Guest Speakers

 

Miss Freddye Stover

Grey Armstrong

Joey Science

Caroline Leitschuh

Emily Thomas

Zelly


Guest Speakers!


Miss Freddye Stover

Miss Freddye is a 2018 two time Blues Music Award nominee for the Koko Taylor best traditional blues female artist and Best emerging artist CD. The band has won Pittsburgh’s best blues band for 2016 and 2017.

Her latest CD, “Lady Of The Blues, which was released in August of 2017, was recorded in San Jose, CA at Greaseland and co-produced by Kid Anderson, who is lead guitarist for Rick Estrin and the nightcats and Andy Santana.

She and her band have opened for Kelly Richie, Eden Brent, Gina Scillia, Janiva Magness and Bettye LaVette. They perform in regional blues festivals and dances, as well as playing benefit concerts for cancer awareness and homeless veterans.

Miss Freddye is currently working on a gospel and Roots CD.


Grey Armstrong

Grey wants to live in a world filled with an appreciation of black culture, combat boots that double as dance shoes, and the ability to fall asleep outside of the hours of 3-6 am.

As a renaissance man, Grey strings together a variety of unique life and professional experiences that informs the work he does. With dance classes and lectures over the world, a blog with world wide readership and an ability to bring hard topics back down to earth, Grey is always working towards interesting ideas. He loves sharing those realizations with audiences!

 


Joey Science

Joey Science is a Boston-based blues dance instructor. Their instructional style is honest and vulnerable, allowing students an opportunity to get to know them and their passion for dance. Although their personal style that prioritizes gooey connection and dynamic shaping, they’re much more interested in leading students to develop their own personal values and style through exploration than in merely teaching students their signature movements.

Gorgeous photo by Sammi Kunz!

 

 


Caroline Leitschuh

A medical writer by day, Caroline (she/her pronouns) spends her nights and weekends working as the Organizer Liaison for the Ujima Blues Foundation. She got the taste for organizing in college for the Ballroom and Belly Dance student clubs, and started organizing for the Blues Dance community in 2012 with RDU Blues. Her 14 years of dance organizing experience include forming, maintaining, and managing dance organizing bodies; scheduling and running events of all sizes from local weekly dances to yearly events; and mentoring and training other organizers. She is known for her thoughtful approach to community building and her ability to set and achieve goals. As a part of the Ujima Blues Foundation, she hopes to help organizers define their roles and become more confident in their skills so that they can better strengthen their communities. She is currently based in Philadelphia, and when she isn’t organizing or dancing likes to read, drink tea, bake, and cuddle with her partner, dog, and cat.


Emily Thomas

Born the daughter of radio DJ, Emily Thomas has been an avid fan of all things music her entire life. As a dancer first, she brings her love for jazz and blues to the dance floor. A frequent DJ at Atlanta’s local blues and lindy dances, she has also DJ’d at events all over the US. A few events she’s DJ’d include: Sweet Molasses Blues, Southbound Blues Exchange, Backwater Blues, Blues Geek, Mile High Blues & Brickyard Blues.

As a DJ, she loves finding songs that have juicy rhythms, solid grooves, and sassy horns. When not DJing, she can be found teaching, or organizing with the BluesDance ATL team. Emily is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Steel City Blues line up.

 

 

 


Zelly

Recently transplanted to Pittsburgh, Zelly is a physical therapist who has turned to Blues dancing. Applying knowledge gained academically to dancing makes Zelly uniquely able to guide dance students through beautiful healthy movement. Zelly started dancing on her 20th birthday and hasn’t looked back.

While she’s explored a range of dance styles, Blues has the music that speaks to her and feels like home. Professionally Zelly makes healthier movement a goal and this comes into her teaching style as a strong grounding in bio-mechanics, though you’ll almost never hear her use an anatomy term.