Instructors

 

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert

Jon Tigert is an internationally recognized professional Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor in the Swing Dance community. As an instructor, Jon specializes in Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa, Blues, Jazz and Tap. Jon has performed and taught all over the world, including in Montreal, Chicago, New York, Santiago,Budapest, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome, London and more, as well as with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras as a featured artist. In his spare time, Jon can be found in Baltimore leading the Falls Street Five and cuddling his two cats, Tetra and Jinora.

Shannon Lea Watkins

Shannon Lea Watkins is a swing dancer, instructor, choreographer, DJ, coach, vocalist, and band leader from San Francisco, CA. A spirited partner, Shannon seeks joyful conversation in every dance. As a teacher and coach, she helps students find and express their own creative voice through movement. For her dance band, Shannon Lea’s Redwood Rhythm, Shannon Lea taps into an array of musical experiences to bring a personal touch to her music. In all of her projects, Shannon Lea strives to embody her values of joy, inclusion, political action, continual growth, and improvisation in the spirit and honor of those that came before us.

We are delighted to welcome Shannon to Nashville this fall and cannot wait to see how she uses her expertise as a musician to the classroom. Welcome, Shannon!

 Photo by J.S. Almonte.

Photo by J.S. Almonte.

Jony Navarro

 Photo credit to the incredible  American Vernacular .

Photo credit to the incredible American Vernacular.

Jony, who uses he/him pronouns, fell in love with jazz in early 2011 and has since never been the same. He has a constant drive to make art completely his own, which is fueled by a desire of learning. His fascination began with dancing, moved onto jazz music, then continued to black history and culture and beyond.

From the very beginning, Jony has always had very unique ideas when it comes to making art. He excels at inspiring others to think about dance in a different way than they’re used to, often expanding on familiar topics. While conceptual learning drives a lot of his classes, movement and technique play a large part in the learning environment he creates.

Cindi Lyons

Cindi first wandered into a dance studio at the age of seven and hasnt let their feet settle down since. With over a decade of training in tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater followed by almost as many years in swing dancing and vernacular jazz, Cindi has no intention to stop learning, and wants to bring as many people along for the ride as possible.

Cindi believes that good, honest dancing comes from a blend of understanding jazz, physics, and yourself.

Their classes will dive deep into the heart of strong, solid movement, with an aim to get their students connecting to the music in ways they’ve never experienced before. They cordially invite you to come get weird with them.

Kyre Phillips

Kyre Phillips

Kyre Phillips is a self-taught dancer in the middle Tennessee area. He learned by watching videos of three people he idolized as a child: Michael Jackson, Omarion, and Usher. It was these three people that gave him a love for the art - dance. Kyre began teaching in the eighth grade at 13 years old with a friend of his. Starting with just four students, by the time Kyre was a sophomore in high school he had sixteen students in two separate classes - and that was just the beginning! Kyre's motto is "LIDF- Live Inspired, Die Fulfilled." We are so excited to welcome Kyre Phillips to our teaching staff, where he will be leading a master class on current African American street dance.