Nikki is one of the most recognisable follows in the scene today, adapting her unique style to each of her dance partners. Nikki grew up with a passion for early Jazz and Swing music; learning to dance was a natural progression. A 1st place win at the 2004 National Jitterbug Championships jump started her competition, performance and teaching career.
Her style focuses on the things she loves the most about Lindy Hop: lead and follow, style, rhythm, and musicality. Nikki is a strong believer in dancing for the right reasons: dance for yourself. She feels that we should look to others for inspiration and guidance, but form our own ideas about the dance.
Nikki has been a featured performer on Dancing with the Stars, has worked on multiple occasions for choreographer from SYTYCD Mandy Moore, and has appeared in a long list of tv shows, movies, and music videos including the “Happy” video by Farrell Williams.
Nikki owns the famous ATOMIC Ballroom in Irvine, CA, is the director of the Atomic Cherry Bomb Chorus Girl company, and moonlights as Moxie Gold in the Hollywood Burlesque scene.
Since 1998, Mikey Pedroza has been dedicated to the understanding and preservation of classical American Jazz dances such as Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, Slow Dancing (Blues) and Solo Jazz. Hailing from Orange County, California, he passionately developed his own perfect blend of powerful movement and classic grace with a hard edged and playful style which is evident each time he steps onto the floor. Such dedication and originality has earned him numerous awards at national dance competitions as well as opened avenues for teaching and performing.
The same passion and energy Mikey exudes on the floor, he brings to students around the world. And as an instructor, he encourages his students to be self-expressive and creative while establishing a strong understanding of connection, lead/follow technique, frame, body awareness and mechanics. By building a good technical base, students are then free to develop their own personalized style with confidence. Mikey hopes that by sharing his love and knowledge of these dances with others, that they too will find joy in this classical American art form.
Workshops will be aimed at a Intermediate/Advanced Level. It is expected that you have a good solid knowledge of Lindy Hop basics and foundation steps. Please check with a Swing Dance teacher if you are unsure of your level.
The workshops will be held on the Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm at the Harold Park Community Hall, Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge.
Limited on-street parking is available – please car-pool or use public transport if possible. Paid on-site parking is available, as well as being close to public transport of buses and light rail. For more details on how to get to the venue, click here.
About the Venue
It may be historic, but Tramsheds today has been transformed into Sydney’s most dynamic district for dining – and learning.
Home to 7 community-based retailers and 11 restaurants and cafes from some of Sydney’s most forward-thinking chefs, it’s a hub for culinary creativity and a place where true innovation is born.
The Rozelle Tramway Depot was always busy when it was built back in 1904, becoming an important interchange where people met and socialised on their way around the city. While it has a different purpose today, more than a century on and a dramatic renovation later, Tramsheds still plays a pivotal role in community gatherings and remains a place to celebrate Sydney’s architectural history.
Adult Single Class: $55
Adult Full Day: $100
Adult Full Weekend Workshop Pass: $180
U18's Single Class: $40
U18's Full Day: $70
U18's Full Weekend Workshop Pass: $120