Lindy Hop

Katie Leatherberry

Email: katie.leatherberry@gmail.com

Katie first fell in love with dancing when she joined a historic ballroom dance group over 10 years ago. As she danced her way through centuries of partnered and group dances, she discovered the joys of connecting with others through music. While she still loves a good waltz, polka, tango, or quadrille, it is the dances of the jazz age that truly embody the exuberant joy and freedom of creative expression that Katie experiences while dancing.

In 2011 Katie started devoting most of her time to learning the ins and outs of Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Balboa. It was shortly thereafter that she began traveling to workshops, competing, and teaching others. She currently works with Gary Grimm to teach Lindy Hop and one of her new favorite dances, St. Louis Shag. Katie enjoys using inductive teaching methods to engage her students and humor to put them at ease. She's also know for her use of creative metaphors to help explain the essential concepts of rhythm, connection, communication, and musicality.

Gary Grimm

Gary Grimm started dancing in 2011 at Truman State University. Since then Gary has traveled to events across the United States to learn and compete. He has dabbled in Lindy, Charleston, St. Louis Shag, Balboa, and Blues and values dancing as a way to reflect and add to the music being played.

Gary started teaching weekly classes in 2012 at Truman State University with the University Swingers. He started competing and teaching with Katie Leatherberry in 2016 making finals in the Nevermore, St. Louis Shag competition in 2016 and teaching at various events in the midwest. He is excited to share his knowledge with you.