Karine Hermes is a Brazilian dancer, with a background in Ballet, Jazz and Belly dance which is woven into her current passion of Rockabilly and Swing Dance including Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag, Blues, and many others! She gathered experience learning from many different styles and approaches from around the world and has taught internationally in Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, Greece, and the Czech Republic.
Karine started teaching Swing in Brazil in 2014, and now teaches in L.A. and internationally with world-renowned swing champions Stephen Sayer and Chandrae Roettig. Together, they are the center of the shag scene in LA, hosting the acclaimed LA Shag Festival. She leads the L.A. JV Shag team with Stephen, winning 1st place in 2017 and 4th place in 2018 at the National Jitterbug Championships.
Amanda began swing dancing in 1995 and did her first swingout a year later in Southern California. After moving to Austin, Texas in 2014, she fell in love with Collegiate Shag and immediately began competing, winning the first competition she entered. She has been competing and performing regularly since that time, and loves the thrill of getting out there with her fellow competitors and cheering them on.
Amanda loves spreading her love of Shag and other swing dances with new and experienced dancers alike, and travels nationally to teach. With a background in gymnastics and classroom teaching, she brings years of experience of teaching adults to her classes, and enjoys blending serious technique with fun and love for the dance. Currently, she teaches regular Collegiate Shag classes at Four on the Floor in Austin, Texas, and leads an all-female Shag team, The Shag Hags.
Steve is an dancer/instructor who is dedicated to preserving the great American partner jazz dances of the 1920′s-1950′s. Originally from Dayton, Ohio Steve began dancing in 1998 at the age of 16. Falling in love with lindy hop and other dances of the swing era he traveled to the east and west-coasts to dance, study and learn the different styles of swing dancing. In 2005 he moved to Los Angeles and soon began teaching weekly at Joe’s Bar and Grill in Burbank.
In 2009 he began competing, winning many Los Angeles contests such as the Bayside Lindy Battle and the Paladino’s Jitterbug contest. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 he won 1st place in the Collegiate Shag division at the National Jitterbug Championships with partner Fancy Dougherty. Also in 2011 he won 1st place with partner Chandrae Roettig at the National Jitterbug Championships and the US Open Strictly Lindy Hop divisions. In 2012 he and Chanzie won the Camp Jitterbug Strictly Lindy, US Open Strictly Lindy and came in 2nd at the International Lindy Hop Championships. In 2012 Stephen was inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.
Zach’s first encounter with partner dancing was overhearing his dad’s attempt to sign him up for lessons as a child. He promptly screamed in terror, and the studio never called back. He joined his college swing club in 2011 – much to his dad’s bewilderment – out of a need for PE credit. Collegiate Shag holds the special distinction of being the only dance Zach has done socially the same night he learned it. His first dance competition was also in shag. Zach maintains a strong competitive record with a number of different partners, and teaches nationally. He danced on the Austin shag team, Rad Youth, which took 4th place at Camp Hollywood in 2016. His style emphasizes nuanced musicality, playing off of his partner’s awesomeness, and letting his inner nerd create new ideas. Zach lives in Austin, Texas, where he co-runs twice-monthly shag house parties, serves on the Hot Rhythm Foundation, and teaches classes.