Nikki is one of the most recognizable 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.
Todd Yannacone is one of the most recognizable names on the Swing Dancing circuit today. He has won countless championship titles from the most prestigious competitions around - The American Lindy Hop Championships, The Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, The U.S. Open Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships, The Rhythmic Arts Festival, Lone Star Championships, The International Lindy Hop Championships, Lindy Focus - to name just a few.
Todd has been inducted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame, and has been interviewed for Swing Dancer Magazine, "The Track" podcast, and various other publications.
He has taught vernacular jazz, Balboa, Shag, Lindy Hop, Charleston, and other jazz era dances both locally and internationally since he was 16 years old. His demand as an instructor, performer, and judge has taken him to 31 countries and five continents.
He specializes in connection and musicality, which is apparent every time he steps on the dance floor. He has worked with dance and music legends alike, and is a member of the acclaimed dance troupe, the Silver Shadows.
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 Paddington Town Hall, 249 Oxford Street, Paddington. Limited on-street parking is available – please car-pool or use public transport if possible.
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