Staff

Akemi Kinukawa – Founder & Artistic Director 

Akemi started dancing Lindy Hop in Washington D.C. in 2000 and fell in love with this beautiful dance right away.  In addition to teaching at Swing Dance Astoria, she teaches regularly at You Should Be Dancing…!  Dance Studio in Manhattan as well as Brooklyn Swings.  She also teaches partner dancing to children in public schools as a Teaching Artist of Dancing Classrooms.  She has performed with Lindy Hop All Stars, Big Apple Lindy Hoppers, Ground Grippers Dance Company and Yeah Man at various events such as Mid Summer Night Swing at Lincoln Center. The most recent performance includes The Swing Era: Revolution in Rhythm, with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Rose Theater.  (Please click here for Akemi’s Vita)

 

Lewi_SmileLewi Gilamichael – Instructor

Bio coming soon!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Duke – Guest InstructorMDuke

Michael is a Lindy Hop and Charleston dancer based in New York. He loves jazz music and dancing, and loves sharing the dance and music with his students. He emphasizes finding joy in the dance at all skill levels by helping his students find more ease,comfort, and fun on the social dance floor. Currently he teaches regular classes at Brooklyn Swings in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Swing Dance Astoria Teacher PhotoCaitlin Allen – Guest Instructor

Caitlin first learned the basic lindy hop in fifth grade as a part of the Dancing Classrooms program. She continued swing dance in high school at Dance Manhattan out of love for the music. Her passion continues to grow, leading her to exchanges and events in dance scenes all around the world. She is also a singer and band leader of a swing jazz band called Cait and the Critters. Founded in 2014, her band plays all around New York City for dancers, drinkers and diners alike. For Caitlin, jazz and swing are synonymous with joy and she is excited by each opportunity to share it with others.

Timothy Oon – Guest Instructor

Andrew Kontola – Guest Instructor