Amanda got her first taste of swing dancing as an undergrad in Austin, Texas, but really became obsessed after moving to DC and finding the vibrant swing scene here. She enjoys exploring the variety of early jazz dancing, including solo jazz, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, St. Louis Shag, and holds a special place in her heart for Balboa. As an ambi-dancer, she approaches dancing and teaching from multiple perspectives and appreciates the complexities of both leading and following. Whether teaching second graders how to read or adults how to swing dance, Amanda views teaching as an opportunity for mutual learning and empowerment. For Amanda, swing dancing provides a conduit though which she can explore connecting to others, self-expression, and improvisation. She would like to share a dance with you.