Swing Buffalo has made the difficult decision to cancel all dance activities for the next few weeks to help limit the spread of COVID -19.
This was not a decision made lightly, but after recommendations were made by our county government to limit events with more than 50 attendees, we feel it is in the best interest of our dance community to heed this recommendation.
If you have already registered, please bear with us. All registrants will be contacted by Swing Buffalo in the coming days.
Thank you and be well,
The Swing Buffalo Team
Rafal Pustelny is a vibrant young dancer and instructor who is passionate about traditional dances from all around the world! Rafal moved to NYC in 2010 and there studied American Jazz dance forms, including Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. He quickly established himself as one of the top dancers in NYC, and has since earned acclaim in the international swing dance community.
His wide knowledge and skill in various styles has helped him win top placements in international competitions and has created opportunities for him to teach around the world. Rafal’s expertise and passion for dance shine in the classroom; he uses his technical prowess, upbeat sense of humor, and innate ability to connect with people to distill high-level content into accessible pieces that elevate multiple aspects of his students’ dancing.
Rafal continues his own dance education by studying Tap, Clogging, Hungarian folk dances, and Polish folk dances. As a performer, he works with several regional groups, including “Polish American Folk Dance Company,” “The Vanaver Caravan,” “Project Connect”, “Harvest Moon Hoppers”, “Swung Furies”, and “Wild Rhythm”, as well as community events and corporate parties. A Frankie Manning Foundation Ambassador, he teaches and performs locally with “You Should Be Dancing” studios and The Harlem Swing Dance Society. You can also find him at international events where he works with dance communities across the globe.
By popular demand, Swing Buffalo is bringing back Lindy in the Buff, a Lindy Hop workshop weekend with the incredibly talented Rafal Pustelny and Jessica Miltenberger from NYC!
The Beginner/Intermediate track is focused on fundamentals. You are working on becoming more comfortable on the social floor, stringing moves together, so you will be able to say, “Yes! I am a Lindy Hopper!”
The Imtermediate Plus/Advanced track is geared towards dancers who may have already been doing Lindy Hop for several years. You’re comfortable with more than just the basics and like to play around with new moves and even create your own. You’re looking for classes that are challenging, fun, and that will help take your Lindy Hop to the next level.
The weekend includes 8 hours of class and a Saturday night dance with live music! There is so much in this workshop weekend that’s going to make you BuffaLove the Lindy Hop!
Whether you’ve already been dancing Lindy Hop for years, or are new to the dance, Lindy in the Buff will give you a chance to be part of an international phenomenon.
–The Swing Buffalo Team
Jessica Miltenberger found Lindy Hop in 2009 and the joy she found in swing dancing gave her life a whole new focus. As a New York-based dancer and choreographer, Jessica has been privileged to perform at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing, the acclaimed Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, and Carnegie Hall, as well as performing for fellow dancers locally and on the road. When she isn’t performing or teaching, you can find her on the social floor dancing Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Solo Jazz, seeking out local bands wherever she happens to be.
As a teacher, Jessica seeks to instill playfulness, self-confidence and quality of movement alongside an understanding of and sincere appreciation for the music and history of the swing era dances. A constant student herself, Jessica’s commitment to learning is reflected in her teaching, just as her joy at being a part of these American dance traditions is reflected in her performance.