Jumptown Jam

'Put some Jam on it!'


The Jumptown Jam chefs are thrilled to announce the incredible teaching couples who will be creating the amazing flavour for the 2016 event! The announcement for our international teachers has been many years in the making and we couldn’t be more excited that Naomi Uyama and Peter Strom from the USA will be right here in Canberra teaching at the Jumptown Jam. Noni (Clarke) Healy and Jarrod Bates will be hot footing it from Melbourne to Canberra to impart their swing dance know-how amongst the Jumptown Jam participants and Kathryn Kelly will be undertaking the Solo Jazz sessions. This year’s Jam is shaping up to be a truly fantastic weekend of workshops and socials!

Peter Strom and Naomi Uyama

Peter started dancing in 1998 and has taught at numerous dance camps from South Korea to Herrang, Sweden. He has been in Australia for Swing Camp Oz but that was some time ago now so Jumptown is delighted to be bringing him to Canberra on this occasion! Peter is currently a member of the renowned team the Silver Shadows and the founder of his own successful swing school in hometown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Peter is well known for his MC and DJ skills and will be sure to bring some serious soul to the Jam next year.

Naomi Uyama discovered lindy hop in her hometown of Washington DC during the late nineties. Over the past decade she has taught workshops all around the world and performed for dance and music legends alike. She has won the champion title at such prestigious competitions as the ALHC, the ULHS, and the US Open Swing Dance Championships. If that’s not enough, Naomi has also formed her own band called Naomi & Her Handsome Devils – they are a really hot jazz line up!

Peter and Naomi are like royalty in the world of Lindy Hop and they’re two of the most experienced teachers around. Teachers like Peter and Naomi have thought, inspired and formed part of the dancing DNA of many other well known and noted Lindy Hoppers today.  If you go back over some of the old footage right up until the latest youtube clips you will nearly always find these two somewhere in the field.


Jarrod Bates and Noni (Clarke) Healy

Jarrod began swing dancing in 2009 after being outclassed on the dance floor at a Melbourne watering hole by some 60-year-old hepcats with more moves than a chess piece on red cordial. The ensuing humiliation led him to a deep and dark place (like that spot behind the couch where things magically disappear) before ultimately finding redemption (and the TV remote) when he happened upon some swing dancing classes in inner Melbourne.

From there, the rest is … more reading! Jarrod has placed in many Melbourne and interstate competitions in Australia. He is a current member and performer with Australia’s premier swing dancing troupe Echoes of Harlem and teaches regular classes at Swing Patrol’s CBD venue in Melbourne. In 2014 and 2015, Jarrod was creative director and instructor for Swing Patrol’s corporate performance troupe Harlem Shout.

Whilst revelling in the intricacies of rhythm, flow, musicality, and lead and follow technique, Jarrod’s teaching emphasises what swing dancing is really all about: FUN! Jarrod has taught workshops both interstate and overseas in New Zealand. Inspired by such modern day swing dancers as Thomas Blacharz, Alice Mei, Skye Humphries and Ramona Staffeld, his true inspiration comes from where it began for all swing dancers: the Savoy Ballroom, the teachings of Frankie Manning, and most importantly from that ol’ time jazz music.

Noni (Clarke) Healy is one of Melbourne’s most experienced and respected swing dancing teachers. Noni first started swing dancing as a teenager in late 1999, and fell in love with it straight away! She loves the spontaneous nature of Lindy Hop which fits perfectly with her creative and fun personality.

Noni started teaching in 2003 and is today still just as passionate to share the spirit of Lindy Hop at home and abroad. Throughout the years, Noni has taught, performed, competed, judged and DJed in Australia, Europe, Asia and America. She specialises in vintage dance styles including Lindy Hop, Charleston, Aerials, Authentic Jazz, Balboa and Blues.  She has an extensive knowledge of general dance principles and dance diagnostic skills which brings out every student’s potential. Noni always incorporates musicality as a key element of teaching and loves exploring self-expression within partner dancing.

Noni is known for her down to earth, practical teaching style and her playful ability to bring joy to class. She proudly performs with Australia’s premier swing dance troupe, Echoes of HarlemWhen Noni isn’t dancing she is a stay at home mum, stilt walker, artist and amateur double bass player.


Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn wanted to learn how to swing dance since Jim Carey made it look like so much fun in The Mask. So when Kathryn turned 17 and swing dancing classes hit her home-town Geelong, she took a night off her weekly basketball game to attend. The next day Kathryn quit her team, and has been teaching, performing, learning, competing and especially social dancing ever since!

Kathryn teaches two regular classes in Melbourne, including Solo Jam! – Melbourne’s first weekly solo jazz class. At the moment Kathryn is especially interested concepts of social dancing, jamming and improvising in solo, and loves the idea that you don’t need a partner to have a good time to good music.

Kathryn is a member of Melbourne troupe Echoes of Harlem, and has choreographed performance pieces for events like Sydney’s Jazz Bang festival, and their recent sold-out show ‘Speak Easy, Swing Hard’. She has also recently joined jazz group ‘The Melbourne Rhythm Project’ where she is nervously/excitedly trying on tap shoes for the first time.

Kathryn has won awards for solo and partner dancing at a number of events including the Australian Swing Dance Championships, Australian Jitterbug Championships, Melbourne Swing Festival, Melbourne Lindy Battle and Camp Oz, and has been fortunate to teach at a number of local and interstate events such as Sweet & Hot (Melbourne), Leaf Fall Ball Weekend (Adelaide), Echoes of Harlem’s ‘Spreading Rhythm Around’ (Melbourne), Swing Camp Oz (Lismore), Local Legends Weekend (Torquay) and more.

Kathryn hopes she can share with you the joy she feels for this dance, as she plans to do it forever and ever.