythms in Blues

Ballroomin’ Blues aka New Orleans Jazz Dancing

Blues Moves to Make You Drool

Uptempo Blues

Getting to Know Your Alignments: Contra, Natural, and Counter

Micro Blues

Dance-Agnostic Classes

Asynchronous Dancing

Momentous Redirection

Turns & Spins

Off-Axis Technique and Moves

Electronica Essentials I and II

Flashy Moves for the Social Dance Floor

Fancy Footwork in Close(d) Embrace

Fusion Fundamentals: Combining Dance Aesthetics

Rhythms in EDM

How to Make Every Dance Unique (Musicality Class)

Yes, Like Butter

Micro Dancing


Blues Hip Lindy Hop

Dancing to Glitch Hop!

Lifts and Off-the-Floor Moves

Fluid Dance Roles: Switch Dancing Technique

Partnered Contact Improv

Acro Yoga Basic Stretching Techniques

Lindy Hop

Progressive 6-count to 8-count in 60 Minutes

The Swing Out, And Variations

Charleston Basics

Lindy Aerials (Advanced – Partner Required)

Sample Teaching Videos