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A'lan Abruzzo

A'lan loves dancing. A'lan loves music. He considers DJing for fusion such a privilege, joy and self expression. His fusion DJ acumen originated from his early training at blues venues and grew as he became the first music coordinator at Shades of Blues in San Francisco. He broke onto the national fusion scene at the Portland Fusion Exchange and since then he's played at SDFX, LVFX, SFFX, DFX, SFFX, MFX, Urban Recess, Seattle Fusion Festival, Albuquerque Fusion Experiment, City in Motion, Emerald City Blues, Mile High Blues, and BAmF 2016 &2017. He's looking forward to sharing his sounds with you … and please ask him to dance! 

 
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Telind Bench

Telind started dancing lindy and blues in 2008 and began teaching shortly after. In 2012, he experienced a knee injury which forced him to dance exclusively micro for the next two years.  At first, he hated it, but quickly fell in love with the subtlety, connection, and intensity of micro. He traveled up and down the West Coast, honing his isolations, pushing the limits of micro vocabulary, and exploring the immensity of space that exists between two (and sometimes three!) people.  In 2016, he helped start BAmF to share his love of micro with you lovely people, and is incredibly excited to teach again at BAmF.

 
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Mark Carpenter

Originally from California, Mark has been effectively nomadic since 2010 and is excited to be back teaching across the US after a three month residency in San Francisco. Mark began dancing lindy & blues in 2005 and started teaching shortly thereafter, exploring various other dance styles from tango to contact improv along the way. In 2007 he co-founded the still-running Drop Dead Blues in SLO and has been part of the organizational staff for dozens of events including SLOx, SFF, and BluesQuake. In recent years he has dedicated his study to the emerging forms and conventions of “fusion” dance and is eager to explore and advance that movement through quality teaching throughout the world. Coming from a non-dance back­ground spanning theater, music, and tech, Mark has a unique approach to dance and its instruction. His constant goal is to make the impossible easy and the easy look impossible.

 

 
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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.

 
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Wren LaFeet

Wren teaches partner dance internationally as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. Graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in Drama and Dance, Wren's pursuit since that time has been to vitalize and inspire the world using social partner dance as a vehicle for connection and personal growth. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in "ReInhabiting the Village", and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through co-created movement, authentic connection and consensual touch. Dancing professionally off and on since 1999, teaching since 2008, and partner dancing virtually since he was in the womb, Wren's work is deeply influenced by nature, relationship, mindfulness, and messing up.

 
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Karen Lani

Karen Lani has been a student of the movement arts her whole life. Dabbling in everything from circus and gymnastics, to solo ballet, jazz, and contemporary; and now partner blues, swing and fusion. She is always game to try out something new, and has dubbed herself an "experimental follow." Inspired by the San Diego Fusion Exchange, she started organizing events in Vancouver, BC in 2010 and teaching in 2011. She has now taught up and down the West Coast, Southern US, and in Europe. Her classes emphasis fun, creativity, musicality, and connection. For K.Lani, no matter its form, dance always come back to connection. Connecting people to their bodies; and their bodies to the environment, the moment, and each other. Dance Your Art!

 
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Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin is a dance instructor based in Los Angeles who has been moving, dancing, and performing since she was five. Her early training included gymnastics, ballet, and lyrical jazz while her later years included formal study in over 30 styles of partner dance including Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-cha, Hustle, Lindy Hop, and West Coast Swing. Now, she is most content playing in the worlds of Fusion and Argentine Tango, where she continually chooses to blend, articulate, and integrate concepts from her ever-growing dance background. In the last few years, she’s had the fortunate opportunity to teach in over 30 cities across 12 countries.
As an instructor, Jeannie places a strong emphasis on partner connection and a highly attuned body awareness. She breaks down fundamental techniques in a clear, precise manner and enjoys challenging students to take risks by finding innovative ways of co-creating together. Jeannie encourages her students to approach each dance with curiosity, deep listening, and a willingness to play.

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Mark Sebastian

Mark has been moving his body since before he was born and he continues to do so, to this very day. He loves learning new ways to move his body and he loves sharing what he's learned.

 
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EV Erin Vance

EV, a recent SF transplant, has been dancing for eight years in social partner dances starting with Lindy hop and Blues and eventually branching out to Tango, West Coast Swing, Zouk, Kizomba, and a fusion of all of these! She was first introduced to the term “Micro” in 2011 in Bellingham, WA at a blues dance, but fell in love with the connection first and continued to develop her own technique in the fusion scene a few years later as it grew. In 2015 she moved to Seattle, WA, but continued to dance in Bellingham, Vancouver, BC, and even traveled to the Bay area for dances and within a year was starting to discover a community that fully embraced micro. With a background in Lindy and Blues and a passion for close embrace dance forms like tango, kizomba, and blues she started exploring the possibilities of bringing different elements from these dances into her micro aesthetic, a combination of connection, isolations, and intention. Two years ago she started μ and I Micro Practica and then Mist Connections, Seattle’s only micro specific events, and has been growing the community since then with practicas, instruction, and music for the greater community to grow, connect, and dance.

 
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Emily Webb

In 1996 Emily Webb began her love affair with partner dance. Through the years Emily has studied Tango, Swing, Salsa, Blues, and Fusion dance with some the top instructors in the world. Today Tango and Fusion remain Emily's greatest dance loves.
Thousands of students across the US and Canada have benefited from Emily's dynamic and interactive teaching style. Emily's adaptability to student needs, knowledge of body mechanics, and specialized drills create high impact learning for students of all levels. Through her years of teaching experience Emily has learned to make even the most complex movements simple and build them from the ground up. This means you will not only look good while you dance, but feel great to your partners too!
Emily has completed multiple teachers trainings in and out of dance, is a certified instructor of Krav Maga (martial art) and has a BS in Equine Science with a specialty in teaching. She has been seen teaching at nationally recognized events such as the Portland Alt Tango Festival, Denver Fusion Exchange, Las Vegas Fusion Exchange, Atomic Fusion Festival, Massive Blues

 
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Caroline Wong

Caroline Wong’s first exposure to partner dancing was Contact Improv back in Vancouver in 2008, but it wasn’t until she was enchanted by a dance exchange’s blues room in Berlin in 2013 that she fell in love with partner dancing. Ever since then, she started dancing at all the Fusion and Blues venues she possible could. With dance as her primary movement meditation, she has found deep connection, healing, and metaphors for life. Her no-so-secret agenda through teaching and interactions is to help people practice being fully present in every moment.

 
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Ali Woolwich

Ali Woolwich has been a professional Modern/Contemporary dancer and teacher for 30+ years. He took up Argentine Tango, Blues and Fusion in 2008 and has been teaching Switch Tango and Switch Fusion internationally since 2012. Director of Humilityswim Dance Media (HDM) in San Francisco since 1999, Ali produces/curates weekly Class Series, Intensives, and dance conferences in Modern/Contemporary Partnering, performance techniques, Dance-for-Camera, and Social Dance both locally and internationally. His teaching for universities, studio professional dancers, teacher training programs, recreationalists and LGBT community organizations is informed by decades' training/practice in Release Techniques, Dance Conditioning for Movement Efficiency and Injury Prevention, yoga and massage. 


We're super excited about our 2018 Instructor Lineup!

Private Lessons available at BAmF!!! Contact individual instructors for pricing and scheduling details.