Julie has DJed around the country at events such as Emerald City Blues Festival, Down Home Blues, Mile High Blues, Show Me Blues, and more. She also DJs regularly in Boston, where she lives, dances, works, and occasionally sleeps. Julie's musical tastes span from the soulful to the sultry, the dirty to the demure, but always with a healthy dose of attitude.
Spinning out of control from Washington D.C., Mike Marcotte began triple-stepping back in 1998. Raised with fond appreciation for music that extended past jazz, in high school he played cello and joined the jazz band playing piano. Improvisation did not come easy, but with encouragement and a good ear, anything seemed possible. Soon after learning the basics, Mike did what a lot of dancers do -- play their idea of good music, and by all accounts there was a lot of room for improvement.
Thanks to some breaks from Nancy at Zoot's back in the day, Rayned at k2, the organizers of every DCLX, and Donna and Craig with Virginia State Open there soon was no turning back. Collaborating with Glenn Scales and Jerry Almonte for several years at ALHC prepared him for the rewarding challenge of DJ Coordinator for ILHC and further collaboration with Allen Kerr.
Somewhere along the line, Mike developed interest for blues dancing and with his partner, who was also his first instructor, Donna Barker, helped foster the D.C. blues scene into what it is today. So, with all of these different events and tastes, Mike does his best to read the crowd and ride the collective wave of dancers on all around the floor. Looking back, Mike feels honored to be asked back to many events including ILHC, Lindy Focus, DCLX, Philly Lindy Love, Blues Muse, Pitt Stop, Enter the Blues, and many more
Dan is a Baltimore resident whose obsession with music has been life-long. He’s taken to DJing because he loves sharing his music, inspiring other dancers, and guiding the energy of a dance. He’s constantly challenging himself to bring new material to his fellow dancers and works hard to offer a variety of music in his sets that stays true to the roots of the dance. He loves all styles of music and his sets tend more toward authentic Jazz and Blues, but he can bring the funk if the dance calls for it.
Dan regularly travels to teach and DJ at events and is always looking for the next travel opportunity.
Damon has been dancing his entire life, starting with vernacular Jazz/Blues first taught to him by his gradmother. After nearly a decade of learning at the heels of his elders, went on to study well over a dozen different dance forms until coming full circle in 1995 to focus primarily on the historical and contemporary styles of Swing and Blues as his family danced them, with a special focus on the Southtern styles from the Mississippi Delta region. He has taught dance extensively around the world, and studied the development of vernacular Jazz/Blues dance, learning from a number of the original dancers. Largely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on Blues dance, Damon has been interviewed as a Black dance historian in documentary and for radio as well as performed on stage with the Lincoln Center, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie Orchestras.
Mike Legett considers herself a musician- one who plays the laptop. She had her first DJ gig handed to her in 2008, and has since pursued her obsession with jazz and blues music with no-holds-barred enthusiasm. She studies rhythm and dynamics by listening to the masters, and applies her dance knowledge to choose music which will push people to dance in ways both new and inspired. Her tunes hail from a variety of eras and sounds, but always with their roots clearly in the past, and an energy that transcends time. You can learn more about her at her website: www.mikethegirl.com.
John has been a staple in the Chicago scene spinning from 2004-2011. He added blues to his repertoire in 2006, debuting at the Chicago Underground Blues Experience. During his time in the Midwest, he had spun at various swing and blues events in the Twin Cities, Madison, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Urbana-Champaign, and Northeast Missouri. Now hailing from Brooklyn, NY, he's settled into the DJ rotation at the Frim Fram Jam and Friday Night Blues. He brings a versatile style influenced by the live blues of the Second City and the jazzy blues spun during his days as a young lindy hopper. He is pumped to be spinning at Enter the Blues.