Amanda Bernice grew up involved in a number of dance genres. It wasn’t until her grandfather took her down to Jardine’s for dinner and fell in love with Kansas City jazz. In 2009 she began her training in Lindy Hop. Surrounded by live jazz being produced and performed in her hometown of Kansas City, it was hard to get away from the sounds of that KC Riff.
Amanda quickly found her way into the Lindy Hop community and began to further explore this vintage dance form. Finding her way to dance events around the country, Amanda began to expand her knowledge of the dance. Discovering she loved the competitive side of the dance, she began competing and has won a number of titles; she has won titles at Heartland Swing Championships, Boston Tea Party, Sunflower Swing, and Cowtown Jamborama. Early on Amanda also began volunteering at a number of these events and eventually began starting and organizing her own events and community dance organization in Kansas City with help from the dances and musicians community.
Amanda specializes in Lindy Hop and solo jazz. She also teaches Charleston and balboa. She bases her teaching style on full body movement and frame matching while emphasizing the importance of listening to the rhythm. “You gotta follow that beat!”
Kansas City-based saxophonist and educator Brett Jackson was born and raised in Kansas and relocated to Kansas City 2009. Since that time, Jackson has been joining the ranks of a Kansas City music scene that is bursting with talent, performing with many of Kansas City’s premier jazz ensembles including The Project H, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Vine Street Rumble, and Clint Ashlock’s New Jazz Order.
As a member of 627 Stomp, Brett provides a bridge for communication with the Kansas City musician community.
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John Boasi initially entered the multi-faceted world of jazz initially as an avid show-goer and consumer of music. A native of New York City, he was introduced at a young age to Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, and George Gershwin; during his college years, he was a frequent attendant at Small’s Jazz Club and other West Village fixtures.
Upon moving to Kansas City on a sweltering August afternoon in 2014, he found himself ensnared by the equally hot riffs of the famous Kansas City jazz sound, and picked up vernacular swing dancing. John now bolsters his expansive knowledge of jazz musicians and history by actively practicing east coast swing, lindy hop, and Charleston, while also challenging himself to learn many other styles.
Mark started swing dancing back in 2014, attending as many classes and regional events that he could. He became more involved in the community starting with volunteer work for Kansas City Stomp.
Using his knowledge of information technologies, he now works closely with 627 Stomp to help with the technological and financial infrastructure of the organization.
He can regularly be seen helping with various performances and classes with 627 Stomp.