Sylvia Sykes has been dancing since 1966, competing since 1970, and
teaching since 1979. She has studied with many of the dance greats,
including Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf, and Willie
Desatoff. Her extensive studies and travels make her an expert on
regional dance styles and she is known for her expertise in - and role
in preserving - the older forms of Swing dance. Sylvia has been a member of the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance since its inception, has taught at the University of California, and has featured in numerous TV shows and in several documentaries on Swing dancing.
Nick Williams has embodied the passion and spirit of swing dancing ever
since his first lesson in 1998. The depth of his understanding of Lindy
Hop, Balboa, and Collegiate Shag stems from studying with the original
dancers. His successes include World Lindy Hop
Champion, US Open Swing Dance Champion, American Lindy Hop Champion,
National Jitterbug Champion, International Lindy Hop Champion, Ultimate
Lindy Hop Showdown Champion, American Classic Balboa Champion and
California Balboa/Swing Champion. He is also an accomplished
choreographer and has been featured on the hit television show So You
Think You Can Dance. Nick is known for his ability to break down
movements and technique to create a fun and light-hearted learning
environment. Nick is a two-time California Swing Dance Hall of Famer (2004 & 2010).
When you buy more than one of Nick & Sylvia's DVDs, each DVD after the first will cost $35 instead of $40.