Instructor Bios

Want to know more about who is teaching at the Morning After Workshop?  Here’s what we can tell you so far!

Nicole Trissell (Bay Area, California)

Nicole Trissell Bio PictureNicole has been a dancer her whole life. Ballet, west coast swing, lindy hop and tango are all dances that have driven her need for expression through movement. But when she discovered blues 4 years ago, it was love at first dance. This unique dance style that combined creativity, freedom of movement, and a strong dance connection with her partner inspired her in a way no other dance had before. After a few years, she couldn’t withstand the draw of the dance any longer and started her life as a vagabonding dance instructor.

Since then, Nicole has become a prominent dancer, DJ, instructor, and organizer in the national blues and fusion scenes.

Nicole’s love and passion for expression through dance propels her through life. She brings that same zeal to her students through challenging but inspiring classes that encourage her students to learn, play and grow as dancers and as people.

Mark Carpenter (Nomad)

Mark CarpenterOriginally hailing from sunny California, Mark has been effectively nomadic for the last three years. He has spent much of this traveling in the world dancing, teaching and enjoying life. Back in the USA for a teaching tour starting in Denver, he is thrilled to be involved all the DFX/Post-DFX festivities.

He started partner dancing in 2005 and began teaching a year later, though he’s explored various other dance styles from hip-hop/break to contact improv.  Coming from a non-dance back­ground spanning theatre, music, and technology, Mark has a unique approach to dance, movement and the teaching of both. His constant goal is to make the impossible easy and the easy look impossible.

Mark is particularly excited about the Fusion Movement and is eager to lend his voice to the shaping of the culture and it’s emerging dances.

Lucas Weismann (Parts Unknown)

Lucas Dancing the Blues

Luke started dancing in 1996 and hasn’t been more than 100 yards from his dance shoes since.

There are three things that define Luke’s approach to teaching

1) Creativity can be taught most easily in three steps – Imitate, Assimilate, Create.
2) As a dancer, your main goal is to have the person you’re dancing with now want to dance with you again in the future.
3) Everything physical that you have ever done, even the way that you walk informs how you dance and has prepared you for your next class.

Luke uses his student’s past experience to explain class concepts so we can learn material quickly and fun.  He will have been on the road for nearly 350 days before the accident of Fusion Exchange being held in his “home” of Denver, CO will bring him back just shy of the year on the road.

Ruby Red (Chicago, IL)

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Emiliano Estevez (Philadelphia, PA)

Emiliano EstevezEmiliano has a background in Lindy Hop, Blues, Hip-Hop, House, Tango, and a host of movements from many other genres. He has been dancing since late 2000 and continues to add new ideas and movements to his style. Emilio teaches weekly classes in Lancaster, PA, and has taught at national events such as the Fusion Exchange; Albany Lindy and Blues; Blues Recess, and workshops in many locations like Montreal; Seattle; Austin; and Philadelphia.

Emiliano DJs at many events locally and nationally providing a groovy flavor of Blues, Lindy, and Fusion styles of music. He believes that a diverse set will challenge the dancers and make sure that they are listening with their minds and bodies. He also runs DJ Experiment which is an organization created to give DJs, musicians, and dancers a safe place to experiment and grow.

Dance is a conversation…

 

Sarah LaBonte (New York, NY)

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