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The Mercury Café Teachers

Our teachers are well known for their ability to give clear instruction and easy-to-follow breakdown of movement to all levels of dance students, especially the total beginner. Classes have a terrific, down-to-earth atmosphere that makes it easy, fun and inspiring to learn to dance.

 

Tiffiny Wine

Tiffiny Wine

Tiffiny Wine is internationally known as a swing dance competitor, teacher and choreographer. She is recognized worldwide for her accomplishments in Blues, Shag, Balboa and Lindy Hop and as the head choreographer and founder of the Champion Lindy Hop team of 2005, 2006 and 2007, 23 Skidoo. She is an inductee of the Camp Hollywood Lindy Hop Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in group swing choreography and her many contributions to the Lindy Hop world.
She has taught Swing dancing around the world, but loves teaching at home in Denver best, where she has taught since 1999. In her classes she is known for creating a relaxed atmosphere and a sense of community, and she prides herself on her ability to teach anyone, of any skill level or double-left-footed-ness, how to dance! Her love of vintage jazz music, dancing and teaching is an inspiration to anyone who knows her.

Ceth Stifel

Ceth Stifel is a champion level tap, Lindy Hop and Balboa dancer and a master choreographer. He performed on the award winning Lindy Hop team, 23 Skidoo since its inception in 1999, and has recently begun competing with Tiffiny, taking 5th in the Champions division last year at the National Jitterbug Championships. As a dancer, Ceth is known for his solo movement, rhythmic footwork and creativity.

His most recent acheivements include choreographing and organizing the Flashmob at DIA in November 2011 and the Flashmob at Denver's 5 Points Jazz Festival May, 2012.

Hire Ceth to organize your Flashmob... email him at cethstifel@hotmail.com

Ceth Stifel and Tiffiny Wine
Kenny Nelson

Kenny Nelson

Kenny Nelson is an internationally acclaimed teacher based in Denver, Colorado. For the past 3 years, he has taught across the world growing the Portuguese swing scene, helping start a school in Melbourne, and tailoring workshops toward smaller communities like Tel Aviv and Edinburgh. Kenny now calls Denver home now is helping to develop the community through local classes, workshops with out of town instructors, and as coach of 23 Skidoo. 23 Skidoo was an important reason why he moved to Denver in 2005 and he's proud to have been part of 23 Skidoo's 2006 and 2007 championship teams. He's excited to be their new coach. As a teacher, Kenny is known for teaching fun innovative moves, and for having an approachable style.

Lark Mervine

Lark’s training as a dancer began as a young child with jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tap. She later found her true passion in the world of swing dancing. She has danced with and choreographed for many troupes including BLAM!, Atomic Rhythm, BBFA, and The Jumpin' JiveCats, and served as the captain and choreographer for the CSU swing team. She is also the winner of many awards and swing competitions.


When it comes to teaching, Lark emphasizes the relaxed, carefree spirit of swing dancing, while maintaining a foundation for proper technique and connection. She has been teaching various styles of partnered swing, solo jazz, and hip-hop to a wide range of students from preschool to the retirement home.

Whether she is teaching, competing, performing, deejaying, or just dancing socially, Lark is sure to have a smile on her face and a song in her heart!

 
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