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Nick Williams & Sylvia Sykes

Nick Williams has embodied the traditionalist style of swing dancing since 1998. He is known for his fast and fancy footwork. His understanding of Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag and Balboa come from studying with the original masters.

His enthusiasm and inspiration comes from a desire and need for accurate authentication. This gives his dancing great lines, general presence/command on the dance floor, defined footwork, and a distinct understanding of and the ability to play with timing and syncopation. Above all, he exhibits musicality, creativity, and continuity, which makes his dancing dynamic.

An internationally recognized authority on several different forms of swing dance, Sylvia Sykes has lectured and taught dance workshops all over the world since 1985. She has competed in numerous dance competitions, appeared on television, been featured with orchestras such as Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, and Count Basie, as well as being voted into the California Swing Dance Hall of Fame.

Sylvia studied Balboa with Maxie Dorf and spent years learning from the greatest Southern California Balboa dancers. She was also privileged to study Lindy Hop with Dean Collins, and was a member of his last dance troupe. Together with her original partner Jonathan Bixby, Sylvia was a six-time U.S. Open Finalist and the undefeated Southern California Balboa Champion.

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