Workshop Instructors

Damon Stone

Featured Instructor
Piedmont Intensive Principal

One of the foremost authorities on blues idiom dance

Featured instructor at camps, festivals and workshops across five continents

Kenneth Shipp

Featured Instructor

Brings excitement, authenticity and passion to the classroom

Known for his historical and contextual understanding of blues dance

Laney Barhaugh

Featured Instructor

Makes the complex accessible for all students

Each lesson includes mix of musicality, history, and fun

Krystal Wilkerson

Featured Instructor

Brings her fervor for connection into all of her dancing and instruction

Upbeat, personal, encouraging, and energetic



Damon Stone

Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him at the tender age of six by his grandmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, he went on and eventually studied numerous dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the history and styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them with a special focus on the Southern styles from the Mississippi Delta region.

He has studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance across the United States learning from a number of the original dancers. He is largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues idiom dance and has been interviewed as a dance historian in documentary and for radio. Damon has been a featured instructor at camps, festivals, and workshops across five continents.

Kenneth Shipp

Kenneth Shipp is a dance instructor from Nashville, TN who spent years dancing hip hop and break before jumping into blues idioms over the past 3 years. He loves to incorporate his nerdy personality into all his classes and strives for authenticity and honesty in his dancing.

Kenneth’s life experiences inform his dancing and wants his students to walk away with a better historical and contextual understanding to exhibit it in their dances. Taking that same approach in competitions, he recently won the bluesSHOUT 2017 Open Strictly with Dawa Jung, Mile High Blues 2017 Open Solo and All-Star Follow’N’Lead with Cierra Ruffin to name a few.

Laney Barhaugh

Laney is a blues dance instructor, organizer, and DJ. She has been dancing Lindy Hop and blues for over 10 years, with some dabbling in tango and hip hop. She also loves lifting heavy things – it has given her confidence, better quality of movement, and has completely changed her dancing. She loves shaking her booty to any genre of music that encourages it. As a teacher, her goals are to integrate a little history and a little musicality into every lesson.

Awards:

  • 1st place – Open JnJ at bluesSHOUT! 2015, JnJ at Blues Muse 2015, Strictly at Winter Blues 2014
  • Finals – JnJ & solo comp at Enter the Blues, Jill & JnJ at Blues Muse, JnJ at Winter Blues, Solo Comp at Nocturne Blues 2014

Krystal Wilkerson

Krystal has been partner dancing in various styles since 2007; Blues stole her heart, however, in 2010, and has never let go. Krystal has been teaching swing and blues since 2009, but have been focusing on blues instruction since 2014. She teaches at the weekly meetings of Thursday Night Swing in Huntsville, and host a biweekly blues group practicum at their home.

Krystal’s passion for the dance is apparent in her teaching style: upbeat, personal, encouraging, and energetic. She’s a fierce competitor, making finals at multiple national blues dance competitions, and brings her fervor for connection into all of her dancing and instruction.