Peter Strom has been a featured instructor at workshops and camps all over the world including the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Since 1999 he has both competed and won at various national competitions. Competitions and titles aside, Peter is first and foremost a social dancer. With this in mind, his classes focus on solid lead/follow technique as the road to finding one's own unique style. His simple philosophy, based on momentum, connection, and rhythm helps students to learn more than a bunch of cool moves. In his classes, Peter shares his love of dance with his students, helping them enjoy the dance on a deeper level and becoming more connected to the music and their partner.
Melody started dancing salsa in Baltimore in the late 90's. When she went home to DC she decided to try something different. Melody's first contact with Lindy Hop was in 1998 when she took a weekend of workshops at George Washington University at their first Inter-Collegiate Swing Dance Competition. She later went on to take classes for a few months at GW before taking a break of almost two years. After rejoining the world of Lindy Hop in 2000, she went on to discover a love for West Coast Swing as well. She even occasionally dabbles in Balboa and Carolina Shag from time to time. She has competed and won Jack and Jill contest at various events such as ALHC, NADC and ULHS. After 18 years in the world of dance she stills loves the classroom as much as the social dance floor. Melody will bring her great energy and unique style of humor to ILHC in her first year as MC!
Alex Dreyer began swing dancing in Houston, back in 1999 at the age of 15. After his first Great Southwest Lindy Fest, he was hooked. Since Houston is such a great hub for dancing, he started to teach, travel and learn the dance all over the world.
He performed with his twin brother Austin in the Houston Hepcats Team performing locally and nationwide and has even won at ALHC. Alex's love of social dance led to a passion for historical preservation. Studying the history of the dance through old movies and archival video footage, he based his social dance style on many of the original greats. Also to go with the passion of the social dance, he picked up many other dances; such as Carolina Shag, West Coast, Balboa, and most recently the 2-step or "Houston Swingout." Based now in Paris, France Alex has been invited to keep up the energy and fun ambiance at many major events as the MC. Watch out for Alex cause he is easy to spot because of his Texas sized personality!