A multi-disciplinary artist, Adam has had a unique freelance career encompassing dance, music and entertainment, community based projects and social activism. His primary work takes him to dance festivals around the world traveling to share what he loves about Jazz and Lindy Hop. Aside from being an accomplished international dancer, Adam is extremely passionate about working with LGBTQAI+ people, seniors and special population communities around projects that help effect positive change.
ON LINDY HOP & SWING DANCE
Originally from Seattle, Washington Adam fell in love with Swing and Jazz music at 11 years old. Since then, Adam has been a member of the International Lindy Hop and Swing dance communities and travels the world as a teacher, performer choreographer and voice of all things swing. Known for his accomplishments in Tap, Solo-Jazz, Balboa and Lindy Hop as both a leader and follower, Adam has a unique multi-faceted skill set on the dance floor and in the classroom.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Adam is well known for his creative and out of the box approach to teaching. Often throwing convention out the window, Adam places a high value on musicianship, creative experimentation, self expression, historical inspiration (not appropriation) and a strong sense of equality between the voice of the follow and the leader.
WORK WITH LEGENDS
Adam had a special relationship with many of the legends of Lindy Hop and toured assisting and promoting the Queen of Swing and last original member of the Savoy Ballrooms Whitey's Lindy Hoppers, Norma Miller in her master classes around the world. Adam helped bring Norma Millers original "Trickeration" routine into becoming a household name amongst jazz dancers, helping to spread Norma's legacy. Adam and Norma danced together at Jazz at Lincoln Center and toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time since Norma was there in 1956. Adam has also had the honor of assisting Mr. Chazz Young in his Jazz dance master classes in San Fransisco and has assisted Hollywood Lindy legend Jean Veloz at National Jitterbug Championships in Los Angeles for the last 5 years. Adam had a special friendship with the late great Dawn Hampton, a fierce advocate for the LGBTQ community Dawn's messages play a major role in Adam and his partner Máté's approach to teaching.
Adam has worked to help foster spaces for progress in partner dance towards becoming less gendered and more LGBTQ+ inclusive. Adam was a pioneer in the movement of Ambidancing and Switch dancing which has now become a trend in the global community. With obvious queer roots, these non-binary ideas about the role of the lead and follow are especially inviting to queer people. Working with his Hungarian dance partner Máté Csike, they both hope to create more visibility for "non-traditional" partnerships and queer presence in Lindy Hop. Adam and Máté received the 2018 "Golden Budgie" award for inspiration in the community for their efforts.
Adam founded the "LGBTQAI+ Swing Dancers Network," the largest facebook group and online resource dedicated to supporting stronger queer presence in Swing Dance.
PERFORMANCE - AWARDS - ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Adam holds numerous awards for his dancing and choreography including titles from: The International Lindy Hop Championships, The European Swing Dance Championships, The National Jitterbug Championships,The Pacific Northwest Lindy Hop Championships, Camp Jitterbug, Harlem Jazz Festival in Lithuania and a host of other international and regional events and festivals. Adam is also a Camp Hollywood/NJC Golden Budgie winner as well as Camp Hollywood/NJC Hall of Fame inductee and has taught Lindy Hop on almost every continent. Adam is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.
Adam has performed at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center in New York City, Jazz at Lincoln Center with Norma Miller and Wynton Marsalis, New York's historic Carnegie Hall, on tour with the tap musical 42nd Street, and has taught at some of the largest festivals in the world including Lindy Focus, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, The Chase Festival in Germany, Mother City Hop in Capetown, South Africa, Herrang Dance Camp in Sweden and Hepcats Fever in Sao Paolo Brazil.