Forest City Swing has seven board members who are also instructors. We occasionally have guest instructors as well. The instructors teach on a rotational schedule. All the instructors at Forest City Swing try to attend workshops every year to further ourselves in our swing dancing abilities and to learn new techniques in teaching.
Paul Andrews has been swing dancing since 2000. He works for Rock Valley College grant programs: Dislocated Worker Program which helps people to go back to school if they have lost their jobs. He is one of the original members of Forest City Swing. If you have any questions, email him through the website and he will get back to you. You’ll often see him running around at swing dancing or at any of our other events making sure things run smoothly.
Justin Backens has been swing dancing since 1996. Currently he works at Thermo Fisher Scientific as IT Help Desk. Some of his favorite songs are: Not Ashamed by the Newsboys and How Lucky can one guy be by Indigo Swing.
Tara Sliwinski began swing dancing in 2009 in Michigan, and once had the great fortune to dance with Bill Nye the Science Guy. She is an engineer in the dairy state, and loves sunshine, fashionable scarves, traveling, and bringing the joy of lindy hop wherever she goes.
Robert is a freelance software consultant who has been dancing since 2010. When he’s not playing board games or gardening, he’s out on road trips dancing the night away at Lindy Hop events in other cities!