Read has been dancing since 2008 and involved with the leadership and teaching of lessons in Edmonton since 2009. His infectious enthusiasm and love of Swing Dance history make his classes exciting and informative. He is the leader of the band ‘Read Fenton and His Happy Hep Cats’, Founder of the Edmonton swing dance school ‘Let’s Swing’, and is on the board for Hit That Jive Productions and Nova Blues as well as being past president and adviser to Swing-Out Edmonton Dance Club. He is the founder of the Spring Fling Swing Dance Workshops, and the Edmonton Lindy Hop Showcase week long workshop. Read regularly travels to large dance events. In 2013 he quit his job to go on a four month Swing Dancing road trip to San Francisco, Austin, New Orleans, Albuquerque, Denver, Salt Lake City, Boise, Portland, Seattle, and Victoria. In 2014 while studying for his master’s in business he traveled to 23 dance events around the world including Frankie 100, five weeks in Herrang Dance Camp, and four months dancing in Seoul South Korea! Read has been teaching helping start and teach workshops across Canada and regularly consults for small swing dance scenes to help them become sustainable and grow. His workshops focus on having fun, communication, and creating a safe and inclusive dance culture. He has helped start, organize and taught workshops in Grand Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Lethbridge, Kamloops, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. He loves working with small and large scenes to help share this dance he loves. He has won multiple dance awards including being two time Canadian Champion as winner of the Spirit Award at Lindy Bout in Vancouver. As well as many international, Prairie and provincial competitions. His main love however is social dancing and sharing the love of dance with beginners.
Laura started swing dancing on a first date in 2008, which led to one of the longest, most supportive, and happiest relationships she has ever had – with swing dancing. Soon after, Laura started organizing swing classes and events at UBC, eventually becoming Vice President of the UBC Swing Kids executive. She continues to be involved today as one of the UBCSK lindy hop instructor team, teaching students to both lead and follow at all levels. Throughout her undergrad at UBC, Laura played alto saxophone and all kinds of jazz music in the UBC jazz band. She was also part of Granville Street Rhythm, a Lindy Bout Team that took first place three years in a row. Laura then moved to the East Coast in 2013 to complete her Master’s in Occupational Therapy. There she found the hugely welcoming Halifax swing and blues dance community and became a lead instructor. Now based in Vancouver, Laura is excited to be part of the Rhythm City Productions teaching roster and has the enviable job of welcoming new students into the swing family. Currently, she enjoys experimenting with teaching techniques, exploring lindy hop and balboa in both lead and follow roles, social dancing, taking classes, dancing to all kinds of jazz, hanging out with friends, and thinking about ways to make dancing more inclusive to people of all abilities, races, and genders.