PAolo & Lauren in Saratoga Springs
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Dance Bio

Paolo is a 15 year veteran of Swing Dance specializing in the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and The Madison. He is a staff instructor at Dance Manhattan NYC and has been a featured instructor at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing for past 10 yrs. Early on he partnered with the sassy Janice Wilson where they found much success travelling both nationally and around the globe (from Montreal to Slovenia  and from Herrang to Australia) where they where they are credited with helping to reintroduce the Lindy Hop.
Mr. Lanna has toured with with Wynton Marsalis & The The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, “Forever Swing” The Big Band Musical Revue that featured Michael Buble and he has appeared on Television/Film programs from CNBC’s Great Stuff to The David Letterman Show. Paolo is the 1998 American Swing Dance Champion and in addition to directing the Lindy Hop All-Stars, he has founded events such as the Summer Jamboree Dance Camp in Italy, The Shake, Rhythm & Roll Festival in Asbury Park, and Swing Remix in NYC. He continues to hone his knowledge and skills of these classic American dances by teaching and performing throughout the world. savoycentral.org

Performances and Tours
Hep Cat Holiday, England. Summer 2011 - 2012
A Century of Swing, 2006 - 2008,
The History Channel tribute on the USS Intrepid, 2005
The Italian Tour, Winter 2004,
Swing Dance America Tour, Winter 2002, Fall 2003
Forever Swing The Big Band Musical Revue, Winter /Spring 2001
For Dancers Only Tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra 2000,
Dudley Moore Tribute Carnegie Hall with Ryan & Jenny, NY 2001, JAZZ Premiere Ken Burns documentary, Harlem, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Special 1999 CBS, Swingin’ the Duke Centennial Special with Wynton Marsalis , PBS
Great Stuff CNBC , Today Show NBC , City Arts PBS , The Swing Thing, VH1, Good Morning America ABC, The David Letterman Show CBS, Natalie Merchant Music Video "Break your Heart", DisneyWorld Event featuring Bill Cosby, Gracie Mansion The Mayor’s Party 1999 , The Waldorf Astoria, The Manhattan Center, The Supper Club, Swing 46, Irving Plaza, Roseland Ballroom NYC, The Nasdac at Times Square, Mid SummerNight Swing at Lincoln Center

Education Programs, International Instruction
Hep Cat Holiday, England
Mid SummerNight Swing at Lincoln Center, NYC USA
Count Basie Theater, Red Band NJ USA
Dance Manhattan Studios, Staff Dance Instructor, NYC USA
Summer Jamboree Dance Camp, Senigallia Italy
Rock That Swing, Munich, Germany
NJ Swings, New Jersey, Slovenia Swing Community, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Lincoln Center Young Adults Program
New York School of Visual Arts
New York University Medical Center USA
St. Johns University, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NY
Swing Ring Montreal, Houston Swing Dance Society Houston, USA
Monsters of Swing Santa Barbara CA, Philadelphia Swing Dance Society PA
Melbourne Dance Exchange Australia

2003 1st Place "Open Routine" New York Lindy Hop Open
1999 2nd Place North Atlantic Dance Championships
1998 1st Place Showcase Lindy Hop Champion American Swing Dance Championships
1997 1st Place Jack and Jill Champion Virgina Open
1997 Lindy Hop Open Champion Virginia Open

DeeJay Bio

DJ "P Lindy" Paolo has been building his collection of Swing, Rhythm and Blues, Disco (Hustle), 50's Rock 'n Roll, Salsa and Ballroom for over 25 years. A solid music provider for the New York Lindy crowd since 1999, he began his music consultant relationship at Swing 46 from the grand opening on, providing them with solid standards and unique collection that spans 60 years. Paolo has been in DJ rotation at the New York Swing Dance Society (Irving Plaza) since the late 1990's and had been featured at: SwingRemix (SOL NYC), Frim Fram (Club 412 NYC), Connolly's (NYC), MidSummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center NY (1999-present), The Brooklyn Museum, Dog House (San Francisco), Lindy Groove (Pasadena,CA), Jacks Joint Fridays at Jack Rose NYC (2000-2004), Webster Hall NYC, Cache in Times Square NYC (2001-2003), Nells NYC (2002-2003), Swing Camp Catalina LA, Swingin' New England MA, Supper Club NYC (1999-2003), Pier 25 Hudson River Park (N. Moore St on the Hudson River), The Manhattan Center, NYC (2002) DogHouseHop NYC (2002), 92nd Street Y NYC (2003), The American Lindy Hop Championships (Stamford, CT) Frim Fram Jam Swing 46 NYC (2001-2003)


I first got a glimpse of The Lindy Hop back in 1994 / 1995 while attending a nightclub show featuring Sam Butera's Wildest Big Band (the original members of the Louis Prima Orchestra), I noticed three couples on the dance floor with a very unique swing style. Just my luck, they invited me to the Steven Mitchell workshop (coincidentally that following weekend in CA.) and I was hooked on the Lindy Hop from that day forward.

Website Credits:
This site is all about my world of swing featuring videos, photos, info about my workshops/classes, performances, schedule, tours and other nick nacks.
I also give great credit to contemporary dancers such as Steven Mitchell, Ryan and Jenny, Marcus and Barble, Sylvia Sykes, Eric and Sylvia, The Rhythm Hot Shots, The Jiving Lindy Hoppers, for their inspiring styles and dedication to educating future Lindy Hoppers. And of course credits all the ground breakin originators who came before them from Frankie Manning to Dean Collins for without them, we would not have had this dance to bring back to life.

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