The Seattle Lindy Extravaganza is proud to present some of the best instructors in the region and worldwide with classes that go beyond the usual themes and formats. Check out this year's lineup, with more announcements to come!
Ariel Goh & Ben White
Elaine Buchignani & Stefan Huynh
and more to come!
Garrett "LockStatic" Crawford
Ariel Goh & Ben White
Ben White has been addicted to all things swing since 2004. He has studied Lindy Hop,
Balboa, Tap, and Solo Jazz dance under masters from the original swing era and worked with world class contemporary swing dancers.
Ben is well known for his clear instruction and ability to break down and communicate technique while keeping classes entertaining and engaging. He is the Artistic Director at The Syncopation Foundation, and frequently teaches swing dance all over the world.
Ariel Goh found swing dance in 2010 and never looked back. She currently travels the world teaching and performing, and holds competition titles at the International Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Jitterbug, Lindy Bout, Midwest Lindy Fest, Inspiration Weekend, Torino Swing Festival, and more.
As a teacher, Ariel prioritizes clear and detailed instruction, an inclusive classroom setting, connection to the music, and a foundation in the history of the dance. She loves helping dancers find their individual voices within partnerships, as well as express themselves through solo dance! Ariel is a firm believer that you don’t have to have prior dance training to excel in swing dance. Her own movement background includes martial arts, weight lifting, barre-style fitness, and boffer LARP.
Elaine Buchigani & Stefan Huynh
Elaine Buchignani is a Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston, and Vernacular Jazz instructor with an extensive and diverse dance background. Since childhood, she's studied and taught everything from Ballet and Modern to Ballroom and Pilates. After college, she caught swing fever in the jazz clubs of New Orleans and hasn't looked back. Today she regularly teaches, competes, and performs all around the country. As an instructor, she emphasizes quality of movement, human connection, technique, and musicality. As a practicing Pilates instructor, she possesses a vast knowledge of human anatomy and body mechanics that she employs in all of her classes. Don't be surprised if you get a free posture adjustment with you jazz dance lesson!
Stefan Huynh started partner dancing in high school and has studied many disciplines of partner dancing since then, including Ballroom, Country Swing, Salsa, Argentine Tango, Brazilian Zouk, and more. However, he fell in love with jazz and blues music and has been obsessing over Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Blues Dance ever since. He performed for many years with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, the Amazebals, and Yeah Man in New York City and has won and placed in many competitions around the country. Drawing from his extensive partner dancing background, his classes center on nuanced partner technique and musicality.
Chris Kaku is a Seattle native, Beacon Hill born and bred, who has been a student of the Electric Boogaloo’s style of Popping Boogaloo for the past 18 years. He has battled, performed, judged, and taught through out the PNW since the early 2000’s. He teaches at the Massive Monkees Studio (the Beacon) in Seattle’s International District with his fellow Groove Clan crew mates. and also belongs to Kaku Brothers and 206 ZULU.
Garrett “LockStatic” Crawford
Garrett Crawford also known as LockStatic, is a US Dancer currently living in Seattle, WA. He is primarily focused in the dance style of Locking.
He began learning Locking in 2008, by traveling and learning from some of the original pioneers of the dance, including Greg “Campbellock Jr.”, Flukey Luke, Scoo B Doo, Damita Jo Freeman and others. Garrett competes in Locking across the US and Canada notable competitions include, Juste Debout USA Prelims 2011 (Top 8), Last One Stands Canada 2011 (Semi-Finalist), Vegas Shakedown 2011 (2nd Place), Sunday Funk 2015 (2nd Place) and GrooveMekanex Anniversary 2017 (Quarter Finalist).
He continues his passion to travel, compete and spread the love and knowledge of locking that came from all the pioneers that have taught him throughout the years. And he hopes to continue to spread that where ever he is.
Devon Cady-Lee has been a follower of the House scene and student of House dance since 2005. Having been born and raised in New York City he had fallen in love with the music, and while living his days in Boston he had fallen in love with the dance. Since then he has partaken in the local dance community here in Seattle as well as being a part of Chinatown Afterhours, a group which helps spread dance culture by teaching and hosting classes, throwing dance parties and collaborating with local artists. He still follows the music by performing and supporting House music events, local and abroad.