Mike & Mary Richardson began dancing in 1999 and quickly discovered their true love was the original dances of the 1930’s and 40’s swing-era: Lindy Hop and Balboa.
Unable to find any instruction in Lindy Hop or Balboa in the Lexington area, Mike & Mary began to teach themselves, view vintage films and movies, and attend regional and national level workshops and competitions. By attending Lindy Hop and Balboa events all over the U.S., they’ve taken lessons and learned from many of the best instructors in the Lindy Hop / Balboa swing dance community.
Mike & Mary believe that an understanding and appreciation for the rich history and culture of the swing-era is important for Lindy Hoppers and Balboa dancers. As the saying goes “If you don’t care where you’re going, any road will get you there.” They strive to not only teach and promote Lindy Hop and Balboa, but also educate and preserve the great dances of the swing-era.
When they’re not dancing or traveling to out of town to dance events, they enjoy spending time with family, especially their three grandchildren.