Sylvia Sykes and Adam Speen

Sylvia Sykes

SSSylvia Sykes began dancing in 1966, competing in 1970, and teaching in 1979. She has studied with many of the dance greats, including Frankie Manning, Dean Collins, Maxie Dorf, and Willie Desatoff. 

Her extensive studies and travels have made her an expert on regional dance styles and she is known for her expertise in the older forms of Swing dance. She is credited with helping to preserve Balboa by introducing the dance worldwide.

Her dance troupe ran for fifteen years, performed with some of the great Swing bands, and nurtured other International teachers. She has appeared in many TV shows and in several documentaries on Swing dancing over the years.

Adam Speen

Adam strives to provide a unique perspective combining classic swing technique with a modern ideology. Partnership and playfulness are the focus for Adam on the dance floor, creating a “yes and” environment for his partners and himself. He brings the same positive environment to the classroom in order to foster a creative and comfortable learning environment.

Adam loves having the opportunity to travel and teach so many amazing students, but you will find him his happiest on the social dance floor. When not dancing, Adam is pursuing a doctorate in Biomedical Sciences in North Carolina.






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