Gretchen has been passionate about swing dancing since her very first swingout in 2013. Within her first year of dancing she became the president of the Catholic University Swing Dance Club, an organizer for DCLX, and the founder of the CUA Lindy Exchange. Since then, she’s gone on to found a local college program (first through the Jam Cellar, now through Capital City Swing), Jam Cellar’s DC Balboa Club, the East Coast Balboa Beach Trip, and the Collegiate Lindy Hop Championships. Gretchen also founded and serves as Artistic Director for Capital City Swing, a local swing dance non-profit, and runs their weekly Wednesday night dance as well as two annual events: Capital City Swingout and Red, White, and Bal. She also leads and sings for a new local swing band, Gretchen and the Sidecar Six. When not working on one of the five events she is currently involved in or singing on the bandstand, she loves teaching around town. Gretchen taught for the Jam Cellar for three years, has taught at Catholic University since 2014, and is excited to be on teaching staff for New Columbia Swing!