Jamie                                


Jamie has been teaching at EUSDS, with various partners, since EUSDS's foundation in 1997. He has been dancing and teaching swing styles for over a decade, and has a particular interest in reviving 'minority' swing styles as well as Lindy Hop. To this end, he introduced the first classes to Scotland, in styles such as Balboa, Collegiate Shag and  Lamanu, and has also run workshops on the skills of teaching dance. He and Katie make up the teaching and performance team The Swing Doctors.

Jamie's main interest is in social (rather than competitive) dance, and he centres classes on  the basic principles of the dances, and on lead-follow communication. A supporter of the extension of the 'open source' movement beyond software to other information, he has always provided tuition, notes, video sequences etc free of charge: if you want to pay for the dance you have learned, please do so by passing it on to others equally freely!

As well as teaching for EUSDS, Jamie has taught for ESDS, Flyright, Swingout-Scotland, St Andrews SDS and at various 'dance camps', including Folk Dance festivals (because swing dances are the folk dances of the industrial age). Teaming up with others, The Swing Doctors also bring dance to 1940s and 1950s re-enactment weekends run by Historic Scotland etc, to present swing dances in their historical context. In 1999, he was elected a member of the Institute of Teaching and Learning and in 2004 was elected to the UNESCO International Council of Dance.






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