Peter & Lauren
Peter Flahiff and Lauren Smith have clocked up 30 years of teaching experience between them, so you know they have serious skills in giving students the best possible learning experience: fun, plenty of challenging content and excellent Dad jokes.
They are also the kind of people who will spontaneously post on Facebook about how much they love teaching people to dance, so you know they're as excited to be there as you are.
Peter and Lauren are available for private lessons in Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag, Tap, Slow Jazz, and vocal coaching whilst in Adelaide. Contact them via private message on Facebook to reserve a time.
Peter began swing dancing in 1993 and started teaching just one year later. He’s taught across the country and around the world, including the Herrang Dance Camp, Camp Hollywood, Camp Jitterbug, Lindy Focus and many, many more. He’s a noted instructor, coach, DJ, lecturer, MC and competition judge, and his passion for the Swing Era shines through in his teaching as well as his daily life.
Today, Peter counts some of the world’s top dancers and instructors as his former students. Peter’s worldwide reputation is as a highly sought-after social dancer and instructor, and his “Art of Social Dance” lecture & discussion has received global acclaim. He has also helped create several thriving venues and dance scenes over the years (Rusty’s Rhythm Club in Los Angeles, ATOMIC Ballroom in Orange County, and Eastside Stomp in Seattle, and several more) which continue to thrive today.
Lauren Smith has been dancing her whole life, starting when she was five years old. She began dancing Lindy Hop in 2007, when a friend brought her to LA's Lindy Groove. From there, she started dancing almost every night of the week, competing regularly, and teaching throughout the LA area, and is sought after as a swing DJ and competition judge. Lauren specializes in jazz era dances, especially Lindy Hop, Balboa, Charleston and Collegiate Shag. She is very passionate about the preservation and instruction of the partnered jazz dances of the swing era.
She has won and placed in a number of national dance competitions, including Camp Hollywood, the Lone Star Championships, Inspiration Weekend, Le Hot Sauce, and many others. She teaches regularly around the Los Angeles area, as well as at dance exchanges and workshop weekends around the world. Lauren uses her degree in vocal music education to bring a unique approach to classes incorporating Alexander techniques, natural musicality, body efficiency, and other dance skills. Her goal as a teacher is to inspire her students to grow in their abilities and love of jazz dance.