Our passion is Lindy Hop, the swing dance that originated in Harlem, mainly during the 1930’s and 40’s. At ChileSwing, our aim is to pass on swing dancing in a social setting. Our focus is on lead/follow techniques that allow us to dance with everyone, from rank beginners to seasoned veterans. We teach fun repertoire that can be danced with anyone while also emphasizing improvisation. Lindy Hop is a fun way to meet new friends, get some exercise, and enjoy great music. Come out and swing dance with us!
Chiles began swing dancing when he was 16 in early 1998. By 1999, the dancing bug bit him and he was dancing at least 5 nights a week. He started teaching in 2001 and has taught workshops in venues such as the American Lindy Hop Championships, the Virginia State Open and at workshop weekends across PA and OH.
Kristen started dancing as a kid with Jazz, Ballet, & Tap. When she moved to Baltimore for Grad school in 2003, she started taking ballroom lessons at the Avalon Studio, where she discovered Lindy Hop. Kristen began teaching with Chiles at a workshop in Carlisle, PA in June 2004.