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ABOUT DAN

Based out of the Pacific Northwest, Daniel Newsome has been a professional teacher, performer, DJ, historian, and avid social dancer since 1996.   Since then, he has coached and organized teams such as 23 Skidoo, Rainier Rhythm, and Rain City Rhythm, collecting many national titles along the way. He has built local community for two decades by teaching local classes, promoting and organizing through dance non-profits.

He has traveled all over the world teaching, competing and researching the history of Jazz dances. Daniel studied vintage tap for 12 years from Broadway performers, taught American and International ballroom dance at a studio, studied Argentine Tango with many master dancers, and has travelled to Africa to study African dance. He is a Gypsy Jazz guitarist and trumpet player, and also dabbles in piano.  He has a popular blog which has been translated into three languages. He has won at major national competitions such as the Ultimate Lindy Hop Showdown, Midwest Lindy Fest, Reno Dance Sensation, National Jitterbug Championships, and the Rhythmic Arts Festival. His clear coaching style puts him in front of thousands of students every year.

Daniel is dedicated to sharing the history, artistry, and music of the jazz era, with people from all walks of life. His lifelong pursuit is touching as many lives as possible with the beauty and artistry of Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa, Blues, Solo Jazz Dance, Vintage Ballroom, and Tap. Daniel believes that the best dancer is the one having the most fun and aims to make his students the best dancers on the floor, by being a lifelong student, as well as an accessible mentor, coach and social dancer.

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