Michael Seguin (he/him) started dancing in Seattle in 1999, and helped build the swing and Lindy Hop Program at the world famous Century Ballroom. In 2008 he moved to Baltimore. He began working on the dance scene by teaching classes and drinking with students on his porch. He is known for throwing wild parties, and for entering contests under the influence. Michael has competed and taught all across the country, but he is devoted to the Baltimore dance scene and hopes to leave as little as possible. He is noted for a snarky style that only thinly veils how much he cares about his students. You can find him at the ballroom every night of the week, sometimes wearing a red sequin jacket when it’s time for announcements.
Kelly Jo Stull
Sarah Sullivan (she/her) has been dancing since 2003 and has organized and taught in a number of cities including Baltimore, San Diego, and Boston. She was a co-founder of the Baltimore Strut, Baltimore's Friday night swing dance that lead into the creation of the Mobtown Ballroom where Sarah now works organizing events and teaching. While Sarah has travelled extensively for Lindy Hop, her main interest is in the development of local scenes and the impact that Lindy Hop can have on the cities it happens in. Sarah also studies a number of other dances including Baltimore Club, West African, Breaking, Locking, and Popping. She dances with Guardian Dance, a dance preservation company dedicated to practicing, performing, and passing down historical dances in Baltimore. In her free time Sarah teaches Lindy Hop to Baltimore City middle school students.
Kelly Jo's (her's) love for performance art began in classical ballet as a small child. After 18 years of training she decided her life needed something more, that is when she found her first circus class. Since then Kelly Jo has created her own circus arts company, Radiant Hoops, specializing in circus hoops and aerial dance. In 2012, she was accepted into the New England Center for Circus Arts where she extensively studied circus wheels (cyr and german) and aerial hoop. Currently, Kelly Jo coaches aerials and wheel all over the USA along with performing and creating shows and productions.
Born and raised in Baltimore City, Charlie Wieprecht (he/him) is the Ballroom’s poster child, mascot, and Lindy Hop success story. Charlie started taking classes from the Ballroom staff right here in Baltimore City in 2010. He was quickly given the nickname “Bambi,” adopted as the intern, and made to do grunt work in exchange for classes. Now one of the best dancers and instructors in the region, he teaches many of the Ballroom’s classes, travels around teaching and competing at events, and has blossomed from Bambi into the beautiful and talented buck we always knew he could be. In Charlie’s free time he performs with Baltimore based company, Guardian Dance, teaches Lindy Hop to middle school students in Sandtown, and secretly practices his light saber skills when the Ballroom is empty.
Nick Sjostrom (he/him) is a sound designer for TV and film during the day. On nights when he's not mixing shows at Mobtown, he's often recording or playing music with his favorite bands. He rides a BMW motorcycle that is as old as him. When it sounds good at Mobtown, it's because the band is great. When it sounds bad, it's Nick's fault.
Kyra Isaacs (she/her) has been dancing lindy hop since 2011 continuing the love of dance she has had her entire life. Her dance aesthetic is informed by her previous dance training, her unique voice in the dance by her sassy personality. She believes that good dancing can happen at any level of technique, but requires the joy of being connected with your partner and the music. Kyra is available for private lessons. Please e-mail email@example.com
Alain Ginsberg (they/them) is an agender retired immensely semi-amateur lindy hopper swayed into a pact with the Mobtown Ballroom as their resident Door Goblin. Patrons now must answer riddles or pay the Goblin's Fee to enter the dances, and ultimately everyone wins because of this. Outside of working behind the window and the bar of the Ballroom they are found writing and performing poetry internationally and and are a semi-esteemed author having been published in tens of tens of literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, as well as having a small collection published by Elation Press titled Until The Cows Come Home.
Dorry & Sommer
Breai Mason-Campbell (she/her) is a Baltimore native, community activist, teacher, dancer, and cultural counselor. A keeper of the African American vernacular tradition, she has directed and performed at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Mechanic Theater, the Hippodrome, and most recently during the opening ceremonies for the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Her work has been supported by grants from Teaching Tolerance and the Frankie Manning Foundation, which named her a Cultural Ambassador in 2014.
From 1998-2003, Breai danced with three professional African Dance companies between Boston and Baltimore until the founding of her own company, Guardian, in 2003. Guardian works for positive social change through the practice, performance, and passing on of African American movement traditions. Dances which reflect the African American cultural legacy comprise Guardian’s repertoire: West African Dance, Lindy Hop, Popping, Locking, Breaking, Vernacular Jazz and Baltimore Club.
Guardian trained students who won 2nd place in the International Lindy Hop Juniors Division in 2013, and 3rd in 2014. Breai has developed and implemented curriculum for various Baltimore City Schools, and regularly gives public talks on Art’s role in the transformation of culture. She is a wife, and the mother of two.
Dorry Segev (he/him) and Sommer Gentry (she/her) met dancing in 1999, and in 2005 they founded Charm City Swing, because they wanted a place to dance in their hometown. They have taught and competed all over the world and brought home plenty of glory, but their real commitment is to the Baltimore dance scene. Although both of them have full-on careers (she’s a mathematician at the Naval Academy, and he’s a transplant surgeon at Johns-Hopkins), they steadily built the scene from the ground up, investing in local dancers and making Charm City Swing a thriving, friendly organization. In 2010 Dorry, Sommer, Nina, and Michael decided it was high time to invest in a home for Baltimore dancing. They deputized Nina and Michael to oversee the transition and, after a year of wheedling, searching, and scheming, a deal was struck. The first piece of dance floor was laid in late August, and the space was ready in time for the grand opening on September 24th, 2011. If you come out on a Monday or Friday, you’ll be sure to see Sommer doing ridiculous solo moves across the dance floor and Dorry making profane announcements on the microphone.