Archive: Teachers – Connection


Ben White

Ben White has been addicted to all things swing since 2004. He has studied Lindy Hop, Balboa, Tap, and Solo Jazz dance under masters from the original swing era and worked with world class contemporary swing dancers.

He has had success both locally and internationally as a competitor and coach, and has has been involved in more than 100 productions as a performer, producer, choreographer, and technician.

Ben is well known for his clear instruction and ability to break down and communicate technique while keeping classes entertaining and engaging. His instructional resume includes co-founding the venue Eastside Stomp where he works as manager and instructor, teaching at the University of Washington and other schools, and traveling to teach and perform at workshops all over the world.

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Maren Merian

Maren lives and breathes swing dancing. She fell in love with Lindyhop in 2014 when she walked into a bar and was fascinated by that dance that didn’t look anything like the ballroom and latin dances she had previously learned. Since then she has been travelling around Europe and the US to learn and dance as much as she can. Maren loves the joy and freedom swing dancing is bringing into her life and has been focusing on becoming the best follower and dancer she can be. Maren loves all about swing: Slow Blues as much as fast Charleston. The social dancing as much as the performance. Lead & follow technique as much as musicality and creative solo movement.
Maren brings her love for the dance into her classes and focusses on teaching with clear instructions.

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