Mikey Brafford & Dee Daniels Locke

Michael!

Mikey

Over the past decade, Mikey has been dedicated to spreading the joy of lindy hop as an instructor, DJ, and event planner. He now lives in the Twin Cities of Minnesota where he is active in the vibrant swing dance scene. You might find him DJing at Rhythm Junction or teaching at Uptown Swing. Mikey loves teaching new students and hopes to create a fruitful Swing Dance community.
Mikey believes Lindy Hop is joy expressed through movement.  When a band is playing crazy rhythms and beats, he knows it’s easy to let yourself go as the music guides you and your partner, communicating without words.  He loves that it can be a wild journey with highs, lows, and detours, but it always brings you home.  He wants you to experience that joy as well.

 

Dee!

Dee

Dee started Swing Dancing at the age of four with her Dad in the basement, wearing her Mom’s heels and her favorite plaid skirt. With a hiatus into hip-hop during her school years, she was called back to Lindy Hop, and co-founded her college swing dance club. She has become an influential member of the Minneapolis, Minnesota scene, where you can find her teaching at Uptown Swing. For over a decade she’s shared her love of lindy hop with dancers young and old, teaching and dancing nationally at swing dance events.
Dee loves feeling free on the dance floor and advocates for self-expression and individual creativity as the true spirit of Lindy Hop. She loves Lindy hop's particular way of corresponding to the music and partner, priding herself on making each dance unique to the musical experience and partner, creating an authentic dance conversation.
She has taught, performed, and choreographed Nationally and Internationally. She’s won several awards, but mostly she wants to have a good dance, and she would love dance with you.