Eastside Stomp is the name for a collective of swing dance teachers and enthusiasts based on the Eastside of the Greater Seattle area. We are dedicated to teaching, performing, preserving, evolving and promoting the many vintage-based forms of swing dance, as well as the music and style of the Swing Era.
We specialize in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Tap Dance and Charleston. We believe strongly in social dancing as the basis and reason for everything we teach in our lessons. For the staff of Eastside Stomp, swing dancing is about more than flashy moves and steps (although we certainly teach those…), but rather about good connection, great lead and follow skills, and above all else, having ridiculous amounts of fun.
At the moment, we offer monthly series classes in Lindy Hop and Balboa, host two great weekly dances, travel to teach swing workshops, and give private lessons. Details on all these things are scattered around the website, so feel free to check it all out and email or call us if you have any questions!
BEN WHITE is by far the tallest member of the Eastside Stomp staff and also the hungriest. Ben is among the most dedicated lindy hoppers in the area, going out social dancing basically every single night it’s available. He is really happy to be teaching and dancing for a living. REALLY happy. You can see what he’s up to and get more info on him HERE.
PETER FLAHIFF has been a swing dancer for a long time and loves nothing more than to teach and dance all the time. Oh, and DJing swing music. He likes to do that too, a lot. He has been lucky to do this all over the place and plans to keep it up as long as he can. Peter’s WEBSITE has more information about him than you can shake a stick at.
TAYLOR STENDER likes long walks on the beach, sunsets, and sugar pushes.
She’s been dancing in one form or another since she was little. Her dance life didn’t truly begin until the day she saw that mezmerizing dance: the Lindy Hop. Since then she has been doing all in her power to dance every day she can, further her education through workshops, travel, and lessons, and spread the joy of Swing and Jazz wherever she can! With being the best social dancer possible as her focus, she delights in any opportunity to dance in a new place, city, or country, and aspires to make a road trip across the country and dance in a new city each night. Taylor, as she puts it, has had the extreme pleasure and privilege to have taught up and down the west coast, including in Canada! If you see her on the social floor, go ahead, ask her to dance! Bet your bottom dollar she would love nothing more!
MARK SMITH has been with Eastside Stomp since opening night back in March 2007, and has been on staff almost from the get-go! Mark has taught swing wherever he found himself, sometimes around Seattle, sometimes in Montana, sometimes in Cambodia! He brings amazing enthusiasm and drive to his dancing, as well as a keen desire to spread his love for swing dancing. Mark wants to be your friend.