2019 Teaching squad!

  • Kara Martin and Evan Hughes (Melbourne, AUS)
    • Lindy Hop, Blues, Solo Blues, Showcase class
  • Jesse and Ana
    • Lindy Hop
  • Leo and Christion
    • Blues, Solo Blues, Solo Jazz

As always we have exciting taster classes planned and this year we’ve added a stretch Yoga class on Sunday morning to get those tired bodies moving again.

Kara and Evan

Kara and Evan first encountered each-other on the blues floor at a late night party at Church City Blues, Australia’s first ever blues event. Since then, they have both made major contributions to the development and promotion of swing dancing across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. With almost 30 years of combined experience, Kara and Evan have taught swing and blues together at all levels they bring a mix of silliness plus brain breaking concepts to each class so every student can dance up a storm.

Kara has danced in one form or another since she was a kid. In 2004 she found swing dancing, and she’s never looked back. Kara has been an event organiser, manager, DJ, student, performer, choreographer, judge, competitor and dancer but teaching is where she excels the most. Bringing fun and collaboration to both leading and following, she loves empowering dancers to find their own style and musical journey. In 2019, she was the recipient of the all-rounder award at AJC where she competed as both a leader and follower across blues, balboa, shag, and various lindy hop competitions.

Evan, on the other hand, was a hard-core, dedicated non-dancer. Once he finally made the transition to the dance life, nothing held him back. His passion for social dancing has seen him travel all over to learn, teach, and hang out. Evan has been fortunate enough to win a bunch of things from balboa to blues, mid-tempo to lightning fast such as The Australian Hellzapoppin’ Prize. He has taught in a bunch of cities in a bunch of countries, performed in a bunch of cool places, but in the end just digs social dancing a bunch.

Jesse and Ana

Ana and Jesse teach Lindy Hop and Jazz dance classes in Auckland and have taught various workshops across New Zealand. They have a passion for old-school vintage styles and rhythms and love to share these with others on the dance floor.

They love traveling to different cities to meet other jazz fans and enjoy dancing with everyone from complete beginners to pros. Ana and Jesse love seeing their students having fun and take pride in helping them develop their own unique style.

They are looking forward to dancing with you so come meet them on the dance floor!

Leo and Christian

Christian got into dancing because he’d spent a lot more time playing music than dancing to it, and at some point realised he had no idea what to do if he wasn’t holding an instrument. His favourite style to dance and teach is Blues, because it’s like having a strangely bittersweet nap. Leo began as a teeny tiny tap dancer and 25 years later… to be honest, not much has changed! Together, Leo and Christian teach their strange and wonderful perspective on Blues dance, slow music, and other mysteries of the universe at Full Swing Vintage Dance Co. in Wellington.


Taster Class Teacher from our Dunedin Dance Community

Emma Holloway – Tap

Sydney born dancer, Emma trained in classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance from a young age. She has worked internationally in India and Taiwan on numerous contracts, in Australia, she toured NSW dancing in Grease Live, a tribute show to the musical and performed in many theatre restaurant shows in Sydney.

Since living in New Zealand, Emma has been a teacher at Bennett School of Ballet and Jazz, teaching jazz, musical theatre and ballet for the past five years. As a performer she has worked with Stage Struck productions in the North Island and been a member of the Otago Dancers since 2012, dancing at sporting events, corporate functions and such local productions as the Big Night In.

Emma’s choreography debut was in 2014 with DKCM and Taieri Musical’s Mamma Mia, followed by Grease: The Arena Spectacular in 2016 and Mary Poppins in 2017. Emma won the Otago Southland Theatre Award for Best Choreography for all three productions.

Lisa Ambrose – Belly Dance

Lisa is a belly dance, yogini/yoga teacher, meditation guide and women’s wellness facilitator. She is the founder of Studio Tula, an urban oasis of dance, yoga and wellness in her homtown, Otepoti, Dunedin.

Lisa has been belly dancing since she was 13 years old. Lisa especially loves Tribal Belly Dance for the way it cultivates teamwork and a sense of equality and sisterhood in dancers, and for its earthy antique aesthetic.

Antonio Bukhar – Afro-fusion

Antonio is in residence in Dunedin as the Caroline Plummer fellow in community dance ’19. So we are very lucky to have him with us as he introduces people to current trends in his home country Uganda – giving them some traditional movements from his culture and exploring how to fuse them within the popular trends such as dancehall and hiphop.

In the process our bodies are researching about dance fusion, identity and interculturism.

The award-winning performer, choreographer, and teacher has earned international attention for his own dancing but also for his commitment to working with young people around the world, encouraging them to express themselves through dance.

Hagino Baker – Yoga