Meet the dedicated team bringing you a fun and friendly atmosphere to dance at Royal City Swing for Vancouver, New Westminster and all the Lower Mainland dancers!
Nicola began swing dancing in 2001 and it was a quick trip into love. She danced every night of the week she possibly could. For 6 years she made the most of her hobby participating in a team performances, competitions, teaching, workshops and has danced for both film and tv. In 2007 she underwent two foot surgery's and has since had two beautiful children. Though she danced with casts, crutches and into her ninth month of pregnancy twice, the slow down has been a hard adjustment for her. She is excited to be a part of the amazing team launching this new venue and can't wait for you to come and ask her to dance!
Initially introduced to swing back in '98 at UBC, and completely hooked by '01 Kyle loves the variety in swing. The majority of his vacations now are centered around dancing, hitting up dance scenes in Jeju Korea, Osaka & Tokyo Japan, LA, Portland, and Seattle in the past year alone. On and off instructing since '03 and performing with the Jitterbug Junkies since '04, he looks forward to continue to promote swing in the lower mainland with RCS!
Kyle has been blues and fusion dancing for 6 years, and teaching for 3. He has joined forces with FUSE, a monthly Fusion dance, and teaches blues beginner and intermediate series at UBC for the past 3 years.
Initially dragged out dancing by a friend in 2003, Natsuko found passion for dance learning East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, Collegiate Shag and Balboa. Recruited to perform for the Jitterbug Junkies having danced less than a year in 2004, and with no fear of heights, Natsuko found another passion: mastering high flying, high speed aerials. In recent years, Nat has expanded her dancing getting into Salsa, Blues and West Coast swing along side growing her excitement for swing by traveling to Japan, Korea, LA, Seattle, and Portland to dance. Now she is excited to help you get excited and out on the dance floor with her infectious smile at Royal City Swing.
Born with two tone dance shoes on his feet, Afonso is one of the lower mainland's longest continuous swing dancers. Starting back in the swing revival of the 90's, Afonso has been teaching Lindy Hop, Shag, Balboa and East coast swing (including aerials!) throughout the lower mainland for well over a decade. He founded the Jitterbug Junkies, a swing performance team, in 2003 where he choreographed and performed for 6 years. He also has danced in competitions, for film and tv, charity and public festivals and events. He considers it his calling to promote swing dance through teaching across the lower mainland and now by opening up the lower mainlands newest venue - Royal City Swing.