The Lindy Hopkins
Karen and Dabney (along with their children Alice and Joe) collectively make The Lindy Hopkins. Lindy Hopping their way through every adventure they take since they started partnering in 2010!
Together they have taught across the United States, perform regularly with bands in Arizona, California, and Nevada, were resident performers at The Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar with Electro Swing Club, produce 3 annual weekend events complete with competitions and “licentious” social dancing until all hours of the night, and more.
In 2020 Karen and Dabney were honored to be recognized by the Arizona Dance Coalition for their contributions to the dance community through the “Creating Connections Award” and they have been honored to be part of the elite group of dancers inducted into the Camp Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Dabney Hopkins loves to swing dance and has been actively doing it for over twenty years. His favorite thing is to spread his love of dance to everyone he can through teaching, social dancing, and organizing events. One of his greatest moments was when he and his partner were awarded the Golden Budgie (rock the house) award at Camp Hollywood in 2002!
Karen Vizzard first became enamored with Lindy Hop in 2003, when she was introduced to the dance at a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy concert in Santa Monica. Since then, she has dedicated herself to becoming an exceptional follow, as well as a versatile dancer with experience in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, and Solo and Partnered Charleston. She is an award winning dancer who loves to compete and does so any chance she gets. She would rather be on the floor dancing than sitting and watching! She is also the director of Phoenix’s award winning all female solo dance team. Her other credits include performing with the Hollywood Hotshots, as well as being cast as a dancer in Katy Perry's music video "Thinking of You" and being cast as a principle dancer for the episode “Static” on the TV show “Cold Case.”
Julie Roman is a Phoenix-based artist. As a classically trained concert pianist/vocalist (with a career as a certified music educator and private vocal coach), she is passionate about pursuing excellence and spreading a love for the arts.
Known by his friends as "Spinney," Jacob Spinney has been obsessed with swing dancing for well over a decade. Achieving titles such as National Jitterbug Champion, Arizona Swing Dance Champion, Arizona Balboa Champion, and California Balboa Classic Champion to name a few, Spinney’s love for swing dancing has helped him create a unique style focused on creativity and expressiveness.
Co-Captain, Choreographer, Talent Developer, and Skills Coach for the Phoenix Swing Project which encompasses national award winning teams, Phoenix Bomb Squad, Phoenix Firecrackers, as well as the Sunny Side Stompers, Spinney enjoys sharing his love for swing dancing, doing slides, and being a goofball. He drinks a Roy Rogers, easy on the ice, extra cherries.
Cassie Mae and Matthew Hughey
Cassie Mae has been honing her dance skills for just under a decade. Going head first not only into lindy, but shag and balboa as well. Cassie has become nimble and athletic on the dance floor no matter the tempo. She also challenged herself in joining Phoenix Bomb Squad, which went on to win first place both years she was on the team. Cassie has also won various competitions around the country in Lindy, Shag, and Balboa, and is a National Jitterbug Champion.
These last three years have highlighted the need for connection, art, and recognizing each other’s struggles. Social dance and the swing community have provided Michelle with a reminder of the joy that can still be experienced in life. As it becomes safer to gather and social dance again, Michelle has focused her teaching on exploring the power behind solo movement in vernacular jazz and bringing the Afro swing rhythms of Lindy Hop and Balboa to new and seasoned dancers. In addition to swing dance, Michelle is an avid student of Pachanga and Boogaloo, dance styles in the Afro-Cuban tradition, which reached their height of popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Samara "Sami" Askew
Sydney Abel is a dedicated swing dancer, with a lifelong passion for balboa and solo jazz. Originating from Phoenix, AZ, Sydney began dancing at the tender age of three and has since traveled around the country learning from the best.
Sydney has achieved a number of notable accolades in her career, including first place wins at the California Balboa Classic, Rocky Mountain Balboa Blowout, Great Lakes Balboa Escape, Swingdependance, BadAZ Balboa, Phoenix Lindy Exchange, and the California Swing Dance Championships, among others. Despite these achievements, Sydney remains committed to her craft, always seeking to refine her technique and improve her performances.
Beyond her success as a competitive dancer, Sydney has also made contributions to the swing dance community as a whole. She has served as an integral member of event coordination teams, working behind the scenes in roles such as an organizer for the California Balboa Classic, registration manager and contest assistant at Hot Rhythm Holiday, Youth Program Administrative Director at ILHC, and contest coordinator at the Intercollegiate Swing Battle. She is also set to coordinate at upcoming events such as Balorado, Camp Hollywood, Lindy on the Rocks, and Great Lakes Balboa Escape.
Sydney's dedication and love for swing dance are evident in all that she does, and she is excited to share her passion with others. She looks forward to the opportunity to teach and inspire fellow dancers at the upcoming workshop weekend.