2017 Instructors

Skye Humphries

Skye was first persuaded to dance Lindy Hop by his mother in 1996, but quickly discovered his own love of social dancing, swing music and the Lindy Hop community. Since 1999 he has taught wherever Lindy Hop is done - from national weekends to international dance camps. He is a founding member of some the most influential modern Lindy Hop troupes - including Minnie’s Moochers, Mad Dog, and the Silver Shadows. Skye has also won titles at all of the major Lindy Hop competitions - including ULHS, ILHC, ALHC, and the World Lindy Hop Championships. This involvement with Lindy Hop sparked his wider interest in America’s history and cultural heritage, leading him to pursue a master's in American Studies at The George Washington University. He currently resides in New York City. Skye returns to the Jammin' teaching line-up for the sixth time.

Sylvia Sykes

Sylvia, an internationally recognized authority on most types of Swing Dance, has been teaching for 25 years throughout the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Sylvia studied with the great dancer Dean Collins, and was a member of his last dance troupe. She studied Balboa with Maxie Dorf and Willie Desatoff and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers. Sylvia is an inductee into the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame as well as the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame. She won the US Open twice, was the NASDE top point winner, third place in the National Carolina Shag Dance Championships, won many Strictly Swing contests in Lindy, Balboa and West Coast Swing through the US. Sylvia returns to Jammin' on the James for her fourth stint, after having taught at the first two editions back in 2003 and 2004 as well as last year, 2016.

Naomi Uyama

Naomi Uyama discovered lindy hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late nineties. Since then she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the American Lindy Hop Championships, the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, and the U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships. When she's not traveling in the name of triple steps or singing classic jazz Naomi currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This will be Naomi's eighth appearance as a Jammin' instructor. She has also DJ'd and played with her band, Naomi and her Handsome Devils at past editions of Jammin'.

Nick Williams

Nick is a professional dancer and instructor who teaches, performs, competes, and choreographs the swing dances. His desire for authenticity, combined with his passion for dance evolution, leads to a style known for precision, lightness, musicality, and dynamic energy. As an instructor, he is known for his ability to break down movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning environment. HIs true love of music and dancing will forever inspire him to learn, teach, and grow. Nick was honored to be recognized by the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame in 2004 and 2010. This is Nick's third teaching stint at Jammin'.

Erica Vess & Ryan Lemar

The husband and wife team of Ryan Lemar & Erica Vess have been local favorites since teaching their first class series in 2013. Specializing in teaching beginner dancers, they create a supportive classroom environment with a healthy dose of physical comedy and terrible puns. (Well, they think they’re funny.) They return this year at Jammin’ on the James to teach the beginner track and they couldn’t be more thrilled to get you triple stepping down the road of Lindy Hop awesomeness.