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Caitlin, Jessica and Chachi:
Swing/Lindy Hop Instructors

Caitlin Wellman updatedOct 4
Jessica Jenkins
Chachi

Caitlin Wellman - instructor updated

Caitlin Wellman teaches her students more than just a bunch of cool moves (but they get that too)! Her focus on solid lead/follow technique, based on momentum, connection, and rhythm helps her students enjoy the dance on a deeper level and become more connected to the music and their partner. Her teaching is clear and articulate, and full of fun and creative ways of improving your dancing. She is a Director of the Swing and Tap Academy and teaches all Level 3 & 4 Lindy Hop classes.

Caitlin Wellman
photo of Caitlin Wellman
Caitlin is the instructor for the following classes:
  • Swing/Lindy Hop Level 3
  • Swing/Lindy Hop Level 4
  • Lindy Hop Level 5
at the MFDS location.

Caitlin has trained with all the great names in swing, including the original swing dancers of Harlem since 1997. She was a founding member of the multi-award winning performance troupe Minnie's Moochers, from Ithaca, NY, USA, and has been in huge demand as a teacher across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia for many years. She is the Artistic Director & Choreographer of the fabulous Flappettes, a sassy all female 1920’s Jazz & Charleston troupe, and Director & Choreographer for Capital Dance Productions, a performance troupe that specializes in 20th century North American partner and solo dances.

Caitlin has also made several Television and Print appearances such as:

  • Instant Star
  • Much Music Video Awards 06 with Fall Out Boy - “Dance, Dance”
  • Toronto 1 "Toronto Dances" program
  • cover of Dance Spirit magazine

Jessica Jenkins - instructor

Jessica Jenkins’ Beginner Swing/Lindy Hop dancing classes are famous for fun. Her sense of humour and patience make all of her classes an enjoyable experience and give students a feeling of accomplishment. She will get you out on the dance floor in no time.

Jessica Jenkins
photo of Jessica Jenkins
Jessica is the instructor for the following classes:
  • Swing/Lindy Hop Beginner 1
  • Swing/Lindy Hop Beginner 2
at the MFDS location.

An accredited teacher with a degree in Education from the University of Toronto, Jessica has been teaching Swing dancing to adults and teens since 1998. She has studied various form of dance since she was knee-high to a grasshopper until being bitten by the Swing bug in 1997. She is the Director of the Swing and Tap Academy of Toronto and teaches all Beginner 1 & 2 Swing/Lindy Hop classes.

Jessica is also a member of the fabulous Flappettes, a sassy all female 1920’s Jazz & Charleston troupe who regularly perform for charity and corporate events. As a professional dancer Jessica has performed live and on television since 1998. Her credits and appearances include:

  • Breakfast Television
  • Instant Star
  • Molson Export “Judith” - Television commercial
  • Much Music Video Awards 06 with Fall Out Boy - “Dance, Dance”
  • Tory Cassis, “Such A Crime” - Music video

Chachi - instructor

Chachi has been on the top rung of the swing dance ladder worldwide for nearly 15 years. At 17 he began to travel the world to study with all the Lindy Hop greats. By the time he was 21 he had already made a name for himself as a top-tier dance instructor. His performance career took off during his 3 years living in Stockholm, Sweden where he was a full time member of The Rhythm Hot Shots, “The” Professional ‘20s, ‘30s and ‘40s dance company. He was also enrolled in the full time dance program at the Ballet Academy of Stockholm.

Chachi then moved to Chicago, where he started his own dance company, Forklift Dance Productions. They were featured in many Stage and Television Appearances including Dance Chicago, a highly esteemed showcase of Chicago’s best dancers and companies. While in Chicago Chachi continued to develop his traditional dance skills under the guidance of Joel Hall. Chachi was also a full time member of The Tyego Dance Project, a Modern Jazz/Ballet company. He is currently the Director and principal dancer of Capital Dance Productions a Toronto based performance troupe that specializes in 20th century North American partner and solo dances.

Chachi (on the right)
photo of Chachi
Chachi is the instructor for the following classes:
  • Lindy Hop Level 4
at the MFDS location.


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