Katie Belsky (Los Angeles) started her love affair with dance back in 2004 when she fell head over heels for Lindy Hop. After training in a number of different dance styles, including West Coast Swing, Latin, and Ballroom, she discovered Blues in 2007. Her love of Blues cannot be contained, as she can be found organizing national Blues events as well as teaching and DJ-ing throughout Southern California. Katie loves to create a good time with music and adores all genres of Blues. Though her sets tend toward more traditional styles, she can bring some soul to the dance floor when needed. Katie hopes to spread her love of Blues faster than adorable kitten videos on YouTube!
Aliceann has been playing music since she was 6 and partner dancing since she was since she was 9. Swing and blues music speak to her both on and off the dance floor. Believing the music is what drives these dances, she continues to dive into the history of vintage jazz and blues and collect new music that inspires dancers to move. Aliceann dances and DJs both in her home scene of Knoxville, TN and at events across the Southeast and Midwest. In Knoxville, she coaches and choreographs for 2 dance teams, coordinates the blues community events, teaches and DJs for the Knoxville Swing Dance Association, and hosts other dance events around town.
Susan started lindy hopping in 2005 and has been playing tunes for dancers since 2008. Since then she’s had the pleasure of DJ’ing frequently both at home in Minneapolis and around the country. Past events include Heartland Swing Festival, North Star Blues, bluesSHOUT!, and even Madison Invasion. Susan’s musical taste is wide ranging, and her style continues to evolve, drawing inspiration from music of a wide variety of regions, time periods, and artists, including jazz, blues, soul, and everything in between.
Five years ago a love affair was launched and never once has Shelby looked back. She was introduced to blues dancing at Ball State Swing Society and began DJing within 6 months. A lot has changed since then but the one thing that hasn’t is her drive to keep the floor packed and the party groovin’ on. Shelby's sets are sure to highlight female musicians and include groovy rhythms, sultry melodies, and a whole lot of fun!
Born the daughter of radio DJ, Emily has been an avid fan of all things music her entire life. As a dancer first, she brings her love for blues and jazz to the dance floor. A frequent DJ at Atlanta's monthly blues dance, she has also been seen djing at events all over the southeast over the last 4+years. When not djing blues, she can be found dancing, teaching, or studying for her MBA.