Performers and teachers of Swing Era jazz dances such as Lindy Hop and Charleston. Worldwide rep, downhome attitude.
Nina Gilkenson and Andy Reid are some of the most well known and respected teachers, performers, and competitors in the international Lindy Hop scene. Since 2003, Nina and Andy have been traveling the world together inspiring dancers with their knowledge and love of the dance. Between them, Nina and Andy can lay claim to more than 25 national Lindy Hop titles from some of the most prestigious swing dancing competitions in the world, including the International Lindy Hop Championships, the American Lindy Hop Championships, Hellzapoppin', and the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown. Performance credits include television appearances on PBS; Apollo Theatre; Lincoln Center and concert performances with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Aretha Franklin. Their classes focus on authentic Lindy Hop technique, musical interpretation and the history and future of the dance.
Nina and Andy are two of the founding members of Silver Shadows, a dance troupe that helps set the bar for the height of Lindy Hop group performance. Nina and Andy are also founding members of The Jam Cellar, a groundbreaking dance party and troupe in Washington, DC.
When Andy and Nina are not dancing together, you can often see her drop kicking him. In fact, sometimes she dropkicks him while dancing in front of hundreds of people who paid a lot of money to watch. Life is funny sometimes.
Lindy Hopper. Belly dancer. Hair-removal Laser Technician. The mysterious figure that is known only as "Nina" (and sometimes "Naomi") has many titles from prestigious dance competitions. But that's only a small part of her accomplishments. For instance, she can swivel in midair. She can simultaneously create vintage-style dresses and then destroy them while dancing. She can make 12-minute biscuits in 10 minutes. She writes upbeat musical theatre involving funeral homes. And last, but not least, she is a part of the award-winning Lindy Hop team the Silver Shadows, which sounds like it's a group of super heroes. And that's what she is. A Super Hero--one whose main super power is doing swivels in midair. And one day, they might save the world. Until then, she lives in Baltimore and falls down a lot.
Nina currently resides in Baltimore, MD.
Nina is also a co-organizer of The International Lindy Hop Championships, one of the largest swing dance competitions in the world.
In addition, Nina co-owns The Mobtown Ballroom, a beautiful ballroom in Baltimore's Pigtown neighborhood.
Andy Reid is one of the most well known and influential swing dancers out there. Since he started dancing in the late nineties, Andy has left an indelible mark on the dance scene. Andy's style is a balance of the refined and the eccentric. His proficiency with rhythm and partnering make his dancing rich and inspiring to watch and experience. While Andy specializes in and is passionate about the original styles of Lindy Hop, his dancing is a mix of many influences, is always inventive, and is never encumbered by labels.
Since 2002, he has performed and taught all over the world including Korea, Australia, Japan and all over Europe. Always striving for harmony with the music, Andy's experience playing jazz in his current home of New Orleans affords him the opportunity to give his students a deeper musical connection to their dance. Andy's teaching aims to bring the best out of his students both physically and mentally.
Andy has been a part numerous very prominent dance teams. He is a founding member of Silver Shadows, which is undoubtedly one of the most influential Lindy Hop dance teams. He is also a member of the highly innovative troupe Minnie's Moochers. Finally, Andy is also a founding member of Mad Dog!, a Lindy Hop Crew who is infamous within the Lindy community for some reason.
Andy currently resides in New Orleans, LA, where you can regularly see him playing bass with local traditional jazz bands.
Nina co-owns a ballroom called Mobtown Ballroom in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore, where she teaches frequently during the week. Check their site for more info.
Andy periodically teaches regular classes with NOLA Jitterbugs in New Orleans, LA. Check out their site for more info.
While neither of us live in DC anymore, we are often asked where to take classes in DC. We highly recommend a weekly party called The Jam Cellar in NW DC (which we helped found). The Jam Cellar is the best weekly venue in the area and, yes, we do say so ourselves. In rotation are many nationally known instructors who teach beginner and intermediate/advanced level lessons. Check out Jam Cellar's schedule to see what's going on.
We are available for individual and group private lessons. The cost for 1-4 people is $150/hr for both of us, $100/hr for just one of us (plus studio fee, if applicable). For larger groups, contact us for pricing info. You can catch us individually in our locales or on the road.
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We love teaching, and we love to travel. We are lucky enough to be able to do both together. If you'd like us to come out to your city, contact us. Here's our current schedule: