Imogen is really excited to be a part of such a lovely community, and contribute to making it inclusive, fun and welcoming to everyone. Imogen has been dancing for 1 year now and the scene has become such a huge part of her life! She has a background in psychology and is currently working at Youthline as the intake and follow up youth development worker, and in the triage role for the helpline. She is always open to talking about any questions or concerns, and attend as many social events as she can!
Ana found swing dancing 2013 after an unlikely encounter during a last minute trip to San Francisco saw her triple-stepping the night away at a rent party of sorts. She came home, found a scene in Auckland and has been dancing every spare second since! Ana’s background in psychology has seen her working in various areas of mental health including some time spent volunteering on the phones at Youthline, doing mental health promotion, and working as a health navigator. She’s passionate about wellbeing, all kinds of dancing, teaching, and seeing this scene move forward as an awesome, inclusive place to be.
Maxine has been dancing swing and blues in Auckland since 2012. Outside of dancing, she is a university lecturer who specialises in gender studies and sexuality. She has been a phone volunteer for OutLine, an LGBTQI helpline. She is keen to support gender neutral and queer-friendly environments in our dance world, and to help our scene be as inclusive and diverse as possible.
Matt is a passionate Blues dancer in the Auckland scene, who loves dancing, travelling (preferably both at once!) and the outdoors. You'll generally find him at Hum Salon with All-In Swing, teaching or otherwise 🙂
I'm Fiona, I'm in my mid-30's and I've been doing swing dancing since 2006. I'm an extroverted, talkative, polyamorous cis-woman with she/her pronouns who really loves people and really dislikes moths. I love the growing inclusivity of the swing dancing community and I've lived in Auckland my whole life. I'm always happy to have a conversation with anyone.
I'm new to the swing community but I'm very excited to be a part of it. Dancing makes me incredibly happy and I am glad we are working together to make sure everyone feels the same. I have previous experience in Latin dancing and during work hours I'm a computer scientist.
Hamish first caught the lindy bug (somewhat against his will) in Montreal Canada, when he was a student interning in a beer lab. He has since left Montreal and the lab behind, but picked swing dancing up again in Auckland.
Hamish has been dancing for around two years now, and firmly believes swing is all about having fun, enjoying yourself and hanging out with interesting people.
Hello 🙂 I've been around the dance scene in NZ for the last decade or so and although I'm not as involved as I once was, I'm still around and most definitely available to talk.
One of the things I love about swing dancing is the inclusive vibe and the feeling of community. I'm proud to say I believe I do everything in my power to keep it s safe and comfortable place for everyone.
Having been through my fair share of ups and downs over the years and having suffered from varying degrees of anxiety since my teens I think I'm fairly well versed in empathy by now. If you need a friendly face, ear or shoulder then all of mine are available.
Come and say hi and I promise I'll return the favour!
David has been dancing for a few years, and has enjoyed getting to meet a diverse and friendly group of people. He's passionate about ensuring that the Auckland Swing Dancing community is welcoming and inclusive. If you want to talk privately about anything community related, he'd love the opportunity to listen.
Andrew has been swing dancing for about one and a half years, and absolutely loves it! You can find him at the Freeman's bay and Parnell classes, or out at a social event. He's an engineer by trade, so talk to him about science, robots, or just whatever happens to be on your mind.