Michael JaggerCall 212-807-0802 or click here to register for classes or book private lessons!
Michael began dancing in college in Jacksonville, Fl., and once he had a taste of swing, in the form of 6-count Jitterbug, he was hooked! When he transferred back home to Colorado State University he began taking Lindy Hop lessons from the performance troupe, The Jumpin' JiveCats, and eventually joined the troupe as teacher and performer.
In 2003, Michael serendipitously moved to Los Angeles to join the dance company run by Londoners Ryan Francoise and Jenny Thomas, who had relocated to LA for a time. At that time he met his future, and current, partner Evita Arce. Neither could have imagined what adventures were in store for them (including being spotlighted in the audition process for the 2007 season of the popular reality show, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE!).
Both Michael and Evita moved to New York City in 2005. They currently perform and teach internationally and continue to train with Ryan and Jenny when either couple jumps across the pond.
Their classes at Dance Manhattan focus on effective technique for leading and following in Lindy Hop, Swing/Lindy and Balboa, all while keeping the mood light. After all, they're serious professionals so you don't have to be!