Jody has been a performer since he was 14; his dance background started in high school and community theater musicals with Jazz and Broadway dancing. He began ballroom dancing and instructor training in 2005. By 2007 he was teaching west coast swing almost exclusively.
He and his wife Abby founded Ministry of Swing in August of 2014 with the mission of building the West Coast Swing community in Baltimore by providing affordable class curriculums that provide thorough foundational technique in a group format. Their goal is to continue to grow the Baltimore dance community in both size and quality of social dancing.
Jody’s teaching specialties are collaborative connection skills and applying music theory to “big picture” musicality and improvised choreography.
In addition to being an experienced instructor, Jody also has extensive experience as an event Emcee and DJ.